Protecting Women and Children in Zika-Affected Countries

The explosion of the Zika virus in South America, Central America and the Caribbean has provided more vivid evidence of the urgency to invest in pandemic prevention and preparedness.

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The virus is spread by the day-biting Aedes aegypti mosquito that also carries dengue and chikungunya viruses. Although it was first identified in 1947, until the 2000s it had been confined to Africa.

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Digital payments saved $10m during Ebola outbreak, UN study finds

Digital payments to emergency workers saved time and more than $10m in costs during the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, a United Nations-backed initiative has found.

A study by the Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA), a partnership of governments, companies and international organisations, found that most of the cost savings came from eliminating illegitimate workers who were not really involved in the response.

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Using mobile phones as “digital wallets” instead of cash ensured the right people were paid the right amount, and on time.

Ruth Goodwin-Groen, managing director at the BTCA, said that Sierra Leone’s experience showed the importance of establishing national policy frameworks and infrastructure that enable flexible digital payments, especially before a humanitarian crisis strikes.

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Government must implement laws regarding traders- Market Women President says

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"I am calling on the government to adequately implement the laws with regards market women so that sanity will prevail in all market places all around the country,” said Marie Bob Kandeh, President of the Market Women Association.

“There are a lot of laws for market women with regards restricted areas, hygiene, distorted food stuffs, among others, but such laws are not being implemented”.
She made this call during a three day National Health and Nutrition Fair 2016 at the Miatta Conference Hall.

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President Koroma Receives Update on Water Crisis and Report on GAVI Funds

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In an effort to seek and promote the welfare of citizens, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Tuesday May 17 2016 summoned the appropriate authorities at State House to update him on the current water situation in Freetown, and also later received an Administrative Inquiry Report on allegations of misconduct in the management of the GAVI Alliance Funds Part 1.

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