World Bank boosts East African countries in disease prevention and preparedness

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By EA Trade Review Reporter

The World Bank has provided $50 million to four East African countries to strengthen access to a network of quality public health laboratories with revitalized disease surveillance, prevention and preparedness capabilities.

The bank which funding goes to Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda says the 2014 Ebola outbreak highlighted major gaps in disease prevention and control efforts in health systems across East Africa.

According to the bank, the money will build on the achievements of the ongoing East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project (EAPHLIN) to establish a network of efficient public health laboratories for the diagnosis and surveillance of communicable diseases in the EAC member countries.

The project provides a game changer opportunity to work together to contain the spread of diseases in East Africa,” said Fausta Mosha, Director of the National Health Laboratory Quality Assurance and Training Center in Tanzania.

 

Kenya and Uganda among countries to benefit from $1.8 billion from major global lenders

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Kenya and Uganda are among the countries to benefit from $1.8 billion pledged to the countries in the Horn of Africa to boost economic development.

Leaders of key global and regional institutions who Monday begun an historic trip to the Horn of Africa pledged political support and new financial assistance for countries in the region.

They included UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the World Bank Group (WBG) President, Jim Yong Kim, as well as the President of the Islamic Development Bank Group and high level representatives of the African Union Commission, the European Union, the African Development Bank, and Intergovernmental Agency for Development (IGAD).

 

World Bank to give $122 million to support education in Tanzania

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By Fridah Nkibuga

The World Bank has approved $122 million to support education programme in Tanzania in the next four years.

’Tanzania’s “Big Results Now in Education” programme aims to raise the quality of education in the country’s primary and secondary schools.

The Board also approved further support to the ongoing Science and Technology Higher Education project which is helping produce more highly-skilled workers who can meet the needs of a fast-growing economy and help to sustain economic growth.

With millions more children enrolled in schools in Tanzania over the past decade, there is now a major push to fast track improvement in education quality.

Using the World Bank’s new Program-for-Results lending instrument for the first time in education, the Big Results Now in Education Program will receive a US$122 million IDA* credit over the coming four years, as pre-agreed results are achieved. The governments of the United Kingdom and Sweden are also supporting the programme.

 

EAC secretary general private sector forum to be held in Kampala in September

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By Fridah Nkibuga

About 200 delegates are expected to attend the third East African Community Secretary General’s Forum to be held in September in Entebbe, Uganda.

The delegates will be drawn from the Partner States’ Private Sector Organisations (PSOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), professional bodies, academia/universities, media, EAC organs and institutions, development partners and other interest groups.

The forum aims to provide a platform for regular dialogue between the EAC Secretary General and the Private Sector, Civil Society and other interest groups on how to improve the EAC integration process.

The Forum’s Regional Dialogue Committee met in Bujumbura, Burundi over the week end to review the preparations and update Partner States on the forthcoming event. The meeting was second in series after Mwanza, Tanzania, in February 2014.

 

South Sudan conflict to dominate EAC heads meeting in Arusha

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By Joseph Mwangi

Heads of State from the East African Community (EAC) meet in Arusha Thursday for the 12th Extra-Ordinary EAC Summit of Heads of State that is likely to address the worsening security situation in South Sudan.

EAC Summit chairman Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said last week that the region cannot afford to witnesses genocide in the region. Rwanda faced genocide 20 years ago where hundreds of Hutus and moderate Tutsis were killed.

However, what is not clear is what the EAC that had welcomed South Sudan to join in the regional integration would do top avert further killing following political differences between President Salva Kiir and his immediate former vice-president Riek Machar now turned rebel leader.

 

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