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Poisonous Haze – Why the Air We Breathe Could Kill Us

Poisonous Haze – Why the Air We Breathe Could Kill Us

Climate change and air pollution could be conspiring against the continent, and fuelling new levels of death and disease. The dark-grey clouds slunk low over the city, like streaks of charcoal smeared across the sky. For more than two years, residents of Port Harcourt, in Nigeria’s south, have woken up nearly every day to this […]

Kenyan Health Ministry Bans Use of HIV Drug

Kenyan Health Ministry Bans Use of HIV Drug

The Health ministry has warned counties to stop prescribing a HIV drug linked to birth defects in HIV-positive women. Through Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko, the ministry has further directed county health directors to ensure that pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to whom a front-line drug, dolutegravir (DTG), has been prescribed, continue their current prescription […]

Heroin is Mozambique’s Second Biggest Export

Heroin is Mozambique’s Second Biggest Export

Mozambique is a significant heroin transit centre and the trade has increased to 40 tonnes or more per year, making it a major export which contributes up to $100 mn per year to the local economy. For 25 years the trade has been controlled by a few local trading families and tightly regulated by senior […]

Delivering babies in one of the most dangerous places to give birth

Delivering babies in one of the most dangerous places to give birth

The Jungle Midwife: Seyi Rhodes travelled to a remote area of the Central African Republic to meet Olga Yetikoua, a midwife helping mothers cut off from medical help for years because of civil war.

Looking back at the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone

Looking back at the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone

Surviving Ebola (Sierra Leone): It’s one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, working with those infected with Ebola. Unreported World went to meet the health workers of Sierra Leone’s first dedicated Ebola treatment centre at the epicentre of the epidemic in 2014. It was run by the charity Médecins sans Frontières . Shaunagh […]

Sex for food rocks Ugandan prisons

Sex for food rocks Ugandan prisons

Findings of a prison survey made public last week show a very disturbing reality of the high prevalence of HIV, TB and homosexuality in our prisons. Commissioned in 2013/14 by the Commissioner General of Prisons Dr Johnson Byabashaija, the survey puts the average HIV perseverance rate among inmates countrywide at15 per cent, which worryingly stands […]

As Millions Face Hunger in Sahel, More Accountability Is Needed to Attract Support, Warns Red Cross President

As Millions Face Hunger in Sahel, More Accountability Is Needed to Attract Support, Warns Red Cross President

About 5.8 million people across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal are struggling to get enough food and require immediate assistance. To respond to their needs adequately, humanitarian actors need to manage well the funding they receive from their partners and well-wishers, warned Francesco Rocca, the President of the International Federation of Red […]

How to Stop Deadly Lead Poisoning in Nigeria – Govt

How to Stop Deadly Lead Poisoning in Nigeria – Govt

Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bawa Bwari, yesterday advanced reasons curing severe lead poisoning has been difficult, expressing regret that children who are receiving treatment for the ailment would grow up with low intelligent quotient (IQ). He explained that although the disease was preventable, its treatment and environmental remediation were expensive. He […]

Namibia Close to Controlling HIV Epidemic

Namibia Close to Controlling HIV Epidemic

Namibia is one of 13 countries close to achieving HIV epidemic control. The Namibia Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (NAMPHIA) survey results to be released soon will give a clearer picture on how close the country is to that target. Epidemic control is considered when there are more people dying of AIDS related deaths, compared to […]

Zimbabwe’s Midlands records increase in people on HIV treatment

Zimbabwe’s Midlands records increase in people on HIV treatment

THE Midlands province has recorded an increase in the number of people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) with the figures jumping by more than 700 by March 2018 as more people living with HIV were initiated on therapy, a National Aids Council (NAC) official has said. NAC Midlands provincial manager, Mambewu Shumba said over the years […]

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