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Five Hospitals to Benefit from 3.1b Br Equipment Purchase

Published: Aug 29, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Five Hospitals to Benefit from 3.1b Br Equipment Purchase

The Ethiopian Pharmaceuticals Fund & Supply Agency (PFSA) has acquired Hi Tech medical equipment for 3.1 billion Br to be distributed to five hospitals across Ethiopia.

The equipment includes – Computed Tomography (CT) scanners, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) machines, Radiant Warmers, anesthesia machines and endoscopy machines. There is also a set to be used for kidney transplants, including operation tables, Harmonic generators, kidney refrigerators and digital X-rays. This equipment will go to the Black Lion Hospital, St Paul Hospital, Jimma University Specialised Hospital, University of Gondar Hospital and Hawassa University Hospital, as soon as the they finish preparing for installation.

Ninety-five percent of the fund was availed by the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Achievement Fund, Global Fund and The World Bank, said Ashenafi Husine (ENG), head of provisional Directorate for Medical Device Supply & Utilisation Follow-Up. The procurement was made from the United States, China, Latin America and Europe.

Ethiopia cites satisfaction with outcome of Nile dam talks

Published: Aug 29, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Ethiopia cites satisfaction with outcome of Nile dam talks

The Ethiopian delegation to tripartite talks with Sudan and Egypt over Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar Nile dam project – recently held in Khartoum – has expressed satisfaction with the meeting's outcome.

"Delegations from the three countries held transparent discussions and passed a number of decisions towards the implementation of the recommendations put forth by the international panel of experts," Ethiopian Water Minister Alemayehu Tegenu told a press briefing in Addis Ababa upon his arrival from Khartoum.

"Hammering out ways of implementing the recommendations of the panel took center stage during the two days of tripartite talks," Tegenu said.

He added: "We have agreed on a number of points deemed important to implement the recommendations."

Ethiopia Muslims Boost Social Services

Published: Aug 28, 2014 by fiyori Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Ethiopia Muslims Boost Social Services
Expanding its social work in the Ethiopian community, the Islamic Affairs Supreme Council has revealed plans to boost its health and education services in the populous landlocked African country.

“Though the Supreme Council is a religious institution, its development wings will work as per the rules and regulations put in place for charity organizations of the country,” Sheikh Kiyar Mohammed Aman, the Council President, told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday, August 26.

The new services were first disclosed at a meeting organized by the council to discuss means of expanding social services in health and education.

Egypt, Sudan Agree to Six-Month Study of Ethiopia Hydropower Dam

Published: Aug 28, 2014 by fiyori Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Egypt, Sudan Agree to Six-Month Study of Ethiopia Hydropower Dam

Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan agreed to complete studies within six months on the impact of an Ethiopian hydropower dam on the main tributary of the Nile river after Egypt raised concern about water shortages.

A committee of four experts from each nation will investigate the hydrological, social and environmental effects of the $4.2 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry said on its website today. International consultants will implement the findings, it said. Foreign experts will help settle any disputes. The dam is scheduled to be finished in 2017.

Egypt, which relies on the world’s longest river for almost all its water, has said that it will suffer shortages while the dam’s reservoir is filled and during operation of a 6,000-megawatt power station. Ethiopia says the project will not significantly harm Sudan or Egypt and is based on a principle of “equitable utilization” of the Nile basin.

Ethiopian girls as young as five married off

Published: Aug 27, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News

Ethiopian girls as young as five married off

Amhara, Ethiopia - Mekdes Murgeta does not remember her actual wedding, but her family told her it happened when she was five. Pointing at her own five-year-old daughter she confirms she was her age.  

Murgeta lives in Mosebo, a rural village in the Amhara region in central Ethiopia. There, as in the rest of Ethiopia, it is illegal to be married before the age of 18. 
 
According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Amhara has some of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Estimates in 2009 show at least 50 percent of women marrying before they reach 18. Murgeta thinks she is around 28 now, but is unsure. Keeping track of your age is not common here.

She is six months pregnant with her second kid. "I want to adequately serve them, adequately feed them. If I have many children, I can't do that," she explains. 
 

First Chinese tram for Africa completed

Published: Aug 27, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
First Chinese tram for Africa completed

The first of 41 trams for Ethiopia rolled off the production line on Tuesday in Changchun City, northeast China's Jilin Province.

The tram will be put into service in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa where commuters only have a choice of buses or taxis at the moment, said Liu Gang, a manager with China CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co..

"We're bringing about 50 Ethiopian drivers and maintenance workers here for training next month," said Liu.

With a maximum speed of 70km per hour, the white and green vehicle is designed to be impervious to ultraviolet light, since Addis Ababa has an altitude of 2,400 meters and the sun is exceptionally strong. Its windows block 90 percent of ultraviolet rays.

Outside South Africa, Africa's urban rail transport networks are still in their infancy, providing immense opportunities for Chinese manufacturers. Light railways and tramcars are used in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. Only Cairo and Algiers have a subway systems.

Some African countries, such as Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, have plans to develop urban rail transport services.

Source:xinhuanet

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