VODAN Africa reaches a milestone: Patient data visit across continents without loss of ownership

The Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN) Africa has reached a global milestone. A historic data visit took place between Africa and Europe, between two FAIR data points where the data is stored securely and in-residence. The network was set up to ensure that COVID-19 data can be accessed in residence, according to the principles of machine-readible and FAIR (Findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data. Europe External Programme with Africa (EEPA) is partner of the VODAN Africa network. EEPA supports the administrative processes, partnerships and the VODAN Africa Foundation’s set-up in Europe.

European Union imposes additional sanctions for human rights abuses and arms embargo violations in Libya

The European Union (EU) has implemented sanctions on three entities that have violated the UN arms embargo in Libya. Additionally, two individuals have also been sanctioned, one individual for human rights abuses against migrants and refugees in the notorious human trafficking hub Bani Walid, and the other for supplying military equipment material to the country. The sanctions are the result of follow-up by the EU on Libya, which it states is part of its commitment to peace and security in the country. This article outlines some of the activities and statements of the EU in relation to Libya in the last month.

News Highlights Extra: Radio play based on true story highlights desperate situation of refugees in Libya

Polish composer Kasia Glowicka has written and produced a radio play based on a true story of a refugee trapped in the Zintan detention centre in Libya. In the play, titled “Lilian”, the refugee Tesfay contacts a professor in Europe, linking them via WhatsApp across geography and culture. The radio play premiered on 24 September on two Polish radio stations, but is also available online.