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Africa needs 1.8 million health workers to achieve universal health coverage

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For Africa to achieve universal health coverage by 2030, it will require an additional 1.8 million health workers. 

However, it is projected that the continent will have a critical shortage of a health workforce of about 6.1 million by 2030. 

The statistics were revealed at the opening of the first Africa Health Workforce Investment Forum and the launch of the Africa Health Workforce Investment Charter in Windhoek. 

Africa short of 5.3 million health workers

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Africa has a shortage of 5.3 million health workers. 

This was revealed by the Communication Officer of the World Health Organisation's Africa Regional Office, Marie France Uwase, at a media briefing on the preparations for the upcoming First Africa Health Workforce Investment Forum next week.

The African region is said to have made modest progress in health workforce development and service coverage over the last two decades.

Statistics indicate that the number of health workers has increased from 1.5 million in 2005 to about 3.6 million in 2018. 

Namibia's press freedom rankings drop

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Namibia's press freedom rankings dropped to second place in Africa and to 34th position from 22 globally.

Mauritania now ranks first in Africa.

This is according to the latest annual World Press Freedom Index produced by Reporters Without Borders.

The World Press Freedom Index indicates the political and legislative environment in Namibia remains conducive to the free exercise of journalism.

Namibian roads a benchmark for African countries

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Namibia continues to be a benchmarking platform for African countries on road infrastructure.

The latest country to visit the Namibia Road Authority is Sierra Leone.

Namibia has been scooping the World Economic Forum's African road quality award for the past five consecutive years, being voted the number one on the continent as far as road infrastructure is concerned.

This has seen a number of African countries come to benchmark and learn best practices here.

Africa's prosperity lies in natural resources- Prof. Osibanjo 

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Africa has the potential to resolve developmental challenges through renewable energy by pursuing a pathway of climate-positive growth.

The former Nigerian Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, states that Africa's low carbon footprint can be an advantage in developing green fuel and clean energy.

Africa has 60% of the world's renewable energy potential.

By pursuing an industrialization pathway focusing on renewable energy, Africa could become the first green civilization hub in the world.

Journalists in some parts of Africa work under difficult conditions

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Between January 2019 and June 2022, UNESCO documented 759 individual attacks on journalists, including five murders, during 89 elections in 70 countries.

Many journalists in some parts of Africa often work under extremely challenging conditions, and as the world marks the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, nbc News takes a look at the situation in some parts of West Africa.

Amani Africa and Namibian Government Host Reform Meeting on Multilateral System

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The think-tank Amani Africa, together with the Namibian Government, have initiated a two-day high-level meeting on Africa for the reform of the multilateral system in the changing global order.

This consultation meeting will reflect on a number of strategic-level matters in relation to the reform of the multilateral systems in Africa.

US-Africa Business Summit to shed light on value addition to Africa's natural resources

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The annual US-Africa Business Summit hopes to put a spotlight on value addition to Africa's natural resources.

The summit is expected to start on Tuesday in Botswana for four days under the theme 'Enhancing Africa's Value in Global Value Chains'.

More than a thousand U.S. and African private sector executives, international investors, senior government officials, and multilateral stakeholders are expected to converge in Gaborone for the summit.