Africa Now December 2, 2015
Topics: Haiti’s Presidential Election; World AIDS Day; and Updates on Pope in Central African Republic, Burundi Crisis and African Refugees
Topics and Guests: Today Africa Now! starts with continued focus on Haiti’s election process. On November 24 the Provisional Electoral (CEP) in Haiti released results of the October 25 first round of the presidential election. According to the CEP government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise came first and Jude Célestin was second and they the two to compete in the run-off on December 27. But many Haitians and independent observers; and Jude Célestin and other opposition presidential candidates have serious reservations with the results. On Sunday November 29 the Conference of Haitian Pastors in a statement called the publication of final results as an “act of high treason.” On December 1 Africa Now! Host Mwiza Munthali had a conversation on the situation surrounding Haiti’s Presidential Election with Ms. Nicole Phillips who observed the legislative and presidential elections and is briefly in the U.S. Ms. Nicole Phillips is Staff Attorney, at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and also Assistant Director of Haiti programs and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, as well as a law professor at the Université de la Foundation Dr. Aristide (UNIFA) in Port-au-Prince.
December 1, was World AIDS Day. In the lead up to World AIDS Day this year, UNAIDS noted that “15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment, a doubling from five years ago,” due to countries adopting the UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy to end AIDS by 2030. (from Countries adopt UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy to double number of people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2020). In sub-Saharan Africa 41% (10.7 million people) of all people living with HIV in the region were accessing antiretroviral treatment in 2014. UNAIDS figures show that between 2004 and 2014 AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa fell by 48%. Africa Now! Executive Producer James Pope and Host Mwiza Munthali focused on the successes and challenges in the struggle against HIV/AIDS.
Africa Now! Also features updates on Pope in Central African Republic and what that means; Burundi Crisis and its implication in the Great Lakes area; and African Refugees. Joining Africa Now! to discuss these issues is one of the show’s regular contributors Mr. Nii Akuetteh. Mr. Nii Akuetteh is the Executive Director of African Immigrant Caucus, is an independent Africa policy analyst based in Washington, DC who written extensively on issues affecting Africa. He was formerly the Executive Director of Africa Action and former director of OSI West Africa, and is the founder of the Democracy & Conflict Research Institute. Prior to that Mr. Akuetteh was a Georgetown University Adjunct Professor of African Affairs and former Research Director at TransAfrica Forum. He appears regularly on various media outlets such as Al Jazeera, BBC, Pacifica, the Real News TV, Voice of America and WPFW.
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