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Gates Foundation gives $50mn to fight Ebola ISLAMABAD: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it would provide $50 million to support emergency efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.According to a statement released on the foundation's website, the funds will be provided to United Nations organizations, including the World Health Organization, and other international organizations involved in the fight against Ebola, allowing them to buy necessary supplies, Anadolu News Agency Reported."In addition, the foundation will work with public and private sector partners to accelerate the development of therapies, vaccines, and diagnostics that could be effective in treating patients and preventing further transmission of the disease," the statement said.The Gates Foundation has already committed $10 million of the $50 million, including $5 million to the US Fund for UNICEF to support Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea on emergency operations and treatment.The European Commission announced September 5 that it would also provide 140 million ...

Guinean who brought Ebola to Senegal recovers from virus DAKAR: The first case of the Ebola virus detected in Senegal, a 21-year-old student who arrived from neighbouring Guinea last month, has recovered from the deadly disease, a senior official said on Wednesday. "We did a first blood test on Friday and a second 48 hours later and both of them came back negative," Papa Amadou Diack, Senegal's director of health, told Reuters. "This is very good news for the patient and for the country." ...
Egypt to host Gaza reconstruction conference Oct 12 CAIRO: Egypt will host a donors conference on the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip on October 12 in Cairo following the recent conflict between Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas, the Egyptian foreign minister said on Tuesday.The announcement carried on the state news agency came after Norway's foreign minister held talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Liberia president urges more international help fighting Ebola BOSTON: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Tuesday she expects the Ebola crisis gripping her country to worsen in the coming weeks as health workers struggle with inadequate supplies, a lack of outside support and a population in fear. "It remains a very grave situation," she told an audience at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, via Skype from Liberia's capital Monrovia. "It is taking a long time to respond effectively. We expect it to ...
Ebola threatening Liberia's existence, minister warns MONROVIA: Ebola is threatening the very existence of Liberia as the killer virus spreads like "wild fire", the defence minister warned Tuesday, following a grim World Health Organization assessment that the worst is yet to come.After predicting an "exponential increase" in infections across West Africa, the WHO warned that Liberia, which has accounted for half of all fatalities, could initially only hope to slow the contagion, not stop it."Liberia is facing a serious threat to ...
Kerry to hold Arab anti-IS talks Wednesday: Egypt official CAIRO: US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Arab foreign ministers in Saudi Arabia Wednesday as he bids for a broad coalition against the Islamic State, a senior Egyptian foreign ministry official said.The talks in the Saudi port city of Jeddah, which will continue into Thursday, will be attended by ministers from Egypt, Jordan and the six Gulf Arab states as well as Iraq, the official told AFP.The ministers "are going to meet Kerry ...
Hard times for 'red gold' divers in Morocco's El Dorado EL JADIDA: Harvesting mineral-rich seaweed on Morocco's Atlantic coast, Attibari Lemkhanter worries that the plant known locally as "red gold" is becoming increasingly scarce. "There are more and more divers and less and less red seaweed," Lemkhanter sighed as he worked on a beach in El Jadida, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of Casablanca.Collected during three months of summer on a narrow stretch of coastline, the red seaweed is used to produce "agar-agar" -- ...

 



 
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