Global Health and Gavi Veteran Anuradha Gupta to Lead Global Immunization at Sabin

Former Gavi deputy CEO Anuradha Gupta joins Sabin Vaccine Institute

Global health veteran Anuradha Gupta is Sabin Vaccine Institute’s new Global Immunization President

WASHINGTON, Oct. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Veteran public health leader Anuradha Gupta, who has spearheaded a host of successful global initiatives to improve the health of women and children and boost vaccine access and uptake, has joined Sabin Vaccine Institute as President of Global Immunization. Gupta’s record of crafting and implementing creative solutions to seemingly intractable health challenges is particularly significant now with life-saving childhood immunizations sustaining their largest backslide in decades, fueled largely by the pandemic.

Gupta comes to Sabin after eight years with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, where she served as Deputy CEO and led efforts to center policies, programs and partnerships around vaccine equity, gender and communities. She also pioneered the concept of zero-dose children – those who have not received a single dose of the most basic vaccines – and drove efforts to create a new model of country-level partnerships.

“Anuradha Gupta is a stellar addition to Sabin’s executive management team at a time when vaccine access and equity, as well as misinformation, remain enormous challenges worldwide,” said Sabin CEO Amy Finan. “Anuradha’s visionary approach, expertise, and deep commitment to those we serve will help move the needle for global vaccination rates.”

Gupta said she’s excited for her role and will use her extensive experience to advance innovative approaches to improve vaccine access and uptake. “This is a watershed moment for immunization, and we must ensure that vaccines remain front and center on the global public health agenda,” said Gupta. “There’s still so much to be done to introduce, scale up and universalize the full range of vaccines, and Sabin will be a powerful catalyst for this critically important work.”

A recent United Nations report noted that in 2021, 25 million babies missed out on one or more doses of routine vaccinations for diseases such as measles, diphtheria, and whooping cough. Nearly 18 million of those children, many in low-income countries, were zero-dose, making them more vulnerable to deadly and debilitating infectious diseases, and also, spurring fears of diseases such as polio and measles reemerging in non-endemic countries.

“Fighting and finishing polio in India with an oral vaccine developed by Dr. Sabin is an unforgettable part of my public health journey,” Gupta recalls. “So, I am delighted to join an institution that is dedicated to advancing Dr. Sabin’s legacy by harnessing the full power of vaccines to save lives.”

Under Gupta’s leadership, Gavi won many accolades and rolled out a new framework for partner engagement that has helped bolster country ownership of Gavi-supported programs and improved accountability for results. Those achievements contributed to Gavi receiving the prestigious Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award in 2019 for providing sustained access to childhood vaccines in the world’s poorest countries.

“Her willingness to expand the tent to include global players from various sectors is laudable and has measurably improved outcomes in many of these countries,” said Dr. Regina Rabinovich, MD, MPH, chair of the Sabin Board of Trustees. “Anuradha’s work exemplifies Sabin’s commitment to champion evidence-based solutions for immunization in low and middle-income countries and to build partnerships delivering lasting impact in these places.”

Gupta’s most recent initiative to focus on children who have not received a single shot is audacious for its ambition and scope. She was the guiding force behind Gavi’s $500 million Equity Accelerator Fund which includes an innovative program aimed at reaching zero-dose children in conflict zones and drought-afflicted areas in the Sahel region and the Horn of Africa.

Gupta pointed out that children who had been deprived of a single shot accounted for half of vaccine-preventable deaths and that targeting this population could be a game changer for reducing disease outbreaks and improving overall health security.

“These children live in communities that often face multiple deprivations so we must find a way to connect them to their first shot otherwise they miss their shot at a healthy future,” she said. “The Zero Dose Immunization concept goes beyond routine vaccines to connect families to other critical health care and humanitarian services, in consultation with communities, governments and other key groups.”

Prior to Gavi, Gupta served as Mission Director of the National Health Mission of India where she played a leading role in India’s efforts to eradicate polio, reduce maternal and child mortality, bring down fertility rates and revitalize primary health care. She served as a member of the Steering Committee for Child Survival Call to Action, co-chaired the Stakeholder Group for the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning and was a member of the Family Planning 2020 Reference Group.

Gupta holds an MBA from the University of Wollongong in Australia and received executive education from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In 2015, she was named one of “300 Women Leaders in Global Health” by the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She was profiled among the ten most influential women IAS officers in a recently released book – the Indian Administrative Services or IAS as it’s commonly called is India’s preeminent civil service.

In 2021, Gupta received the University of Wollongong’s Alumni Award for Social Impact. She was also conferred the highest civilian award for public service by the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Cross of Labour by the President of Laos for contributions to the health of the people in that country. In September 2022, she was awarded the Advance Global Australian Award, in recognition of the global impact of her many accomplishments.

About the Sabin Vaccine Institute

The Sabin Vaccine Institute is a leading advocate for expanding vaccine access and uptake globally, advancing vaccine research and development, and amplifying vaccine knowledge and innovation. Unlocking the potential of vaccines through partnership, Sabin has built a robust ecosystem of funders, innovators, implementers, practitioners, policy makers and public stakeholders to advance its vision of a future free from preventable diseases. As a non-profit with more than two decades of experience, Sabin is committed to finding solutions that last and extending the full benefits of vaccines to all people, regardless of who they are or where they live. At Sabin, we believe in the power of vaccines to change the world.

For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @SabinVaccine.

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Anuradha Gupta, spécialiste de la santé mondiale et ancienne cadre chez Gavi, dirigera le programme de vaccination mondiale de Sabin

WASHINGTON, 03 oct. 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Anuradha Gupta, leader chevronnée de la santé publique, qui a dirigé de nombreuses initiatives mondiales couronnées de succès visant à améliorer la santé des femmes et des enfants et à accroître l’accès et l’adoption des vaccins, a rejoint le Sabin Vaccine Institute en tant que présidente du programme de vaccination mondiale. Le bilan de Mme Gupta en matière d’élaboration et de mise en œuvre de solutions créatives pour relever des défis de santé apparemment insolubles est particulièrement impressionnant avec des campagnes de vaccination qui ont sauvé la vie de nombreux enfants, qui ont connu leur plus grand recul depuis des décennies, en raison notamment de la pandémie.

Mme Gupta intègre Sabin après huit années passées chez Gavi, l’Alliance du Vaccin, où elle a occupé le poste de PDG adjointe et dirigé les efforts visant à centraliser les politiques, les programmes et les partenariats autour de l’égalité, du sexe et des communautés en matière de vaccins. Elle a également lancé le concept d’« enfants zéro dose », ciblant ceux qui n’ont reçu aucune dose des vaccins les plus élémentaires, et mené des efforts pour créer un nouveau modèle de partenariats au niveau des pays.

« Anuradha Gupta vient compléter l’équipe de direction de Sabin à un moment où l’accès et l’égalité en matière de vaccins, ainsi que la désinformation, demeurent d’énormes défis dans le monde entier », a déclaré Amy Finan, PDG de Sabin. « L’approche visionnaire, l’expertise et l’engagement profond d’Anuradha envers ceux que nous servons aideront à faire augmenter les taux de vaccination mondiaux. »

Mme Gupta a affirmé qu’elle est ravie de son rôle et qu’elle utilisera sa vaste expérience pour faire progresser des approches innovantes visant à améliorer l’accès et l’adoption des vaccins. « Il s’agit d’un moment décisif pour la vaccination, et nous devons nous assurer que les vaccins restent au centre de l’ordre du jour mondial de la santé publique », a commenté M. Gupta. « Il reste beaucoup à faire pour introduire, intensifier et universaliser la gamme complète de vaccins, et Sabin sera un puissant catalyseur pour ce travail d’une importance cruciale. »

Un récent rapport des Nations unies a noté qu’en 2021, 25 millions de nourrissons avaient manqué une ou plusieurs doses de vaccins de routine pour des maladies telles que la rougeole, la diphtérie et la coqueluche. Près de 18 millions de ces enfants, dont beaucoup résident dans les pays à faible revenu, n’ont reçu aucune dose, ce qui les rend plus vulnérables aux maladies infectieuses mortelles et invalidantes, en plus de susciter des craintes que des maladies telles que la poliomyélite et la rougeole réapparaissent dans les pays non endémiques.

« Combattre et éradiquer la poliomyélite en Inde avec un vaccin oral développé par le Dr Sabin reste une étape inoubliable dans mon parcours de santé publique », se souvient Mme Gupta. « Je suis donc ravie de rejoindre une institution qui se consacre à faire progresser l’héritage du Dr Sabin en exploitant toute la puissance des vaccins pour sauver des vies. »

Sous la direction de Mme Gupta, Gavi a remporté de nombreuses distinctions et déployé un nouveau cadre pour l’engagement des partenaires qui a aidé à renforcer l’appropriation par les pays des programmes soutenus par Gavi et à améliorer la responsabilité des résultats.Suite à ces réalisations, Gavi a reçu le prestigieux prix du service public Lasker-Bloomberg en 2019 pour avoir fourni un accès durable aux vaccins aux enfants dans les pays les plus pauvres du monde.

« Sa volonté d’étendre la portée pour inclure des acteurs mondiaux de divers secteurs est louable et a considérablement amélioré les résultats dans bon nombre de ces pays », a déclaré le Dr Regina Rabinovich, MD, MPH, présidente du conseil d’administration de Sabin. « Le travail d’Anuradha illustre l’engagement de Sabin à défendre des solutions basées sur des preuves pour la vaccination dans les pays à revenu faible et intermédiaire et à établir des partenariats offrant un impact durable dans ces endroits. »

L’initiative la plus récente de Mme Gupta visant à se concentrer sur les enfants qui n’ont reçu aucune dose est audacieuse par son ambition et sa portée. Elle a été la force directrice du fonds d’accélération des capitaux propres de Gavi, d’un montant de 500 millions de dollars, qui comprend un programme innovant visant à atteindre les enfants zéro dose dans les zones de conflit et les zones touchées par la sécheresse dans la région du Sahel et la Corne de l’Afrique.

Mme Gupta a souligné que les enfants qui sont privés d’une seul seule dose de vaccin représentent la moitié des décès évitables par la vaccination et que cibler cette population pourrait changer la donne pour réduire les épidémies de maladies et améliorer la sécurité sanitaire globale.

« Ces enfants vivent dans des communautés qui sont souvent confrontées à de multiples privations, nous devons donc trouver un moyen de leur donner accès à leur première dose afin de leur offrir les meilleures chances possibles de connaître un avenir sain », a-t-elle expliqué. « Le programme de vaccination Zéro dose va au-delà des vaccins de routine pour proposer aux familles d’autres soins de santé et services humanitaires critiques, en concertation avec les communautés, les gouvernements et d’autres groupes clés. »

Avant de travailler chez Gavi, Mme Gupta occupait le poste de directrice de mission de la National Health Mission de l’Inde, où elle a joué un rôle de premier plan dans les efforts déployés par le pays pour éradiquer la poliomyélite, réduire la mortalité maternelle et infantile, diminuer les taux de fécondité et redynamiser les soins de santé primaires. Elle a été membre du comité directeur du Child Survival Call to Action, a coprésidé le groupe des parties prenantes du sommet de Londres de 2012 sur la planification familiale et a été membre du groupe de référence de la planification familiale 2020.

Mme Gupta est titulaire d’un MBA de l’université de Wollongong en Australie et a suivi une formation de cadre de la John F. Kennedy School of Government de l’université Harvard, de la Stanford Graduate School of Business et de la Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs de l’université de Syracuse. En 2015, elle a été nommée parmi les « 300 femmes leaders dans le domaine de la santé mondiale » par le Centre mondial de santé de l’Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement. Elle a été citée parmi les dix représentantes de l’IAS les plus influentes dans un livre récemment publié. Les services administratifs indiens, plus connus sous le nom d’IAS, sont la principale fonction publique de l’Inde.

En 2021, Mme Gupta a reçu le prix des anciens élèves de l’université de Wollongong pour son impact social. Elle a également reçu la plus haute distinction civile pour la fonction publique par le président de la République démocratique du Congo et la Croix du travail par le président du Laos pour ses contributions à la santé de la population de ce pays. En septembre 2022, elle a reçu le prix Advance Global Australian, en reconnaissance de l’impact mondial de ses nombreuses réalisations.

À propos du Sabin Vaccine Institute

Le Sabin Vaccine Institute est un important militant en faveur de l’expansion de l’accès et du recours aux vaccins à l’échelle mondiale, faisant avancer la recherche et le développement de vaccins, et amplifiant la connaissance et l’innovation en matière de vaccins. Libérant le potentiel des vaccins par le partenariat, Sabin a bâti un écosystème robuste de bailleurs de fonds, innovateurs, agents de mise en œuvre, praticiens, décideurs politiques et parties prenantes publiques pour faire avancer sa vision d’un avenir où les maladies évitables ont enfin disparu. En tant qu’organisation sans but lucratif comptant plus de deux décennies d’expérience, Sabin s’est engagée à trouver des solutions qui durent et à étendre tous les bienfaits des vaccins à l’ensemble des individus, peu importe qui ils sont et où ils résident. Chez Sabin, nous sommes convaincus que les vaccins ont le pouvoir de changer le monde.

Pour de plus amples informations, rendez-vous sur le site et suivez-nous sur Twitter @SabinVaccine.

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Anuradha Gupta, veterana de saúde global e da Gavi lidera a imunização global da Sabin

WASHINGTON, Oct. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A veterana líder em saúde pública Anuradha Gupta, que liderou uma série de iniciativas globais bem-sucedidas para melhorar a saúde de mulheres e crianças, e ampliar o acesso e a utilização de vacinas, entrou para o Instituto de Vacinas Sabin como Presidente de Imunização Global. O histórico de Gupta na criação e implementação de soluções criativas para enfrentar desafios de saúde aparentemente intratáveis é particularmente significativo no momento, com as imunizações infantis que salvam vidas tendo o maior retrocesso em décadas, causado em grande parte pela pandemia.

Antes de entrar para a Sabin, Gupta permaneceu oito anos na Gavi, a Aliança de Vacinas, onde atuou como vice-presidente e liderou esforços para centralizar políticas, programas e parcerias em torno da equidade, gênero e comunidades de vacinas. Ela também foi pioneira no conceito de crianças de dose zero – as que nunca receberam uma única dose das vacinas mais básicas – e impulsionou os esforços para criar um novo modelo de parcerias em nível nacional.

“Anuradha Gupta é uma adição estelar à equipe de gestão executiva da Sabin em um momento em que o acesso e a equidade da vacina, bem como a desinformação, continuam sendo grandes desafios em todo o mundo”, disse a CEO da Sabin, Amy Finan. “A abordagem visionária, a experiência e o profundo compromisso de Anuradha com aqueles que servimos irão ajudar a aumentar o índice das taxas globais de vacinação.”

Gupta disse que está animada com seu papel e usará sua vasta experiência para promover abordagens inovadoras para melhorar o acesso e a utilização de vacinas. “Este é um momento decisivo para a imunização e precisamos assegurar que as vacinas sejam prioridade das agendas de saúde pública em todo o mundo”, disse Gupta. “Ainda há muito a ser feito para introduzir, ampliar e universalizar toda a gama de vacinas, e a Sabin será uma poderosa catalisadora desse trabalho extremamente importante.”

Um relatório recente das Nações Unidas indicou que, em 2021, 25 milhões de bebês deixaram de tomar uma ou mais doses de vacinas rotineiras como de sarampo, difteria e coqueluche. Quase 18 milhões dessas crianças, muitas em países de baixa renda, eram de dose zero, sendo mais vulneráveis a doenças infecciosas mortais e debilitantes, e causando o medo de doenças como pólio e sarampo reemergentes em países não endêmicos.

“A luta e erradicação da pólio na Índia com uma vacina oral desenvolvida pelo Dr. Sabin é uma memória inesquecível da minha jornada na saúde pública”, lembra Gupta. “Por isso, é com prazer que passo a fazer parte de uma instituição que se dedica a promover o legado do Dr. Sabin, utilizando todo o poder das vacinas para salvar vidas.”

Sob a liderança de Gupta, Gavi foi muito elogiada e implementou uma nova estrutura para o envolvimento de parceiros que ajudou a fortalecer programas apoiados por Gavi no país, e aprimorou a responsabilidade pelos resultados. Essas conquistas contribuíram para que a Gavi recebesse o prestigiado Prêmio Lasker-Bloomberg de Serviço Público em 2019 por fornecer acesso sustentado a vacinas infantis nos países mais pobres do mundo.

“Sua disposição de expandir o alcance para incluir atores globais de vários setores é louvável e ampliou consideravelmente os resultados em muitos desses países”, disse a Dra. Regina Rabinovich, MD, MPH, presidente do Conselho de Administração da Sabin. “O trabalho de Anuradha exemplifica o compromisso da Sabin em defender as soluções com base em evidências para a imunização em países de baixa e média renda, e criar parcerias que proporcionem um impacto duradouro nesses lugares.”

A iniciativa mais recente da Gupta de se concentrar em crianças que não receberam uma única vacina é audaciosa por seu objetivo e escopo. Ela foi a força guia por trás do Fundo de Aceleração de Ações de US $ 500 milhões da Gavi, um programa inovador destinado a alcançar crianças de dose zero em zonas de conflito e áreas afetadas pela seca na região do Sahel e Nordeste da África.

Gupta destacou que as crianças que nunca receberam nenhuma vacina são responsáveis pela metade das mortes evitáveis por vacina e que o direcionamento a essa população pode ser um divisor de águas para a redução dos surtos de doenças e melhoria da segurança geral da saúde.

“Essas crianças vivem em comunidades que muitas vezes enfrentam várias privações, por isso precisamos encontrar uma maneira de conectá-las à primeira vacina, caso contrário, elas não terão a chance de ter um futuro saudável”, disse ela. “O programa de Imunização de Dose Zero vai além das vacinas de rotina, conectando as famílias a outros cuidados e serviços essenciais de saúde e humanitários, em consulta com comunidades, governos e outros grupos importantes.”

Antes da Gavi, Gupta foi Diretora da National Health Mission of India, onde teve papel de liderança nos esforços da Índia para erradicar a pólio, reduzir a mortalidade materna e infantil, reduzir as taxas de fertilidade e revitalizar a atenção primária à saúde. Ela foi membro do Steering Committee do Child Survival Call to Action, copresidiu o Stakeholder Group em uma Reunião de Cúpula em Londres sobre Planejamento Familiar em 2012, e membro do Grupo de Referência de Planejamento Familiar de 2020.

Gupta fez Mestrado de Administração de Empresas na University of Wollongong na Austrália, educação executiva na John F. Kennedy School of Government da Harvard University, Stanford Graduate School of Business e Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs da Syracuse University. Em 2015, ela foi nomeada uma das “300 Mulheres Líderes em Saúde Mundial” pelo Global Health Centre do Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Ela foi incluída na lista das dez mulheres mais influentes da IAS do recém-lançado livro – Indian Administrative Services ou IAS, como é comumente chamado, o serviço público proeminente da Índia.

Em 2021, Gupta recebeu o Prêmio de Impacto Social da University of Wollongong. Ela também recebeu o maior prêmio civil pelo serviço público do Presidente da República Democrática do Congo e a Cruz do Trabalho do Presidente do Laos por suas contribuições para a saúde das pessoas naquele país. Em setembro de 2022, ela recebeu o Advance Global Australian Award, em reconhecimento ao impacto global das suas muitas realizações.

Sobre o Sabin Vaccine Institute

Sabin Vaccine Institute é um dos principais defensores da expansão do acesso e uso de vacinas em todo o mundo, do avanço da pesquisa e desenvolvimento de vacinas e da ampliação do conhecimento e inovação das vacinas. Revelando o potencial das vacinas através da parceria, o Sabin criou um ecossistema robusto de financiadores, inovadores, implementadores, profissionais, formuladores de políticas e partes interessadas públicas para avançar sua visão de um futuro livre de doenças evitáveis. Como uma organização sem fins lucrativos com mais de duas décadas de experiência, o Sabin está empenhado em encontrar soluções duradouras que levem todos os benefícios das vacinas a todas as pessoas, independentemente de quem sejam ou de onde vivem. No Sabin, acreditamos no poder das vacinas para mudar o mundo.

Para mais informação, visite e siga-nos no Twitter @SabinVaccine.

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EMGA achève une levée de fonds de 9,4 millions d’euros pour Kashf Foundation avec un financement de BIO

LONDRES, 03 oct. 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — La facilité de financement de 9,4 millions d’euros pour Kashf Foundation a été créée, structurée et négociée par Emerging Markets Global Advisory LLP (EMGA), la banque d’investissement des marchés émergents.

S’exprimant au sujet de cette transaction, M. Shahzad Iqbal, directeur financier de Kashf Foundation, a déclaré : « Kashf Foundation est enregistrée en tant que société de microfinancement non bancaire réglementée par la Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan. Créée en 1996 en tant que première institution de microfinancement spécialisée du Pakistan, elle a commencé ses opérations en répliquant Grameen et, depuis lors, elle est parvenue à forger sa propre niche dans le secteur du microfinancement pakistanais en proposant une série de produits et de services novateurs et transformateurs aux ménages à faible revenu, et en particulier aux femmes. Elle a une portée actuelle de plus de 600,00+ emprunteuses à travers ses plus de 360 succursales avec un GLP de plus de 90 millions USD. »

« Je souhaite juste dire que cela a toujours été un plaisir de travailler avec EMGA sur de nouvelles transactions afin d’étendre notre réseau et notre portée. C’est la première transaction que nous réalisons avec BIO et cela aussi, en euros. J’ai la certitude que BIO et Kashf travailleront ensemble et construiront des relations solides pour accroître l’inclusion financière au Pakistan et, en particulier, pour les femmes. Cette transaction aidera Kashf Foundation à étendre sa portée non seulement dans ses zones opérationnelles existantes, mais également dans les nouvelles régions géographiques du Pakistan. »

Le directeur général et responsable des opérations bancaires d’investissement d’Emerging Markets Global Advisory LLP (EMGA), Sajeev Chakkalakal, a déclaré : « Cela a été un plaisir de poursuivre notre partenariat à long terme avec Kashf Foundation et de fournir cette nouvelle solution de financement en dépit de l’environnement économique volatil au Pakistan et dans le monde entier. » Commentant également la transaction, Jeremy Dobson, directeur général d’Emerging Markets Global Advisory Limited (EMGA), a commenté : « Cela a été un réel plaisir de travailler à nouveau avec Kashf Foundation sur cette dernière transaction et d’aider à soutenir sa clientèle de micro-entrepreneuses. »

Frédéric Vereecke, responsable des investissements de Belgian Investment Company for Developing countries (BIO), a révélé : « Nous nous félicitons de l’occasion qui nous est donnée d’aider Kashf Foundation à autonomiser les femmes et leur famille en fournissant des services financiers de qualité aux ménages à faible revenu au Pakistan. »

Kashf Foundation est enregistrée en tant que société de microfinancement non bancaire réglementée par la Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan. Créée en 1996 en tant que première institution de microfinancement spécialisée du Pakistan, elle a commencé ses opérations en répliquant Grameen et, depuis lors, elle est parvenue à forger sa propre niche dans le secteur du microfinancement pakistanais en proposant une série de produits et de services novateurs et transformateurs aux ménages à faible revenu, et en particulier aux femmes.

Belgian Investment Company for Developing countries (BIO) soutient un secteur privé solide dans les pays en développement et émergents, afin de leur permettre d’accéder à la croissance et au développement durable dans le cadre des Objectifs de développement durable. Elle y parvient en investissant dans des petites et moyennes entreprises, des institutions financières et des projets d’infrastructure, contribuant ainsi à la croissance socioéconomique des pays en développement.

Emerging Markets Global Advisory Limited (EMGA), avec des bureaux à New York et à Londres, aide les institutions financières et les entreprises à trouver des capitaux propres ou d’emprunt. EMGA fournit ses services à des clients dans de nombreuses économies en développement rapide du monde, dont le Pakistan. Forte d’une expérience éprouvée dans la formation de capital et le conseil stratégique tout au long de divers cycles économiques, EMGA continue d’étendre sa portée géographique et son offre de services, consolidant sa place sur le marché en tant que l’une des banques d’investissement prédominantes sur les marchés émergents.


Uncle allegedly rapes two-year-old at Oniimwandi village

A two-year-old female toddler from Oniimwandi village in the Onayena constituency of the Oshikoto region was reportedly raped by her 21-year-old uncle last week Tuesday.

A weekend crime report by the Head of the Namibian Police Force’s Public Relations Division, Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi on Sunday said it is alleged that the suspect had sexual intercourse with the at about 12h00.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court, while police investigations continue.

In a similar incident, a four-year-old girl from Kakoro village in the Kavango West region was allegedly raped by her uncle on Friday.

The report said the suspect allegedly picked up the victim and took her into his hut before forcefully having sexual intercourse with her at an unknown time until the next morning.

“The suspect was arrested the next day after he evaded arrest on the first day. Police are investigating the incident further,” it said.

Meanwhile, a 16-year-old girl from Katongo village in the Zambezi region was allegedly raped on Thursday by an unknown man while on her way from afternoon studies.

The suspect reportedly followed the victim to her hut and forcefully gained entrance before forcefully having sexual intercourse with her, without consent.

The suspect is yet to be arrested and police Investigation continues.

In another incident, a 14-year-old female from Mariental in the Hardap region was allegedly raped by a man age unknown on 19 September 2022 at an unknown time.

The report said the suspect was sharing a bed with the victim due to a limited sleeping place before having forceful sexual intercourse without her consent.

“The suspect fled to Windhoek and is known to be arrested immediately. Police investigations continue,” it noted.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

IAEA General Conference Concludes: Resolutions Adopted

The 66th annual IAEA General Conference has concluded with resolutions adopted on nuclear and radiation safety, nuclear security, strengthening the effectiveness and improving the efficiency of Agency safeguards, and the Agency’s work in the areas of nuclear science, technology and applications, as well as its technical cooperation activities.
Held annually in Vienna, the General Conference is the IAEA’s supreme decision-making body and consider matters related to the IAEA’s ongoing work, budget and priorities. This year, over 2500 participants attended the conference in person, including delegates from 153 of the IAEA’s 175 Member States, and from international organizations, non-governmental organization and the media.
In his opening statement on Monday, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said the IAEA is helping countries address some of today’s biggest global challenges — that Member States are harnessing the benefits of nuclear science and technology to better prepare for the next zoonotic disease outbreak; to mitigate and adapt to climate change; to improve food and water security; to fight cancer; and to clean up the ocean.
Mr Grossi emphasized that nuclear safety and security in Ukraine are top priorities for the IAEA, and that shelling has put Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) in peril and repeatedly interrupted its external power supplies. The Director General has proposed ensuring the physical integrity of the plant by establishing a nuclear safety and security protection zone as soon as possible. This proposal has garnered strong international support.
In his address, Mr Grossi highlighted the role of nuclear energy in helping countries to meet their energy needs and in addressing the ‘existential crisis’ of climate change. He said the climate crisis and the energy crisis have prompted more countries to look to nuclear power as part of the solution and the IAEA has revised up its annual projections of the potential growth of nuclear power capacity to 2050. In the coming two months, the IAEA together with the United States, will host the International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century, in Washington D.C., and take part the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
Mr Grossi also spoke on several IAEA initiatives, including Rays of Hope, to support countries in increasing access to cancer care; and NUTEC Plastics, to help countries recycle and trace plastic pollution. He highlighted developments with the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme and cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to address food security, as well as ongoing nuclear safeguards non-proliferation activities.
The General Conference approved the Agency’s Financial Statements for 2021 and Budget for 2023.
IAEA resolutions and decisions will guide the IAEA’s implementation of activities in the coming year. The resolutions and decisions will be posted here as they become available.
By the end of the 66th General Conference 87 Member States had pledged to the Technical Cooperation Fund for 2023. The total amount pledged against the Technical Cooperation Fund target for 2023 is 32,878 492.00 euros, representing 35.51 per cent of the target — the highest percentage and highest amount of pledge as of the end of any General Conference.
The General Conference elected 11 countries to serve on the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors for the period 2022-2023. The newly elected Board members are Brazil, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Denmark, Kenya, Namibia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Türkiye and Uruguay.
Scientific Forum and side events
A total of 84 side-events took place during the week — 41 of them organised by the IAEA —showcasing the range of activities underway across the Agency’s diverse areas of work.
A two-day Scientific Forum on ‘Rays of Hope: Cancer Dare for All’ focused on expanding and establishing cancer diagnosis, treatment and care capabilities in countries with limited access — 70 per cent of cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
The forum brought together high-level representatives and leading experts from around the world to over five sessions discuss the role of radiation technologies in the medical management of cancer patients; the development of regional ‘anchor centres’; the importance of access to modern technology, such as telemedicine and IT-based tumour boards, in enabling the expansion of cancer care services; incorporating uses of radiation in medicine within the wider cancer control continuum with consideration for safety and security in radiation medicine and the role of global cancer initiatives; and the importance of partnerships and collaborations in promoting access to cancer care through the IAEA’s Rays of Hope initiative.
The opening session’s high-level speakers included Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President, Malawi; Benjamin Hounkpatin, Minister of Health, Benin; Jennifer M. Granholm, Secretary, US Department of Energy, United States of America; François Jacq, General Administrator, French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France; and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization (WHO). Shekinah Elmore, Assistant Professor and Radiation Oncologist, UNC-Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, United States of America delivered a keynote address.
During the week, over 200 delegates from almost 30 different IAEA Members States also took part in guided tours on offer of the IAEA laboratories at the Agency’s headquarters in Vienna and in Seibersdorf, Austria.

Source: International Atomic Energy Agency

Two die in stolen vehicle at Okapya

Two people died in a car accident at Okapya location in the district of Ondangwa after the stolen vehicle they were travelling in overturned on Saturday.

Namibian Police Force spokesperson for the Oshana Region, Thomas Aiyambo, said in a crime report issued on Monday that the vehicle was reported stolen in Ongwediva on Friday at about 23h00 and the deceased persons are suspected to have been involved in a robbery case.

“The silver Toyota Corolla was stolen at knifepoint by three unknown men from a victim at Ongwediva town, and was only recovered when it overturned at Okapya location in the district of Ondangwa,” Aiyambo said.

One of the suspects died on the spot, the other one died later at the hospital, while one disappeared from the Onandjokwe hospital after they were taken there by ambulance.

The deceased bodies were transported to the Oshakati police mortuary and investigation continues.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

WFP cash helps Namibia’s farmers confront weather extremes

Drought followed by flooding has wiped out harvests
Retired cattle auctioneer Kavanga Ngombe, 81, has seen his harvests shrink over the past five years, as his home region of Kunene in northwestern Namibia has swung between weather extremes of drought, followed by floods.
“We had stored grain from the good harvest years, but it is all depleted now,” says Kavanga, a father of seven. “I do not know where my family’s next meal will come from.”
Kunene counts among 14 regions in Namibia prone to floods, droughts and wildfires that have intensified in recent years — decimating crops and livestock and increasing hunger in a country highly dependent on imports and only producing about 40 percent of the food it consumes.
But today, the most vulnerable like Kavanga are getting a lifeline—World Food Programme (WFP) cash transfers that allow them to buy food and other essentials during the hardest times between harvests.
Targeting 6,900 families and supported by the European Union, the initiative delivers the local equivalent of US$40 over three months, tapping a local mobile service provider to disburse the funds. The cash transfers, which began last year, use biometric verification to ensure the money ends up in the right hands.
The funds are being distributed in Kunene, along with two other northern regions, Ohangwena and Omusati, where temperatures soar to around 35°C for nearly eight months a year and rainfall is scarce. The land in these regions is often dry and cracked, making agriculture challenging.
“With the cash I received, I bought food for my family and medication for treatment of my constant joint pains,” says Kavanga.
Rain at the beginning of this year gave Kavanga and his family hope. They swiftly planted a variety of seeds including millet, beans, watermelon and pumpkin.
However, their crops were doomed as the rains became heavier, washing away the seedlings and portions of his land.
“If it was not for this assistance, I would not have the necessary food for my medication to be effective,” he says of the WFP cash, “and I would have to sell one of my goats for money for my family’s needs.”
The cash transfers have strengthened the local economy and allowed families to buy a variety of foods, some of which are grown locally, resulting in more diverse diets,
“Cash-Based Transfers (CBT) put money directly in the hands of the poorest households so they can afford better nutrition and essentials for their children and family, ” says George Fedha, WFP Country Director in Namibia.
Hotter and drier
WFP’s support is even more essential as climate change gathers force — in a country that is already one of the driest in sub-Saharan Africa, with persistent droughts, erratic rainfall and water scarcity. Experts predict that Namibia’s climate will become hotter and drier over the coming five decades, with greater variability in rainfall.
For 39-year-old farmer Kasesa Tjiruviri, a mother of six, WFP’s cash support has also helped her weather tough times.
“This year, we planted seeds but like the rest of the farmers in this village we were unable to harvest any produce due to the floods,” Kasesa says. “We planted again after the water subsided, but our crops got stunted with the onset of winter.”
During the summer, her family earns money from selling firewood, earning less than US$7 on a good day—just enough to buy the corn flour, oil and sugar to prepare one meal for the family.
“Most of my clients are about 70 km from my village and sometimes I sell enough to pay for my transport. However, in most cases I have to walk to get to them,” she says.
“I am grateful for the cash support,” she adds of WFP’s assistance, which she used to buy food and blankets for her children, while putting some aside as savings.
With the money, Kasesa says, “I feel empowered to start another business which can sustain my family.”

Source: World Food Programme

Sauyemwa Combined School renamed to Ruben Makaranga Combined School

The Sauyemwa Combined School in Rundu was renamed to Ruben Makaranga Combined School who pioneered the first school in that informal settlement in 1935.

The acting principal of the school Paul Malembu told Nampa on Monday the decision to have the school renamed started in 2017.

According to Malembu, Makaranga started a small school close to the river after his biological children were suspended for late coming from a missionary school that was in Mupini village, some 15 kilometres West of Rundu.

The school grew in leaps and bounds as more learners enrolled and were then shifted to where it is located today, he said.

Makaranga died in October 1957.

“The community of Sauyemwa, the school board and management felt naming the school after this deserving person in order to keep his name alive in the settlement and the region, who otherwise might never hear of him.

Being the first person to bring a school to the Sauyemwa informal settlement we thought this history was important and convincing enough to rename the school after him. We submitted a report to the ministry of education with concrete evidence on how we came up with the name and our proposal was officially approved in 2020,” the acting principal said.

Malembu also said the school started using the new name in 2021 but the official unveiling was done on Saturday.

Speaking on behalf of the Makaranga family Pastor Rachel Nathaniel – Koch said Makaranga was also a skilled businessman who became very wealthy.

Makaranga she said, believed in helping the community he resided in and this is shown by the number of orphans he took care of.

The Director of Education in the region Fanuel Kapapero said the directorate is in full support of schools being renamed after deserving people and called on other schools to follow suit.

The school accommodates 2600 learners, 63 teachers and four institutional workers.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Uerikua meets striking Cheetah Cement workers

Otjozondjupa Governor, James Uerikua, accompanied by regional council chairperson, Marlayn Mbakera, on Monday afternoon held a meeting with the striking workers of Cheetah Cement factory at Otjiwarongo.

Uerikua told the workers who have been on strike since July this year that their strike has taken so long, therefore, urgent action is needed to end it.

Nearly 200 workers of Cheetah Cement have been on strike since their wage negotiations reached a deadlock in July, which forced the Office of the Labour Commissioner to rule in favour of industrial action.

“In two to three weeks, we will organise a big meeting that will work towards ending this strike and consequently get you back at work,” said Uerikua.

The governor stated that the meeting will include the Cheetah Cement board chairperson, Zedekias Gowaseb, labour inspectors and arbitrators as well as representatives from the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN).

He said the labour unrest at the factory will only come to end if the labour laws of the country are respected by both parties.

The striking workers told the governor that they are not prepared to go back and work for a salary of N.dollars 3 600 they earned before, as the cost of living has become unaffordable.

They also demanded for constructive discussion towards the introduction of company medical aid, housing and pension benefits.

Mbakera on her part said the wage dilemma at Cheetah Cement will come to an end once the company introduces a clear salary structure and stipulated salary grades that will apply to both Chinese and Namibia workers.

She said the current labour unrest at the company is unnecessary.

Cheetah Cement employs about 200 Namibians and 50 Chinese nationals.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Petrol price to decrease, diesel unchanged

The Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced that the price for petrol will decrease by 100 cents per litre effective 05 October 2022, while the price of diesel will remain unchanged.

A statement issued on Monday by the ministry said petrol will now cost N.dollars 20.03 per litre, while diesel will remain unchanged at N.dollars 22.12 per litre.

It said that the ministry recorded a combination of a high over-recovery of 234 cents per litre on petrol and a low under-recovery of 33 cents on diesel per litre.

“The ministry has also resolved to reinstate the road user charges and the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund levy back to their original levels, while the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) levy will remain at its current level until further notice.”

The statement also indicated that the exchange rate figures for the period of 01 to 23 September 2022 showed that the Namibian Dollar (NAD) has depreciated against the USD at N.dollars 17.4573 per USD as compared to N.dollars 16.6985 per USD at the end of August 2022.

It said the currency depreciation has a negative effect on the import parity price calculations and the local pump prices of fuel.

“The ministry recognises that the situation in the international oil market is steadily improving for the better, although geopolitical instability and market volatilities might continue to have an unwanted impact on local fuel prices,” it noted.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Otjiwarongo residents welcome Otjozondjupa winning teams of Debmarine tournament

The three winning teams for the Otjozondjupa Region at the 2022 Debmarine tournament that took place at Swakopumd over the weekend, received a hero’s welcome by residents at Otjiwarongo on Monday afternoon.

The Under-17 netball team of Otjozondjupa was on Sunday crowned the overall winners for this year’s Debmarine tournament in the netball category after it defeated Erongo Region with 21 goals to 14 in the finals.

The region’s boys Under-15 in the 4x400m relay won silver medals at the tournament, while their soccer team for Under-15 came in third to Oshikoto and Erongo.

At the brief welcoming ceremony at Otjiwarongo on Monday, Governor James Uerikua was in awe as he welcomed them.

Uerikua urged all team members to keep on practicing and improving their skills.

He also called on them to remain disciplined and obedient to their coaches as well as to their parents.

“We are here to celebrate with you on your achievement, as your achievement is everyone’s achievement,” he said.

Uerikua also thanked all the organising team members and coaches of the teams.

The winners each received shopping vouchers for footwear worth N.dollars 1 500, and N.dollars 10 000 vouchers for their schools, said the netball coach, Charlene Bock.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

A EMGA concluiu uma angariação de capital de 9,4 milhões de EUR para a Kashf Foundation com financiamento da BIO

LONDRES, Oct. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A linha de financiamento no valor de 9,4 milhões de euros para a Kashf Foundation foi criada, estruturada e negociada pela Emerging Markets Global Advisory LLP (EMGA), o banco de investimento para os mercados emergentes.

Ao falar sobre a transação, o Sr. Shahzad Iqbal, diretor financeiro (CFO) da Kashf Foundation afirmou: “A Kashf Foundation está registada como uma empresa de microcrédito não bancária, regulada pela Comissão de Valores Mobiliários do Paquistão. Criada em 1996 como a primeira instituição especializada em microcrédito do Paquistão, a Kashf começou as suas operações procurando imitar o Banco Grameen e, desde então, a Kashf conseguiu encontrar um nicho único e distinto para si no setor do microcrédito no Paquistão, ao oferecer um conjunto de produtos e serviços inovador e transformador para agregados familiares de baixos rendimentos, especialmente para as mulheres. Possui um alcance atual de mais de 600,00+ mutuários do sexo feminino nas suas mais de 360 agências e um portfólio de empréstimos no valor de mais 90 milhões de dólares.”

“Queria apenas dizer que tem sido sempre um prazer trabalhar com a EMGA em transações novas para expandirmos a nossa rede e o nosso alcance. Esta é a primeira transação que estamos a realizar com a BIO e, também, pelo facto de ser em euros. Acredito que a BIO e a Kashf irão trabalhar em conjunto e criar uma relação sólida para aumentar a inclusão financeira no Paquistão e, sobretudo, para as mulheres. Esta transação irá ajudar a Kashf Foundation a expandir o seu alcance não só nas suas áreas operacionais existentes, mas também em novas regiões geográficas por todo o Paquistão.”

O diretor executivo e responsável pelo investimento bancário do Emerging Markets Global Advisory LLP (EMGA), Sajeev Chakkalakal, afirmou: “Foi um prazer dar continuidade à nossa parceria de longo prazo com a Kashf Foundation e proporcionar esta nova solução de financiamento apesar do volátil ambiente económico tanto no Paquistão como em todo o mundo.” Falando também sobre a transação, o diretor executivo do Emerging Markets Global Advisory Limited (EMGA), Jeremy Dobson, afirmou: “Foi um verdadeiro prazer trabalhar com a Kashf Foundation uma vez mais nesta última transação e ajudá-la a apoiar a sua base de clientes, composta por mulheres microempreendedoras.”

Frédéric Vereecke, diretor de investimento da Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) comentou: “Abraçamos a oportunidade de apoiar a Kashf Foundation a capacitar mulheres e as respetivas famílias, ao fornecer serviços financeiros de qualidade a agregados familiares de baixos rendimentos no Paquistão.”

A Kashf Foundation está registada como uma empresa de microcrédito não bancária, regulada pela Comissão de Valores Mobiliários do Paquistão. Criada em 1996 como a primeira instituição especializada em microcrédito do Paquistão, a Kashf começou as suas operações procurando imitar o Banco Grameen e, desde então, a Kashf conseguiu encontrar um nicho único e distinto para si no setor do microcrédito no Paquistão, ao oferecer um conjunto de produtos e serviços inovador e transformador para agregados familiares de baixos rendimentos, especialmente para as mulheres.

A Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) apoia um sólido setor privado em países emergentes e em vias de desenvolvimento, para lhes possibilitar terem acesso ao crescimento e ao desenvolvimento sustentável no âmbito do quadro dos Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável. Conseguem fazê-lo ao investir em pequenas e médias empresas, instituições financeiras e projetos de infraestruturas, contribuindo para o crescimento socioeconómico nos países em desenvolvimento.

A Emerging Markets Global Advisory Limited (EMGA), que tem escritórios em Nova Iorque e Londres, ajuda instituições financeiras e empresas que procuram novo capital próprio e capital de dívida. A EMGA presta os seus serviços a clientes em muitas das economias de crescimento mais rápido, incluindo o Paquistão. Com um histórico comprovado na formação de capital e em consultoria estratégica em diversos ciclos económicos, a EMGA continua a expandir o seu alcance geográfico e a sua oferta de serviços, à medida que solidifica o seu lugar no mercado com um dos bancos de investimento para os mercados emergentes mais proeminente do setor.


EMGA completes EUR 9.4M capital raise for Kashf Foundation with financing from BIO

LONDON, Oct. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The EURO 9.4 million funding facility for Kashf Foundation was originated, structured, and negotiated by Emerging Markets Global Advisory LLP (EMGA), the emerging market investment bank.

Speaking on the transaction, Mr Shahzad Iqbal, CFO of Kashf Foundation said, “Kashf Foundation is registered as a Non-Banking Micro Finance Company regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan. Set up in 1996 as the first specialized microfinance institution of Pakistan it began its operations as a Grameen replicator and since then, Kashf has successfully carved out a distinct and unique niche for itself in the microfinance sector in Pakistan by offering a suite of innovative and transformative products and services to low-income households especially for women. It has a current outreach of over 600,00+ female borrowers across its 360+ branches with a GLP of USD 90+ million.”

“Just to share that it has always been a pleasure working with EMGA on new transactions to expand our network and outreach. This is the first ever transaction that we are doing with BIO and that too, in Euros. I believe BIO and Kashf will work together and build a strong relationship to increase the financial inclusion in Pakistan and particularly for women. This transaction will help Kashf Foundation to expand its outreach not only in its existing operational areas but also in the new geographical regions across Pakistan.”

Emerging Markets Global Advisory LLP (EMGA)’s Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking Sajeev Chakkalakal said, “It has been a pleasure to continue our long-term partnership with Kashf Foundation and deliver this new financing solution despite the volatile economic environment both within Pakistan as well as globally.” Also commentating on the transaction, Emerging Markets Global Advisory Limited (EMGA)’s Managing Director Jeremy Dobson said, “It was a real pleasure to work with Kashf Foundation again on this latest transaction and help support their female micro-entrepreneur client base.”

Frédéric Vereecke, Investment Officer from the Belgian Investment Company for Developing countries (BIO) commented, “We welcome the opportunity to support Kashf Foundation in empowering women and their families by providing quality financial services to low-income households in Pakistan.”

Kashf Foundation is registered as a Non-Banking Micro Finance Company regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan. Set up in 1996 as the first specialized microfinance institution of Pakistan it began its operations as a Grameen replicator and since then, Kashf has successfully carved out a distinct and unique niche for itself in the microfinance sector in Pakistan by offering a suite of innovative and transformative products and services to low-income households especially women.

Belgian Investment Company for Developing countries (BIO) supports a strong private sector in developing and emerging countries, to enable them to gain access to growth and sustainable development within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. They achieve this by investing in small and medium-sized enterprises, financial institutions, and infrastructure projects, contributing to socio-economic growth in developing countries.

Emerging Markets Global Advisory Limited (EMGA), with offices in New York and London helps financial institutions and corporates that seek new debt or equity capital. EMGA provides its services, to clients within many of the worlds rapidly developing economies, including Pakistan. With a proven track record in capital formation and strategic advisory throughout diverse economic cycles, EMGA continues to expand its geographic reach and service offering, as they solidify their place in the market as one of the industries preeminent emerging markets focused investment banks.

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