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Angola:Angola to Launch First Satellite in December

By Arnaldo Vieira

Angola will launch into orbit its first communications satellite on December 7, a government official has said.

The ICT minister Mr. José Carvalho da Rocha said AngoSat-1 will provide telecommunications services throughout the country once it begins operations.

“It will be possible to perform telemedicine services among many other benefits,” the minister told Rádio Luanda on Thursday.

The satellite, built by a Russian consortium, will be launched from the Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan.

AngoSat-1 has a lifespan of 15 years, the minister said, adding that the government will commission another to replace it.

Mr Carvalho said about 45 technicians are being trained on its operations.

The Angolan space vehicle was commissioned in 2012 and its launch has been postponed several times.


Angola and DRC Reaffirm Commitment to Economic Cooperation

The Presidents of the Republics of Angola, João Lourenço, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC),… Read more »

Angola:Lunda Sul – Over 12.000 Tons of Fish Caught

Saurimo — At least 12,360 tons of fish were caught from January to September this year, representing an increase if compared to the previous 8.000 tons of fish recorded in the same period in 2016.

This was said to Angop on Thursday in Saurimo city by the head of department for rural development and fisheries of the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture, Carlos Domingos Fazenda.

He said it was recorded an increase in amount of continental fish caught, due the investments made by the Ministry of Fisheries and government.

Such support, added the official, has been made through the distribution of motor boats, fishhook, nets and other tools to contribute positively to the local fishing activity, which involved more than 300 families of artisanal fishermen integrated in 20 groups.


Angolan President Attends Meeting On Peace in DRC

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Nigeria:Nigeria Has Third Highest Infant Mortality Rate in the World – WHO

By Ayodamola Owoseye

Nearly ten per cent of new-born deaths in the world last year occurred in Nigeria, a new report by the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, has revealed.

According to the report, five countries accounted for half of all new-born deaths last year, with Nigeria third in the list. These are India (24 per cent), Pakistan (10 per cent), Nigeria (9 per cent), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (4 per cent) and Ethiopia (3 per cent). Most new-born deaths occurred in two regions: Southern Asia (39 per cent) and sub-Saharan Africa (38 per cent).

The report showed that 15,000 children died globally before their fifth birthday in 2016, with 46 per cent of the deaths (7.000) occurring in the first 28 days of life.

The World Health Organisation issued a press statement on Thursday on the new study titled: Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017.

The study reveals that although the number of children dying before the age of five is at a new low – 5.6 million in 2016 compared to nearly 9.9 million in 2000 – the proportion of under-five deaths in the new-born period has increased from 41 per cent to 46 per cent during the same period.

The UNICEF Chief of Health, Stefan Peterson, said though the lives of 50 million children under-five have been saved since 2000 through increased level of commitment by governments and development partners to tackle preventable child deaths, more still needs to be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, or days after their birth.

“We have the knowledge and technologies that are required – we just need to take them where they are most needed.”

According to the report released by UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the Population Division of UNDESA, which make up the Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME), at current trends, 60 million children will die before their fifth birthday between 2017 and 2030, half of them new-borns, .

The Nigerian Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, had earlier this year described the high mortality rate of under-five in the country as unacceptable.

He said the government has however made significant progress in reducing the rate of new-born deaths in the country as it has declined from 201/1000 live births to 128/1000 live births in 2013.

Every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of child bearing age, making the country the second largest contributor to under-five and maternal mortality rate in the world.

The latest report notes that many lives can be saved if global inequities are reduced.

If all countries achieved the average mortality of high-income countries, 87 per cent of under-five deaths could have been averted and almost 5 million lives could have been saved in 2016.

Tim Evans, Senior Director of Health Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group said it is unconscionable that in 2017, pregnancy and child birth are still life-threatening conditions for women, and that 7,000 new-borns die daily.

“The best measure of success for Universal Health Coverage is that every mother should not only be able to access health care easily, but that it should be quality, affordable care that will ensure a healthy and productive life for her children and family.

“We are committed to scaling up our financing to support country demand in this area, including through innovative mechanisms like the Global Financing Facility (GFF)”, he said.

Pneumonia and diarrhoea top the list of infectious diseases which claim the lives of millions of children under-five globally, accounting for 16 per cent and eight per cent of deaths, respectively.

Preterm birth complications and complications during labour or child birth were the causes of 30 per cent of new-born deaths in 2016. In addition to the 5.6 million under-5 deaths, 2.6 million babies are stillborn each year, the majority of which could be prevented.

Ending preventable child deaths can be achieved by improving access to skilled health-professionals during pregnancy and at the time of birth; lifesaving interventions, such as immunization, breastfeeding and inexpensive medicines; and increasing access to water and sanitation, that are currently beyond the reach of the world’s poorest communities.

Angola:Coffee Production Drops

Ndalatando — Coffee production in northern Cuanza Norte province has dropped from 900 tons in 2016 to 600 in 2017, according to the local department of the National Coffee Institute.

The head of the Institute in Cuanza Norte, José da Costa Neto, told Agngop that the fall in production was due to the lack of financing and replacement of old plantations that are over 50 years of age.

José da Costa Neto said that the institute has 1,000 coffee farms registered in the province, 700 of which are currently operational.

However, he said his institution is committed to creating nurseries with improved plants to distribute to producers to replace old fields and strengthen technical support for farmers.

Despite the commitment of coffee growers to raising production, the official said that the lack of bank financing is preventing the purchase of machinery, pesticides and other means required for coffee production.


President in Brazzaville for Great Lakes Summit

The Angolan head of State João Lourenço is since Wednesday evening in Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), to… Read more »

Bwalya to Oversee Cranes Coach Search As Basena, Timbe Express Interest

By Denis Bbosa

Kampala — By seeking the services of Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya in the recruitment of Cranes coach, Fufa could be trying to show how that national team stakes have risen.

With interim coach Moses Basena’ mandate ending after the World Cup campaign last game against Congo early next month, Fufa opened the global search for a permanent coach that will take Cranes to another level. “The Fufa Emergency Committee took a decision to open up the job vacancy of Cranes and the terms of reference also include coaching the U-23 side (Kobs),” Fufa CEO Edgar Watson told the press yesterday at Mengo.

After the application process between October 23 to October 29, the Bwalya’s technical panel that also includes; Edgar Watson (Fufa CEO),

Asuma Lubowa(Fufa Technical Committee), Livingstone Kyambadde (Uganda Coaches Association) and a representative from National Council of Sports (NCS) will then come with a final list of nominees that will be discussed between the federation and government before the executive committee makes the final pronouncement on November 15.

According to Watson, the applicants can be Ugandans or none Ugandans and qualified top level coaches.

“Our expectations are that the applicants should have the experience and top most qualifications in Africa or its equivalent to handle the job and that is the main duty of the panel.”

“He is one unique African with many attributes. He has been head Caf Technical Committee, a legendary footballer, coached national team, a president of a federation (Zambia) and is neutral in terms of the Ugandan football status. “His experience on the globe will give us that quality we need in determining our next coach,” Watson reveals.

Basena, who has won two games, drawn one and lost three of the six games he has been in charge of Cranes since Serb Micho Sredojevic quit still believes he has something to offer and is set to apply for the job. “To coach Uganda Cranes is an honour that brings the best out of you. I have enjoyed my time hope it continues,” said Basena.


Marburg Fever Kills Two

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Angola:Ophthalmologic Centre Conducts Cataract Surgery On 100 Patients

Mbanza Congo — The Opthalmologic Centre of the Baptist Evangelic Church of Angola (IEBA) in Mbanza Congo, northern Zaire Province, from 09 to 13 October conducted cataract surgeries on one hundred patients, in the ambit of the third session of the Fight against Blindness Programme in the northern part of Angola.

The information was given last Saturday to ANGOP by the co-ordinator of the mentioned programme, the ophthalmologist Miguel Vinda, who also revealed that the institution managed to achieve the objectives outlined for the third session of the programme, one of which was to see 20 patients per day.

The specialist informed also that the centre does not cater for Zaire citizens only, but has also been seeing patients from the provinces of Luanda, Cabinda, Bengo, Cuanza Sul and Uige.

Miguel Vinda disclosed also that the next session is scheduled for December this year.

Since the start of the programme in 2009, the centre has already operated on over 2000 cataract patients.

The project is an initiative of the Baptist Evangelic Church of Angola (IEBA), in partnership with the Boavista Ophthalmologic Hospital of the centre-west Benguela Province, as well as the support of the Health Ministry, the African Investment Fund and the Baptist Medical Commission of the United Kingdom.


Economy Diversification Demands Major Investment in Agriculture

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Nigeria:There Are Reports That Monkeypox Has Resurfaced in Nigeria. What You Need to Know

interviewBy Oyewale Tomori, Nigerian Academy of Science

The outbreak of a rare disease suspected to be Monkeypox is raising fears of an imminent epidemic in Nigeria. Infected people break out in a rash that looks a lot like chicken pox. But the fever, malaise, and headache from Monkeypox are usually more severe than in chicken pox infection.The disease can spread quickly and in previous outbreaks one of 10 people have died. The first suspected cases were reported in Bayelsa state in south Nigeria in late September. Since then suspected cases have been reported in seven of the country’s 36 states, including Lagos. A total of 31 suspected cases have been reported. What is Monkeypox and should the world be worried? The Conversation Africa’s Declan Okpalaeke asked Oyewale Tomori for some insights.

What is Monkeypox and how is it contracted?

Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease – it’s caused by a virus transmitted from animals to humans. The virus was first identified in Denmark in 1958 during an investigation into a pox-like disease among monkeys. Hence its name. The natural host of the virus remains undefined. But the disease has been reported in many animals including squirrels, rats, mice and primates.

There appear to be two distinct groups of the Monkeypox virus – the Congo Basin and the West African groups. The Congo Basin virus group is more virulent. According to the United States Centre for Diseases Control, the Monkeypox virus has only been isolated twice from an animal in nature; first in 1985 from an apparently ill African rodent in the Equateur Region of the Democratic Republic of Congo and in 2012 from a dead infant mangabey found in the Tai National Park in Cote d’Ivoire.

The first reported case of Monkeypox infection in humans was in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A 9-year old boy was diagnosed in a region in which smallpox had been eliminated two years earlier. In 1996-97 there was a major outbreak of the disease in the country.

Most cases of human Monkeypox have been reported in the rainforest regions of the Congo Basin – particularly in the DRC where it’s considered to be endemic – and in western Africa. Other African countries reporting the disease include Ivory Coast (2 cases in 1971 and 1981), Liberia (4 cases in 1970), Sierra Leone (2 cases in 1970 and 2014), Nigeria (3 cases in 1971 and 1978), a total of six cases in Cameroon between 1976 and 1990, Central African Republic (32 cases with 2 deaths between 1984 and 2016), Gabon (8 cases in 1987 and 1992- 8), and 19 cases in Sudan in 2005. There are also reports of sporadic cases in the Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire)

In 2003 the first reported cases of human Monkeypox outside of Africa were confirmed in the US, with a total of 37 in six states. Most of the patients had had close contact with pet prairie dogs. The virus transmission is thought to have first occurred between animals imported from Africa which had been co-housed with prairie dogs.

Primary infection is through direct contact with the blood, bodily fluids, or cutaneous or mucosal lesions of an infected animal. Eating inadequately cooked meat of infected animals is also a risk factor.

Human-to-human transmission can result from close contact with infected respiratory tract secretions, skin lesions of an infected person or objects recently contaminated by patient fluids or lesion materials. Household members of active cases are at greater risk of infection via droplet respiratory particles during prolonged face-to-face contact.

Transmission can also occur by inoculation or via the placenta (congenital Monkeypox).

Monkeypox can easily be confused with other rash illnesses such as smallpox, chickenpox, measles, bacterial skin infections, scabies, syphilis, and medication-associated allergies.

In the early stage of the disease Monkeypox can be distinguished from smallpox because the lymph gland gets enlarged. A laboratory test is needed for a definitive diagnosis.

Should the world be worried about Monkeypox? How can it be treated?

Sure, we should be worried. The disease can cause the death of one out of 10 infected people and can spread very quickly. The symptoms (fever, malaise, and headache) of Monkeypox are more severe than those of chickenpox

The other reason for concern is that there is no specific treatment or vaccine available for Monkeypox infection. In the past, the anti-smallpox vaccine was shown to be 85% effective in preventing Monkeypox. But smallpox has been eradicated so the vaccine isn’t widely available anymore.

Nevertheless outbreaks can be controlled. The first step is preventing infections. This can be achieved through public health awareness campaigns to reduce the risk of animal-to-human transmission. Key messages would include the fact that people should avoid contact with sick or dead animals that could harbour the virus, especially in areas known to be Monkeypox hotspots. Other precautions include ensuring that infected people are isolated and that health workers caring for ill people must wear gloves and protective equipment.

A key part of managing the spread of the disease is good surveillance so that cases can be detected quickly and the outbreak contained.

**What’s behind the recent outbreak in Nigeria?

At the moment all we can say is that there are suspected cases of Monkeypox in Nigeria. We still do not have laboratory confirmation of the current outbreak and claims are being made purely on the basis of signs and symptoms. But we must remember that there are other rash illnesses that mimic Monkeypox symptoms. This is not the first report of monkeypox cases in Nigeria. Between 1971 and 1978, ten human Monkeypox infections were reported in the country. Three were laboratory confirmed (two in 1971 and one in 1978).

Does the claim that the outbreak was triggered by government delivering free medical treatment hold any water?

The claim of government involvement in the outbreak is absolute nonsense, and it is an unwarranted and unnecessary diversion from the main issue of confirming and controlling the spread of the disease.

Disclosure statement

Oyewale Tomori does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.

Sudan Participates in Water Ministers of Nile Basin Initiative Countries’ Meeting in Entebbe

Khartoum — Sudan participated with a delegation headed by the Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity Muataz Musa at the annual meeting of the Ministers of Water in the Nile Basin Initiative’s Countries which started Thursday in Entebbe, Uganda.

The meeting will discuss the reports and plans of the regional initiative including the 10-year plan. The guidelines of action for the next decade are to be agreed upon during the meeting.

The strategy will also include the development objectives of the Nile Basin Initiative, responding to the challenges facing the region such as augmentation of hydropower, promoting trade in energy and the economic security as well as the protection and development of water resources, responding to climatic changes and joint water management among the Nile Basin countries.

The meeting is expected to deliberate on the election of a new leadership for the initiative within the framework of the annual rotation of the leadership.

Sudan, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as civil society organizations and the media, will take part in the meeting.


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Kenya, Egypt Renew Rivalry in Nations Cup Semis

By Brian Yonga

Defending champions Kenya renew hostilities with arch-rivals Egypt Friday evening in the first semi-final of women’s volleyball Africa Nations Championship at the Palais des Sports Indoor Arena in Yaoundé.

The other last four encounter will see hosts Cameroon battle much-improved Senegal as the competition reaches fever pitch.

At stake will be a place in Saturday’s final and the two slots reserved for Africa at the 2018 FIVB World Championship in Japan.

Focus will however be on Malkia Strikers’ clash with Egypt as the two nemesis renew their rivalry on the continental stage once again.

Kenya beat the North Africans 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-17) in the CAVB Zone V World Championships Qualifiers held in Nairobi in the teams’ most recent clash in August.

It was however the Egyptians who ousted Kenya from last year’s Rio Olympics qualifiers after defeating Malkia Strikers 3-2 in the semi-finals held in Yaoundé. Cameroon went on to beat Egypt in the final to qualify for the Olympics.


Kenya, who are chasing a record 10th title, have impressed so far in the competition topping Pool B with 4-0 ratio after wins against Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Japheth Munala-led side have not dropped a set and will be aiming to maintain the good form as they look to reach another final.

“This is where the real competition starts and we have got to be better as the opposition is also very formidable,” Munala told Nation Sport from Yaoundé on Thursday.

“We have a good record against Egypt but we are not taking any chances as we want to reach the final and win the title,” he added.

Centres Edith Wisa and Brackcides Agala have impressed so far in the competition and Munala, who is chasing his first title with the team, is hoping they will hit top form against Egypt.

Skipper Mercy Moim was the team’s top scorer in wins against Tunisia and DR Congo with setter Janet Wanja also influential in the team.

Three-time winners Egypt finished second in Pool A after losing 3-1 (20-25, 30-28, 25-17, 25-18) to Cameroon in their final preliminary match on Wednesday. The North Africans will bank on attacker Aya Elshamy, who scored 21 points against Cameroon, as they look to reach their first final since 2003.

In the second semi-final, Senegal, who finished second in Pool B, will be hoping to get the better of the hosts as they look to reach their first final.


Play off 5-8

Algeria v Nigeria

Tunisia v Botswana


Kenya v Egypt – 6pm

Cameroon v Senegal – 8pm


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Uganda Needs Consent to Use Nile Water

opinionBy Halima Abdallah

After resolving the cross-border evacuation route for its crude oil pipeline, Uganda will need to secure a permit from Nile Basin member countries to get water from Lake Albert during oil production.

Oil and gas development needs water and this could have an impact on local resources and potentially spark conflicts.

The oil and gas sector will require substantial water supply during the construction of necessary facilities and the operational phases. Uganda expects to get the water from Lake Albert, which it shares with Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Water extraction from Lake Albert requires the approval of the Ministry of Water and Environment and the Nile Basin Initiative,” said Energy Minister Irene Muloni.

The Nile Basin Initiative is an intergovernmental partnership between 10 countries: Burundi, Sudan, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Eritrea participates as an observer.

Egypt in particular is often concerned with any project that has a direct impact on the flow and volumes of the River Nile.

The water demand at the peak of the production phase is estimated to reach 75,000m3 per day.

Owing to high possibility of contamination of natural public water bodies, Uganda will be expected to assure the Nile Basin Initiative countries that it will adhere to strict environmental conservation guidelines to avoid contamination as produced water always come with impurities that could be toxic.

The water issue is the latest list of things Uganda has to do in its bid to development adds to long list of must do things to start oil production by 2020. Other issues include infrastructure and logistics development, land acquisition, environment and social impact assessments.


Cranes’ Coach Plots Future After World Cup Exit

Uganda Cranes’ goalless draw with Ghana last weekend at Namboole, literally marked the end of their hopes to qualify for… Read more »

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