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Ethiopia gets World Bank funding to fight HIV/AIDS

Posted by African Press International on March 11, 2007

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The World Bank has approved a US$30 million grant through the International Development Assistance (IDA) to support HIV/AIDS prevention activities in Ethiopia, APA learnt here Saturday.

The World Bank office in Ethiopia indicated that the grant will be devoted to support HIV/AIDS prevention activities in the country through the ongoing Ethiopian Multi-Sectoral HIV/AIDS Project (EMSAP I) and the second phase of the project (EMSAP II).

“EMSAP II aims to increase access to preventive services for most groups at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, and youth, particularly young women between the ages 15-24,” the WB said.

The project will also focus on risk groups in hot spots in rural and peri-urban areas such as market towns.

“By targeting groups of people who tend to show higher HIV/prevalence rates, the project attempts to slow the spread of the virus, particularly with respect to urban-rural transmissions,’’ said Gebresellassie Okubazghi ,World Bank team leader of the Project.

The grant will also fund projects in peer education, condom distribution, and communication activities that target behavioural change and discourage traditional practices that increase risk, according to World Bank country office.

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Forty two women arrested on the international women’s day send to jail

Posted by African Press International on March 11, 2007

Banjul (The Gambia) Forty-two women accused of being sex workers in the suburban township of Serekunda, 11 kilometres from Banjul, have found themselves going to jail to serve a prison term of one week each after pleading guilty to the charge of rogue and vagabond contrary to section 167 of the Criminal Code of the laws of The Gambia.

However, 19 others who were similarly charged but pleaded not guilty to the allegation were remanded in custody to await trial on 12 March.

The sentences were pronounced in two separate trials conducted on Friday by Magistrates Abdoulie Mbacke and Pa Harry Jammeh of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, just outside Banjul.

The women on trial were arrested at various night spots by Serekunda police on March 7, which incidentally was the eve of International Women’s Day !

They were arrested after the police allegedly found them loitering in these locations, “fetching men for prostitution.”

When the charge sheet was read to the first group of 30 before Magistrate Jammeh, 18 of the women pleaded guilty and were convicted and sentenced ; 11, who pleaded not guilty were remanded in custody, except for the one who was pregnant and the one who was breast feeding. These two were asked to go home by the magistrate and keep the peace.

A second group of 25 were also arraigned before Magistrate Mbacke on a similar charge. This time, 24 of the women pleaded guilty and were sentenced to a week’s jail term.

The one who pleaded not guilty was remanded to re-appear in court on 12 March, 2007.

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News directives issued by the new Premier

Posted by African Press International on March 11, 2007

Conakry – (Guinea) Guinean Prime Minister and leader of the government, Lansana Kouyate Saturday prohibited ministerial departments from indulging in “abusive expenditure of all kinds without prior agreements”, a statement read Saturday on the Guinean national Radio (RTG) disclosed.

The ban, which is the first official instruction of Lansana Kouyate since his nomination on February 27 2007, also applies to the governor of the Central Bank of the Guinean (BCRG), regional governors and prefects, executive directors and financial service leaders.

According to the Prime Minister, this measure is aimed at securing the resources of the state, pending the formation of the new government.

Besides those mentioned, Lansana Kouyate also banned, until further notice, tax exemptions, a favour formerly granted to some Guinean and foreign companies and business people.

Lansana Kouyate further demanded that “all expenditure executed and the collection of assets from February 27 th to the issue of the statement should be reported on and justified, and then presented by the ministry of economy and finance”.

Furthermore, the ministry of Economy and Finance is obliged to daily present to the Prime Minister’s office the detailed statements of assets and expenditure realized.

Finally, the Prime Minister, who insisted on the strict implementation of the current instruction by the various services, warned that any service or individual will bear the liability of violating it.

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