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The Transformation of Healthcare Through Technology

Around the world, healthcare systems are struggling in the face of rising demand and spiraling costs. And the reasons are complex and varied. Partly, it’s because healthcare providers have so much more to do. The populations of rich countries are aging inexorably. That means millions of older patients, who tend to have more frequent and more complex healthcare needs. Partly, it’s because providers can do so much more. The life sciences sector continues to make strides in its ability to treat and manage a broad range of diseases and conditions,…

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Africa Driving its Own Development Agenda

In Africa today, local capital markets, domestic institutions and favourable demographics are converging. This is seeing many countries take control of their own investment and growth agendas.“Large parts of Africa are rapidly approaching a market standard where risk is increasingly less of a factor,” says Charl Bruyns, Head, Investor Services for Standard Bank Group. Pension fund reforms, new settlement systems and exchanges, coupled with increased financial inclusion – largely driven by mobile technology and fintech – have created the market and capital conditions to leverage domestic investment and growth.    The…

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Infertility in Africa: Merck Foundation starts its first Merck Health Media Training to Break the Stigma around Infertility in Africa

WINDHOEK, Namibia, June , 2018 Merck Foundation to provide training for media representatives from more than 15 African Countries. Merck Foundation to scale up its health media training to Francophone African countries and Asian countries in 2018. Merck Foundation to announce, ‘Merck more than a Mother” Media Recognition Award winners. Merck Foundation to start #MenToo to raise awareness about Male infertility Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany starts its first Merck Health Media Training on 10th of July 2018 from 10:00 to 17:30 at Intercontinental Hotel,…

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Mo Salah brings hope and pride back to weary Egyptians

Mohamed Salah’s beaming face adorns huge advertising billboards across Egyptian cities. Merchants seeking to tap into his soaring popularity are selling bed linen and lanterns, traditionally given to children during the holy month of Ramadan, emblazoned with his image. In a popular café in downtown Cairo, a huge mural of Mr Salah has added a youthful look to a painted pantheon of past Egyptian greats, including Nobel laureates and Umm Kulthum, the renowned diva. After years of political turbulence, polarisation and economic hardship in the Arab world’s most populous nation, Egyptians…

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10 Vital African Wedding Traditions You Should Know About (Photos)

An old African proverb says, “A man without a wife is like a vase without flowers.“ Africa, is made up of many nations and tribes with wedding traditions rooted deeply into the culture. Here is a quick look at 10 African wedding traditions. Bemba In the Bemba culture of Zambia, marriage starts with a class called Bana Chimbusa, a secret counselling session for the bride. The class is followed by Chilanga Mulilo, where the bride’s family takes different family dishes and presents them to the groom’s family, giving a symbolic…

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African steel demand is expected to hit 3M tonnes per year by 2050

WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, March , 2018/ — In 2015, The economist published “It’s a STEEL!” analyzing Chinese strategy of their over-production of steel. There may be reason to be suspicious of Chinese steelmakers’ motives. To some, it looks as if China simply wants to export its domestic pollution abroad. Officials are desperately trying to close dirty domestic steel plants. Persuading China’s Iron and Steel Association to do their business in Africa neatly blends environmental concerns with the government’s geopolitical motives to push investment in Africa. But now it seems that US Steel Industry…

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The World’s Premier Mountain Bike (MTB) Race Joins Forces with LiveU to Provide Highest Quality Live Coverage

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March, 2018/ — The world’s most televised mountain biking race, The Absa Cape Epic (www.Cape-Epic.com), has teamed up with LiveU (www.LiveU.tv) to provide live coverage of the 8-day mountain bike stage race in South Africa’s Western Cape. The Prologue and Grand Finale will be broadcast live on TV, with the Grand Finale being broadcast in more than 50 countries around the world. During the intermediate days, a full live streaming broadcast of the racing will be streamed online to the Absa Cape Epic’s Facebook page. The…

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MIT and Mastercard Foundation Launch 2018 Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion

CAMBRIDGE, United States, March 12, 2018 – The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, today announced the launch of the 2018 edition of the Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion. The prestigious competition, awarding a total of $200,000 in prizes, was established to discover Africa’s most promising and innovative early-stage start-ups that promote and advance financial inclusion on the continent. There are multiple awards and opportunities available for finalists. The grand prize winner will be awarded $100,000 and the two runners-up will each…

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The Gauteng Province and GE Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Economic Development

Under the MoU, GE and the Office of the Premier will work together to identify critical areas for collaboration and leverage on the vast economic opportunities within the Gauteng Province JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 13, 2017/ — The MoU covers collaboration in the Energy and Healthcare sectors. Through the collaboration, GE will support the Premier’s Office’s “Tshepo 1 Million” youth empowerment programme, which focuses on creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for the Gauteng youth. The Gauteng Province (www.Gauteng.gov.za) and GE (www.GE.com) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on…

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4th World Forum on Local Economic Development: African Local Governments to examine the informal economy and climate change

The theme of the 4th edition is, “The contributions of local economic development to the implementation of the 2030 development program” RABAT, Morocco, October 13, 2017/ — The City of Praia (Cape Verde) will host the 4th World Forum on Local Economic Development (LED), October 17-20, 2017. Over 1,500 participants from 120 countries are expected to attend the meeting organized by UNDP (United Nations Development Program); UCLG (United Cities and Local Government); ILO (International Labor Organization); FAMSI (The Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity); and ORU-FOGAR. UCLG Africa (http://APO.af/RHgtRo),…

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