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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sanford looks to build hundreds of Ghana clinics

Source: The Island Packet

Sanford Health is looking to open more than 300 clinics in Ghana in the next five years to treat millions of patients. The Dakotas-based health network has opened five clinics in the African nation since 2012 and broke ground last week for a sixth.The clinics have treated more than 180,000 patients.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Power Africa: Ghana To Attract $4bn From America

Source: Ventures Africa

Recently, Ghana signed a Power Compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), making it the current largest American Government-funded transaction of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative.The Ghana Power Compact facilitates the investment of up to $498.2 million for the transformation of Ghana’s power sector while also stimulating private investments. Eventually, the deal is expected to raise more than $4 billion from American and global energy firms.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Using mobile money to buy water and solar power in east Africa

Source: The Guardian

For many of Thomas Duveau’s customers in rural, off-grid communities in Tanzania, buying a solar panel system for their home will be their first big commercial transaction, and probably the largest of their life.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom cuts fees on low and medium value M-PESA transfers

Source: Biztech Africa

Leading integrated communications service provider Safaricom has announced a targeted reduction of transaction fees levied by the operator on its most popular person to person M-PESA transaction bands.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Using mobile money to buy water and solar power in east Africa

Source: The Guardian

Mobile phones are facilitating access to utilities in poor rural communities. But do consumers have the faith to go cashless?
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Stop charging high interest rates, Bank of Ghana tells MFIs

Source: Ghana Web

Microfinance companies have been urged not to charge high, unsustainable interest rates by the Head of Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Mr Raymond Amanfu.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bharti Airtel & VeriFone to drive Africa’s mobile money evolution

Source: IT News Africa

Bharti Airtel and VeriFone Mobile Money have reached an agreement to offer VeriFone Mobile Money’s merchant enablement applications for mobile Tap n Pay across Airtel’s 17 operating countries in Africa.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberian Natives Work To Fight Ebola Outbreak From Boston

Source: WBUR

In Boston, some natives of Liberia are working to improve sanitation conditions and train health workers on the ground in their homeland, as the country and two of its neighbors battle a deadly Ebola outbreak.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ending M-Pesa’s solo story

Source: Mobile World Live

M-Pesa lacks interoperability with any of the rival services run by the country’s three other operators: Airtel, Orange and yuMobile. But Safaricom is now under pressure to change its ways.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless and the making of Africa’s first cashless society

Source: The Guardian

Will Zimbabwe be Africa’s first cashless society?Strive Masiyiwa, founder of the pan-African telecommunications company, talks about extending finance to the unbanked.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Midwifery Delivers Health to Ghanaian Moms

Source: womensenews.org

One mobile phone app delivers time-sensitive text messages or voicemails to pregnant women and new mothers; the other is for nurses. Together they are doing wonders for maternal and pregnancy health care and raising community awareness at the same time.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Armed Men Raid Liberia Ebola Quarantine Center

Source: Voices of America

A group of young men armed with clubs, claiming that "there's no Ebola" in Liberia, raided a quarantine center for the deadly disease in Monrovia overnight, prompting about 20 patients infected with the deadly virus to flee, a witness said Sunday.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Your Coffee Is Getting Fancier, But Is It Getting Better For The World?

Source: Fast Company

Fair-Trade certified coffee has become known as an easy way for coffee drinkers to make the world a better place for coffee growers, many of whom are among the world’s poorest people. But a study released in April 2014 seriously questions how much fair-trade certification really does for them.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Fiasco At The Burial Ground, A Prank At The Shop: Covering Ebola

Source: NPR

NPR's global health correspondent Jason Beaubien tries to keep his cool when traveling abroad. But he may have set a new record for chillness.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda: Airtel introduces mobile money saving solution

Source: IT News Africa

Airtel Uganda, in conjunction with Grameen Foundation, has developed a service that will allow Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) and other forms of savings groups, such as Chamas or investment clubs, to store their group’s cash as mobile money.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Less is More for the Health of Africa’s Hospitals

Source: PDandD Magazine

The rural health clinic in Kimalamisale, Tanzania, sits at the end of a rutted sandy road some 160 miles from the nearest large town.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Microloans for consumption spell ruin

Source: Financial Mail

AFRICAN Bank may have been the first to fall, but this is just one part of a tragic story that concerns all microlenders who provide cash loans to fund consumption, which affects SA much more broadly and deeply than the collapse of a single business.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Embattled African Bank gets bailed out

Source: Business Day Live

AFRICAN Bank has been bailed out as the Reserve Bank said on Sunday it would pay R7bn for its bad loan book, which allows it to continue lending and safeguards its retail deposits.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan corporates commit to supporting health in Africa

Source: ReliefWeb

Corporate leaders and other representatives from the private sector pledged their support for health and health development in Africa at a roundtable meeting organised by Amref Health Africa in Nairobi today.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda, Tanzania latest to welcome Diaspora Mobile Money transfer service

Source: Tech Moran

The Diaspora Mobile money transfer service from Rapid Communications’ is now in Uganda, Tanzania and Senegal only a month after it was unveiled in Kenya.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African mobile money technology expands in Europe

Source: New Vision

Africans have long used technology developed abroad, but now a Kenyan cash transfer network which bypasses banks is being adopted in Europe.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola outbreak spreads fear in rural Sierra Leone

Source: Enquirer

Weeks under the strain of bad news, much uncertainty and no direct support are taking a toll on rural towns like Rotifunk, in Bumpeh Chiefdom, the focus of my all-volunteer nonprofit Sherbro Foundation Sierra Leone.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola and ethics: Are rich nations doing enough to fight the outbreak?

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a matter of justice and ethics, experts said Tuesday. This has to do with medical testing and international funding.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: Western Union Expands Collaboration with MTN Group; Launches Mobile Money Transfer Service in the Ivory Coast

Source: Market Watch

Consumers Who Subscribe to MTN Mobile Money Can Now Receive a Western Union Money Transfer Transaction on Their Mobile Phones
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya's mobile money transactions hit KES1 trillion

Source: ITWeb Africa

Statistics from the Central Bank of Kenya indicate that Kenyans transferred over KES 1 trillion between January and June this year.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South African Medical Research Council and PATH launch new Global Health Innovation Accelerator

Source: AfricanBrains

The new South Africa-based Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA) launching today will speed the development and introduction of sustainable, high-impact health technologies that can save the lives of vulnerable women and children in South Africa and beyond.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO backs use of experimental Ebola drugs in West Africa outbreak

Source: Reuters

It is ethical to offer unproven drugs or vaccines to people infected or at risk in West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak, a World Health Organisation panel of medical ethics experts ruled on Tuesday, but cautioned supplies will be limited.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola virus: Vaccine 'should be ready for 2015', WHO says, as GSK plays down timing

Source: The Independent

An Ebola vaccine should be ready for public use by 2015, the United Nation’s health agency has said.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola virus: Liberia health system 'overtaxed'

Source: BBC News

Liberia's information minister has admitted that the country's health care system has been overwhelmed by the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Friday, August 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why the Ebola Vaccine Won't Be Administered in Africa

Source: Newsweek

The earliest the world can expect a vaccine to curb spreading of Ebola in West Africa is about a year away, scientists say.
Friday, August 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: Airtel unveils Airtel Insurance

Source: IT News Africa

Airtel Nigeria has collaborated with MicroEnsure and Cornerstone Insurance in order to launch its latest, free insurance product.
Friday, August 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Will Obama’s “New Africa” Deliver on Its Promises?

Source: IPS News

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 2014 (IPS) - As the three-day U.S- Africa Leaders Summit here drew to a close Wednesday, experts across the private, public and non-profit sectors continued to debate the opportunities and obstacles posed by the U.S’ expanding business partnership with Africa.
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Investing in Health: African Countries Expand Domestic and Innovative Financing

Source: Huffington Post

This week, President Barack Obama is hosting the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., welcoming leaders from across the African continent to discuss trade and investment, with an eye toward security, peace and democratic development. Importantly, these high-level meetings will also include discussions of the future of global health investments and the U.S.-Africa partnership in reaching an AIDS-free generation.
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank Group Commits US$ 5 Billion to Boost Electricity Generation in Six African Countries

Source: World Bank

The World Bank Group today committed $5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries-- Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania—which have partnered with President Obama’s Power Africa initiative.
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe: Telecoms Firms Embrace Innovation to Survive

Source: AllAfrica

AS technological convergence redefines business models across nearly every industry, mobile telecommunications companies have shown a growing appetite for innovation in order to survive and thrive in a fast-paced and unpredictable environment.
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

As America Turns Its Gaze Toward Africa, It Has The Chance To Promote A New Model Of Investment

Source: Huffington Post

This week U.S. investors and African leaders from the African continent will converge on Washington D.C. for the inaugural US - Africa Leader's Summit.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How other countries are scrambling for Africa alongside the U.S.

Source: The Washington Post

This week in Washington, dozens of African heads of state are converging for a landmark series of meetings with U.S. officials and businesses.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

U.S. wants Nigeria to take economic leadership in Africa

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

The United States government has expressed the expectation of Nigeria to lead the African continent into economic advancement.