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Tesfaye Ejigu

A city,where the government has built no new hospital for the last 22 years, is struggling with its few outdated and under supplied state run hospitals 

Around end of October 2013, the online version of Addis Standard published an opinion piece discussing an eight hour power outage and a dysfunctional power generator at Tikur Anbessa (Black Lion) Hospital, a state run hospital in Addis Ababa. Written by Fitsum Tilahun (MD), it revealed what might have happened during that fateful moment at the hospital. “You can expect a lot of bad things to happen when you go to any hospital in Ethiopia…but what you don’t expect is to see your new born baby die from hypothermia or see your patient who is in life support machine die because of power outage,” wrote Fitsum. Many of our readers said it was “unacceptable,” “outrageous,” and “irresponsible.” They were right.

 Summit kicks off today by the PRC

Mahlet Fasil

The African Union (AU) said Park Cheng-hye, President of South Korea, will attend the 22nd Summit of the AU which kicked off this morning.  “Transforming Africa’s agriculture harnessing opportunities for inclusive growth and sustainable development” is the theme the AU said will be at the center of discussions during the assembly of head of states and governments of AU member states. The summit kicked off this morning with the 27th ordinary session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), a club of ambassadors of AU member states, which discussed items on the agenda in preparation of the summit to be submitted to the executive council for adoption.

EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs will today announce close to €3 billion in grants for countries and organizations in the region of Central Africa for the period 2014-2020. The announcement will be made during a more than two-day event to discuss development cooperation with Ministers and other authorities of the involved countries and regional organizations.