Zimbabwe raids ministry over claims of HIV miracle cure

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

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 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…

WHO: Ebola in DRC alarming but not yet an international emergency

The World Health Organization held an emergency meeting in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss the Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo, and concluded that the growing Ebola threat does not yet meet the threshold for a “public health emergency of international concern” designation. The assessment of the risk…

DRC takes new tack in troubled Beni as Ebola cases increase

With the Ebola virus death toll now at 130 in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s health minister announced Saturday a new approach in seeking to contain the outbreak in the face of security challenges. Dr. Oly Ilunga said health workers are turning to community-based teams to help…

East African nations meet on Ebola as DRC toll reaches 113

The Ebola virus has now claimed 113 lives in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, as experts from seven East African countries completed meetings in Uganda focused on response to the outbreak. “The discussions focused on the measures to be taken to prevent the spread of the current Ebola epidemic…

Growing concern over Madagascar’s seasonal plague cases

There’s new concern over plague in Madagascar, where another six suspected cases were reported this week in the village of Iakora, which saw dozens of fatalities during a seasonal outbreak in 2016. The deaths all occurred during September, according to local media citing the National Gendarmerie in Ivohibe province. That’s…

Niger: NGO alarmed by high fatality rates from malaria

The twin challenges of malaria and malnutrition are proving a challenge in Niger, where health and humanitarian aid workers say 10 children per day died during the month of August. “We have never seen anything like this before, and we fear it’s just the tip of the iceberg,” said Dr….

Zimbabwe cholera crisis surpasses 5,000 cases

City official in Harare are implementing emergency measures to contain the cholera outbreak that has claimed 30 lives in less than two weeks. The reported cholera cases now exceed 5,000, with typhoid also reported in Zimbabwe. The actions include suspension of street vendors, which have numbered to 20,000 in the…