- Nigeria's National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA) has accused homosexuals of being a major obstacle in the government's efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS.
NACA chief Babatunde Osotimehin recently told a press conference in the capital, Abuja, that growing numbers of Nigerian men were engaging in homosexuality, and this "foreign practice" was fueling the transmission of HIV because "the undercover mode of operation of homosexuals makes it difficult to extend HIV testing and counseling sevices to them".
He urged all homosexual men and women to know their HIV status, adding that his agency was in the process of ensuring full confidentiality during testing and counselling.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.