22nd February 2020

Basankusu, DR Congo: Rampant Infant Malnutrition

Two to five out of ten children, or 20 to 50%, from zero to five years suffer from chronic malnutrition, said experts from the National Nutrition Program (PRONANUT). These figures were released Tuesday, February 18, after a two-day workshop on the Revitalized Pre-School Consultation (PSC), which is being held in Mbandaka, Equator Province. According to experts, children who suffer from chronic malnutrition exhibit abnormal growth. … Read more

Buluba, Uganda: The Amazing Story of Doctor Wanda Błeńska, the ‘Mother of Lepers’.

Doctor Wanda Błeńska is a Polish lay missionary, the foundress of the medical centre for the treatment of leprosy at Buluba, diocese of Jinja, Uganda. Recently her amazing story appeared in the international magazine  Miłujcie się! (Love One Another! )  . A process of beatification has recently been started by her home diocese of Poznań in Poland. The life’s mission of Doctor Wanda Błeńska It … Read more

World Day of the Sick: Message of Pope Francis

The Pope tells the ill how Jesus looks at a “wounded humanity” with eyes “that gaze into the heart of each person.” His Gaze Embraces Everyone in Their Entirety That gaze, he underscored, is not one of indifference, but rather one which embraces “people in their entirety, each person in his or her health condition, discarding no one, but rather inviting everyone to share in … Read more

China Coronavirus – A Moving First-Hand Account from Wuhan

Having returned to their original town of Huajiahe to celebrate the lunar New Year, it came as complete surprise when Yan Xiaowen was quarantined due to showing symptoms of the coronavirus. Yan Hongwei was with him when he went to the clinic and joined him in quarantine. This meant that Yan Cheng was now on his own and unable to do anything for himself. Local … Read more

Kisumu, Kenya: Franciscan Sisters of St Anne Extend Apostolate to Tanzania

A congregation of women religious of the order of St. Francis headquartered in Kenya’s Kisumu Archdiocese has extended its apostolate to the East African country of Tanzania in addition to its presence in Ethiopia, responding to the needs of the people at the grassroots who require “pastoral care, education and medical care.” Last week, the Franciscan Sisters of St. Anna (FSSA) opened a convent in Tanzania’s Archdiocese … Read more

Biopiracy: Africa’s Genetic Material Taken without Adequate Safeguards

Biopiracy – the act of directly or indirectly taking undue advantage of research participants and communities in global health research – has a long and contentious history in Africa. A recent case occurred during the West African Ebola outbreak between 2014 and 2016 when thousands of biological specimens left the continent without consent. Very often there is minimal benefit sharing. The issue has been in … Read more

Basankusu, DR Congo: Selling Toys to Help Malnourished Children

They arrived from a village, 30 miles away, on foot. They had carried their son, Fidèle, aged 11, and who’d just had measles, to our second centre. I took them to our nearby Catholic hospital, and we started to do the paperwork to get him admitted. His dad held him on his lap, wrapped in a faded printed cloth, his skin was pale and his … Read more

Basankusu, DR Congo: Measles Causes Complications at Basankusu Malnutrition Centre

Francis Hannaway, from St Gabriel’s Catholic Parish, in Middlesbrough, England, is a former Mill Hill Missionary associate who, after finishing his contract with Mill Hill, decided to continue working in Basankusu Diocese, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Together with companion, Judith Bonjembo, and loads of volunteers, he runs a nutrition centre for severely malnourished children. Recently on a visit with us here in Oosterbeek … Read more

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