Kashmir, India: Serving the Poor in a Conflict Zone
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Kashmir, India: Serving the Poor in a Conflict Zone

It’s early morning in Samba, a frontier district located in the northern Indian territory of Jammu and Kashmir, bordering Pakistan. Sister Annie, a Catholic nun, is preparing herself for a field visit along with a team of doctors in the region’s innermost hamlets. The team will inspect villages and conduct free medical checkups for local…

Coping with the Covid-19 Pandemic in Oranjeville and Deneysville – South Africa
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Coping with the Covid-19 Pandemic in Oranjeville and Deneysville – South Africa

The Covid-19 pandemic which is currently plaguing the world has come along with tremendous adverse repercussions which are even worse among the most vulnerable people. The impact is crippling the world’s economy and leaving many people jobless and even in the unthinkable state of hunger and starvation for the less privileged. Those affected the most…

Model Preventive Covid Measures in Place at St. Joseph’s House, Dartry
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Model Preventive Covid Measures in Place at St. Joseph’s House, Dartry

AMRI or “The Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious in Ireland” (the successor of the Irish Missionary Union and Conference of Religious in Ireland when these two amalgamated) had set up a Covid-19 ‘helpline’ in the second part of 2020.  It was a result of congregations and Societies making enquiries on what to do…

Herbert House, UK: Everyone Vaccinated!
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Herbert House, UK: Everyone Vaccinated!

After a year of apprehension for everyone, especially at the British Region Mill Hill retirement home, during this year of pandemic, there was good news today.  At lunch-time a team of doctors and nurses we had been expecting from a local medical practice, arrived at Herbert House to give everyone the vaccination against Covid-19. All…

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…