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Ethiopia’s tree-planting drive shortlisted for national climate change award

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Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Intiative, which resulted in over 4 billion trees being planted in 2019, has been shortlisted for The Climate Coalition’s Green Heart Hero Award, which recognises the incredible work that is being done to tackle climate change.


The Awards are aimed at celebrating the unsung heroes who are helping to create a safer and cleaner future, and include green businesses, schools and Members of Parliaments.

Ethiopia is nominated in the “Overseas Inspiration” category:

“Between [May and October 2019], Ethiopia planted an almost unbelievable four billion trees. Enrolling volunteers from across the country, it embarked on one of the most ambitious tree-planting programs in history, with one day in July alone ending with 350 million trees planted. As part of the Green Legacy Initiative, the scheme is an example to the rest of the world of what is possible when a nation works together to help protect the things they love.”

Ethiopia is shortlisted alongside Sierra Leone’s Ngoleagorbu Cocoa Farmers Union and Nigeria’s Jos Green Centre E-Waste Solar Project. The nominations are submitted by the public.

Winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges and announced on Monday 9th March at a ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament in London, and hosted by Sky News presenter Kay Burley and BBC Presenter Evan Davis. The ceremony will celebrate the unsung heroes who are helping to create a safer and cleaner future, including green businesses, schools, and MPs. Ambassador Fesseha and the Head of Public Diplomacy, Mr Mekonnen Amare, will attend the reception on behalf of Ethiopia



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Coronavirus – Sudan: UNAMID supports newly established COVID-19 Isolation Centre in Central Darfur

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As part of UNAMID’s efforts to support the Sudanese health authorities in preventing and combating COVID-19, the Mission handed over Personnel Protection Equipment (PPE) to the Ministry of Health and Social Development’s newly established COVID-19 Isolation Centre established in Zalingei, central Darfur. The handover ceremony was attended by UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR), Ms Anita Kiki Gbeho, the Governor of Central Darfur, other Government of Sudan officials and UNAMID staff.

The medical consumables delivered by UNAMID Medical Section to the Ministry of Health and Social Development, Central Darfur to enable the new Isolation Centre to operate, includes Personnel Protection Equipment such as goggles, caps, face shields, N95 masks, disposable aprons and gowns.

At the handover ceremony, DJSR Kiki Gbeho, stated that the gifting of the PPE is just a small part of the Mission’s contribution to the setup of the Isolation Centre. “We have heard the calls by the international community and Government of Sudan to join the efforts together to combat COVID-19. It is important to highlight the criticality of implementing the guidance of the World Health Organization and Sudan Ministry of Health, which call for preparedness at all times and sending messages to the population for washing hands, social distancing and to understand how serious this pandemic ”, Ms. Gbeho added.

In his remarks, the Governor of Central Darfur, Major General, Suliman Al Amin Mussaed, expressed his appreciation to UNAMID for this gesture towards equipping this new Isolation Centre in Zalingei. “The handover of PPE from UNAMID, clearly indicate that the Mission is just as concerned about this pandemic as the Government. We all share a common goal in this fight against COVID-19”, added Mussaed.

The Director General of the Ministry of Health, central Darfur, Mr. Mudathir Adam, also extended UNAMID’s continued support to local health authorities in Darfur. “Now we are ready to receive any cause of COVID-19 at the new Isolation Centre”, said Mr. Adam.

UNAMID Medical Officer, Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, noted that the Mission, after realizing the gap the local authorities were facing in facilitating the launch of the new Isolation Centre, the Mission proactively decided to make arrangements to provide the critically required PPE for medical staff, who actively receive and manage patients infected by COVID-19.



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Coronavirus – Kenya: The offenders of Public Transport Rules will be charged in a Court of Law

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The offenders of Public transport rules will be charged in a court of law, in line with the Public Health Act, for deliberately spreading coronavirus.

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Coronavirus – Morocco: USAID Distance Education Activities prepare Morocco’s Ministry of Education for Virtual Learning During Coronavirus Disruptions

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USAID investments in education programming prepares countries to adopt flexible and resilient learning systems.


Coronavirus is shutting down schools and affecting learning opportunities for over 1.5 billion children and youth around the globe. The global pandemic has stunned education systems worldwide: How do we ensure the continuity of our children’s academic education? Is virtual learning the solution?

In Morocco, a Ministry of Education cadre of experts that benefited from previous USAID-funded distance learning activities responded, “Yes!” While Morocco’s school buildings are closed, one million students have already accessed the Ministry’s online learning platform and lessons broadcast nationally on TV, opening the door to continued learning for millions more of Moroccan youth.

The USAID-funded projects Advancing Learning and Employability for a Better Future (ALEF), 2004-2009, and Improving Training for Quality Advancement in National Education (ITQANE), 2009-2014, trained national education experts on innovative, quality learning tools. These professionals were later prepared to respond to the country's urgent call to embark on a large-scale production of online courses once the coronavirus disrupted Morocco's education system. Both projects collaborated with the National Center for Pedagogic Innovation and Experimentation (CNIPE) at the Ministry of National Education (MOE) to design digital learning courses, create an online learning platform Collab.ma, and adapt the national curriculum content to multimedia education.

Mr. Abdellatif Fergoug, the e-learning project manager exclaimed, “The MOE CNIPE center has taken full ownership of this platform and has committed to ensuring its continued operation and growth. It still continues to operate with an ever-expanding offering of online products. I have witnessed so many international cooperative activities. None was as fully sustainable and nationally implemented upon the activity’s completion as these USAID-funded projects!

The expertise that the ministry acquired in the field of distance education has prepared them to work around the clock and quickly produce content that is being broadcast through the national education portal: http://tice.men.gov.ma/ and the national TV channel 4.

USAID has seen similar results from the e-learning activity under the ITQANE program. The virtual courses that were developed through on-site training sessions and web-based team interactions were all integrated into the learning portal Collab.ma, which has been developed by the Ministry to become what is now its distance education system platform. By the end of the ITQANE program, twenty six MOE distance learning education experts were empowered to lead the design of future e-learning products in Morocco.

These experts and thousands more of the beneficiaries of USAID-funded e-learning training activities have been working hard to produce e-courses in record time, making Morocco a leader in the region by shifting quickly to online learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was proud to witness the Collab tutors' leadership and dedication as they tried to respond to the country’s imperative call of providing digital educational content for Moroccan students through the ministry distance education portal,” he said.

This pandemic has highlighted the importance of expanding e-learning opportunities, to ensure that no student is left behind academically, especially disadvantaged students and rural populations. “In Morocco,” concluded Mr. Fergoug, “I am sure that the key influencers and policymakers have never been so aware of this fact as now!”

USAID continues investing in e-learning and is working hand-in-hand with MOE towards building their self-reliance in digital learning by developing an online program for teachers’ professional development under its current Reading for Success National Program for Reading (2017-2022). E-learning is also one of the main priorities in the new USAID-funded Higher Education Partnership for Morocco (HEP-M), 2019-2024 activity, which plans to develop blended learning solutions for teacher training.



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Coronavirus – Cameroon: First Baby born to COVID-19 Positive Mother at the Central Hospital of Yaoundé

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We welcomed this 11:12 pm, the first baby born to COVID-19 positive mother at the central hospital of Yaoundé. Kudos to Dr. Yaneu and his team for this feat in an isolation unit.




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Coronavirus – Cameroon: First Baby born to COVID-19 Positive Mother at the Central Hospital of Yaoundé

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We welcomed this 11:12 pm, the first baby born to COVID-19 positive mother at the central hospital of Yaoundé. Kudos to Dr. Yaneu and his team for this feat in an isolation unit.




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Coronavirus – Cameroon: Massive testing campaign launched in Cameroon

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We went to 650 tonight. Unfortunately, it will still climb these days with the massive testing campaign that we launched. So, we all MUST, cover our noses and mouths when we leave our house. Please, protect our lives and the lives of others.




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Coronavirus – Cameroon: Massive testing campaign launched in Cameroon

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We went to 650 tonight. Unfortunately, it will still climb these days with the massive testing campaign that we launched. So, we all MUST, cover our noses and mouths when we leave our house. Please, protect our lives and the lives of others.




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Coronavirus – Nigeria: Eight new cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria

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Eight new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 5 in Lagos, 2 in the FCT and 1 in Kaduna State.

As at 09:30 pm 5th April there are 232 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Thirty-three have been discharged with five deaths.



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Coronavirus – Nigeria: 232 confirmed cases (5th April 2020)

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As at 09:30 pm 5th April, there are:


232 confirmed cases
33 discharged
5 deaths

For a breakdown of cases by state – https://bit.ly/2wjr7Aq

Lagos- 120
FCT- 47
Osun- 20
Oyo- 9
Edo- 9
Bauchi- 6
Akwa Ibom- 5
Kaduna- 5
Ogun- 4
Enugu- 2
Ekiti- 2
Rivers-1
Benue- 1
Ondo- 1



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