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Friday, September 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

UN announces mission to combat Ebola, declares outbreak ‘threat to peace and security’

Source: UN News Centre

The Security Council, in its first emergency meeting on a public health crisis, declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to peace and security and announced that the United Nations will deploy a new emergency health mission.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Making African Health Care Radically Cheaper

Source: Harvard Business Review

In sub-Saharan Africa, there are three important ways disruptive innovations can democratize health systems: improving health record-keeping, widening drug access and building patient trust.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The black market for Ebola survivors’ blood

Source: The Washington Post

Blood from Ebola survivors is rich with antibodies against the deadly virus, and since there is currently no approved drug to fight it, some have become desperate enough to take fate into their own hands and turn to the black market for an experimental serum made with survivors' blood.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Orange Money links up with Bank of Africa for mobile banking

Source: Finextra

Wireless operator Orange has integrated its mobile Money platform with the Bank of Africa, enabling users to perform basic banking transactions with their handsets.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO: $1 billion needed to keep Ebola infections within the ‘tens of thousands’

Source: The Washington Post

The World Health Organization is pleading for a global investment of nearly $1 billion to fight the spread of Ebola, warning that the amount is merely the minimum needed to keep infections of the deadly virus "within the tens of thousands."
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: Bata Shoe Foundation Announces $25,000 in Award Funding for Young Entrepreneurs

Source: Press Release

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas J. Bata, the Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award will support responsible entrepreneurship in emerging markets
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom prepares for battle, sets date for new Mpesa network

Source: Standard Digital

The stage is set for deployment of Safaricom’s long-awaited new M-Pesa system, raising stakes in the ongoing battle between the mobile phone service provider and a slew of new entrants in the mobile money transfer business, led by Equity Bank.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Free mobile money transactions from Airtel to boost Rwanda's financial inclusion drive

Source: All Africa

The government's efforts geared at ensuring that all Rwandans access financial services have been boosted by Airtel Rwanda, which has scrapped charges on Airtel Money service transactions.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Devastating Economic Impact of Ebola

Source: Undispatch

As the Ebola cris