Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention activates the Emergency Operational Centre to monitor the Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday activated the Emergency Operational Centre to monitor the Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and developed a concept of operations for the emergency.

‘The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has activated its Emergency Operation Centre to closely monitor the situation. A team of experts is on standby for deployment to respond to the emergency based on the needs on the ground as we work on the modalities with the government authorities in the DRC and coordinate with the WHO and partners’ said Dr. John Nkengasong, the Director of the Africa CDC.

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Surveillance and Response Unit is an Africa wide mechanism to monitor disease outbreaks on the continent. Since 22 April 2017 the ministry of health of the DRC reported 11 suspected Ebola cases in the Likati health zone, Bas Uele Province in the north, bordering the Central Africa Republic. The National Institute of Biomedical Research in Kinshasa on 11 May 2017 confirmed one positive case among the five samples collected. The first suspected case is of a 39-year-old male who presented onset symptoms on 22 April 2017 and died on arrival at a health facility. The DRC has reactivated the inter-agency national committee against Ebola that is meeting every day to coordinate the response. Strengthening of surveillance and investigation including contact tracing are ongoing.

The DRC has experienced Ebola outbreaks since 1976. The previously reported outbreaks in the DRC include in 2014 where 66 cases of Ebola including 49 deaths occurred in the Equateur province; 2012 where 36 cases including 13 deaths were reported in Orientale province; 2008 to 2009 were 32 cases including 15 deaths were reported in Kasai; 2007 where 264 cases including 187 deaths were reported in Kasai; 1995 were 315 cases and 250 deaths occurred in Kikwit and in 1976 where 318 cases including 280 deaths were reported in Yambuku.

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic poses a public health emergency that can affect the whole world and affect the socio-economic and structural transformation of Africa. The first human outbreaks occurred in 1976 in northern DRC in Central Africa, then in South Sudan and recently in 2014 Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea faced the most acute Ebola epidemic. Worldwide, more than 28,600 people were infected and 11,300 died. The countries at the epicentre of the epidemic then have all been Ebola-free since at least June of last year. The virus is named after the Ebola River, where the virus was first recognized in 1976, according to the United States Center for Diseases Control (CDC). Humans can be infected by other humans if they come in contact with body fluids from an infected person or contaminated objects from infected persons. Humans can also be exposed to the virus, for example, by butchering infected animals.

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May 17 Press Briefing with co-hosts of the African Air Chiefs Symposium 2017


Please join us on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 11:00 GMT/13:00 CET for a telephonic press conference with U.S. Air Force Col Ricardo Trimillos, Air Forces Africa International Affairs division chief, and Botswana Defence Force Air Arm Col Hendrick Rakgantswan, Thebephatshwa Air Base commander and key leader and planner of the African Air Chiefs Symposium 2017. The speakers will discuss the importance of the symposium, U.S. and African air forces partnership, and U.S. commitment to strengthening security and stability across the continent.


The African Air Chiefs Symposium (AACS) is an annual conference that brings together air chiefs from across Africa for candid dialog to discuss and develop cooperative solutions to regional and continental challenges and threats. Air chiefs from 30 nations will gather in Kasane, Botswana for the largest African Air Chiefs Symposium in its seven-year history. U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa commander, Gen. Tod D. Wolters will co-host the symposium with Botswana Defence Force Air Arm commander, Maj. Gen. Innocent Phatswane. This year’s symposium will focus on the training aspect of force development.

This is the seventh AACS. Previous hosts and topics of the AACS include Addis Ababa, Ethiopia focused on Safety (2011); Dakar, Senegal focused on Building Operational Frameworks for Cooperation (2012); Accra, Ghana focused on Counter Terrorism (2013); Douala, Cameroon focused on Air Operations (2014); Nouakchott, Mauritania focused on Promoting Airpower for African Challenges (2015); Ramstein, Germany focused on Mobility (2016).


Speakers: Representatives from the co-hosts of the African Air Chiefs Symposium 2017: U.S. Air Force Col Ricardo Trimillos, Chief of international affairs for Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces in Africa; Botswana Defence Force Air Arm Col Hendrick Rakgantswan, Thebephatshwa Air Base commander
Date: May 17, 2017
Time: 11:00 GMT/13:00 CET
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Language: English. French and Portuguese interpretation will be offered.
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Col Ricardo Trimillos, Air Forces Africa International Affairs division chief

Colonel Trimiilos is the Chief of the International Affairs Division for United States Air Forces in Europe and Africa. He is responsible for executing over $4 million in military-to-military engagements, coordinating over $1 billion dollars in foreign military equipment and training sales, and leads a team of 33 country desk staff officers operating in three locations.

Colonel Trimillos is an Eagle Scout and a 1995 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. His prior assignments include serving as Deputy Division Chief for Mobility Forces and Director of Irregular Warefare Integration at USAF Headquarters, Air Force Intern for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for European Policy and Headquarters Air Force, RQ-4 test pilot and NASA DC-8 Earth Science Mission Commander at Edwards AFB, CA, Commander of the 314th Recruiting Squadron in New Jersey, Deputy Combat Plans Division Chief for the 613 Air Operations Center and KC-135 air refueling aircraft our of RAF Mildenhall, England and Altus AFB, Oklahoma where he was a flight instructor/evaluator and supported combat flight operations over Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan in support of Operations Allied Force, Northen Watch, Iraqi Freedom, and Noble Eagle.

His awards and decorations include meritorious service medal with oak leaf clusters, air medal, aerial achievement medal, air force commendation medal with oak leaf clusters, army commendation medal, and army achievement medals.

Botswana Defence Force Air Arm Col Hendrick Thuthu Rakgantswan, Thebephatshwa Air Base commander

Col Hendrick Rakgantswan is the commander of Thebephstahwa Air Base in Botswana. He joined the Botswana Defence Air Arm Force in 1986 and commissioned as a pilot to the rank of second Lieutenant in 1987 upon graduation from the Botswana Defence Force in Gaborone, Botswana.

Following his commission, he was trained and qualified on the BS 120 (Bulldog) as a basic pilot, and on the BN 2 Islanarder as an operational pilot. Following that, he undertook a wide variety of military and non-military flying operations. From 1989 to 1997, he undertook anti-poaching operations in the Chobe/Kasane/Maun area where he conducted aerial patrols, aerial logistical resupply as well as search and rescue operations. Thereafter, he became a BDF Air Arm pilot instructor for a variety of aircraft including the Bombardier Global Express XRA, C-130, Gulfstream-IV, CASA 212, and BN 2 Islander. In 2006, he became a lieutenant colonel and was assigned to the VIP pilot for the Botswana Presidential Flight and then served in first command position as the squadron commander of the BDF Air Arm Military Transport Squadron. Prior to his current assignment as a base commander, he served as the Director of Air Operations for the entire Botswana military air and coordination civil-military operations.

Col Rakgantswan has over 6400 total flying hours and extensive international education and training. He became a qualified flying instructor at the Air Force Station in Tambaram, India, attended flight safety international training through aviation programs in Arizona and Georgia, completed C-130B pilot training at the CAE Tampa Training Center in the U.S., attended command in staff course at Arusha Staff College in Tanzania, pilot training on Bombardier Global Express at CAE in Montreal, Canada, completed his national security studies at the National Defense College in Kenya, and received his post graduate diploma in international studies through the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies program at the University of Nairobi.

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GE and Addis Ababa Institute of Technology Sign a MoU to enable Renewables Hydro/Wind Power Generation Skills Development in Ethiopia

General Electric (NYSE: GE; “GE”) ( GE Renewable Energy and Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) to frame an ongoing collaboration aimed at enabling capacity development programs focused on Renewable Energy.

Since late 2016 GE and AAiT have been working together to develop and start the implementation of skills development programs. In March 2017, GE Renewable Energy Hydro engineering staff spent the week at AAiT delivering a series of seminars to 30 students and faculty on Hydro turbines and generators technology.

GE Renewable Energy is actively participating to the delivery of the projects of the high-priority Growth and Transformation Plan projects in Ethiopia, including in the Hydro sector, and is working with Ethiopian Electric Power to develop new projects in the Hydro, Wind and Solar space. AAIT is the premier Engineering and Research institution in Ethiopia graduating engineers in over 7 undergraduate programs and 35 MSc. and PhD programs.

The ultimate vision of the collaboration between GE and AAIT is to develop a Renewables – Center of Excellence at AAIT to serve as a practical learning hub for undergraduate students in the Ethiopia University system, a research incubator for graduate students and a reinforcing learning mechanism for faculty. AAIT and GE will work together to build an ecosystem of enablers from development agencies, Renewables industry players and partners.

During the MOU signing ceremony, leaders from the two institutions shared remarks to the gathered dignitaries. Professor Admasu, Addis Ababa University President said “Collaboration with Industry is a key facet of exchange for AAIT and essential to addressing the need of students to be exposed to practical and thoughtful learning experiences while also ensuring the teachers are given access to the latest in the field of knowledge”. Mr. Yves Rannou, President and CEO, GE’s Hydro Solutions said “The MoU with AAiT is a new milestone for GE Renewable Energy in Ethiopia. It enables sharing current industry expertise and experience with students and faculty at AAiT in order to build a highly-qualified workforce that will support the social and economic development of the country”.

Distributed by APO on behalf of GE.

Media contact:
Annette Mutuku
Culture Communication Leader, Africa
GE Global Growth Organization

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She Leads Africa launches accelerator for women-run businesses with Work in Progress! Alliance

She Leads Africa ( has just opened applications for the 2017 She Leads Africa Accelerator, a 3-month program designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest entrepreneurs.

SLA’s 2017 Accelerator will take place in 4 locations across Nigeria – Abuja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Kaduna.

The 2017 Accelerator will consist of 1 week residencies in the four locations where entrepreneurs will receive training from the SLA team and business leaders and experts. During these residencies, entrepreneurs will be focused on business strategy, growth, marketing, finance and distribution. They will also receive a host of on and offline training as well as an opportunity to pitch their business to national and international investors.

Fresh Direct’s founder and 2016 class winner, Angel Adelaja, said “This was like a condensed Masters Program. I am so different now and our company is thinking and strategizing differently.”

This 2017 SLA Accelerator is run in partnership with the Work in Progress! Alliance – a consortium of Oxfam, Butterfly Works and VC4A focused on driving job creation and youth employment in Nigeria. The Kaduna Agribusiness cohort is sponsored by OCP.

Entrepreneurs interested in applying should visit for more information and to apply. Submissions close on 25 June 2017 at 11:59pm WAT.

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For interviews with the She Leads Africa team or previous SLA Pitch and 2016 SLA Accelerator participants, email

About She Leads Africa:
She Leads Africa ( is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting young African women and their journey towards professional success through online content and offline programmes. SLA has a community of more than 300,000 members in over 30 countries across Africa and has been featured on CNN (, CNBC Africa (, Black Enterprise ( and Fox Business (

In 2016, She Leads Africa became the first African startup (male or female-led) to be invited to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

About Work In Progress! Alliance:
The Work in Progress! Alliance is focused on unlocking the economic potential of young women and men in Egypt, Nigeria and Somalia. The project aims to enable them to generate sustainable and living incomes – by finding regular employment or starting enterprises. Alliance partners include Oxfam, VC4A (Venture Capital for Africa) and Butterfly Works. As part of the project, VC4A partners with local accelerators and works to strengthen local investor networks.

About OCP:
The OCP Group is one of the leading exporters of phosphate rock, phosphoric acid and phosphate fertilizers in the world. The OCP Group operates in Nigeria and other countries in Africa.

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