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09
APR
6am

Applications for corona trademarks

Some companies in South Africa have already applied to have coronavirus-related brands registered. The country's Trademarks office has received applications for the brands Covidban, Corona Guard and Corona Care. According to a specialist in intellectual property law at Webber Wetzel, this is not a complete supprise as there are always opportunists rushing to register a trade mark, and this time they are seeking to benefit from the biggest news story of our time. Specialist in intellectual property law at Webber Wetzel, Bernadette Versvelt explains.
09
APR
5am

Mental health of South Africans during lockdown

Meraki Research a market research company based in Johannesburg, South Africa is monitoring the mental health of South Africans during the 21-day lockdown period. The company says the study is vital in keeping track of what South Africans are feeling daily, and find out whether citizens are fearful or hopeful, and on what these feelings are based. For more on this, Channel Africa's Thuto Ngobeni spoke to CEO at Meraki Research, Frances MacMahon.
08
APR
9am

Crisis caused by Covid 19 a challenge to global democracy

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance - says the crisis caused by Covid 19 pandemic is not just a challenge to public health, but to global democracy.
The Institute says the destruction of life that has been caused by the pandemic has prompted governments the world over to assume emergency powers which raises the spectre of long-term damage to constitutional democracy in particular and the rule of law in general.
07
APR
2am

Telemedicine as healthcare solution in South Africa

Although exemptions to restricted movement during lockdown in South Africa include seeking medical care and purchasing medicine, the reduced availability of public transport and reprioritising of healthcare resources may mean access to healthcare services is practically curtailed. It is believed that telemedicine can offer some reprieve, by allowing patients to consult with healthcare practitioners without either patient or provider travelling or leaving their homes. This is a totally compliant lockdown solution which has recently been given a limited stamp of approval by the Health Professions Council of South Africa. For more on this kind of healthcare practice, Channel Africa's Amanda Matshaka spoke to Erwyn Durman from the law firm Webber Wentzel.
07
APR
2am

AUDA-NEPAD COVID19 response

The African Union Development Agency together with various partners will on Monday the 13th of April conduct a webinar and launch a learning management system as part of the response to COVID-19. The AUDA-NEPAD COVID19 response seeks to contribute to efforts to boost local production of essential medicines to combat COVID-19 in Africa. It also seeks to galvanise African governments and private sector players on the continent to develop the Pharmaceutical sector and discuss best practices to combat COVID-19. For more on this issue Channel Africa's Amanda Matshaka spoke to Dr. Janet Byaruhanga is Senior Programme Officer for Public Health at the AUDA-NEPAD Agency.
07
APR
2am

World Health Day in the era of COVID-19

Today marks World Health Day, which comes at a time when the globe is faced with a public health crisis of unprecedented proportions. COVID-19 is not only claiming tens of thousands of lives, but also testing healthcare systems all over the world, and people's health in general. Interestingly, the emergency is also forcing people to be more cognisant of simple hygiene practices such as regular handwashing to keep them free of disease, while forcing others out of unhealthy habits such as reducing or quitting smoking which makes the more vulnerable. For more on this, Channel Africa's Amanda Matshaka spoke to Racey Muchilwa from the pharmaceutical company Norvatis South Africa.
07
APR
1am

Aid agencies race against time to help Africa curb COVID-19

Even with coronavirus, humanitarian work has to continue in Africa where the needs have already been huge, from people displaced by wars that continue unabated to preventable child killer diseases such as cholera and measles. With this in mind and racing against time, aid agencies are adapting their operations to help governments in Africa scale up interventions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. Africa has been the continent least affected by the pandemic so far, but if measures to contain the virus are not taken immediately, it could be more devastating for the region's people and health-care systems. For more on this, Channel Africa's Jane Rabothata spoke to Crystal Wells of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
03
APR
4am

COVID-19 in troubled DRC

The mounting threat from the coronavirus, COVID-19 is the latest challenge facing battered health services in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a report released this week, UNICEF says ongoing efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak in the east of the country have diverted attention and resources from already weak healthcare facilities which are dealing with several deadly endemic diseases. For more on the situation in the DRC as it now battles with COVID-19 Channel Africa's Jane Rabothata spoke to UNICEF's Simon Ingram.
03
APR
4am

South Africans stranded in Vietnam by COVID-19 travel restrictions

Over a thousand South Africans remain stranded abroad by all the travel restrictions and lockdowns which governments have been frantically imposing in response to COVD-19. The traveller's have been pleading for assistance from diplomats in the nations where they are stuck, with mixed results. They have now appealed to South Africa's International Relations and Co-operation minister, Naledi Pandor to help them get back home, ChrisMarie van Heerden is among many South Africans stranded in Vietnam.
02
APR
7am

Sierra Leone overturns ban on pregnant girls attending school

Sierra Leone has overturned a ban on pregnant girls attending school, in a victory for human rights activists who had fought against it for five years.
The decision follows a judgment last December, by a top regional court that ordered the immediate overturn of the ban, which effectively barred tens of thousands of girls the right to finish their education.
The West African country introduced the ban in 2015 after a rise in rape, abuse and poverty during the deadly Ebola outbreak fuelled a spike in teenage pregnancies.
02
APR
7am

Algerian President urge citizens to stay disciplined towards COVID-19

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has urged citizens to stay disciplined to help overcome the coronavirus outbreak as the number of cases and deaths rose.
Tebboune says the government is still able to handle the situation despite a fall in energy earnings which is the main source of the state's finances.
The North African country is planning to spend $100 million to import equipment including 100 million masks from China in addition to a local production of 90,000 masks per day.
02
APR
12am

The world's children bear the brunt of COVID-19 pandemic

Children usually rejoice during a break from school, assuming it will be a chance to slack of. But this is time, with the spread of the new coronavirus which has forced governments around the world to impose a lockdown in response, more than a billion children out of school are going through a severe test. This as they are trapped in their homes, with visiting their friends or going to the movies not even an option. To reflect more on this difficult period for children and what parents can do to help, Channel Africa's Jwalane Thulo spoke to James Elder of the UN child agency, UNICEF.

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