Author: AEFJN

THE ANTENNA OF CAMEROON: CONFERENCE ON THE MANAGEMENT OF THE DRUG PHENOMENON IN SCHOOLS

In January 2018, a conference was held at the Catholic University of Central Africa (Ekounou Campus) on the theme “Management of the phenomenon of drug consumption in schools in Cameroon”. Organized by a platform of governmental and non-governmental organizations brought together by AEFJN, the conference aimed at stimulating public debate and mobilizing schools to better combat the circulation and use of drugs in schools. By 8 am, participants from all over the country were present. Their geographical, social and institutional diversity was remarkable (attendance list attached). The work, mostly in French, was moderated by Dr Fadimatou MOUNSADE (Sociologist, FSSG...

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HARMONIZATION INITIATIVE FOR MEDICINE REGULATION IN AFRICA (AMRH)

The AMRH was launched in 2009 with the aim of helping African countries to set up an effective system for the registration of medicines, thanks to regional harmonisation and capacity building. Likewise, the AMRH tried to improve the fragmented regulating system for the registration of products in Africa by moving from a country-centred approach to a collaborative, simplified, regional one. Here are a few details relevant to this initiative:   the initial baseline assessment which indicates the variation in national laws and regulations, the absence of a mutually recognized legal framework, significant differences in capacity among regulatory authorities, differences...

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Lenten meditation 2018 – week 4

Judgment and Renewal “The leaders, the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful… until there was no remedy…“  “God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.“     (1st Reading, Gospel – 4th Sunday of Lent, 2 Chr 36:14-23; Jo 3:14-21) The prophets saw the destruction of the temple and the exile as a consequence of Israel’s betrayal of her true vocation. Jesus, too, wept over the fate of Jerusalem, because it did not recognize „what brings her peace.“ Yet, he saw that his own...

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DUMMY’S GUIDE TO THE CFA FRANC

This article aims to describe the system known as the ‘CFA Franc’ as it stands today, with its advantages and disadvantages. It will not give the history of this well-established financial package nor a political analysis of the system; articles on these two subjects are easy to find elsewhere. The CFA franc is the name of two currencies common to 14 countries in Central and West Africa, namely the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) and the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa. (UEMOA). The UEMOA franc is issued by BCEAO (Central Bank of West African States)...

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Lenten Meditations 2018 – Week 5

The Pilgrim People of God “This is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel… Deep within them I will plant my law… I will be their God and they shall be my people.”                               (1st Reading, 5th Sunday of Lent, Jer 31:31-34) The Church is the new people of God, called out of all nations, peoples and cultures, united with each other and with God through a “new and eternal covenant”, committed to the “new law” to love God and neighbour. As she...

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