Anna Qabale Duba: Kenyan Nurse Wins Prestigious Award
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Anna Qabale Duba: Kenyan Nurse Wins Prestigious Award

Duba lost many family members, which inspired her to study nursing. “Many lives would have been saved if there were health facilities. I lost many family members. That inspired me to want to help my people,” said Duba. She also has campaigned against harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, or circumcision, and early…

World Leprosy Day
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World Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day is observed on the last Sunday of January every year, to increase public awareness of leprosy. It is estimated that around four million people worldwide are affected by leprosy. Here is what I wrote some years ago after visiting Fr Bernard van Spaandonk MHM in Iloilo, The Philippines, whose commitment to the…

Uganda: Schools Reopen after Two Years Lockdown
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Uganda: Schools Reopen after Two Years Lockdown

According to Fr. Okello who has been serving at the Conferences’ Education office for the past four years, the first one month after reopening of schools which was Monday, January 10, “Students will concentrate on the summarized version of what they could have learnt in their previous classes and then get into the new syllabus…

Iloilo, Philippines: Walk and Work Foundation
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Iloilo, Philippines: Walk and Work Foundation

Officially started in 2009 by the late Dutch priest and Mill Hill Missionary Fr. Jacques Derksen and practicing Ortho Surgeon Dr. Jessie B. Villareal, with the objective of reaching out to patients with various disabilities. Donations from Netherlands received by Fr. Jacques was able to provide assistance in the form of surgical operations; prosthesis and…

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…