Pakistan: Sindh Province Badly Hit by Coronavirus
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Pakistan: Sindh Province Badly Hit by Coronavirus

Officials in Pakistan’s Sindh province have reached out to minority leaders in a bid to combat the coronavirus that has badly hit the country’s southern region. The move came as Pakistan saw its biggest daily spike of Covid-19 cases on March 16. According to federal and provincial health officials, the number of coronavirus cases jumped from 33…

Humour in Times of Coronavirus – A View from South Africa
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Humour in Times of Coronavirus – A View from South Africa

Almost immediately after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in South Africa, the jokes started. From memes featuring prominent politicians to bad puns, from TikTok video clips to pictures of people posing with silly home-made protective gear, South Africans took to Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook to make fun of the virus. It is not unusual for South Africans…

Kisumu, Kenya: Uzima Catholic Medical School Forced to Close
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Kisumu, Kenya: Uzima Catholic Medical School Forced to Close

Following the multi-agency inspection, the management of the Catholic institution was given six months to close and distribute the continuing students to the other medical schools, after the third joint inspection of medical and dental schools, and teaching hospitals found the institution to be only 49 percent compliant. The March 2-6 inspection focused on governance…

DR Congo: End of Ebola Outbreak – Lessons Learnt
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DR Congo: End of Ebola Outbreak – Lessons Learnt

Innovative medical technologies (vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics) are not enough to prevent and contain epidemics. What’s needed is the inclusion of social science as an important component of outbreak management. What I mean by this is that communities need to be engaged and empowered as primary partners in preparing and responding to an outbreak. But…

Buluba, Uganda: Beatification of the Mother to the Lepers, Dr Wanda Błeńska
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Buluba, Uganda: Beatification of the Mother to the Lepers, Dr Wanda Błeńska

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has given permission to start the process of beatification of the Polish doctor and missionary, Wanda Błeńska, also known as “the Mother to Lepers”, who spent 40 years in Uganda caring for lepers. “What she saw in the lepers was not just the disease. She saw the entire…

Basankusu, DR Congo: Rampant Infant Malnutrition
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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…

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

World Day of the Sick: Message of Pope Francis
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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,…

China Coronavirus – A Moving First-Hand Account from Wuhan
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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…

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

Biopiracy: Africa’s Genetic Material Taken without Adequate Safeguards
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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…