HONOURS FOR AFRICAN HEALTH ACTIVIST
The Africa Regional office of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has honoured one of the continent's pioneering reproductive health and family planning advocates, Prof. Frederick Torgbor Sai, by naming a research institute after him.
“The institute is an exclusive initiative of IPPF Africa region, as a response to filling the gap in data gathering and dissemination. For us it is a tool to strengthen our programmes,” IPPF African Regional Director Lucien Kouakoa said at the colourful launch and award ceremony in honour of the Octogenarian Ghanaian health expert.
Kouakoa said the Institute would focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), support research, strengthen IPPF collaboration and generate ideas beyond the 42 countries where the Federation operates in Africa.
In addition, the Institute, the location of which is yet to be announced, will motivate young men and women to be advocates, programme managers and researchers in reproductive health, and provide grants to graduates to embark on evidence-based research.
At the ceremony, representatives of the Reproductive Health Community from Africa and beyond took their turns to attest to Prof. Sai's contributions to SRHR, Family Planning and women empowerment that spanned over five decades.
They include IPPF, Planned Parenthood Association Ghana, the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, IPAS, Education and Child Trust Family Planning Association of Stri Lanka and Women Deliver.
Prof. Sai is a renowned player and leading advocates for the promotion of women and children reproductive health care services in his country, Ghana.
He chaired several international meetings that produced frameworks and guidelines for the implantation of development agenda issue, like the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994.
Prof. Sai expressed gratitude for the honour done to him by the Africa Region of IPPF, and also expressed the belief that the Institute would continue to provide a platform for spreading the reproductive health agenda.
Born in Ghana, Prof. Sai pioneered the establishment of the Planned Parenthood Association Ghana, an associate member of IPPF.
He was also the first African President of the International Non-Governmental Organisation,
which operates in more than 150 countries worldwide and 42 countries in Africa.
His contributions have also been acknowledged at the global level with the United Nations Population Award, IPPF lifetime Achievements Award and back at home with the Order of Star of Ghana.
2015 AFCON & CANADA 2015
Orange 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
The following are details of the draw for the final tournament of the Orange 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Gabon, Burkina Faso
Zambia, DR Congo, Cape Verde, Tunisia
Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Algeria
Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon, Mali
Group A matches would be played in Bata; Group B in Ebibeyin; Group C in Mongomo; and Group D in Malabo
Equatorial Guinea stepped in to host the competition after Morocco pulled out on fears of the Ebola pandemic.
The tournament will be held from 17 January to 8 February 2015.
Canada 2015: World Cup Group
The African champions Nigeria will play in the so-called 'Group of Death' at the 2015 women's World Cup in Canada.
Nigeria will face the number one ranked Olympic champions, the United States, in Group D at the showpiece event to be played from 6 June to 5 July.
The Super Falcons will also take on fifth ranked Sweden, who conceded just one goal in 10 qualifying matches.
Australia completes the toughest group of the six. The Group D teams will play in Winnipeg.
Ivory Coast on the other hand will play their matches in Ottawa, having been drawn in Group B alongside Germany, Norway and Thailand.
Cameroon, the third African nation taking part, will take on Japan, Switzerland and Ecuador in Vancouver.
From the six groups, 16 of the 24 teams will advance to the knock-out stage.
During the draw, there was some confusion as Colombia were drawn in Group E with Brazil, against the rule of teams from the same confederation drawn in the same group. To correct the error, Colombia were put in Group F, with South Korea then placed in Group E.
The exception to the rule concerns Europe. Germany and France which were both drawn in a group with another European team.
2015 World Cup draw:
2ND AFRICAN WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL
The second edition of African Women's Film Festival, dubbed "Tazana", will be held 6-12 January, 2015, in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, with participants coming from Benin, Cameroon, Rwanda, Senegal and Gabon, the Congolese Ministry of Culture and Arts announced in a statement here Thursday.
During the festival, several short films will be in competition, including "De quoi avons-nous peur" by the Congolese Annette Kouamba Matondo, "A coeur ouvert" by the Beninese Ayekoro Koussou and "Coeur de Femme" by Cameroonian Maxwell Cadeval.
The programme will also include a debate on the struggles of women.
This year's event will be articulated around the fight against cancer and will feature the following film makers: François Ellong (Cameroon), Jacqueline Kalimunda (Rwanda), Moussa Sene Absa (Senegal), Dorcas Ahouangonou and Laetitia N'Da (Côte d'Ivoire).
Initiated by the Congolese Association ensuring liaison between artists and producers (CLAP), the first edition of the festival was held from 6 to 11 January, 2014, in Brazzaville.
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