Category Archives: Medical

Coronavirus Hits Somalia’s Khat Sellers

The new coronavirus has woven itself into the daily lives of Somalis’ pocketbooks, hitting small businesses, including sellers of the herbal stimulant khat.
 
Khat, the red-stemmed, green-leafed plant that is chewed for its amphetamine-like …

Rwanda Stops Domestic, Foreign Travel in Coronavirus Fight

Rwanda has become the first nation in Africa to be placed on lockdown for at least 14 days in an effort to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
 
A statement issued by the office of the …

AFRICOM Tells VOA: US Kills 15 al-Shabab Terrorists in Latest Somalia Airstrikes

U.S. airstrikes in Somalia this week killed more than 15 al-Shabab terrorists who were battling African Union and Somali forces, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) spokesman Major Karl Wiest told VOA on Friday.

The militants posed …

African Nations Try to Overcome Shortage of COVID-19 Test Kits

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has surpassed 800, an eightfold increase from just one week ago. But a shortage of test kits in many African countries means the number of infected is …

Coronavirus Technology Carries Troubling Side Effects for Privacy, Press Freedom

Mobile apps and data collection deployed to help contain the coronavirus have a troubling side effect — the potential for long-term government invasions of privacy and surveillance that could be used against independent journalists.

In …

Africa CDC: Continent ‘Must Be Prepared’ as Coronavirus Causes ‘Havoc’

WASHINGTON – Three African countries account for most of the continent’s coronavirus cases, but the deputy director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the entire continent must be ready for the …

Amid Challenges, South Sudan?Vaccination?Drive?Tackles?Measles

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN – Shejirina Moni sits beside her children in front of their makeshift home in a shanty community in South Sudan’s capital Juba. Six of her children have died of various illnesses. She’s …