Daily Archives: January 20, 2017

Huit personnes arrêtées en Guinée pour la vente illégale de médicaments antipaludiques

Le Bureau de l’inspecteur général de l’USAID agit pour arrêter le vol de marchandises financées par les États-Unis

CONAKRY, Guinée, le 20 janvier 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Cette semaine, une enquête du Bureau de l’inspecteur général (OIG) de l’Agence des États-Unis pour le développement international (USAID) a poussé les autorités locales de Guinée à arrêter huit individus pour la vente illégale de médicaments antipaludiques. Les arrestations interviennent après des semaines d’enquêtes communes menées par l’OIG et la gendarmerie nationale guinéenne pour obtenir des éléments de preuve de vol, de détournement de médicaments et de revente de marchandises antipaludiques financées par le gouvernement américain.

L’OIG a ouvert son enquête en s’appuyant sur des rapports du personnel du gouvernement américain indiquant que des marchandises financées par l’USAID, généralement mises à disposition gratuitement, étaient vendues illégalement dans des marchés publics de Conakry. Les mesures de répression criminelle de cette semaine ont impliqué près de 100 agents de police locaux qui sont intervenus pour appréhender des individus répartis dans cinq marchés séparés, avec le soutien logistique de l’OIG. L’enquête est en cours.

Le gouvernement américain lutte contre le paludisme par le biais de l’Initiative présidentielle de lutte contre le paludisme (PMI) qui est axée sur 19 pays en Afrique, y compris en Guinée. Le paludisme est endémique en Guinée et provoque plus de décès que n’importe quelle autre maladie. Le financement de la PMI dans le pays a dépassé les 72 millions de dollars depuis l’exercice 2011 et s’est élevé à 15 millions de dollars pour le seul exercice 2016. D’autres fonds américains soutiennent les programmes antipaludiques sous l’égide du Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme.

« Chaque dollar dépensé dans l’aide extérieure des États-Unis est primordial et le vol, le détournement de médicaments et la revente de médicaments vitaux signifient qu’ils n’iront pas aux Guinéens qui en ont le plus besoin », a déclaré l’inspectrice générale de l’USAID, Ann Calvaresi Barr. « La fraude en tous genres est inacceptable, mais réaliser illégalement des profits à partir des programmes de santé est particulièrement monstrueux. Nous poursuivrons ces affaires sans relâche et demandons à quiconque disposant d’informations concernant le vol de ces marchandises, en Guinée ou ailleurs, de contacter immédiatement notre bureau. »

En Guinée, l’OIG continue à rechercher des informations spécifiques sur la logistique, les méthodes opérationnelles et les procédures utilisées dans le vol de marchandises antipaludiques financées par le gouvernement américain et par les fournisseurs de médicaments contrefaits.

Toute personne disposant d’informations concernant ces activités est invitée à contacter l’OIG :

L’OIG mène des enquêtes et audits indépendants pour rendre les programmes d’aide extérieure américains plus efficients, efficaces et responsables. Les informations signalées à l’OIG sont traitées en toute confidentialité et l’OIG protège l’identité de chaque personne fournissant des informations, dans les limites prévues par la loi.

Récemment, l’OIG a intensifié son combat contre la fraude, le gaspillage et les abus dans les programmes antipaludiques soutenus par les États-Unis en Afrique. Ses campagnes « Make A Difference » (MAD -Changer les choses) au Malawi, au Bénin et au Nigeria demandent publiquement aux citoyens de s’opposer au vol et à la contrefaçon de marchandises antipaludiques et de reconnaître les dangers qu’elles représentent.  Les lignes d’assistance spéciales MAD Malaria dans ces pays offrent des récompenses monétaires pour toute information concernant des abus dans les programmes antipaludiques Quiconque disposant d’informations doit contacter l’OIG :

Malawi
Appelez le 800 00 847 (appel gratuit)

Nigeria
Appelez le 8099937319 (appel gratuit depuis le réseau mobile Etisalat)

Bénin
Appelez le 81000100 pour être connecté via un opérateur au 855-484-1033 (appel gratuit)

Monde
Adresse électronique : madmalariahotline@usaid.gov

Global Leaders Launch Council to Help End Malaria

Bill Gates and Ray Chambers convene ‘End Malaria Council’ to drive attention and funding to wipe out the disease for good

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ray Chambers, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria, today announced the launch of the End Malaria Council, a group of influential public and private sector leaders who aim to ensure malaria eradication remains a top global priority.

“The next chapter of the fight against malaria starts now,” said Gates, who co-authored a report with Chambers in 2015 called Aspiration to Action: What will it take to end malaria? “For the first time in history, we have a roadmap to a world without malaria – where no one has to die from a mosquito bite ever again. With renewed focus, innovation and new commitments of leadership and funding, we can be the generation to end malaria once and for all.”

The launch of the End Malaria Council comes just a month after the release of the World Health Organization’s 2016 World Malaria Report, which showed remarkable progress in reducing cases and deaths from malaria since 2000, but also underscored the urgent need for global leadership, new funding and innovation to stay on track to meet targets.

Members of the End Malaria Council will work in collaboration with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and other key partners to help countries and regions achieve their malaria control and elimination goals. Members of this unique group will use their voices and networks to support the work already underway by malaria field workers, scientists and experts by focusing on three areas: building political will, mobilizing resources and supporting the development of new tools to find, prevent and treat malaria.

The Council has nine founding members, a group of whom met on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland to discuss strategies for filling critical financing gaps in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The End Malaria Council will grow to represent all of the key malaria-endemic regions. Inaugural members include:

  • Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ray Chambers, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria
  • Peter Chernin, Founder, Chernin Entertainment and The Chernin Group
  • Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive, Dangote Group
  • H.E. Idriss Déby, President, Republic of Chad (representing the African Leaders Malaria Alliance)
  • H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, Former President, United Republic of Tanzania
  • Graça Machel, Founder, Foundation for Community Development, Mozambique
  • Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
  • H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Republic of Liberia

Thanks to strong leadership, smart investments and the hard work of the public and private sectors, the world has cut malaria deaths in half since 2000, saving more than 6 million lives from the disease. Malaria-related deaths are at an all-time low, especially among children under five in sub-Saharan Africa. This can be largely attributed to the unprecedented delivery of more than 500 million insecticide-treated bed nets over the last three years, along with significant expansion of diagnosis and treatment.

But malaria preys on the rural poor and the young, still killing a child every two minutes. It stunts productivity, burdens families with health care costs, limits educational achievement and slows overall economic growth.

“We have reached a critical juncture in the malaria fight,” said Chambers. “To end this disease we need a creative approach to financing – one that combines continued support from donor countries with new approaches to expand commitments, particularly from countries affected by malaria.”

Ending malaria is within reach, but the next few years are critical. Success requires maintaining the progress to date, achieving control in endemic countries and accelerating to elimination where possible. Leaders in Africa and Asia have adopted ambitious elimination agendas for their regions, and countries are working hard to achieve the reductions in cases and deaths to meet the bold goals.

“Ending malaria was once an impossible dream,” said H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, who lost a brother to malaria when he was a child and made malaria a key priority while in office. “It is now within our reach. It will take strong leadership and serious financial commitments, but I believe we can make history and end this brutal disease once and for all.”

For more information visit www.endmalariacouncil.org.

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8 Arrested in Guinea for Illicit Sale of Antimalarial Drugs

USAID Office of Inspector General Moves to Stop Theft of U.S.-Funded Commodities

CONAKRY, Guinea, Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — This week, an investigation by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Inspector General (OIG) led local authorities in Guinea to arrest 8 individuals for illegally selling drugs to fight malaria. The arrests came after weeks of joint investigative work by OIG and the Guinean National Gendarmerie to secure evidence of theft, diversion, and resale of U.S. Government-funded antimalarial commodities.

OIG opened its investigation based on reports from U.S. Government staff that USAID-funded commodities, typically made available at no cost, were being unlawfully sold in Conakry’s public marketplaces. This week’s law enforcement action involved nearly 100 local police officers who acted to apprehend individuals in five separate marketplaces with OIG providing logistical support.  The investigation is ongoing.

The U.S. Government fights malaria through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), which focuses on 19 countries in Africa, including Guinea. Malaria is endemic in Guinea and causes more deaths there than any other disease.  PMI funding in the country has exceeded $72 million since Fiscal Year 2011 and amounted to $15 million in Fiscal Year 2016 alone. Additional U.S. funding supports malaria programs under the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“Making each U.S. foreign assistance dollar count is critical and the theft, diversion, and resale of life-saving drugs means they’re not going to Guineans who need them most,” said USAID Inspector General Ann Calvaresi Barr. “Fraud of any kind is unacceptable, but profiting illicitly from health programs is especially egregious.  We pursue these cases aggressively and ask anyone with information about the theft of these commodities, in Guinea or elsewhere, to contact our office immediately.”

In Guinea, OIG continues to seek specific information on the logistics, operational methods, and procedures used in the theft of U.S. Government-funded antimalarial commodities and by the suppliers of counterfeit medicine.

Any person with knowledge of these activities is urged to contact OIG:

OIG conducts independent investigations and audits to make U.S. foreign assistance programs more efficient, effective, and accountable. Information reported to OIG is treated in confidence and OIG protects the identity of each person providing information to the maximum extent provided by law.

Recently, OIG expanded its fight against fraud, waste, and abuse in U.S.-supported malaria programs throughout Africa. Its “Make A Difference” (MAD) campaigns in Malawi, Benin, and Nigeria publicly call for citizens to oppose theft and counterfeiting of antimalarial commodities and to recognize the dangers they present.  Special MAD Malaria hotlines in these countries offer monetary rewards for information about abuses in malaria programs. Anyone with information should contact OIG:

Malawi
Call 800 00 847 (toll free)

Nigeria
Call 8099937319 (toll free from the Etisalat mobile network)

Benin
Call 81000100 to be connected via operator to 855-484-1033 (toll free)

Worldwide
Email: madmalariahotline@usaid.gov

Acting National Commissioner General Khomotso Phahlane confirms meeting with IPID investigators

The Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, confirms that he met with Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) investigators at his office on Thursday morning, 19 January 2017.

The meeting was in connection with allegations under investigation by IPID relating to alleged corruption and defeating the ends of justice. The defeating the ends of justice case relates to allegations publicly made following an investigation and the interviewing of witnesses, led by Paul O’Sullivan accompanied by IPID investigators.

The corruption allegations are in relation to the purchase of a sound system, allegedly by co-directors of a private company. Paul O’Sullivan is apparently the complainant in the alleged corruption case.

The Acting National Commissioner undertook to respond in writing to questions raised by the IPID investigators in respect of the allegations made. To this effect, IPID committed to providing the questions in writing.

The IPID investigators served a search warrant dated 29 December 2016 with an attachment of Sounds Great, Woodlands, invoice number 12996 for the total purchase price of R80 075.00 (dated 2012-04-19) on the Acting National Commissioner relating to the sound system in question. The search warrant was signed by Magistrate JR Tsatsi of Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

The Acting National Commissioner will continue to respect and fully cooperate with any authority competent to conduct investigations in accordance with the laws of our country.

It is however extremely regrettable that while five IPID investigators were still busy with discussions in the Acting National Commissioner’s office, the news broke on various media platforms, including Eye Witness News and News24, that IPID is in the process of raiding the Acting National Commissioner’s house in relation to the building of his house.

It is unfortunate that this investigation is being conducted through the media, characterised by the distortion of facts, disinformation and malice, including an insult on the integrity of the Acting National Commissioner and his family.

The parading of the media at the Acting National Commissioner’s house, while he was being interviewed and served with the search warrant, and the level of disrespect and lack of courtesy by all involved has been noted by him with disgust and disappointment.

On conclusion of the interview, the Acting National Commissioner provided the IPID investigators with the proof of payment for the sound system to the total value of R80 075.00, the money having been transferred from his personal current account to Nedbank account number 1288095317 Sounds Great, Woodlands on 16 April 2012.

Despite the Acting National Commissioner providing personal proof of payment for the sound system, a media circus was conducted at his place of residence including the spreading of propaganda through the electronic media, causing further trauma to family members.

It is against this background that the entire investigation is considered an assault on the character and integrity of the Acting National Commissioner aimed at irreparably damaging his reputation and taking his focus away from the execution of his duties. The Acting National Commissioner has briefed his lawyers to take this matter forward.

The Acting National Commissioner will not satisfy his detractors by succumbing to any undue pressure mounted against him. The South African Police Service will remain focused on the execution of its policing mandate. South Africans are assured that the SAPS will contribute towards the creation of a safe and secure environment for all.

Source: Government of South Africa

Operation Phakisa in education records progress

Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Youth Development and Administration, Buti Manamela, says Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Education has been significant in simplifying learning.

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation on Friday said it has been monitoring progress on the implementation of ICT by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) since 2015.

What is most pleasing is the way in which different government entities and the private sector have come together to invest in ICT in Education, said Deputy Minister Manamela.

ICT in education forms part of government’s Operation Phakisa, which is designed to fast track the implementation of solutions on critical service delivery issues highlighted in the National Development Plan (NDP).

According to the department, the DBE has to date provided quarterly reports to the DPME on the progress made with regard to ICT implementation in schools and training institutions.

The Deputy Minister undertook a monitoring visit to Upington in the Northern Cape with DBE Deputy Minister Enver Surty to monitor the progress that the department has made at Carlton Van Heerden High School, Rosendal Primary School, and Siyanda teacher and ICT resource centre.

Previous visits were held by both the Deputy Ministers on 20 and 24 June 2016 in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal to monitor if delivery had been implemented. The visits also included monitoring of Vodacom ICT Teacher Centres in the two provinces.

The monitoring of the Operation Phakisa ICT in Education is guided by provinces that are expected to finalise their provincial Frameworks and provide monthly reports to the DBE by the 28th of every month.

Thus far, the department said, most provinces have provided their ICT sector plans and aligned them with the Operation Phakisa Framework.

Strides are also being made towards making ICT a primary tool of teaching and learning. From the inception of the Operation Phakisa lab process, 2 430 schools (100.2%) have been connected out of 2 425 that were to be connected by end of September 2016.

A total of 54% of the targeted 24 000 public schools have been connected to date, the department said.

Devices and connectivity progress is monitored against the Universal Services Access Obligation project (Government Gazette 37718), that compels the four Network operators (Vodacom, MTN, Cell-C and Neotel) to connect schools and provide them with End User Devices.

The connectivity solution includes, for each school, a mobile trolley with devices (24 tablets for learners, 3 laptops for teachers, 2 printers, and 1 projector, 1 server, wireless access point, and 1 e-Beam).

As of September 2016, the DBE has also achieved milestones in digital content provision, including:

Giving access to OVDH platform to 951 schools;

Making the learner component of the DBE Cloud is now live and online;

Providing a total of 120 digital titles of Grade 4 to 9 Natural Sciences, Technology, Physical Science, and Mathematics have been created, consisting workbooks and 24 Grade 10 to 12 Physical Science and Mathematics Textbooks;

Supplying 12 Interactive Workbooks for Grade 1, and a further 12 were sponsored by the MTN Foundation for Grade R to 4; and

Providing 258 district officials with ICT skills in partnership with Intel and Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS).

The ICT Operation Phakisa in Education Lab was launched by President Jacob Zuma in October 2015.

Source: South African Government News Agency