The Kenya Red Cross has turned to young developers and coders to help improve the way it administers health care services at the country’s Kakuma refugee camp.
The Kakuma refugee camp was created by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Kenyan government in 1992. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people from countries such as Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi and the DR Congo have been accommodated there, with dwindling medical assistance. Most of them have been forcibly displaced due to various conflicts and poverty.
Desperate to improve health conditions, the Kenyan Red Cross, google and oracle teamed up for Nairobi’s first techfugees hackathon. Participants come up with innovative tech solutions that will assist health workers and community leaders on the camp.
Young coders and designers created apps ranging from a mobile clinic, a data bank for medical facilities to mitigate poor mobile connectivity. They also devised communication-based apps, as the camp houses many nationalities and languages.
Some tech solutions will be applied across all clinics servicing the Kakuma refugee camp as well as surrounding camps. They will also help members of the hosting community in an effort to promote integration.
South Africa To Reopen Places Of Worship Amid Virus
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that churches and other recognized places of worship will start operating from June, when the country eases lockdown restrictions further.
Ramaphosa said, on Tuesday, the faith community is an integral part of the South African life and has made a great contribution in the fight against the coronavirus.
He said number of worshippers will be limited to 50 persons or fewer.
Meanwhile, South African Airways says it aims to resume domestic flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town from mid-June. S.A.A. suspended all commercial passenger flights in late march, when the government imposed one of the strictest lockdowns on the African continent to fight coronavirus.
South Africa has reported more than 24,000 coronavirus cases, 524 deaths and nearly 13,000 recoveries.
Zimbabwe’s Coronavirus Cases Double In A Day To 132
The government of Zimababwe says the number of coronavirus cases in the country has now more than doubled to 132 cases over the past 24 hours.
Government spokesman, Nick Mangwana said on Wednesday most of the new cases were Zimbabweans who had returned from abroad, mainly from South Africa and Botswana, with only one local transmission.
Data show, more than 4,000 Zimbabweans have returned to the country in the past month. The government has said, returnees are being placed under mandatory quarantine for 21 days.
Zimbabwe is under a coronavirus lockdown. At least four persons have died of the virus. Citizens also fear a surge in covid-19 cases could overwhelm the health service that was already struggling with shortages of medicines before the coronavirus outbreak.
Huge Spike In Burkina Faso School Attacks – HRW
An international pressure group, Human Rights Watch, says a surge in Islamist militant attacks on schools in Burkina Faso is having a devastating impact on education.
HRW says more than 200 teachers and other staff had been targeted since 2017. Some of them were shot, while others were beheaded by the armed Islamists who say they oppose education as it is French and western.
All schools in Burkina Faso are now shut because of coronavirus but Islamist militant attacks had already forced twenty-five hundred schools to close, depriving more than 330,000 children of education.
The Human Rights Watch report, released on Tuesday, cites Burkina Faso’s ministry of education, that at least 126 attacks and armed threats against education professionals, students and schools have taken place in the nation.
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