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Ebola in DRC

Ebola epidemic declared in northeast DR Congo, three dead: WHO Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP |  The first Ebola outbreak since the crisis in West Africa that killed 11,300 people has been declared in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization said Friday, after the virus caused three …

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Health through song

The power of musical glue that binds friends and lovers across the ages By Amee Baird & Bill Thompson Many couples have a special song – “our song” – that reminds them of a significant event or time in their relationship, like when they first met, their wedding, or when …

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Do you know stealthing?

Inside the world of men who remove condoms during sex without consent By Rachel Hosie Removing a condom during sex – known as stealthing – transforms a consensual act into a non-consensual one. It’s a little-discussed form of gender violence, but that is all changing thanks to a new study …

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NGOs team up to help Ugandan acid-attack survivors

Julie Bukirwa an acid survivor and a mother of two has told of her story of physical, social and emotional pain after the acid burns she suffered. She has called upon government to come up with strict laws on acid sale in Uganda and also heavy punishments for the perpetrators, writes Jimmy Siya. Two …

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More die as mysterious illness spreads to Liberia capital

Monrovia, Liberia | AFP |  More people have died following the outbreak of a mysterious illness that began in southeastern Liberia but has spread to the capital, with 12 unexplained deaths so far, health authorities told AFP Tuesday. Liberia’s health ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) both confirmed the …

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World’s first malaria vaccine

Children aged five to 17 months old in Kenya, Ghana, Malawi to test it Ghana, Kenya and Malawi have been chosen to test the world’s first malaria vaccine through a pilot program beginning next year, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on April 24. The vaccine, which has partial effectiveness …

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Illegal kidney trade racket uncovered in Pakistan

Lahore, Pakistan | AFP |  Pakistani investigators have uncovered an illegal kidney donation racket and arrested six people, including two doctors, after raiding a house where unauthorised surgeries were reportedly underway, a senior official told AFP Monday. Authorities say the gang was involved in selling kidneys to international clients, particularly …

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Ebola ruled out as 11 die mysteriously in Liberia

Liberia tests mystery illness after 11 unexplained deaths Monrovia, Liberia | AFP |  Liberia said Friday that samples from people struck down by a mystery illness are being tested abroad after 11 unexplained deaths, though Ebola has been ruled out. The unidentified illness has affected 19 people in Greenville, southeastern …

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