In Congo: A new and less isolating Ebola treatment center

Two times a day, Kasereka Mulanda comes to a new kind of Ebola treatment center to visit his wife, easing the isolation of a highly contagious disease. Stepping to the clear plastic sheeting around the cubicle where his wife is staying, he can speak with her without the need for a protective suit. In a part of...

Congo: Approves 4 experimental Ebola treatments in outbreak

Congo has approved the use of four more experimental treatments in the Ebola virus outbreak in its northeast, as health officials try to contain the spread amid the threat from armed groups in the region. The treatments ZMapp, Remdesivir, Favipiravir and Regn3450 – 3471 – 3479 can now can be used on...

In Congo: 2 patients who fled Ebola ward among the dead

Two infected patients who fled from an Ebola treatment center in a Congo city of 1.2 million people later died, an aid group said Wednesday while asserting that “forced hospitalization is not the solution to this epidemic.” As the number of suspected Ebola cases continued to rise, experts emphasized that more...

Zimbabwe: Nurses’ strike a test of new government

Scores of nurses demonstrated in Zimbabwe’s capital on Friday after the government fired 16,000 of them from public hospitals for demanding better working conditions and higher pay. The protest, during which the nurses offered a free clinic to passers-by, was a test of the new government’s attitude toward public...

South Sudan: 1.25 million face starvation in war-torn country

In war-torn South Sudan 1.25 million people are facing starvation, double the number from the same time last year, according to a report by the United Nations and the government released Monday. This country could once again plunge into famine in 2018, warn humanitarian groups and the government. “The widespread...

UN health agency says: 94 deaths from plague in Madagascar

An unusually large plague outbreak in Madagascar has taken 94 lives, the World Health Organization said Friday. The number of suspected cases has reached 1,153, Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall, Africa emergencies chief for the U.N. health agency, told reporters in Geneva. More cases are expected, “but we think we can...

South Sudan: Winning against Guinea worm, says Jimmy Carter

War-torn South Sudan “should serve as an example” for other countries in the progress it is making in eradicating Guinea worm, said former United States President Jimmy Carter. Speaking to the Associated Press, Carter praised the world’s youngest nation for making steady progress in ridding itself of the...

SIERRA LEONE: LOCAL LEADERS SAY 1,000 DEAD FROM MUDSLIDES

More than 1,000 people have died from the mudslide and flood that hit Sierra Leone’s capital nearly two weeks ago, a local leader and a minister said Sunday during services honoring the disaster’s victims. The government had earlier put the death toll for the Aug. 14 mudslide at 450 dead, while...

NEARLY 500 DEAD IN SIERRA LEONE MUDSLIDES: HOSPITAL OFFICALS

Churches across Sierra Leone held special services Sunday in memory of those killed in mudslides and flooding earlier this week, as hospital officials announced the toll had risen to nearly 500 bodies collected. More than 600 people remain missing and rescue officials have warned that the chances of finding...