DR Congo militant attacks kill 18 as Ebola cases spike again

DR Congo militant attacks kill 18 as Ebola cases spike again

Ebola in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo shows no signs of abating, as the second-largest outbreak in global history, behind the 2014 West African outbreak, claimed new victims. There are now 275 fatalities, the country’s Ministry of Health said in its Friday update. The total of cases stands at 477,…

Here come the harmattan winds of West Africa

Here come the harmattan winds of West Africa

They’re starting to feel the dry, dusty Saharan winds known as harmattan in West Africa, where Nigerians and neighboring Togolese say the season is in the air. The annual weather pattern is common from December to March, with blowing desert dust across Ghana or Côte d’Ivoire to the south, or…

North Africa, Middle East see HIV ‘hidden epidemic’

North Africa, Middle East see HIV ‘hidden epidemic’

There’s well-deserved praise for sub-Saharan African countries like Botswana, eSwatini and Namibia in making strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS. On this December 1, the thirtieth anniversary of World AIDS Day, the eastern and southern regions of Africa still remain most affected by the HIV epidemic. It’s where 45 percent of…

Ebola case count tops 400 in DRC, with 231 fatalities

The spread of the Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has now surpassed 400 confirmed or probable cases, the country’s Ministry of Health reported on Saturday. Another 56 cases are suspected and under investigation. That means dozens of new cases in the last two weeks, with spikes seen…

Malaria report puts Mozambique’s challenge in focus

Mozambique serves as an example for why the global impacts of malaria must be remedied, the World Health Organization said Monday as it released an annual report showing stalled progress on the disease. In 2017, there were some 10 million cases in Mozambique, where about 40 percent of the population…

DR Congo’s crisis: Insecurity is one virus, Ebola is another

For months, health officials have issued a steady stream of warnings over the security situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where workers are racing the clock to contain an Ebola virus outbreak and treat its victims. Another disruption at the weekend is underscoring fears that the situation could become…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Death toll tops 200 in DR Congo’s Ebola outbreak

The death toll in the Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has now surpassed 200 people as the country’s Ministry of Health and international experts work to contain the outbreak. Both the head of the ministry, Dr. Oly Ilunga, and the World Health Organization said this week that…

Zimbabwe raids ministry over claims of HIV miracle cure

Authorities in Zimbabwe raided the offices of a Christian ministry in Harare on Wednesday after its leader planned to launch sales of an herbal supplement he claims will cure HIV/AIDS and cancer.  Walter Magaya, right, the high-profile head of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries, said he had discovered a breakthrough…

WHO pollution data shows sobering impacts on African children

Every single child on the African continent under five years old is breathing air tainted by levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution higher than the World Health Organization air quality threshold. That’s according to a report released Monday by WHO that looks at the “silent killer” of air pollution…

New scrutiny on Kenya’s detention of hospital patients in debt

New investigative reporting from the Associated Press finds that hospitals in Kenya continue to hold patients as prisoners until they pay their bills – sometimes in facilities where armed guards are posted. The reporting focuses on Robert Wanyonyi, a shooting victim who remains in Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi even…

New fighting targets civilians in DRC’s Ebola-hit region

New fighting that broke out Wednesday night in the North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo has sent civilians fleeing again in a region where authorities are struggling to contain a deadly Ebola outbreak. This time the clashes between suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and Democratic Republic of Congo…