International agencies have reported progress in combating the latest Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo which has resulted in 27 deaths and reporting of 62 cases. The World Health Organisation reported that there is "very strong progress" Mbandaka and Bikoro, two of the three initial sites of the outbreak. Dr...
Tunisian authorities on Sunday recovered bodies of 35 migrants who were killed after a boat capsized off the coast of the north African country. According to an interior ministry statement, 68 people were rescued out of the boat that carried about 180 migrants, on the way to Europe. There were...
Twelve migrant who tried to escape a camp in Libya were shot dead by human traffickers last week, the United Nations has said. The incident, in the town of Bani Walid, 170 kilometres (110 miles) southeast of Tripoli, occurred after a "group of some 200 Eritreans, Ethiopians and Somalis, being held captive,...
While several human rights defenders who fight against a local lead-smelting plant accused of environmental pollution in Kenya's Mombasa have been having been facing harassment and intimidation, the United Nations human rights experts have called for their greater protection. The activists who fear for their lives since an initial court...
After the West African epidemic, Ebola disappeared. But having hidden somewhere – maybe in forest animals, maybe closer to home – it’s now re-emerged in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Leigh Cowart joins the hunt for its hiding place. There was a certain kind of quiet hopefulness when, in late...
About 40% of Nairobi’s water supply gets lost on the way to consumers. Shutterstock/Sopotnicki Maimbo Malesu, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) For the past month Kenya has had torrential rainfall. This followed devastating droughts in parts of the country. The Conversation Africa’s Moina Spooner asked Maimbo Malesu how the country can make better...
By Alex Namwena An experimental Ebola vaccine is being administered for the first time, in an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). No vaccine has yet been licensed to control the Ebola virus. However, in order to contain the epidemic that has been raging for nearly two...
Devolving power and resources from the centre to the counties was a key pillar of Kenya’s 2010 referendum vote. EPA/Dai Kurokawa Michelle D'Arcy, Trinity College Dublin It is five years since Kenya shifted from centralised control to devolution in which 47 counties were given a free hand to set their development agenda....
HIV patients in Uganda are facing a crisis as the country has run out of an antibiotic Septrin, which is used to treat and fight conditions like flu, malaria, diarrhoea and tuberculosis. Most of the health clinics and hospitals in the country haven't received the drug in the past five...
About 40% of Nairobi’s water supply gets lost on the way to consumers. Shutterstock/Sopotnicki Maimbo Malesu, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) For the past month Kenya has had torrential rainfall. This followed devastating droughts in parts of the country. The Conversation Africa’s Moina Spooner asked Maimbo Malesu how the country can make better...

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