Africa Starts Its Own Disease Control Agency

Africa Starts Its Own Disease Control Agency

Flashing dots on a computer screen caught the eye of Kesete Admasu when he was touring the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta in 2012. The lights were blinking over a satellite image of eastern Africa, and Admasu, Ethiopia’s minister of health, asked what they represented. It was an outbreak of hepatitis E in South Sudan, a country that shares a border with Ethiopia. Admasu wasn’t aware of an outbreak so close to home, not even one that had sickened almost 4,000 people. “Why do I have…

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Foreign Secretary secures legal representation for Briton detained in Ethiopia

Foreign Secretary secures legal representation for Briton detained in Ethiopia

Philip Hammond pressed for progress when he met both the Ethiopian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. The Foreign Secretary secured assurances from the Ethiopian Government that Mr. Tsege will be granted access to a lawyer. During his visit, the Foreign Secretary despatched a senior Foreign Office Director to meet Mr. Tsege in prison, on his behalf, on Wednesday to seek further assurances about his welfare. This is the tenth visit by British Embassy staff and follows a visit by the British Ambassador in May. Speaking from Ethiopia after his meetings…

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Kenyans using social media to manage problematic road traffic

Kenyans using social media to manage problematic road traffic

Social media is increasingly taking its place in the modern society as a core tool, not only in information and communication, but also in being a more efficient way to offer support and help to masses. In various ways, Facebook and Twitter have helped users to tackle some problems they face in their daily lives, ranging from crime watch to traffic alerts. In Kenya for instance, a concerned road user came up with a faster and trendy way of sending out traffic alerts to Nairobi’s road users, majorly relying on…

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Home to the most diverse languages in the world

Home to the most diverse languages in the world

Africa leads the world when it comes to linguistic diversity; over 1500 different languages are spoken in the continent. Leading National languages or rather official languages include Arabic, French and English. The Arabic language has over 100 million speakers in Africa with a more than half of the number being found in Egypt followed by Algeria, Tunisia, Libya among others. English is a widely spoken language in the world and so in Africa as well  with major native English speakers in South Africa and mostly spoken in Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana,…

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