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  • USAID Reaffirms Partnership with Ethiopian Government to End TB

    The U.S. Government, through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health and implementing partners KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), today celebrated the transition from the HEAL-TB activity to Challenge TB.

     Working closely with the Ministry of Health and the Amhara and Oromia regional health bureaus, USAID’s HEAL TB activity has helped the ministry to screen more than 16 million people for TB since July 2011.

    While improving TB services at 1,000 health facilities was the original target, the activity enabled the ministry to expand to all 2,200 health facilities in the two regions. Implemented by MSH, together with its sub-partners ALERT, PATH, and the Kenya Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, HEAL-TB significantly strengthened the laboratory network for TB diagnosis and placed more than 250,000 people on treatment. Additionally, USAID created a model multi-drug resistant (MDR-TB) program, integrated TB and HIV services and expanded TB expertise at zonal and local levels.

     USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller noted, “We could not have achieved these results had it not been for our strong partnership and collaboration with the Ministry of Health and regional health bureaus.” He also commended MSH for their tireless work to register these impressive results. Ethiopia remains among the world’s 30 high-burden TB countries, with close to 200,000 new cases estimated each year. Of these, only two-thirds are being identified for treatment. Ethiopia had approximately 1,300 new MDR-TB in 2014, with less than 45 percent treated.

     Supporting TB prevention and treatment in Ethiopia remains a priority for the U.S. Government. The new activity, Challenge TB, is expected to substantially contribute to the Government of Ethiopia’s goal of ending TB throughout the country. It will build upon HEAL-TB, and expand in scope to support the Ministry of Health in nearly all regions of Ethiopia.

    In alignment with the Health Sector Transformation Plan, Challenge TB will provide decentralized technical assistance to the Government of Ethiopia at all levels to improve the quality of TB services, referral links, data and reporting. It will also emphasize access to TB services by key populations. KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is the lead implementing partner, with MSH and WHO substantially involved in project management.

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  • World Bank: Ethiopians are more Productive at Work than Kenyans and Ugandans

    Kenyan workers are less productive than their counterparts in Uganda and Ethiopia, a World Bank report says. The report indicates that the average output of Kenya's workers stood at $3,400 in 2014 compared to Ethiopia's $5,000 and $3,800 for Uganda. Kenya's lower gross domestic product (GDP) per person employed - the country's GDP divided by the number of people in employment - has been blamed for slowing economic growth.

    "Set in international comparison, GDP per employed person is lower in Kenya than in many African peers and has been increasing at a slower rate than in other countries, both poorer (Ethiopia) and richer countries (Ghana, Burkina Faso and Cambodia)," says the report released last week. "Productivity growth is held back by limited growth in formal wage jobs," added the World Bank, signalling that the employee output in the informal sector is lower than those on formal jobs. The economy created 128,000 new formal sector jobs or 15.2 per cent of total employment generated last year, official data shows.

    The informal sector created 713,600 new openings last year, accounting for 84.7 per cent of the 841,600 total jobs. At 343,400, Kenya's value of output per worker has grown $600 from $2,800 in 2006. Ethiopia's output over the period has grown by $1,200.

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    World Bank: Ethiopians are more Productive at Work than Kenyans and Ugandans

    Photo: Jua Kali artisans at work in Gikomba Market, Nairobi. World Bank report says Kenya’s labour markets are characterised by a much smaller formal wage sector, and much more work in the form of self-employment or informal wage work than is typical of more advanced economies. the east African.

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  • Ethiopia, Sweden, Bolivia and Kazakhstan elected to Security Council

    The 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly today elected Sweden, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan to serve on the world body’s Security Council for a period of two years, starting from 1 January 2017.

    After rounds of voting at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, only one non-permanent Council seat remains to be filled. Italy and the Netherlands had been vying for the remaining seat, but the voting yielded no clear winner. The two countries then suggested sharing the two-year term, each with a one-year period, with a decision on this proposal postponed to Wednesday.

    Under the UN Charter, the Security Council has the primary responsibility for international peace and security, with all UN Member States required to comply with Council decisions. The Council’s 10 non-permanent seats are allocated according to a rotation pattern set by the Assembly in 1963, to ensure a proportionate representation over time from the different parts of the world: five from African and Asian States; one from Eastern European States; two from Latin American States; and two from Western European and Other States.

    At today’s election, the General Assembly members voted by secret ballot for five seats divided by geographical grouping – three from Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, one from Eastern Europe, and one from Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Bolivia and Ethiopia were chosen by their regional groups and had no competitors. Kazakhstan won the seat reserved for Asia Pacific against Thailand, while Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden had competed for two seats for Western Europe.

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    Ethiopia, Sweden, Bolivia and Kazakhstan elected to Security Council

    Wide view of the General Assembly Hall while ballots are being collected for the election of new non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting on 1 January 2017. UN Photo/Manuel Elias




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  • Ethiopian Airlines Receives the first Airbus in Africa

    Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and the largest African airline, stands as 1st Airline in Africa to take delivery of Airbus A350XWB on 28 June, 2016, in Toulouse, France.

    Ethiopian is proud to be the first airline from Africa to take delivery of the A350 and excel in offering its passengers the ultimate travel experience on-board this aircraft ahead of other carriers. Ethiopian is also pleased to make all Africans proud by being the first airline in the world to fly this ultra-modern airplane in the African skies.

    Ethiopian A350 XWB was built for passengers comfort and well-being. Wider seats in both Business and Economy classes, the lowest twin engine noise level, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting enhance the comfort while reducing fatigue after a long flight.

    "The fact that we are ushering in another first to Africa in a span of four years is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation. It is also a testimony of our commitment to give our passengers the very best travel experience, with the latest industry products and services. On behalf of all my colleagues at the Ethiopian family, I am delighted to see Ethiopian to continue making Africa First in Aviation Technology," said Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian.

    All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels. Inflight Wi-Fi connection will be made available on this aircraft in the future. Passengers with smart devices can connect to the world while others can use the smart individual touch screens on their seats when the internet service goes operational.

    All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels. Inflight Wi-Fi connection will be made available on this aircraft in the future. Passengers with smart devices can connect to the world while others can use the smart individual touch screens on their seats when the internet service goes operational.

    The A350XWB’s innovative technology improves performance in operation. Its revolutionary airframe and simplified systems have optimized fuel burn, maintenance costs and reliability, and its engines have the lowest carbon dioxide CO2 emissions of any in the wide body category.

    Ethiopian has ordered 14 Airbus A350XWB aircraft and will continue receiving the remaining 13 soon constantly raising number of Airbus aircraft in the fleet ensuring the extra comfort.

    Source: Ethiopian Airlines Press Release


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  • Agency Revokes Licenses of 108 Charities, Societies

    Ethiopian Charities and Civil Societies Agency disclosed that it has annulled the licenses of 108 charities and socities, out of which 14 are foreign.

    In addition, 167 organizations were given from first to final written warnings and ordered to amend their ways.

    This was revealed at a consultative meeting that opened today to discuss development activities of charities and societies in Ethiopia.

    Presenting a nine-month performance report of Charities and Civil Societies Agency, Communication Deputy Director Assefa Tesfaye said there are many organizations that engaged in activities beyond the objectives of their establishment, opened bank accounts without the permission of the agency, and did not submit annual reports as well as those which did not declare their source of finance.

    Over the past nine months, the agency has therefore taken measures on a total of 275 charities and societies that did not abide by the rule.

    Among the 108 banned charities and societies are organizations that had no activities during the past three years and those that  returned licenses out of their own free will, the deputy director said.

    In this regard, the Manager of Hope for the Youth charity was sentenced to nine month in prison and fined 5,000 birr for raising public fund without securing permission from the agency.  

    During the stated period, the agency has diverted over 19 million birr from banned and closed organizations to the agency, according to Assefa.

    There are more than 3,000 local and foreign charities and societies in Ethiopia, it was learned.

    Source : ENA 


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  • Ethiopia secures non- permanent seat at UNSC

    By Elias Meseret


    (DireTube News. Addis Ababa, Ethopia) – Ethiopia has secured 185 countries’ votes out of 190 who voted on Tuesday evening in New York, U.S. for a non-permeant membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). In addition to Ethiopia, Sweden and Bolivia have also joined the UNSC club for the non- permanent seat.


    The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Ethiopia will serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms starting from January 1 of 2017. The election of five non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council was held earlier today during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.


    According to UN rules, Ethiopia will serve in the Security Council for 2017 and 2018. The country has served twice in the UN Security Council’s non- permanent seat in the past from1967 to 1968 and 1989 to 1990. It has been praised internationally for its peacekeeping missions across the African continent and was also the founding member of the United Nations in 1945.


    The candidates from four different regions presented for the election were Ethiopia and Bolivia running on a clean slate basis from the African and the Latin America and Caribbean Groups respectively; Italy, Netherlands and Sweden, competing for two seats for Western Europe and others Group; and Kazakhstan and Thailand competing for a single seat for Asia and the Pacific Group. 


    The newly elected five non-permanent members elected on Tuesday 28 June 2016 will serve until 31 December 2018 by replacing the outgoing Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela that will finish their two years term at the council by the end of 2016.    

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