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- A regional ICT forum on the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project (EAPHLN) kicked in Kigali. The five-day workshop aims at establishing efficient, high quality, accessible public health laboratories network for the diagnosis, surveillance of tuberculosis and other communicable diseases. In May last year, the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved US$63.66m to support Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda to create a regional network of 26 public health laboratories.

- The Nigerian government is implementing a new strategy for school girls, entering their first year of junior secondary schools, aiming to assist them with the “challenges” of living in a male dominated society. The program will deliver tools and background knowledge of Information Communication Technology (ICT) by the federal government. Minister of State Education Kenneth Gbagi announced the initiative in Lagos and said that the government would distribute 360 units, including computers, to a number of schools in the city.

- Apple’s iPad 2 will go on sale in South Africa on Friday 29 April with competitive prices. The iPad 2’s pricing is in line with the iPad’s initial January launch price in South Africa making it far more competitive than many consumers expected. A 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi costs R4,399 and increases to R7,599 for the top of the range 64GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G.

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