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Driving Nigeria’s Blood Donation Awareness

Nigeria's Blood Donation

Ochu-Baiye, 34 used her radio show on Abuja’s WE FM to advocate for blood donation — which is still viewed with suspicion by many Nigerians. Now she has launched an innovative artificial-intelligence-driven platform connecting would-be blood donors with recipients. A platform called J Blood Match on Facebook and the instant messaging app Telegram allows people to register either as donors or advocates, indicating their location, nearest hospital, gender, age and blood type. In the event that someone on the platform needs blood, the system identifies donors based on location and blood type and notifies available matches via Telegram and Facebook, asking whether they agree or decline to give. Within a week of its November launch, it had registered 106 donors nationwide, though it has not yet made a donation match because no one has requested blood.

SOURCE: OZY

Ahmed’s Acceptance Speech for Peace Prize

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for forging an end to almost two decades of conflict with neighboring Eritrea, described how his personal exposure to the horrors it wrought drove him to seek a rapprochement. “War is the epitome of hell for all involved,” Abiy, who served as a radio operator in the Ethiopian army and was the only survivor of an artillery attack on his unit during the war, said in his Nobel lecture in Oslo on Tuesday. “I know because I have been there and back.” Abiy described Isaias as his partner and said his goodwill and commitment played a vital role in bringing about the deal that persuaded the United Nations to lift decade-old sanctions on Eritrea.

SOURCE: BLOOMBERG

How a Broken Nation Came Back from the Brink

Rwanda

The social work profession in Rwanda was formed following the 1994 genocide, after the slaughter of more than 800,000 people, Rwanda’s social fabric was in tatters. Economic institutions collapsed, there was widespread displacement and many women were pregnant as the result of rape. Social work has been a key factor in making progress, through homegrown solutions or indigenous models of development that address the many layers of social wounds. Among other approaches, social workers have been deeply involved with programmes such as umuganda (community work), ubudehe (local collective action) and girinka (one cow per poor family).

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

South Africa’s Blackouts on Key Industries

South Africa's Blackouts

Mines across South Africa are shutting down after flash flooding set off the largest power blackouts in more than a decade, threatening a key export sector in a further blow to the country’s already slowing economy. Heavy rains across parts of the country have submerged whole neighbourhoods, leading to mass evacuations and aggravating problems at state-owned utility Eskom, which has been struggling to keep the lights on since 2008. Energy minister Gwede Mantashe is considering short and medium-term interventions, such as pushing forward approval for new power-generation projects, to tackle the energy and electricity challenges, the ministry said in a statement.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

An Inspiring Friendship at an African Animal Orphanage

African Animal Orphanage

A baby giraffe that was befriended by a dog after he was abandoned in the wild has died, a South African animal orphanage said. The giraffe, named Jazz, collapsed after suffering a brain hemorrhageWhen the giraffe became ill, Hunter seemed to realize something was wrong and did not leave the baby giraffe’s side, the orphanage said. The dog was there when the giraffe died, and sat in front of the empty room for hours before going to its carers for comfort.

SOURCE: THE NEW YORK TIMES

The African Diaspora: Beyond Remittance

African Diaspora

According to the World Bank, Nigerians contribute a total of US $11 billion annually, while collectively, the African diaspora sends more than US$40 billion. Sending funds home is not cheap, especially in the region, with costs nearly 30 percent higher than the global average—another reason why it’s near impossible to give an accurate figure on exactly how much money flows into the continent, as it is cheaper to transfer through informal undocumented channels.

SOURCE: AFRICA.COM

Counterfeit Goods Harm Intra-Africa Trade

Intra-Africa Trade

The longstanding issue of fake goods across eastern Africa is threatening trade relations between Kenya and South Sudan with genuine manufacturers at risk of having their products banned in Juba. Reports show that the counterfeits are either smuggled to South Sudan through the Ugandan border or made in Juba’s black market. According to Chris Mburu, Kenyan ambassador to South Sudan, there has been a backlash from consumers over low-standard goods, forcing the Embassy to seize possession of some fake products pulled out from shelves.

SOURCE: VENTURES AFRICA

Mauritanians Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Mauritania 250 camels

The EU has given Mauritania 250 camels as part of its efforts to combat the threat of jihadists and boost border security in the Sahel country, according to the Sahara Media news agency. The arrival of the animals in the town of Achemim in an eastern region bordering Mali was met with amusement by local people, who thought the gift was surprising given that their country is known for having a large camel population. Others questioned the importance of camel cavalry units in modern times and suggested that a high-tech gift would be more beneficial, like vehicles for desert navigation or advanced systems for surveillance and communications.

SOURCE: BBC

How Climate Change Affects a Fishing Village in Mali

Fishing Village in Mali

Africa’s Sahel region emits considerably less greenhouse gasses than the U.S. and China, but with temperatures in the area rising 1.5 times faster than the global average, the region is still especially vulnerable to climate change. Mali’s Lake Wegnia, which provides food & water to thousands of residents, is shrinking due to rising heat and unpredictable rains. The lake is rich in fish, water and biodiversity, but it has shrunk in size by 20 percent since 2017.

SOURCE: VOA

What to Do on a Mighty River and One of the Longest Coastlines in Africa

Longest Coastlines in Africa

Egypt is blessed with a liquid bounty. Ancients called it the gift of the Nile. But it’s much more than just that mighty river. Flanked by the Mediterranean on the north and the Red Sea in the east, Egypt also boasts one of the longest coastlines in Africa and the Middle East. Together the river and seas provide almost unlimited scope for things to do on the water, outdoor recreation that stretches all the way from sailing on the Nile and taking a dip in a cool oasis pool to adrenalin-packed aquatic sports and marine wildlife safaris.

SOURCE: CNN