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Tuberculosis Fight in Nigeria, 10 Others Get $500M

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Global Fund says it will invest about $500 million over the next three years to fight Tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria and 10 other African countries, which are classified under high burden TB countries in Africa.

Dr Eliud Wanerdwalo , Senior Disease Coordinator at Global Fund, made the disclosure during the 33rd Stop TB Partnership virtual Board Meeting on Friday.

According to him, the Fund will be providing additional $70 million to support programmes targeted at finding missing TB cases.

Nigeria is expected to get about $143 million from the total grant to improve its health system to effectively respond and contain TB for the next three years.

African countries benefitting from the grant include Nigeria , Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

“In this session, we are collectively investing about $500 million US dollars over the next three years to fight TB, Malaria and HIV this present about 45 per cent of our investment.

“So you can see how important these regions are to the Global Fund.

“COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardised global efforts to save millions of lives and provide access to essential TB care and prevention.

“Health systems are overstretched due to the unprecedented global health emergency, leading to serious restrictions in access to TB diagnosis, treatment, and prevention services.

“Globally, these disruptions could result in an additional 6.3 million people developing tuberculosis and 1.4 million additional deaths resulting from TB between 2020 and 2025,” he said.

“We leverage countries which we had presented today, and Nigeria will receive $143 million for tuberculosis for the next three years.

“We are very pleased to get our colleagues from the African Union to host this event for 11 African countries about their progress in scaling up their TB programs, and also the commitment to continue to support the programs, even in this challenging period of COVID- 19.

“More importantly we are willing to continue with commitment to fund the response in Africa.

“For us in the Global Fund, we believe, everyone who needs treatment should be found especially those who are in a difficult situation, those who are in a normal circumstance, and those who do not go to the facility.

“We should make all efforts to find them and put them on treatment, this will ensure that it will cut the chain of transmission of tuberculosis and the spread of the epidemic.

“We understand countries are facing unprecedented challenges in implementing this commitment this COVID period, but we would like to work with countries to ensure that they redouble their efforts, not only to recover the losses which they have experienced this year,” he said.

Also speaking, Suvanand Sahu, Deputy Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership Secretariat, Geneva , said the areas of investment is to improve the access in diagnosis and purchase of more diagnostic equipment and visit disease and also to improve access to data.

“We are investing in communities to be able to undertake screening and diagnosing using community health care workers across.

“ We know that close to over 60 percent of Primary Health Care seeking in Nigeria is through the private sector and there will be a significant investment in improving the network of private health,’’ Sahu said.

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Female African Footballers To Be Protected By New FIFA Rule

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At a Congress on Friday, FIFA announced the approval of new rules to protect female footballers, their contracts and careers.

The new rules come with better strategies to allow female football players become mothers without their careers having to pay for it.

President of the world football governing body, Gianni Infantino announced on Friday that the new rule seeks to protect women and also respect their contracts.

The new rule, which is not limited to female African footballers will see a player receive 2/3rd of her salary wh ile she’s pregnant. She will also be accepted back to the team on her return and medical care must be provided for such player.

Read: 19 African Refs Selected For 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

The rule also says a player will be on a paid 14-week maternity leave, and will also get to keep her job.

Any club that flouts the rules, and fails to pay the player accordingly will be liable to pay a compensation to the player.

The rules also apply to female coaches.

“If we are serious about boosting the women’s game, we have to look at all these aspects, ” Infantino said.

“Female players need to have stability in their careers, and if they take maternity leave, they should not have to worry about when they are ready to play again.”

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Rwanda Reclassifies Households Based On Income

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Rwanda has begun a process to reclassify households based on their income.

The reclassification is aimed at proper resource allocation and is under the East African country’s anti-poverty programme.

The programme codenamed Ubudehe, which is derived from traditional practice and launched in 2001, reclassifies categories of households every three years.

This year’s categorisation has been revamped and households will be divided into five categories – A, B, C, D and E – where A consists of wealthy households while E consists of the most vulnerable households in the community.

The classification exercise will take place at the village level; cover about 2.7 million households with officials capturing data on their living conditions to enable effective planning so that the necessary support reaches the right beneficiaries.

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government in charge of social affairs, Ignatienne Nyirarukundo, said the exercise “is geared to facilitate proper allocation of resources”.

Nyirarukundo appealed to the public to be honest in giving information about their economic status to avoid the wrong categorisation.

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14th Headies Nominations: Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid Compete For “Artiste Of The Year”

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Nigeria’s most reputable and regarded music award show, The Headies, has released this year’s nominee’s list.
The headies is aimed at rewarding excellence in the Nigerian music and creative industry. Its 14th edition reviewed songs from July 2019 to September 2020.
This year, we see Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mayorkun, and Tiwa Savage contending for one of the highly sought after awards, “Artist of the Year”.


See the full list of nominees:

Artiste of the year
1.Burna boy
2.Davido
3.Wizkid
4.Mayorkun
5.Tiwa savage


Song Of The Year
1.Fem – Davido
2.Nobody – Dj Neptune Feat. Joeboy & Mr. Eazi
3.Joro – Wizkid
4.Mafo – Naira Marley
5.Duduke – Simi


Album Of The Year
1.African Giant – Burna Boy
2.Apollo – Fireboy Dml
3.Afro Pop Vol. 1 – Adekunle Gold
4.Yellow – Brymo
5.Boo Of The Booless – Chike


Best Rap Album
1.God’s Engineering – Aq
2.Illy Chapo X – Illbliss
3.Ypszn2 – Psycho Yp
4.Cult! – Paybac Iboro
5.The Erigma Ii – Erigga


Producer Of The Year
1.Pheelz – ‘Billionaire’ By Teni
2.Spax – ‘Away’ By Oxlade
3.Kel P – ‘Pull Up’ By Burna Boy
4.Sarz – ‘Mad’ By Sarz & Wurld


Best R&B Album
1.Laughter, Tears And Goosebumps – Fireboy Dml
2.I Like Girls With Trobul – Sarz & Wurld
3.King – Praiz
4.Boo Of The Booless – Chike
5.Celia – Tiwa Savage


Best Alternative Album
1.Yellow – Brymo
2.Lucid – Asa
3.The Light – Bez
4.Pioneers – Drb Lasgidi
5.Roots – The Cavemen


Best Pop Album
1.Apollo – Fireboy Dml
2.African Giant – Burna Boy
3.A Good Time – Davido
4.Woman Of Steel – Yemi Alade
5.Afro Pop Vol. 1 – Adekunle Gold


Next Rated
1.Tems
2.Omah Lay
3.Oxlade
4.Bella Shmurda


Best ‘Alternative’ Song
1.Corner – Lady Donly Feat. Vanjess & The Cavemen
2.I Wonder – Moelogo
3.Bitter – Deena Ade
4.Anita – The Cavemen
5.Money Devotion – Gbasky
6.God Save The Queen – Olu


Best Street-Hop Artiste
1.Naira Marley & Young John – Mafo
2.Mayorkun – Geng
3.Reminisce Feat. Olamide & Naira Marley – Instagram
4.Rudeboy – Audio Money
5.Ivd & Zlatan – Bolanle
6.Olamide – Pawon


Best Vocal Performance (Female)
1.Simi – No Longer Beneficial
2.Lindsey Abudei – One On The Outside
3.Niniola – Addicted
4.J-Dess – Chi Efo
5.Yemi Alade – Lai Lai
6.Imanse – Ajala


Best Vocal Performance (Male)
Wurld – Ghost Town
2.Chike – Forgive
3.Praiz – Under The Sky
4.Cohbams – Plenti
5.Nonso Amadi – What Makes You Sure
6.Johnny Drille – Count On You


Best Music Video
1. Eli – Fireboy By Clarence Peters
2.1 Milli – Davido By Director K
3.Smile – Wizkid By Meji Alabi
4.Billionaire – Teni By Tg Omori
5.Shekere – Yemi Alade By Ovie Etseyatse


Best R&B Single
1.Under The Sky – Praiz
2.Duduke – Simi
3.Mad – Sarz & Wurld
4.Bad Influence – Omah Lay
5.Tattoo – Fireboy Dml
6.Dangerous Love – Tiwa Savage

Best Rap Single
1.Ogb4ig – Reminisce
2.Shut Up – Blaqbonez
3.Country – Illbliss
4.Get The Info – Phyno, Falz & Phenom
5.Bop Daddy – Falz Feat. Ms. Banks
Songwriter Of The Year
1.Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye (Simi – Duduke)
2.Adedamola Adefolahan (Fireboy Dml Dml – Dreamer)
3.Damini Ogulu (Burna Boy – Way Too Big)
4.Stanley Omah Didia (Omah Lay – Bad Influence)
5.Sadiq Onifade (Wurld – Ghost Town)
6.Adekunle Kosoko (1 Milli)

Lyricist On The Roll
1. Aq – Eunice
2. Blaqbonez – Define Rap 2
3. Mi Abaga – Trinity
4. Illbliss – Country
5. Phenom – Get The Info
6. Phyno – Speak Life

Best Collabo
1.Know You – Ladipoe Feat. Simi
2.Nobody – Dj Neptune Feat. Joeboy & Mr. Eazi
3.Sweet In The Middle – Davido Feat. Naira Marley, Zlatan & Wurld
4.Don’t Call Me Back – Joeboy Feat. Mayorkun
5.Totori – Id Cabasa Feat. Wizkid & Olamide
6.Get The Info – Phyno Ft Phenom, Falz

Best Recording Of The Year
Ozymandias – Brymo
Smile – Wizkid Feat. Her
Wonderful – Burna Boy
Dreamer – Fireboy Dml
Ghost Town – Wurld

Headies Revelation
1. Victor Ad
2. Fireboy Dml
3. Joeboy
4. Teni
5. Rema
6. Chike

Best Pop Single
1.Billionaire – Teni
2.Nobody – Dj Neptune Feat. Joeboy & Mr. Eazi.
3.Lady – Rema
4.Fem – Davido
5.Joro – Wizkid
6.Skeletun – Tekno

Rookie Of The Year
1.Olakira
2.Alpha P
3.Jamopyper
4.Zinoleesky
5.Bad Boy Timz

Headies’ Viewer’s Choice
1.Davido
2.Omah Lay
3.Burna Boy
4.Falz
5.Fireboy Dml
6.Mayorkun
7.Dj Neptune
8.Wizkid

African Artiste Recognition
1.Master Kg
2.Kuami Eugene
3.Sauti Sol
4.Shaata Wale
5.Stonebwoy

Hall Of Fame
King Sunny Ade
Special Recognition:
Eedris Abdulkareem
Timaya
Skeletun – Tekno

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