Vaccine Rollout in Africa: Global Inequality Visualised
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Vaccine Rollout in Africa: Global Inequality Visualised

There has been a lot of focus on COVID-19 vaccine inequalities between high-income and low- and middle-income countries. For instance, it is estimated that up to 70% of all vaccines to be produced in 2021 were pre-booked by a handful of countries. This has caused severe bottlenecks in vaccine supply to low- and middle-income countries, leading to…

Formation Philippines: Holidays Curtailed by Corona Restrictions
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Formation Philippines: Holidays Curtailed by Corona Restrictions

It has been three years now getting to four years ever since I was with my family. I have been working in the Philippines for over two years now and after all this I was looking forward to going home when the opportunity presented itself. I was due for home leave last year, 2020 and…

Mumias Mission Hospital, Kenya: Challenging Situation Transformed
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Mumias Mission Hospital, Kenya: Challenging Situation Transformed

To avoid a situation of total exposure to the pandemic, members of the staff at the hospital had to “recycle the masks by washing in order to keep going under the circumstances,” he further shared. Over time, Fr. Odhiambo narrated, the stock of PPEs was eventually depleted and “we started buying them.” “The impact was…

Cameroon: Bishop of Buea Diocese in Appeal to Get Vaccinated
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Cameroon: Bishop of Buea Diocese in Appeal to Get Vaccinated

Less than 0.3 percent of Cameroonians have been vaccinated against COVID-19 despite the availability of more than one million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm, Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson jabs in the Central African country.  According to a May survey by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Cameroon, concerns about the…

Cameroon Anglophone Conflict: Doctors without Borders (MSF) Forced to Withdraw
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Cameroon Anglophone Conflict: Doctors without Borders (MSF) Forced to Withdraw

After nearly eight months of suspension by the Cameroonian authorities, Doctors Without Borders has been forced to withdraw teams from the North-West region, an area badly affected by years of armed violence between security forces and armed separatist groups. “We cannot stay any longer in a region where we are not allowed to provide care to people,”…

Philippines:Island of Panay Overwhelmed by Number of Covid Deaths
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Philippines:Island of Panay Overwhelmed by Number of Covid Deaths

Authorities on one of the Philippines’ major islands says they need help dealing with their coronavirus dead after the only crematorium temporarily stopped accepting more victims after being overwhelmed by bodies. Government and health officials on Panay island in the Visayas region said the number of bodies needing to be buried has risen sharply since the crematorium…

Cameroon Conflict: Harassment and Arrest of Staff at Catholic Hospital
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Cameroon Conflict: Harassment and Arrest of Staff at Catholic Hospital

According to the peace entity of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), a member of the ARFs was brought to the Catholic Health Centre “with life-threatening injuries” in the early hours of July 18. “The Nurse on duty was threatened to fetch the Doctor or the Health Centre would be burnt down,” the leadership…

Kenya: Facing Fourth Wave of Covid
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Kenya: Facing Fourth Wave of Covid

Kenya is grappling with the COVID-19 Delta variant, which recently resulted in the western part of the country being put into lockdown. It now threatens the capital, Nairobi. A modelling forecast from the Kenya Medical Research Institute in June 2021 warned of an imminent fourth wave with attendant risks of health service demand exceeding capacity. The Delta variant is much…

South Africa: Mill Hill Missionary Reports on Current Crisis
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South Africa: Mill Hill Missionary Reports on Current Crisis

Over the past decade, South Africa has faced a series of governance crises and scandals which have eroded public confidence. The multiracial nation of close to 60 million people has been under periodic strains ranging from corruption scandals to the high rate of Covid-19 infection leading to severe lockdown with a higher impact on the…

Kroonstad, South Africa: Bishop Peter Holiday Welcomes New Covid Guidelines
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Kroonstad, South Africa: Bishop Peter Holiday Welcomes New Covid Guidelines

“We welcome President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement to move South Africa to Adjusted Level 3. This is good news for us as a Catholic/Christian Community so that we can gather in our Churches to praise God,” Bishop Peter John Holiday says in the statement issued Tuesday, July 27. Bishop Holiday adds, “The Adjusted Level 3 comes…

Kitale, Kenya: Increased Needs – But Working with the Brakes on
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Kitale, Kenya: Increased Needs – But Working with the Brakes on

Jacinta van Luijk MHM , Mill Hill lay missionary associate, is the driving force behind the KItale Community Advancement Programme (KAP. She writes: Since corona started, there have been visibly more sick and dead, teenage mothers, school dropouts, alcohol and drug abusers, suicides and domestic violence. Preparations for the elections at the end of 2022…

Uganda: Covid Shows Up Sheering Inequality
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Uganda: Covid Shows Up Sheering Inequality

“The cost of hospital care for those with COVID-19 is incredibly high in Uganda,” SDB members say in a Monday, July 19 report, and add, “some private hospitals in the country are charging up to 5 million Uganda shillings per day (US$1,400.00).” In the report, the Director of Don Bosco Namugongo School, Fr. Ellie Nyandwi, has…