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AU to raise USD 300mln for COVID-19 response

The African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with various institutions and prominent individuals, is set to raise USD 300 million, nearly half the USD 647 million needed to ease the social, economic and humanitarian impacts of COVID-19 in all African countries.

Ethiopian Airlines continues China flights as others suspend

As dozens of major airlines around the world cancel flights to China as a precaution over the outbreak of coronavirus, Ethiopian Airlines has refused to follow suit. This comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus as a “global health emergency.” 

Stemming Neglected Tropical Diseases

A new statistics released during the gathering of the African Union summit this week has indicated an improvement of Ethiopia’s effort in tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), known as the “disease of poverty” in the country.  However, the same report highlights the need to do more to eradicate the disease which is affecting millions of people.

Cesarean delivery on dramatic rise in Ethiopia

A number of research outputs and medical reports are indicating an alarming level of increase in the overall rate of Cesarean deliveries a.k.a “C-sections” in Ethiopia with the procedure becoming more prevalent in private health institutions (as high as 46 percent of all deliveries) in Addis Ababa and other urban areas of the country.

AIDS festival marred by protest

The 22nd International AIDS festival ended yesterday with a resounding closing speech by former American President, Bill Clinton, who called on activists, policymakers and politicians not to be deterred with the fight ahead.