Challenges Facing the Church in Pakistan
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Challenges Facing the Church in Pakistan

“We are living in a time marked by loneliness during this pandemic period. But we believe that God never abandons his people and he is with us,” said Archbishop Evarist Pinto, archbishop emeritus of Karachi. Just when it seemed like everything was bad news, Pope Francis surprised us all with a New Year gift of…

DR Congo: New Viruses on the Rise
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DR Congo: New Viruses on the Rise

Since the first animal-to-human infection, yellow fever, was identified in 1901, scientists have found at least another 200 viruses known to cause disease in humans. According to research by Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, new species of viruses are being discovered at a rate of three to four…

Support Free Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Low Income Countries
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Support Free Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Low Income Countries

Now that the first vaccines against corona are available, there is light at the end of the tunnel. But for the time being only for the rich countries. They have bought up most of the available quantities of vaccines. India and South Africa have submitted a proposal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to release…

Cameroon: Ongoing  Sociopolitical Crisis and Covid-19 Pandemic
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Cameroon: Ongoing Sociopolitical Crisis and Covid-19 Pandemic

From Cameroon Sr Hedwig Vinyo, development officer of the Tertiary Sisters of St Francis at Shisong, sent this update on current developments in the country. We bring you warm greetings from the Development Office of the Tertiary Sisters of St Francis, Shisong. With profound gratitude, we acknowledge the moral, technical and financial support you have…

Covid-19 Vaccine: Rich Nations Take Lion’s Share, Low Income Countries in Danger of Missing out
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Covid-19 Vaccine: Rich Nations Take Lion’s Share, Low Income Countries in Danger of Missing out

Nearly 70 poor countries will only be able to vaccinate one in ten people against COVID-19 next year unless urgent action is taken by governments and the pharmaceutical industry to make sure enough doses are produced, a group of campaigning organisations warned today, as the UK begins to rollout vaccinations. By contrast, wealthier nations have…

World Aids Day: Pivotal Role of Nurses in Uganda
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World Aids Day: Pivotal Role of Nurses in Uganda

The facility managers perceived nurses to be a more dependable cadre as they “tend to stick around for years”. There was a common perception that “higher grade” cadres, such as young doctors, tend to leave for further training and better-paying jobs. Because of the shortage of medical doctors, nurses were depended upon as the backbone…

USA: Celebrating Thanksgiving in Times of Covid
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USA: Celebrating Thanksgiving in Times of Covid

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that Americans not travel for Thanksgiving. The United States now has more new daily cases of Covid-19 than in the spring, when we had little knowledge of how to mitigate its spread. And a large, indoor extended gathering without masks is our best way of assisting the virus…

India’s Covid-19 Crisis
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India’s Covid-19 Crisis

COVID-19 has sent India’s once red hot economy into a tailspin and left tens of millions of people jobless. Growth has plunged into the negative territory. But it’s the poor who’ve been hit the hardest by the pandemic and the economic disruption. Some had committed suicide due to their inability to get out of their…

Varanasi, India: A Heart-Rending Story from Little Stars School/Shanti Niketan Girls Home
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Varanasi, India: A Heart-Rending Story from Little Stars School/Shanti Niketan Girls Home

Fr Frans Baartmans mhm who was a transformative and compassionate presence in Varanasi for more than 30 years supplied this story. Here is sad news about a girl Rozi who was living in Shanti Niketan Girls Home.A police case girl Roji Khatoon, aged 17, was not recovering very well in the hospital. She was brought at the girl’s home by police…

South Sudan: The Incredible Story of Dr Emmanuel Taban
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South Sudan: The Incredible Story of Dr Emmanuel Taban

Born in a tiny village in South Sudan, Emmanuel Taban was one of five siblings raised by a single mother. At 14 he was arrested by the Military for being a rebel-spy, incarcerated, tortured and sent off to Khartoum. He fled to Eritrea, where he was again imprisoned. Upon his release, he decided to walk…

Basankusu, DR Congo: Health Workers in Fight against Ebola Claim Arrears
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Basankusu, DR Congo: Health Workers in Fight against Ebola Claim Arrears

Tension remains high in the 3 health zones of Bolomba, where health workers have been claiming their premiums for about 4 months. They have launched a strike movement since Sunday, October 18 by burning tires and barricading roads. They also threatened humanitarians assigned to these response operations against the Ebola virus disease in Bolomba-center, as…

Africa’s Astonishingly Low Covid-19 Death Rates Explained
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Africa’s Astonishingly Low Covid-19 Death Rates Explained

Africa accounts for 17% of the global population but only 3.5% of the reported global COVID-19 deaths. All deaths are important, we should not discount apparently low numbers, and of course data collected over such a wide range of countries will be of variable quality, but the gap between predictions and what has actually happened is staggering….