WHO announces model essential medicines lists for 2017


World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a model essential medicines lists (EML) in a new advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances. It said in a release to the Ghana News Agency that other additions include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and leukaemia. The updated list adds 30 ...

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Ghanaian tech executive Bozoma Saint John leaves Apple for Uber

Bozoma Saint John

Star executive, Bozoma Saint John, is leaving her position at Apple to take on a leadership role at Uber Technologies. The tech maven has been named the Chief Brand Officer of Uber Technologies. “I’m excited to start this journey,” she told OkayAfrica in an exclusive conversation. “Uber is a global company and I plan to bring my full global citizenship ...

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is ‘recuperating fast’


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is “recuperating fast” from his illness, his wife Aisha Buhari has said. She made the comments after a trip to London, where her husband is being treated for an unspecified illness. Mr Buhari, 74, left for London nearly a month ago – his second trip to the UK for treatment this year. His absence has led ...

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US husband splits from wife who raped him as boy

A husband has filed for legal separation from his wife and former teacher, who had served a jail term for having sex with him when he was 12. Vili Fualaau, now 33, submitted papers to a court in Washington state, US, to end his 12-year marriage to Mary Kay Fualaau (formerly Letourneau), aged 55. Mrs Fualaau was a married 34-year-old ...

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Somalia’s al-Shabab stones man to death for adultery


Somali militants have stoned a man to death after an Islamic court convicted him of adultery. Dayow Mohamed Hassan, 44, was buried neck-deep and pelted to death with stones by al-Shabab fighters. He was convicted of being in an adulterous relationship with a woman and impregnating her, despite having two wives, an official said. Al-Shabab occasionally passes such sentences for ...

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Cohabiting couples in Burundi have until the end of the year to get married or face legal consequences


Cohabiting couples in Burundi have until the end of the year to get married or face legal consequences The government order comes after President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a campaign “to moralise society”. A government spokesman said a crackdown on informal relationships was needed to combat a population explosion. He said too many schoolgirls were getting pregnant and men were taking ...

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Why Facebook is investing $170m in Uganda

Facebook invest in Uganda

Ugandans have a growing passion for the internet and social media – and it’s being reciprocated. The world’s biggest social networking platform has chosen Uganda for a $170 million fibre infrastructure project. This investment shows that Uganda is one of Facebook’s top priority countries in Africa. While Uganda had 23 million phone users and 13 million internet users in 2015, ...

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Africa left out as Western Union digital service goes live

Western Union

As Western Union’s digital service goes live in 40 countries, developing countries, including those in Africa where 75 per cent of cross-border person-to-person (P2P) transfers are made are not included yet. Not a single African country is included at the moment. Western Union, the global payments company announced Wednesday, May 10, 2017 that it has further strengthened its global digital ...

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Euro strengthens as Macron wins French presidency


The euro has risen after pro-EU Emmanuel Macron won France’s presidential vote by a large margin. The single currency strengthened 0.2% against the dollar as investors were reassured over the future stability of the European project. The reaction was muted, however, as investors were expecting Mr Macron, a former investment banker and an economic liberal, to prevail. He has proposed ...

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Africa’s Next Level of Economic Transformation


The G20 finance ministers met last week in Germany to discuss critical challenges facing the global economy, from climate change to migration to humanitarian emergencies like the unfolding famine in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. I left the discussions encouraged by the shared commitment to deal with these key issues. I shared how the World Bank Group ...

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