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Media challenged to do more in reporting the African story around Ebola

World Health OrganizationThe Coca-Cola Africa Foundation hosts a dialogue on the role of African media in this epidemic

 

23 October 2014, Dar es Salam – “Ebola is a global issue and we all need to be putting our full attention behind it.” This was the message from Dr Susan Mboya-Kidero, President of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF), at this year’s Coca-Cola media breakfast.

The breakfast formed part of the annual CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards event which took place this week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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BBC Africa Debate to discuss Ebola epidemic in West Africa

Ebola Healthcare workers23 September 2014. BBC World Service’s radio programme, BBC Africa Debate, will take its September edition to Accra, Ghana, to discuss the Ebola epidemic. Presented by the BBC’s Akwasi Sarpong and Dr Graham Easton who guest-presents Health Check for BBC World Service, BBC Africa Debate will explore why the Ebola outbreak was able to spread so extensively, and look at wider lessons to be learnt about containing local epidemics in today’s world.

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U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

President ObamaAs the President has stated, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the humanitarian crisis there is a top national security priority for the United States.  In order to contain and combat it, we are partnering with the United Nations and other international partners to help the Governments of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal respond just as we fortify our defenses at home. Every outbreak of Ebola over the past 40 years has been contained, and we are confident that this one can—and will be—as well.

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Malawi targets 500,000 pets for anti-rabies vaccination

Facts about Rabies

BLANTYRE, Sept 18: Malawi, which reports 150 rabid cases every year, plans to vaccinate 500,000 pets—dogs and cats-- to prevent rabies which mercilessly kills its victims.

At a launch of a vaccine campaign in Ntcheu by the Department of Livestock Development, Agriculture minister Allan Chiyembekeza told Mana that the government had procured enough drugs for half-a-million pets.

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How did Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, succeed at reducing child mortality?

Malawi Babies

Today UNICEF released a new report called A Promise Renewed, which includes the latest global figures on child mortality.

One of the Millennium Development Goals is to reduce the figure for under-5 mortality by two-thirds by 2015, and UNICEF’s new report shows how well the international community is doing at achieving that goal.

I recently returned from Malawi, where I saw how the country, despite being one of the poorest in the world, has not only achieved its child survival goal, but reached the milestone a year ahead of schedule.

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