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FM Tedros Adhanom on official visit in Israel

Published: Nov 28, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
FM Tedros Adhanom on official visit in Israel
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FM Tedros Adhanom on official visit in Israel

Jerusalem – Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom is on official visit in Israel to discuss bilateral and regional  matters.  Dr. Tedros  spoke with PM Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.With President  Rivlin, Dr. Tedros discussed upholding Israeli investment schemes in the fields of agriculture and agro-processing in Ethiopia. With PM Netanyahu, they talked about enhancing all-rounded partnership of common interest.

Dr. Tedros had “very fruitful meeting with PM Benjamin Netanyahu. He pledged his continued commitment to strengthen Ethiopia-Israel partnership in all fronts of our common interest and I reiterated our government's commitment on the same.”Dr.  Tedros  met with his Israeli counterpart FM Avigdor Lieberman and signed  a declaration  to boost  trade cooperation  between the two countries; he  also met with  opposition leader,  Isaac Herzog and associates.Dr. Tedros also  paid a  visit  to  the Yad Vashem memorial museum  –  the world center for documentation, research, education, and commemoration of the Holocaust. 

After visiting theYad Vashem, Dr. Tedros wrote on his  Twitter and  Facebook accounts: “The world should always remember this evil deed not to be repeated again. Never again!”During this visit, Dr. Tedros held a conference with the Ethiopian diaspora and the Beta-Israeli community. Dr. Tedros said: “Very good discussion with Bete-Israel,     Ethiopian  diaspora community in    Jerusalem  . Briefed the community the economic, social and political situation in our country. They pledged their continued support to the development efforts of our country.”He later  announced: “Joined a memorial service organised for our great leader,   eles in Jerusalem  organised by Cheryl Halpern, Queen of Sheba Foundation.

Glad to award two Bete Israel Children, Abraham (Violin) & Naor (Clarinet) for their outstanding talent in music. The award was organised by the Foundation in memory of Meles.”

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Ethiopia is one of the 25 countries that reduced new HIV infections

Published: Nov 28, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Ethiopia is one of the 25 countries that reduced new HIV infections
By Elias Meseret
Ethiopia is one of the 25 countries that reduced new HIV infections

An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, as new cases declined by over 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013, according to data released by UNICEF today ahead of World AIDS Day.

“This extraordinary progress is the result of expanding the access of millions of pregnant women living with HIV to services for the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT). These include lifelong HIV treatment that markedly reduces the transmission of the virus to babies and keeps their mothers alive and well,” UNICEF said in its statement today.

“If we can avert 1.1 million new HIV infections in children, we can protect every child from HIV – but only if we reach every child,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We must close the gap, and invest more in reaching every mother, every newborn, every child and every adolescent with HIV prevention and treatment programs that can save and improve their lives.”

The sharpest declines took place between 2009 and 2013 in eight African countries: Malawi (67per cent); Ethiopia (57per cent); Zimbabwe (57per cent); Botswana (57per cent); Namibia (57per cent); Mozambique (57per cent); South Africa (52per cent) and Ghana (50per cent).

Ethiopia is one of the 25 countries that reduced new HIV infections by 90 per cent from 135,000 in 2001 to 15,100 in 2013. On average, more than 11 million people per year have been reached with HIV testing and counselling as part of early treatment initiation efforts. People living with HIV who are accessing antiretroviral treatment (ART) have dramatically increased from 8,000 in 2005 to over 350,000 in 2014. However, coverage of ART for children less than 15 years is only 23 per cent compare to 86 per cent for adults in 2014.


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Ebola test offering 15-minute results on trial in Guinea

Published: Nov 28, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: World News Social Affairs
Ebola test offering 15-minute results on trial in Guinea
Ebola test offering 15-minute results on trial in Guinea

A 15-minute blood and saliva test for Ebola is to be trialled in Guinea, it has been announced.

The solar-powered, portable laboratory should deliver results six times faster than tests currently used in West Africa.

The researchers involved say faster diagnosis would increase the chances of survival and reduce transmission of the virus.

The trial will take place at an Ebola treatment centre in Conakry, Guinea.

Ebola is currently diagnosed by hunting for the virus's genetic material in the blood of a patient.

But it requires dedicated laboratories that can keep the components of the test at very low temperatures.

Patients in Conakry will still have the proven test, but the new faster method will be trialled at the same time so the results can be compared.

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10th African International Media Summit (AIMS) to be held in Addis

Published: Nov 28, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News
10th African International Media Summit (AIMS) to be held in Addis
10th African International Media Summit (AIMS) to be held in Addis

The African Union Commission (AUC) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) have joined with the African Communications Agency (ACA) to host the 10th Annual African International Media Summit (AIMS) at the AUC Conference Center in Addis Ababa under the theme "MOBILIZING MEDIA: Re-Writing The Narrative on Ebola Through Responsible and Coordinated Efforts" on December 4th and 5th from 0900h to 1600h. Panel discussions, media training and Skype conferencing with journalists on the frontline of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) crisis in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will also be included.

According to ACA Vice-Chair Dr. Erieka Bennett, "We need to highlight some of the untold stories and unsung African heroes in the battle against EVD."


Most Sub-Sahara nations like Ethiopia, Malawi and Angola still wallowing in poverty - UN

Published: Nov 28, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy
Most Sub-Sahara nations like Ethiopia, Malawi and Angola still wallowing in poverty - UN
Most Sub-Sahara nations like Ethiopia, Malawi and Angola still wallowing in poverty - UN

The planet’s poorest nations like Ethiopia, Malawi and Angola have failed to cash in on strong economic growth due to a lack of structural reforms and left them wallowing in poverty, the UN warned.

In its annual report on the world’s least developed countries, or LDCs, the UN Conference on Trade and Development said that booming economic growth in the 48 nations on its list was having only minor impacts on living standards and the fight against widespread poverty.

“The LDC paradox arises from the failure of LDC economies to achieve structural changes despite having grown vigorously as a result of strong export prices and rising aid flows”, UNCTAD said.


Loyal dog waits for owner who will never return at hospital for two years

Published: Nov 28, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: World News Entertainment
Loyal dog waits for owner who will never return at hospital for two years
Loyal dog waits for owner who will never return at hospital for two years

A loyal dog has shown up every day for two years at a hospital where her master passed away.

Masha appears at the Siberian hospital’s reception area every morning, the Siberian Times reports.

Her owner was admitted to the hospital in Novosibirsk region, south western Siberia, two years ago after falling ill.

Masha is well cared for by staff who make sure she has a warm bed and food every night.

The faithful canine was the elderly man’s only visitor, staff say, and used to run home every night to stand guard before returning the next morning.


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