Again! 14 Boys Dead In South African Province, 141 In Hospital, After Botched Circumcisions

TRADITIONAL circumcision ceremonies in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, where the rite-of-passage practice is common, have left 14 boys dead and 141 injured this year, local authorities said Sunday. Many of the injured teens suffered from “dehydration, wounds, pneumonia, aseptic penis and gangrene” Sizwe...

UN: Cholera Deaths In South Sudan Rise, 1 0000s At Risk

Juba – At least 29 people have died in a cholera outbreak in war-torn South Sudan with thousands more at risk of infection, the United Nations said on Friday. A total of 484 cholera cases, including 29 deaths – six of them children under five – had been reported by the end of June, the UN Office...

Nigeria Poll Suggests 87% Oppose Gay Rights

A new opinion poll suggests that 87% of people in Nigeria support the legal ban on same-sex relations. That number is lower than five years ago, when 96% of Nigerians opposed relationships between same-sex couples. Gay rights activists, who commissioned the poll, said this showed attitudes towards gay people were...

Africa’s Low-Carbon Revolution

LONDON – Imagine you woke up tomorrow without access to modern energy. You have no refrigerator, cooking stove, or air conditioning. Your kids cannot do homework after sundown. You cannot charge your mobile phone. Welcome to the world of Africa’s unconnected – and to a market failure that is destroying...

Fear Of Ebola Likely Led To Increased Malaria Deaths In West Africa Outbreak, Study Says

LONDON – Malaria likely killed many more people than usual in the West African nation of Guinea during last year’s Ebola outbreak, a new study suggests, as tens of thousands with potential signs of the mosquito-spread disease probably shunned health clinics. The early symptoms of malaria — a fever and...

Africa Should Fight To End Food Imports From Asia & Europe

Nigeria and other African countries cannot continue to depend on farmers in Europe and Asia to feed our populace as 60 per cent of Africa’s populace is in agriculture, this is according to Ndidi Nwuneli. Nwuneli, co-founder of AACE Foods told CNBC Africa that there were tremendous opportunities that exist in the...

Ramadan Fast Imposes Difficult Choice On Diabetic Muslims

AMMAN, Jordan  — For years, diabetic Shawkat al-Khalili ignored his doctor’s orders not to fast during the holy month of Ramadan when most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset. Islam exempts the sick from fasting, but the 70-year-old al-Khalili...

Ebola: Sierra Leone Doctors Die Of Ebola

Freetown — Two more Sierra Leonean doctors have died from Ebola, further depleting the West African country’s ability to respond to the devastating outbreak, health officials said on Saturday. The deaths bring the number of Sierra Leonean doctors killed by Ebola to nine. The disease is spread through the...

The World Bank Proposes Global Epidemic Fund

Berlin – World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim warned Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in west Africa could trigger famine, and called for the creation of an international emergency fund for epidemics. Speaking to German business newspaper Handelsblatt, Kim said that one in four farmers in the most affected countries...