Category Archives: Medical

UN Calls On Tanzania to Avoid Violence as Citizens Vote

GENEVA – The United Nations is calling on all governmental and civil society actors in Tanzania to refrain from violence, and ensure people can safely cast their votes in Wednesday’s general election. Following weeks of bitter political strife, U.N. monitor

Millions of New Rapid COVID Antigen Test Kits Headed to Africa

JOHANNESBURG – New rapid coronavirus testing, soon to be available throughout Africa, could be a “game changer” for the continent, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The new, cheaper, less fragile tests could help health systems identify and treat cases

East African Truckers Pay Bribes for Negative Coronavirus Tests, Official Says

Long-distance truck drivers are paying bribes to evade coronavirus testing at the Uganda-Kenya border, the head of Uganda’s Professional Drivers Network said. Omongo Ndugu, who is also the vice chairperson of the Uganda Long Distance and Heavy Truck Drivers Association,

Rise in Malawi Suicide Cases Linked to COVID-19

BLANTYRE, MALAWI – Malawi has recorded a 57% increase in suicides since the start the coronavirus pandemic. Psychologists blame loss of hope in dealing with social distancing and economic problems from COVID-19. Emily Luangwa recalls how her brother was under

Coronavirus Pandemic Worsens Hunger, Malnutrition in Parts of Africa

Hunger and malnutrition are worsening in parts of the African continent because of the coronavirus pandemic, especially in low-income communities or those already stricken by continued conflict, according to a survey of 2,400 people in 10 African countries by the

Supporters of Cameroonian Asylum-Seekers Decry US Deportation

DOUALA, CAMEROON – More than 20 Cameroonians gathered Wednesday at the Douala International airport to await relatives expected to be deported from the United States. Jennifer Mone, 27, says she fears her older brother will be at risk if he

Zimbabwe Teachers Refuse to Return to Schools Over Pay, Sanitation

HARARE – Zimbabwe, like other African countries, is trying a phased re-opening of schools after closing in March due to COVID-19. But many teachers like 33-year-old Munyaradzi Masiyiwa are refusing to return to class, pointing to low pay and unsafe conditions. Masiyiwa said

Thousands of Muslims Gather for Pilgrimage Event in Senegal Amid Concerns of a COVID-19 Outbreak

Authorities in Senegal are hoping Tuesday’s Muslim celebration of Grand Magal in the holy city of Touba will not become a spreader event for the coronavirus. Tens of thousands of worshippers have gathered for the main event of the Grand Magal pilgrimage, which pays homage to the founder of the Mouride

Sick and Chained: Plight of Countless Africans With Mental Health Conditions

JOHANNESBERG, SOUTH AFRICA – For nearly a year, Benjamin Billal was chained to a rock. “I was taken to a faith healing center by my grandmother and my mother,” Billal told journalists by video link from Monrovia, Liberia on Tuesday.

Conflict, Coronavirus Pandemic Threaten Refugee Protection

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi warns the coronavirus pandemic poses unparalleled challenges and threats to refugee protection at a time when conflicts are flaring up in many parts of the world. The high commissioner was