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Published 28.06.2020 08:02
In South Africa a biotech company is producing antibodies from alpacas to fight Covid-19.
Cape Town-based biotech company Afrobodies, is producing antibodies that can prevent Covid-19 from entering human cells. The antibodies developed from alpacas and are able to bind to the Covid-19 virus and prevent infection. Though the results have been proven by scientists from Scotland the company says more tests are needed…
Lockdown, ,
Published 27.06.2020 19:02
In Namibia the Ministry of Education has reduced the pass mark for promotion to the next grade.
The Ministry announced that the pass mark for promotion to the next grade has been lowered from 40% to 35% for students from Grades 1-9. This decision was taken to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on learners during this academic year. The relaxation of the pass mark is…
Lockdown, ,
Published 27.06.2020 16:01
In Zimbabwe the government has pledged to give civil servants a US$75 Covid-19 allowance.
The government has offered to increase salaries of civil servants by 50% and to provide a Covid-19 allowance to be paid in foreign currency for three months. This pledge comes after workers in the health sector went on strike demanding to be paid in US dollars in order to cope…
Inclusion, ,
Published 27.06.2020 15:03
In Botswana community members have come together to build a hand washing station at a local school.
Community members from Siviya Village, in the North-East District of Botswana, have come together to build a hand washing station at Siviya Primary School. The Project was initiated by community members after speaking to the school Head Teacher. They then used WhatsApp to rally other members of their community to…
Health, ,
Published 26.06.2020 18:47
In Kenya a doctor is providing transport for pregnant women during the country’s curfew.
Dr. Jemimah Kariuki is providing transport for pregnant women who need to go to the hospital during the country’s dusk till dawn curfew. Kariuki explained that she noticed that women were afraid to go to the hospital during the curfew because of the police crackdown on those defying the curfew.…
Health, ,
Published 26.06.2020 18:44
In Egypt the World Bank will provide US$ 400 million for Health Insurance.
The bank announced that it will support the country in its fight against Covid-19 by providing US$400 million to support universal health coverage. The funds will be used to increase the capacity of the country’s universal health insurance system and to provide temporary support for out of pocket costs associated…
Health, ,
Published 26.06.2020 18:28
In South Africa a train is providing mobile Covid-19 screening.
The “Train of Hope,” a state-funded mobile health facility has been repurposed to provide Covid-19 screening in virus hotspots across the country. Health care workers and volunteers are now using the train to reach remote areas of the country and provide much-needed screening and testing services.
Unemployment, ,
Published 26.06.2020 15:45
China has canceled interest free loans to African States.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced that the country will cancel its interest-free loans to African countries that are due to mature by the end of 2020 in a bid to support the continent during the Covid-19 pandemic. He further added that countries that were hardest hit by the pandemic…
Inclusion, ,
Published 26.06.2020 14:44
In the Central African Republic (CAR), UN agencies have donated PPE to prisons in the country.
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and hygiene materials valued as US$120K to 12 prisons in the CAR. The donation will be used by both detainees and staff to stop…
Health, ,
Published 25.06.2020 18:00
In Zimbabwe certification fees for small companies producing Covid-19 PPE have been reduced.
The Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) has reduced certification fees for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) producing Covid-19 Personal and Protective Equipment (PPE). The move is aimed at increasing the number of companies manufacturing PPE and improving the quality of products. Manufacturers of PPE have to be certified by the…

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