July flash-Afronews

Uganda

The International Monetary Fund has decided to grant about one billion US dollars to the Ugandan government to support the recovery of the economy, following the important rise in COVID cases in recent weeks.

This is a loan spread over three years, which allows the immediate granting of approximately 260 million dollars.

The pandemic has abruptly and heavily halted the improvement process that began in Uganda about a decade ago.

The growth forecasts, by the IMF itself, are 4.3% in the years 2021-22, however the uncertainties are, as for other countries, many.

https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2021/06/28/pr21197-uganda-imf-executive-board-approves-ecf-arrangement-for-uganda

Other countries of sub-Saharan Africa

While some parts of the world are experiencing a lull in COVID-19 cases, "countries in Africa, the Americas and Asia are now facing serious epidemics," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a recent report. Press conference. The world needs WHO now more than ever, and the Organization continues to provide support to countries facing ongoing challenges thanks to the generous support of its donors and partners.

Democratic Republic of Congo

In recent weeks, in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases, WHO has urgently delivered a supply of medical supplies and equipment to health facilities in Kinshasa to bolster care for a growing number of COVID-19 patients. Hospitals in the capital are facing increasing pressure due to the circulation of disturbing variants such as the Delta strain. The recent dispatch is worth $ 200,000 and consists of respirators and accessories, oxygen concentrators, personal protective equipment and other items. WHO's activities to combat COVID-19 in the Democratic Republic of Congo are supported by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operation (ECHO), Gavi and the World Bank.

Liberia

WHO recently delivered a substantial shipment of infection prevention and control supplies and COVID-19 laboratory diagnostic kits to the Monrovia Ministry of Health. The supplies will strengthen the country's response to COVID-19 and improve its preparedness for Ebola virus disease. The donation will help health facilities already strained to respond to a worrying increase in COVID-19 cases in the capital and surrounding areas. WHO has provided ongoing support to Liberia through technical and financial support to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, while ensuring uninterrupted access to other essential health services.

Mozambique

Finally, WHO recently delivered three machines for PCR laboratory examination to the National Institute of Health in Maputo with the support of the Swiss Cooperation.

The three machines were purchased with Swiss funds will substantially strengthen the country's testing capacity. The current donation is in addition to 2 previous machines supplied to Mozambique by the WHO.

To see all other relevant WHO initiatives: https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/who-support-remains-critical-in-countries-and-regions-facing-covid-19 -surges

Tanzania

In the past, pregnant girls of school age in Tanzania were denied access to education, which meant the end of their school career and the end of any prospects.

According to the World Bank, around 5,500 girls are forced to drop out of school each year due to pregnancy.

The government of Tanzania has announced a new program aimed at addressing this discriminatory ban. Girls will now be offered the opportunity to pursue their education at 54 alternative colleges, which are expected to start functioning by the end of the year.

As many as 49 million girls do not attend primary and secondary school in sub-Saharan Africa, Human Rights Watch reports.

For the United Nations, Tanzania currently has one of the highest incidences of teenage pregnancies, estimated at around 27% of girls between the ages of 15 and 19.

However, with the new leader of the country, President Samia Suluhu Hassan (as reported by us in the April edition), the situation is slowly changing.

Unlike the former president, Magufuli, a COVID-19 denier, Hassan is actively promoting awareness of the danger of the virus and encouraging civilians to protect themselves. He also requested COVID-19 vaccines from Covax, the global vaccine program.

https://www.okayafrica.com/teenage-pregnancy-in-tanzania/