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  • TB Likely to Increase By 2017 in Angola

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2017 the Tuberculosis (TB) rate may rise in Angola.

    Fight Against Tuberculosis Programme coordinator, Celestino Teixeira, stresses that the country has done everything to implement the WHO strategies on disease.

    Teixeira further states that in 2013, Angola reported a total of 60 807 cases of tuberculosis of all forms, observing an increase of 11 percent over the previous year.

    To read the article titled, “Tuberculosis cases may increase in country by 2017 - WHO,” click here.

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    All Africa
  • Call for Govt to Act on Human Rights

    The Zimbabwean government has been asked to urgently remove laws that restrict the work of human rights defenders and repeal offensive sections of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) that inhibit freedom of assembly.

    A report released by civil society organisations is critical at the slow pace of the implementation of a number of recommendations, aimed at curtailing and improving human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

    Analysts say there has been little progress in implementing key aspects of the human rights recommendations, notably the need to repeal draconian laws and ensure accountability for past rights abuses.

    To read the article titled, “Govt urged to implement recommendations on human rights,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Call to Pay Money Owed to NHLS

    The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) has warned that the poorest patients will suffer if provincial health departments do not pay the National Health Laboratories Services (NHLS) monies owed to it.

    CANSA head of health Professor Michael Herbst maintains that the NHLS renders a crucial service to cancer patients.

    Herbst points out that, "They [NHLS] do the histological or the laboratory tests to get the final diagnosis of cancer but they also do other tests. They also do tests for cancer markers, and without this it is very difficult for the treating specialists to properly and adequately treat the patients and this is just not on."

    To read the article titled, “Poor patients will suffer if NHLS is not paid soon: CANSA,” click here.

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    SABC News
  • Nkandla Damaged Govt Credibility

    Corruption Watch says a finding that President Jacob Zuma unduly benefited from upgrades to his Nkandla residence has damaged the government's credibility.

    Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis, warns that the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, report on her probe into the matter has ‘severe’ implications.

    Lewis is of the view that, "The massive increase in the costs of the upgrade from R27 million to in excess of R200 million, coupled with the president’s failure to take steps to prevent or even query clearly escalating costs reveal that he placed personal and family interests above those of the public."

    To read the article titled, “Nkandla report damaged govt credibility – NGO,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • TAC Says FS Hit By Medical Shortages

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says that the Free State is hardest hit by medicine shortages for HIV and tuberculosis.

    TAC national chairperson, Anele Yawa, is urging the premier to end what she calls the chronic shortage of medicines in the Free State health system.

    On 20 March 2014, several members of the TAC marched to Free State Premier, Ace Magashule’s office in Bloemfontein to hand over a memorandum urging him to intervene in Free State health matters.

    To read the article titled, “FState hardest hit by medicine shortages - TAC,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • Zambian Govt Blamed Over NGO Registration

    The Zambia Council for Social Development (ZSCD) has charged that government is wasting time by once again extending the registration for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country.

    Government has again extended the registration period for NGOs by sixty days effective 4th February to 5 May 2014.

    ZCSD executive secretary, Lewis Mwape, points out that mainstream NGOs in the country will never register under the NGO Act and that government’s extension of the deadline is a sheer waste of time.

    To read the article titled, “Government wasting time extending the registration for NGOs-ZSCD,” click here

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    Lusaka Times
  • Botswana Ranked 1st on Rule of Law

    An American non-government organisation ranked Botswana number one in Africa and 25th out of 99 countries surveyed around the world in terms of the rule of law.

    According to the just released Rule of Law Index 2014 by the World Justice Project, Botswana, with an overall score of 67, continues to enjoy effective systems of checks and balances, including a fairly independent judiciary and a free press.

    The report says corruption remains minimal in Botswana while all branches of government operate effectively.

    To read the article titled, “NGO ranks Botswana 1st in Africa in rule of law,” click here.

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    Shanghai Daily
  • Zambia Speaks Out on NGO Act

    The Zambian Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health says it is still awaiting correspondence from the Ministry of Justice on the implementation of the Non-Governmental Organisation Act of 2009.

    The ministry’s deputy Minister, Jean Kapata, says the response from the Ministry of Justice would determine the fate of all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that have rejected to register under the Act.

    Kapata says the registration has since closed, adding that the NGOs that are not yet registered will have themselves to blame if deregistered.

    To read the article titled, “Response from Ministry of Justice would determine fate of all NGOs that have refused to register-Kapata,” click here.

    Source: 
    Lusaka Times
  • NGO Urges Mozambique to Probe Blackouts

    A Mozambican anti-corruption NGO, the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP), has called on the country’s attorney-general to order a forensic audit into the publicly owned electricity company, EDM.

    The organisation wants the attorney-general to establish who or what was responsible for the prolonged power cuts that hit the central provinces of Manica and Sofala between 29 January and 10 February 2014.

    In a press statement, the organisation says it believes that, “…because of the losses the blackout caused the country, the case deserves adequate treatment to explain what happened.”

    To read the article titled, “Anti-corruption NGO wants investigation into EDM blackout,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • NGO Donates Bore Hole to School

    Thyolo Active Youth Organisation has donated a bore hole to Nachipere Primary School that has stayed over a year and half without portable water.

    The donation follow a complaint by the head teacher, Foster Ligomeka, for the school that pupils at the school have been using rainwater and sand to clean cups after eating porridge.

    Ligomeka explains that, "In the absence of water the pupils were going for whatever works. Some cleaned their cups with sand while others used rainwater and each child has to bring their drinking water in a bottle."

    To read the article titled, “Youth NGO rescues Nachipere Primary School,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
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