Ghana Rugby Celebrates International Women’s Day

The Ghana Rugby ( ladies took advantage of Ghana’s Independence Day to celebrate International Women’s Day that is scheduled on the World Calendar for 8th of March every year.

According to Rafatu Inusah, Ghana Rugby Board Women’s Representative, it was a great day for Ladies not only coming together to play and have fun but to discuss the way forward for Women’s Rugby in Ghana.

“Clearly, the women are really ready to push themselves and committed to a call. Even though it was a holiday, the committed ladies and for love of Rugby, made their way to come and play Rugby to celebrate WOMEN IN RUGBY,” Inusah said.

Mr. Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, said from his home in the UK that he was delighted about the event and that it underscores his and his administration’s commitment to the cause of Women in Rugby.

“We have a dream! Allow me to use this famous phrase by referring to our dream of taking Women’s Rugby in Ghana to become Africa’s powerhouse of WOMEN IN RUGBY,” Mensah said.

World Rugby is placing a high premium on Women’s Rugby and tournaments include the Women’s World Cup, HSBC Women’s Sevens Series as well as participation in the Olympics.

Ghana Rugby also made history this year by incorporating a Women’s Sevens leg as part and parcel of their annual domestic league, the Ghana Rugby Club Championship.

Also see reporting and image galleries of the 2018 Ghana Rugby Women’s Day Celebrations on: Ghana Rugby Facebook Page (

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Cameroon calls upon Antwerp know-how to streamline operation of port of Douala

The ports of Antwerp and Douala in Cameroon are to collaborate closely with each other over the next five years. The collaboration agreement was signed on Wednesday this week during an extensive visit by Antwerp port representatives to the port of Douala in Cameroon. Douala port authority ( is counting on the Antwerp know-how in order to boost the efficiency of its port operations, among other things. For Antwerp the agreement represents a way to maintain and further strengthen its position as market leader in West and Central Africa.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Cyrus Ngo’o, CEO of the Port Autonome de Douala, and by Marc Van Peel and Kristof Waterschoot, respectively chairman and managing director of APEC and PAI, the two subsidiaries of Antwerp Port Authority ( that are responsible for among other things training maritime professionals and for consultancy tasks in foreign ports.


Also this week, Antwerp Port Authority is organising a roadshow in Cameroon with an extensive delegation from the Antwerp port community. This is only the second time that the port has held a roadshow in Africa, and it is no accident that this time the choice has fallen upon Cameroon. “With its exports of freight items such as timber and cacao, Cameroon has huge potential in Antwerp, which already has players active in these segments,” declared port alderman Marc Van Peel. “Moreover the port has a good balance between imports and exports, which is also a distinguishing feature of Antwerp,” he added.

Gateway to Europe

Antwerp handles an annual volume of 15 million tonnes of West African freight. At the other end of the trade, international studies have showed that the volume of containers handled in West African ports has grown enormously since 2009. “The same studies show that these ports are liable to have considerable further growth in container trade in the immediate future,” the alderman added. “Antwerp offers the greatest number of direct shipping services to West Africa, making it the ideal gateway to Europe for this trade,” he concluded.

Market leader in West Africa

Antwerp may well be busy with its second roadshow in this region, but the port has long been active in West Africa. Last week Antwerp Port Authority also signed a collaboration agreement with the port of Dakar in Senegal, and a few months ago the port of Cotonou in Benin decided to contract out its port operation to Port of Antwerp International (PAI) with a view to further modernisation. Finally, consultants from PAI and APEC have been busy in the port of Conakry (Guinea) since 2016 under the terms of an agreement for further development of the port.


The port of Douala lies on the Wouri river and is the leading port in the CEMAC economic zone (Central African Economic and Monetary Community). In 2016 it handled a freight volume of around 12 million tonnes. However, the port is now at maximum capacity and so is eager to call upon the expertise of Antwerp in order to expand its output. Under the terms of the MoU, APEC (Antwerp Port Training Centre) will examine the possibility of organising training courses for dock workers with a view to maximising the efficiency of port operations. In the meantime APEC, which has already helped to train maritime professionals from Douala, will provide standard seminars and training courses. Consultants from PAI will also offer their expertise in making the most efficient use of the available port area. Finally, the agreement includes commitments in the field of marketing, exchange of information and best practices, and organising joint commercial events in order to promote both ports.

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Banque du Caire selects Temenos 24 Core Banking as part of visionary transformation of retail and corporate business lines

Temenos (SIX: TEMN) (, the software specialist for banking and finance, today announces that Banque du Caire ( has selected Temenos T24 Core Banking as part of its vision in becoming the region’s leading bank. Banque du Caire has chosen Temenos’ leading T24 Core Banking solution to replace its current solution. T24 will be deployed along with Temenos solutions for Channels, Financial Crime Mitigation, Front Office, Payments, and Risk & Compliance. With this comprehensive technology upgrade, Banque du Caire will be empowered to not only realise its growth strategy in a cost-effective way, but also to bring cutting-edge banking services to its 2.7 million customers in Egypt.

With accelerated time to market for new products and an enhanced user experience across channels and devices, this signing cements Banque du Caire’s commitment to providing the products and services that the Egyptian public needs. Banque du Caire is a multi-award winning, full-service bank that provides a complete array of products and services to the retail and corporate markets. The bank plays an effective role in financing vital sectors of the national economy through participation in the syndicated loans serving different sectors, as well as in financing SMEs and Microfinance projects. By implementing Temenos’ proven and upgradeable software, Banque du Caire continues to ensure that the 10,000,000 million transactions processed monthly are fast, secure, and compliant, as well as providing world-class products and services to consumers and small business owners across Egypt.

Khaled Hamada, CIO, Banque du Caire, commented: “Banque du Caire has seen continued growth, and we are projected to grow 10% year-over-year. Our existing platform was not flexible enough to scale and respond to our growing customer base and their needs. Temenos’ technology provides us with an agile solution, which can scale to size, and offers pre-configured features and enhanced product agility. By partnering with Temenos, we will be able to bring to our customers a highly responsive service, tailored products and a truly customer-centric experience.”

Jean-Paul Mergeai, Regional Director – MEA, Temenos, stated: “Temenos is excited to have been chosen by Banque du Caire as one of their primary technology partners to expand through innovation and operational excellence, and to transform the bank from a product-centric to a customer-centric model. This strategy aligns perfectly with Temenos’ vision which has enabled us to develop a packaged, upgradable and innovative core banking platform which is used by more than 1000 financial institutions globally.”

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Amref Health Africa and GE Healthcare Partner to Strengthen Healthcare Systems in Africa

  • Amref Health Africa and GE to develop joint programs aimed at improving primary and referral care with initial focus on reducing preventable maternal and infant mortality;
  • First joint program in Ethiopia will equip and develop a sustainable delivery model in 24 healthcare facilities and aims to increase number of healthy mothers and healthy births, expand access to family planning and sustain lower rates of under-five mortality;
  • Early GE pilot study in Ethiopia shows a 24% reduction in neo-natal mortality in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU);
  • GE plans 20 programs, from 13 currently, to reach 3.5 million expectant women, mothers and new-borns and train over 3,000 primary healthcare workers by 2020, together with partners including Amref.

GE Healthcare ( and Amref Health Africa ( today announced a framework agreement that aims to develop a range of in-country health care service collaborations across reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, non-communicable diseases, water, sanitation and hygiene and safe surgery.

Initially, Amref Health Africa and GE will work together with Intrahealth and Project HOPE on a new program in Ethiopia, where GE will provide medical equipment at 20 health centers and 4 primary hospitals to widen access to antenatal screenings, essential newborn care and to upskill health workers. The technology will include portable ultrasound for antenatal screening, baby warmers, anesthesia and resuscitation equipment used during childbirth and phototherapy devices which help mitigate jaundice in babies.

Through a focus on task-shifting, health workers such as midwives who operate in remote communities where access to medically trained personnel is often limited or non-existent, will be taught essential skills to perform additional tasks such as antenatal scans, ensuring that critical, potentially life-saving services are available to the most at-risk patients.

Amref Health Africa is the largest non-governmental organization founded and based in Africa and has more than 60 years’ experience in health development. GE Healthcare is a leading global provider of healthcare technology and services and brings more than 100 years’ experience in the continent. The collaboration allows the partners to develop new in-country programs that will combine their respective technical expertise, capacity building know-how and ability to convene large-scale funding into programs.

The new GE program with Amref Health Africa will build on results from a 6-month GE pilot during which 22 NICU nurses and paediatricians were trained on the provision of essential newborn care. It showed a 24% reduction in facility-based neo-natal mortality, from 82 in every 1000 admissions to 62 in every 1000 admissions. [1] The study was conducted by the Ethiopian Paediatric Association in consultation with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health for Ethiopia, at four sites across Ethiopia, and involved more than 2,400 neonates. It also showed a 50% reduction in patient referrals and a 1-day reduction in overall hospital length of stay after an NICU intervention to 7 days.

“Amref Health Africa stands at the forefront of creating stronger community-based health systems that ensure access to quality health services for all. Training health workers on essential skills for mother and child health is a key component of addressing the high rates of maternal, newborn and child mortality that still exists in far too many communities,” said Dr. Githinji Gitahi Group CEO, Amref Health Africa.

“Strengthening primary care and the broader referral system is an essential building block towards the attainment of universal health coverage in Africa,” said Farid Fezoua, President and CEO, GE Healthcare Africa. “To that end, Amref Health Africa – as a proven and trusted partner in African healthcare, has been at the forefront of primary care development. Leveraging their unique insights and local know-how is an important step in GE’s plan to contribute meaningfully to the reduction of preventable maternal and child mortality.”

He added: “Our approach combines relevant technologies, skills development and localized service delivery into one scalable deployment model. Early pilots have shown promising results and together with Amref Health Africa and our other implementation partners, we have a dedicated and local team monitoring and evaluating these programs to share learnings across the continent.”

Today there are more than a dozen GE Healthcare programs in Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Sierra Leone aimed at reducing preventable maternal and infant mortality underway together with a range of implementation partners. With a plan to deliver more than 20 such initiatives with several partners including Amref Health Africa, GE aims to reach 3.5 million expectant women, mothers and new-borns and train over 3,000 primary healthcare workers by 2020.

According to WHO, approximately 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth [2], with maternal mortality higher in women living in rural areas and among poorer communities [3]. Almost all maternal deaths (99%) occur in developing countries. More than half of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa [4]. The situation remains challenging for infants and newborns. While the total number of under-five deaths dropped to 5.6 million in 2016 from 12.6 million in 1990, 7,000 newborns still die every day, according to UNICEF [5]. In sub-Saharan Africa, approximately 1 child in 13 dies before his or her fifth birthday, while in the world’s high-income countries the ratio is 1 in 189.[6]

One target under Sustainable Development Goal 3 is to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100 000 births, with no country having a maternal mortality rate of more than twice the global average. To that end, skilled care before, during and after childbirth can save the lives of women and newborn babies according to WHO.

Amref Health Africa has a strong regional presence, working with over 100 poor and marginalized rural and urban slum communities as well as district health authorities and Ministries of Health and Education in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda; pioneering experience in community based healthcare – emphasizing community ownership of projects and programs to encourage sustainability; and extensive experience in health development training targeted at a diverse range of health professionals from primary healthcare workers to field surgeons.

[1] “Improving Neonatal-health outcomes in Ethiopia through an innovative and sustainable healthcare model” Bogale Worku, Ethiopia Journal of Pediatric Child Health, 2016 Vol XIII, No 2.
[3] Ibid reference 2
[4] Ibid reference 2
[6] Ibid reference 5

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Amref Health Africa (, the largest African-led international organization on the continent, reaches more than 11 million people each year through 150 health-focused projects across 35 countries. Founded 60 years ago as the Flying Doctors of East Africa to bring critical health services to remote communities, Amref Health Africa now delivers preventative, community-based health care. With a focus on women and children, Amref Health Africa manages a full range of medical and public health programs tackling the most critical health challenges facing the continent: maternal and child care; HIV, TB and malaria; clean water and sanitation; and, surgical and clinical outreach.; @Amref_Worldwide

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