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If you are wondering why #African Union leaders including are calling for a dialogue/summit on the #Ethiopian crisis. This is why.

@KagutaMuseveni @mfaethiopia @jumuiya @Reuters #Tigray…
There is no doubt that Ethiopia is an important African geopolitical center being one of the biggest & oldest states on the continent. If it disintegrates or remains unstable, it could light up a geopolitical wildfire past its borders. WHY?
Its no secret that many including the West & China have significant economic & political interests in Ethiopia. But many other African countries like Egypt, Sudan have strategic interests too.…
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WHO published its Management Response Plan to address the findings of the Independent Commission on allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation during the 10th #Ebola outbreak response in #DRC ⬇️
The plan outlines short-term actions focusing on the most urgent Commission's recommendations, but also describes the actions that WHO will undertake over the next 15 months to improve its policies and procedures.
WHO is committed to supporting the survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation in #DRC including with livelihood support.
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Media briefing on Independent Commission's review of the allegations of sexual abuse & exploitation during the #Ebola 2018-2020 outbreak in #DRC…
"In October last year, I appointed an Independent Commission to investigate allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse during the response to the 10th #Ebola Virus Disease epidemic in North Kivu and Ituri, in the #DRC"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "The commission was co-chaired by Aïchatou Mindaoudou, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs & Social Development of 🇳🇪, & Julienne Lusenge, an internationally recognized human rights activist and advocate for survivors of sexual violence in conflict, from #DRC"-@DrTedros
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"Today, the #DRC declared an outbreak of meningitis in the north-eastern Tshopo Province, with 261 suspected cases and 129 deaths reported”, @DrTedros says at start of @WHO presser.
A reminder that #covid19 "is far from the only health threat to which WHO is responding”, he says
@DrTedros @WHO "Over 50,000 people have died with #COVID19 every week since October last year and for the past month, deaths have remained at almost 70,000 a week”, says @DrTedros.
Solutions to save lives are there, he says, “but those solutions are not being used well nor shared well."
@DrTedros @WHO "Some countries with the highest vaccine coverage are now seeing a decoupling of #COVID19 cases and deaths, which is allowing them to reopen their societies without their health systems being overwhelmed”, says @DrTedros.
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@DrTedros "Today, the #DRC declared an outbreak of #meningitis in the north-eastern Tshopo Province, with 261 suspected cases and 129 deaths reported. Health authorities have deployed an initial emergency team, and WHO is supporting the response"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "More than 100 patients are already receiving treatment at home & in 🇨🇩 health centres. WHO has provided medical supplies & plans to deploy more experts & resources. #Meningitis is a deadly & debilitating disease, with serious health, economic & social consequences"-@DrTedros
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LIVE: Inauguration of the WHO Hub for pandemic & epidemic intelligence with @DrTedros & Chancellor Merkel…
🎉 The WHO Hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence is officially inaugurated by @DrTedros and 🇩🇪 Chancellor Merkel
"It is an honour and a privilege to be here today for the opening of the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence.

I want to begin by taking you back to 2015, when the terrible West African #Ebola outbreak was just beginning to be brought under control"-@DrTedros
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1. Since June, the ADF / Islamic State Central Africa Province has mounted a sustained offensive in southern #Irumu #Ituri #DRC pushing further north towards Komanda. This represents a significant shift and expansion of its traditional AO in #Beni territory of #NorthKivu.
2. While most of its efforts are along RN4 between Eringeti and Komanda, it has also mounted a significant targeted campaign near Boga and Tshabi, also in southern #Ituri, killing and kidnapping nearly 100 people in this same timeframe. All of this data is available @KivuSecurity
3. Meanwhile, the Islamic State has heavily publicized the offensive along RN4, claiming 5 operations alongside 18 exclusive photos and one video. The pictures also detail the ADF's brief occupations of the villages of Ofai and Maniala, just a few kms south of Komanda.
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NEW: Just released @UN report warns of "heightened threats emerging" from #ISIS #alQaida affiliated groups worldwide

"This is especially true in parts of West and East #Africa" per the report, based on member state intelligence
In West/East #Africa, affiliates of #ISIS #alQaida "can boast gains in supporters and territory under threat, as well as growing capabilities in fundraising & weapons, for example, in the use of drones" per the @UN report
#ISIS in #Syria "has evolved into an entrenched insurgency, exploiting weaknesses in local security to find safe havens & targeting forces engaged in counter-ISIL operations" per the @UN report
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LIVE: Join our press briefing on the latest #COVID19 updates in #Africa, including discussions on the third wave & COVID-19 vaccine passports.…
"There have now been more than 5.3 million #COVID19 cases on the African continent, & 138,000 lives sadly lost. The third wave is picking up speed, spreading faster, hitting harder." - Dr @MoetiTshidi
"This is incredibly worrying. With rapidly rising case numbers & increasing reports of serious illness, the latest surge threatens to be #Africa's worst yet." - Dr @MoetiTshidi
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Today the 74th World Health Assembly #WHA74 saw new resolutions on the health and care workforce and strategic directions for nursing and midwifery.
The #COVID19 pandemic has underscored the critical role of all health and care workers at the forefront of the pandemic, who have faced multiple risks related to their health, well-being and safety. #WHA74

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New resolution stresses the need for decent pay, recognition, a safe working environment, and protection of the rights of health and care workers. #WHA74
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Finally, here is Friday's #Coronavirus megathread

🚦review imminent, I'm getting a lot of questions.
I reply to everyone but it's so time consuming
I'm now working on 7-day rates for EVERY Greek island.

No obligation but if my efforts are worth £1, thx…
I'll continue to post free advice and data, so nothing will be hidden from anyone, so please don't be angry or upset! And yes you can still ask questions!

So the big news in UK today is that the single shot Jansen (J&J) #Covid19 vaccine has been approved…
The big #Covid19 data news overnight is that #Argentina smashed its own record again, topping 40,000 cases in a day for the first time.

41,080 new cases to be precise, up around 15% on last week's total.
Another 547 new deaths
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Here at 12:22 pm is the UN noon briefing Inner City Press is banned from by UNSG @antonioguterres for 1059th day, have emailed @StephDujarric Qs on Viet Nam elex scam like SG's, #Burundi, #Haiti, #DRC, #Mali #Honduras #Cameroon, Hochschild #MeToo, thread below Image
Inner City Press has asked, "What are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that in UNSC member Vietnam, authorities have detained independent candidates ahead of National Assembly elections? The candidates used social media to announce their candidacy Image
Relatedly, what are Guterres' views on that all 7+ opponent to him have had their CVs blocked, one [Inner City Press] is banned and Emma Reilly's home was "swatted" by Swiss police, she tells Inner City Press, at the UN's request? Image
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Today #Itamaraty and Minister Carlos França celebrate #AfricaDay, on the 58th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, predecessor of the African Union @_AfricanUnion.
Brazil salutes its African brothers through Félix Tshisekedi @Presidence_RDC, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo #DRC and the #AfricanUnion, and @AUC_MoussaFaki, chairman of the #AUCommission.
Deep historical, cultural, and linguistic ties link Brazil and Africa. More than half of the Brazilian population is of African ancestry. Our roots also make us children of Africa. #AfricaDay.
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An #eruption of #Nyiragongo #volcano (#DRC) began in the evening of May 22. #Meteosat satellite data (from @CIRA_CSU) show a strong thermal anomaly appearing at 17:15 UTC, and a small #volcanic plume amidst widespread regional convection. Follow @CharlesBalagizi for updates.
If you're looking for background info on #Nyiragongo and its previous flank #eruptions in 1977 and 2002, there's a collection of papers in the Italian Acta Vulcanologica journal available here (with free PDFs):…
#Sentinel5P #Tropomi data on May 23 show SO₂ emissions from the #Nyiragongo #eruption. SO₂ to the SE over #Tanzania is at higher altitude (perhaps to tropopause level) and was emitted during the initial, more energetic phase of the eruption (17:00 UTC, May 22). @VirungaSupersit Image
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Eight years ago, Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel revealed that #DRC had lost $1.3 billion in deals struck with #DanGertler. Since then that figure has only grown. It will reach $3.71 billion if nothing is done.

Want to know more about Gertler's deals? Read this #thread.
Businessman #DanGertler has been making opaque and questionable mining deals in #DRC for over 20 years, benefitting from a close relationship with #Congo's former president Joseph Kabila. See video from our friends @TheSentry_Org. #corruption

In 2013, the Africa Progress Panel was the first to publish that Gertler’s deals cost the DRC $1.3 billion. New calculations show this was an underestimate. The loss today is $1.95 billion, with a further loss of $1.76 billion if nothing is done. See here:
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"Earlier today, the government of the #DRC🇨🇩 announced the end of the most recent #Ebola outbreak, three months after the first case was reported in North Kivu.
I congratulate the govt, health workers, communities & all WHO staff who were involved in the response."-@DrTedros
“This has only been possible thanks to a concerted, comprehensive and consistent approach, using vaccines and therapeutics alongside proven public health measures, with empowered and engaged communities.”-@DrTedros

#Ebola #DRC🇨🇩
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Mobutu Sese Seko, also called Mobutu Sese Seko Koko Ngbendu Wa Za Banga, original name Joseph (Désiré) Mobutu, (born October 14, 1930, Lisala, Belgian Congo [now Democratic Republic of the Congo]—died September 7, 1997, Rabat, Morocco), president of Zaire...
(now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) who seized power in a 1965 coup and ruled for some 32 years before being ousted in a rebellion in 1997.
Mobutu was educated in missionary schools and began his career in 1949 in the Belgian Congolese army, the Force Publique, rising from a clerk to a sergeant major, the highest rank then open to Africans.
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I appreciate @USAfricaCommand General Townsend's effort, but this is a very tired beltway argument about Africa's importance. (1/n)…
There's more to say about Africa's influence in global affairs. From its three non-permanent seats on the security council to leadership positions at the @WHO and @wto. (2/n)
African countries will play a critical role in the fight against climate change. #DRC president Tshisekedi, #Gabon president Bongo, #Kenya president Kenyatta, #Nigeria president Buhari, & #SouthAfrica president Ramaphosa will attend today's summit. (3/n)…
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"The first major speech I gave after my election as Director-General in 2017 was at the World Leaders Forum at @Columbia, on the subject of health security"-@DrTedros
"I began my remarks by describing the 1918 flu pandemic, which erupted during the First World War, and although it killed more people than the war itself, the pandemic was quickly forgotten and its lessons went unheeded"-@DrTedros

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Media briefing on #COVID19 with @DrTedros, Dr Lee Bollinger, Dr Anthony Fauci, @DrNancyM_CDC…
"I am deeply saddened & extremely concerned by the attack today on a humanitarian convoy in the #DRC which left three people dead, including the Italian Ambassador. I'd like to express my deepest condolences to their families as well as to the government & people of 🇮🇹"-@DrTedros
"On Friday, leaders from several @G7 countries and the European Union committed $4.3B in new funding to finance the equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostics & therapeutics for #COVID19.
Several G7 countries also committed to sharing doses with COVAX"-@DrTedros #ACTogether
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WHO & partners have deployed

👨‍⚕️👩‍⚕️ technical teams
🩺💊 medical equipment
🩹💗 life-saving supplies

to help national authorities respond to #Ebola outbreaks in #Guinea🇬🇳 & #DRC🇨🇩 during the #COVID19 pandemic.
WHO has allocated from the Contingency Fund for Emergencies,

✅USD1.25 million to #Guinea🇬🇳 & neighbouring countries
✅USD860,000 to #DRC🇨🇩

to support #Ebola response & preparedness activities. 👉
WHO thanks all contributors that help save lives & prevent unnecessary suffering through the Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

This provides WHO the resources to respond rapidly to outbreaks & other health emergencies, often in 2⃣4⃣ hours or less.
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"The number of reported cases of #COVID19 globally has now declined for the fifth consecutive week. Last week saw the lowest number of reported weekly cases since October"-@DrTedros
"So far this year, the number of weekly reported #COVID19 cases has fallen by almost half, from more than 5 million cases in the week of January 4 to 2.6 million cases in the week starting February 8 – just five weeks"-@DrTedros
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"Yesterday, a new case of #Ebola was reported near the city of Butembo, #DRC. Butembo is in the North Kivu province, where a previous outbreak was declared over in June last year. The woman, who sadly has died, was married to an Ebola survivor"-@DrTedros

"Thanks to the enormous capacity built during the latest outbreak [in #DRC], provincial health authorities have significant experience in responding to #Ebola and in preventing onward transmission"-@DrTedros

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A new #Ebola case has been detected in #Butembo #DRC, one of the epicentres of the previous outbreak in eastern DRC. @WHO epidemiologists are on ground supporting @MinSanteRDC's investigation. More than 70 contacts have already been tracked.

The patient was the wife of an #Ebola survivor. Samples have been sent to the National Institute of Biomedical Research in Kinshasa, #DRC for genome sequencing to determine link to the previous outbreak. It is not unusual for sporadic cases to occur following a major outbreak.
With enormous local capacity built in the previous outbreak, the North Kivu Provincial health authorities in #DRC are leading the #Ebola response with support from @MinSanteRDC & @WHO.
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