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World: Adopting lifesaving approaches to treat acute malnutrition during COVID-19

The risk of increasing rates of acute malnutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the urgent need to adapt, and expand access to, acute malnutrition diagnosis and treatment services in humanitarian and fragile contexts.

KEY FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Increased rates of acute malnutrition are an inevitable consequence of COVID-19 and the measures taken to slow its spread – especially in fragile and conflict affected settings where rates of acute malnutrition are already substantially higher than in stable settings.

  • In the face of government-mandated shutdowns, millions of people have lost their income, agriculture harvests and sales have been disrupted, food prices have increased, and aid programs focused on nutrition have been disrupted.

  • Acute malnutrition among children is highly treatable, but the current health facility based model for treating it may not be safe or practical within the COVID-19 context. IRC is therefore recommending malnutrition treatment programs are adapted including simplifying diagnosis and treatment processes; bringing services to the community; introducing low- or no-touch approaches; and ensuring in-patient care is safe.

  • Urgent action is needed to avoid preventable deaths. UN agencies should endorse the adoption of simplified approaches for the early detection and treatment of acute malnutrition as part of COVID-19 response plans and programs; donors should scale-up flexible funding for nutrition; and governments should adapt national malnutrition treatment programs and lift restrictions on the movements of humanitarian personnel, supplies and food.


Le président du Sénat ivoirien diagnostiqué positif à la Covid-19 en Allemagne

Publié le 12.07.2020 à 01h18 par APA

Le président du sénat ivoirien Jeannot-Ahoussou Kouadio a été diagnostiqué positif à la Covid-19 après des examens médicaux en Allemagne où il poursuit son traitement, a appris APA samedi de source officielle. «  M. Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio, président du Sénat porte à la connaissance de l’opinion publique nationale qu’il s’est rendu comme à l’accoutumée en Allemagne pour un bilan général de santé… A l’issue des examens médicaux réalisés, M. Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio a été diagnostiqué positif à la COVID-19 », rapporte un communiqué signé par Simplice Yao Konan, le directeur de cabinet du président du Sénat.

« M. Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio poursuit son traitement en Allemagne où il séjourne et voudrait rassurer l’ensemble de ses concitoyens sur son état de santé considéré comme globalement satisfaisant », assure M. Yao.

Le président du sénat ivoirien, Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio a quitté Abidjan le 02 juillet dernier pour se rendre en Allemagne où il est arrivé le 03 juillet 2020 après avoir transité par Paris en France, conclut le communiqué.

La Côte d’Ivoire enregistre à ce jour 12 443 cas confirmés de maladie à Covid-19 dont 6357 guéris et 82 décès.


Burkina Faso: Roch Kaboré investi par son parti candidat à la présidentielle de novembre

Publié le 12.07.2020 à 00h18 par APA

Le président du Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, a été investi samedi par le Mouvement du peuple pour le progrès (MPP), son parti pour briguer un deuxième mandate à l’occasion de l’élection présidentielle prévue en novembre prochain.M. Kaboré, 63 ans, a été investi lors d’un congrès extraordinaire du MPP présidé par son président, Simon Compaoré.

 «Le congrès extraordinaire du Mouvement du peuple pour le progrès (MPP) investit solennellement le camarade Roch Marc Christian Kaboré comme son candidat à l’élection présidentielle », a déclaré M. Compaoré.

Pour cette présidentielle de novembre prochain, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, devra affronter plusieurs candidats. Il s’agit notamment de l’ex-Premier ministre Désiré Kadré Ouédraogo, d’Eddie Komboïgo, du président du Congrès pour la démocratie et le progrès (CDP, le parti de Blaise Compaoré) et du chef de file de l’opposition, Zéphirin Diabré. Le président Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, a été élu en 2015 avec 53,49% des voix.


L’actualité économique au menu des quotidiens et hebdomadaires marocains

Publié le 11.07.2020 à 14h18 par APA

La compétitivité des entreprises nationales, le coût économique du confinement sanitaire, le retour progressif à la vie normale, les performances du groupe Renault Maroc au premier semestre.+La Vie Eco+ indique que le relèvement des droits de douane à l’importation à 40%  est la mesure la plus inattendue et non moins incompréhensible prévue dans la loi de finances rectificative, ajoutant qu’il y a lieu de s’interroger si cette mesure est vraiment synonyme de renforcement des capacités compétitives des entreprises.

Est-ce que le protectionnisme douanier (et tarifaire) dans les années 80 et 90 du siècle dernier a permis à l’entreprise nationale d’être en mesure d’affronter les concurrents aussi bien sur le marché domestique qu’au niveau international?, se demande l’hebdomadaire.

Selon la publication, il serait plus bénéfique et plus efficace d’exposer l’entreprise nationale à la compétition mondiale tout en lui donnant les facteurs de production, les moyens humains et financiers et, pourquoi pas, des aides bien ciblées pour qu’elle soit en mesure de rivaliser avec d’autres à travers le monde.

Pour +Finance News Hebdo+, les restrictions imposées par les autorités ont sans aucun doute permis de sauver des milliers de vies…Mais le tribut économique à payer va être très lourd !

L’exemple de la compagnie Royal Air Maroc, qui a initié un plan de réduction de son personnel et de sa flotte, est un marqueur édifiant de ce qui attend moult entreprises moins solides et moins structurées ces prochains mois, prévient la publication, soulignant que l’Etat, malgré sa bonne volonté et tout le dispositif de soutien qu’il a mis en place, sera incapable d’empêcher ces plans sociaux. «Cela ouvre la porte à des licenciements massifs, surtout que certains secteurs d’activité connaissaient déjà des difficultés bien avant la crise liée à la covid-19. A l’évidence, nous fonçons droit vers une crise économique et sociale aiguë.», conclut-il.

Au Maroc, alors que les chaleurs de l’été s’installent, l’après-confinement se confirme de jour en jour, constate, pour sa part, la +Nouvelle Tribune+. «Il s’agit là, incontestablement, d’un quasi-retour à la «normalité», celle qui prévalait avant l’irruption du Covid-19 dans notre quotidien », ajoute l’hebdomadaire, rappelant que ce satané Covid est toujours là, comme l’expriment parfaitement les données statistiques fournies par le ministère de la Santé.

En ce sens, il s’agit bien pour les forces organisées de notre pays, partis politiques, syndicats, société civile, d’enclencher un regain de mobilisation et de conscientisation afin que chacun comprenne que «l’après sera pire que l’avant ou le pendant», met-il en garde.

+Libération+ rapporte que le Groupe Renault Maroc a clôturé le premier semestre 2020 avec 43% de part de marché cumulée, et ce dans un marché toutes marques (MTM) qui régresse de 43,3%.

Le groupe a réalisé au terme de ce semestre une performance exceptionnelle avec au total 19.689 livraisons dans un contexte exceptionnel, souligne-t-il dans un communiqué, faisant état d’une part de marché sur le mois de juin de 41,9%, avec les marques Renault à 12,8% et Dacia à 29,1%, qui demeurent leaders du MTM en volume et en parts de marché.

Ainsi, le Groupe Renault Maroc consolide sa position de leader du marché marocain et continue de décrocher 7 places du « Top Ten » des meilleures ventes, avec au podium Sandero, Dokker et Logan. Clio est classée 4ème, suivi de Lodgy en 5è position et de Duster en 6è position, alors que Kangoo s’est maintenu à la 7è position, fait savoir le quotidien.


Malawi VP Chilima’s convoy in fatal road accident…Two feared dead

NENO-(MaraviPost)-Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima convoy was on Saturday noon, July 11, 2020 involved in a road accident along Zalewa road at Mtimaoyera near Phalula, Neno district.

Vice President office’ spokesperson Pilirani Phiri confirmed the accident saying Chilima was not hurt in any way.

Phiri further said two people are feared dead of the Vits vehicle registration number BN 8173.

“The accident involved one vehicle on the convoy which had a head on collision with another vehicle coming from the opposite direction, a Toyota Vitz which had four people on board, two of them are feared dead.

“The other two have been rushed to hospital together with the driver of the vehicle on the convoy. The Vice President was not affected in any way and he is fine. Balaka police officers are on the ground,” says Phiri.

More to come…..

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Crackdown on impunity: DPP’s Viola arrested for pawning government vehicle

Nankhumwa and Viola at Chikwawa Police Station

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Police in Chikwawa district have arrested Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member Gerald Viola for using a government vehicle as collateral to obtain a loan from a Ngabu based usury businessman.  

Southern Region Police spokesperson Ramsy Mshani has confirmed.

Viola, who is the deputy chief executive officer of the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA), is reportedly to have pawned the government vehicle last year.

But this week some officials from the Office of the President and Cabinet identified the vehicle at Ngabu Trading Centre and they immediately reprted the matter to police so that they can confiscate it.

the missing car

According to OPC officials, the original number plate of the vehicle— a black Toyota Camry—is MG489AE but the loan shark changed it to ZA 8831.

As a DPP sympathizer, viola was today morning visited by by Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa.

Nankhumwa also visited Ward councilor Jomo Osman at Limbe Police Station before proceeding to Chikwawa.

Jomo Osman: re-arrested

Osman has been re-arrested on accusations that he assaulted UTM party members and former legislature Allan Ngumuya in Blantyre.

He is also being accused of assaulting a boy for wearing Malawi Congress Party (MCP) cloth ahead of the May 2019 tripartite elections.

Osman was granted bail last week by the Blantyre Magistrate Court when he was charged with malicious damage and theft contrary to section 344(1) and 278 of the Penal Code.

During the campaign period the Tonse Alliance promised to end impunity in government by arresting all government-sponsored criminals and all looters and plunders of the public resources.

Yesterday 12 police officers were arrested in connection with the death of murder suspect Buleya Lule who died in police custody.

Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) official Rosa Mbilizi is also behind bars for abusing her office.

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DPP guru James Chuma arrested in attempting to escape to Zambia

DPP guru James Chuma car at Mchinji boarder blocked to escape to Zambia

MCHINJI-(MaraviPost)-Businessman James Chuma who is also top guru for former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was on Saturday, morning, July 11, 2020 arrested at central boarder district of Mchinji.

Chuma is believed to be one of key DPP cadets and master minders in siphoning government money to finance the party activities.

Mchinji police boarder spokesperson Madalitso Banda confirmed the arrested of Chuma who was trying to escape to neighbouring Zambia for unknown reasons.

Banda said the DPP guru’s travelling documents have been seized until the authorities clears him out for travel.

Chuma was the man to talk to if you want any government business or favours from the former governing DPP who replaced the once flamboyant Leston Mulli.

Chuma was controlling all government businesses with him getting the lions share and in the end funding some of the parties strategic activities like the on going elections case.

Chuma was also involved in paying DPP cadets who have been  on a petrol bombing spree lately.

The Maravi Post last year carried an article of exposing Chuma’s dubious deals he had while getting mandate from state house.

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Malawi leader Chakwera admits flouting the law on Deputy IG, MRA appointments

Lazarus Chakwera: admits to have made a legal error on appointments

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Lazarus Chakwera on Friday admitted to have made a legal error in appointing Deputy Inspector General of the Malawi Police, Demester Chigwenembe and the Commissioner General and Deputy Commissioner General of the Malawi Revenue Authority.

Chakwera has since withdrawn the appointment of the Deputy Inspector General of the Malawi Police, Chigwenembe.

 He has further said the two MRA bosses will be working on acting capacity, waiting for the board to make appointments as stipulated by the law.

President Chakwera said this during the swearing in ceremony of the newly appointed Ministers at the Bingu International Convention Center in Lilongwe on Friday.

“It has been pointed out, correctly I might add, that the law does not give me power to appoint a Commissioner General and Deputy Commissioner General for Malawi Revenue Authority. What the press release on the appointments did not mention is that because such appointments are the domain of the Board of MRA, my appointments are only made to function in an acting capacity until the Board is reconstituted and in place to make permanent appointments.

“I have made these provisional appointments to stop the free-for-all pilferage of taxes and the destruction of evidence that have been taking place there in the last few weeks, crimes which need to be stopped as a matter of urgency.

“As for the appointment of the Deputy Inspector General, it has duly been withheld pending a regularization process, and I commend all of you who noted the anomaly,” clarified Chakwera.

Zeroing in claims that some Cabinet Ministers have conflicts of interest, the Malawi leader said his office will develop a special code of conduct that will police the appointed Ministers from using their public office for the advancement of those private interests.

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Malawi Sports Minister Msunagama’s witch-hunting; wants ‘CADET’ Walter Nyamilandu out of FAM

Walter Nyamilandu: accused of taking sides in politics

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—The social media battle between Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu and legislator Ulemu Msungama has reached the climax following the appointment of the later as Minister of Sports.

Prior to the historic June 23 elections, Msungama accused the Nyamilandu of being used by the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the rigging scheme, but Nyamilandu trashed the allegations.

Now, just few hours after the swearing-in of the cabinet minister,  the battle has resurfaced with Msungama few casting doubts on working with Nyamilandu, saying the FAM president is politically compromised.

 However, Nyamilandu has maintained his stand that he is a professional and not a politician, adding that the local football governing body serves the government of the day.

But when asked yesterday by The Nation if he is prepared to open up and work with Nyamilandu, the minister said: “What I would say is that tisavutike kuwongola chinthu chopindika. I do not hate Walter personally, but then constitutionally, Fifa and FAM do not allow its members to be actively involved in politics.

“But we saw images of him [Nyamilandu] in political attire circulating on social media which does not augur well with his position.

“I am a straightforward person who calls a spade by its name. I was interested that being an intellectual, how could he use his powers to advance his personal interests? I looked at it that he is not fit to be FA president.”

Msungama said he will have a meeting with the FAM president to tell him his mind.

“I would wish Walter to understand me that way and at some point I will have a one-on-one

WhatsApp chat

with him. He is an elected president, but then the expectation is that he should know where to draw the line or else resign from his position,” he said.

Walter Nyamilandu in DPP beret

Reacting, Nyamilndu has said FAM serves the government of the day.

 “As FAM, we serve government of the day. This remains our commitment and call to duty to the new government. We are apolitical and shall always remain as such as part of our corporate governance principles.

“I am a professional and not a politician. I don’t hold any political position in any party and neither have I rendered support to any political party.”

He said a lot has been said in the social media about innocent souls in the just ended election campaign “and some of us have taken it with a pinch of salt”.

Nyamilandu added: “I implore the honourable minister not to judge or be prejudiced because he will be misled by propaganda.

“I have been a victim of circumstances of the previous regimes for similar reasons, but I have survived because of my honesty and integrity. The truth shall always set us free.”

He said he respects the new minister and will not stand in his way to discharge his ministerial duties.

“He has my full support. Let him judge me once he has interacted and worked closely with me,” said Nyamilandu.

The FAM president sparked controversy last year when a photograph of him sporting a DPP beret went viral on social media ahead of the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Meanwhile, the media has attracted mixed reactions from social media cappers.

Some are of the view that Msungama has ventured into witch-hunting, while others says Nyamilandu really does not deserve to be at the helm of the country’s football body.

However, Nyamilandu is an elected officer and can only be fired through the ballot after his four-year tenure.

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Malawi President Chakwera says his cabinet is gender sensitive

Women that have been included in cabinet as deputy ministers

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi president Lazarus Chakwera has dispelled allegations that his 31-member cabinet is gender insensitive, arguing he is the first president ever to include more women in the cabinet.

Chakwera has included 11 women in his 31-member cabinet but 7 are deputies, a move that has angered some quarters.

Speaking during a swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed ministers in Lilongwe, Chakwera said the philosophy of Tonse Alliance is not to pay lip services to women but to alleviate that plight.

“It has been said that this Cabinet does not empower women or persons with disabilities, because there appear to be no ministries dedicated to these. However, these are only absent in name, not in fact. While it may have been the practice of the previous Administration to neglect any areas not appearing on the cabinet list by name, that kind of tokenism is not part of the Tonse Philosophy.

“As a case in point, the previous Administration indeed had a Ministry of Gender, but among its many failures was the failure to condemn and investigate the rape of women in a village outside the capital despite having a cabinet portfolio. A name is not as important as outcomes,” said Chakwera.

He added: “Our approach is to place issues of gender and disability within the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare with a fully empowered and resourced Principal Secretary solely dedicated to address them with a view to reaching specific measurable benchmarks. This is because our Tonse Philosophy compels us to move away from paying lip service to the plight of women, children, and persons with disability as a publicity stunt, and to instead focus on alleviating that plight.

“Our commitment is to tackle these issues as a collective responsibility, not the responsibility of a single ministry. That is why I wanted to lead by example by having a greater percentage of women in my Cabinet than any President in recent memory. Notwithstanding, for avoidance of any doubt about my commitment, I have directed the Chief Secretary to rename the Ministry accordingly in response to an appeal from stakeholders.”

The female ministers include UTM Secretary General Patricia Kaliati who is appointed Minister of Community Development and Social Welfare, Educationist Agness Nyalonje of UTM is now Minister of Education, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) lawmaker Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda is appointed key ministerial position of Minister of Health.

Another female Cabinet minister is legislator Nancy Tembo who has been given the portfolio of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Seven women have been appointed deputy ministers.

The deputy ministers are Jean Muonaowauza Sendeza as deputy minister of defence, Agness Nkusa Nkhoma as deputy minister of agriculture, Nancy Mdooko as deputy minister of transport and Chrissie Kalamula Kanyashi as deputy minister of health.

Other deputy ministers are Madalitso Wirima Kambauwa of education, Halima Daud of local government and Abida Sidik Mia of lands.

Chakwera, though boasting of having included a good percentage of women in the cabinet, people have criticized him for roping in more women as deputies. However, he has made a commitment to address the ‘anomaly’ during a performance-based reshuffle in five months time.

“Additionally, I have taken note of the observation that the women who are on my Cabinet are mostly there as deputies and will increase the number of women who are full Ministers when I restructure my Administration at the end of the five-month transition as I planned,” he said.

His predecessor Peter Mutharika also attracted a barrage of criticisms from different quarters in 2019 when he appointed only three women in his 20-member cabinet.

During reshuffle this year, Mutharika increased the number of women to five; two full female cabinet ministers plus three deputy ministers, and all the women were new to the cabinet.

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