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Unrefined Palm Oil Boosts Lung Immunity Against Covid-19

NUR YASMIN A study shows that unprocessed red palm oil helps to maintain lung immunity and respiratory health, strengthening’s one’s body defenses against the coronavirus that is causing the Covid-19 disease.   The product, also known as virgin red palm oil, can help maintain an adequate amount of a substance crucial for the body’s immune system. […]

Sudan bans female genital mutilation, UNICEF vows to help support new law

The United Nations Childen’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomed the landmark move by Sudan’s transitional government this week to criminalize female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), with a three-year jail sentence for offenders. “This practice is not only a violation of every girl child’s rights, it is harmful and has serious consequences for a girl’s physical and mental health,” […]

Poop could help stop the pandemic. Really.

Wastewater offers a promising way to track the virus, a top CDC doctor says. The federal government is eyeing a new strategy for monitoring the spread of the deadly coronavirus. It involves poop. The U.S. has struggled to keep pace with other advanced countries on coronavirus testing, and now is considering tracking the spread of […]

Drones Are Delivering COVID-19 Tests in Ghana. Could the U.S. Be Next?

ARYN BAKER Bismark Sarkodie had a situation on his hands. As the Municipal Director of Health Services for a rural district of Ghana, he had ordered an entire camp of 244 construction workers into quarantine when three of them tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Two weeks later the camp residents were desperate to get […]

Hundreds of migrants stuck in Niger amid coronavirus pandemic

As countries close borders to curb spread of coronavirus, aid groups in Niger ‘overwhelmed’ by requests of support. GIACOMO ZANDONINI While countries across Africa have been closing their borders as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, migrants and people on the move are paying a high price. Over the past two weeks, hundreds […]

Poachers Kill More Rhinos as Coronavirus Halts Tourism to Africa

Threatened and endangered animals may become additional casualties of the pandemic. ANNIE ROTH The past few weeks have not been easy for Nico Jacobs, founder of Rhino 911, a nonprofit that provides emergency helicopter transport for rhinoceroses in need of rescue in South Africa. That’s because times are much worse for the rhinos. Since South […]

Chad ‘repaying $100m debt to Angola with cattle’

Chad is repaying Angola a debt of $100m (£82m) with cattle, Angola’s state-run newspaper has reported. The unusual agreement is seen as creating a win-win situation for both nations – Chad is short of cash while Angola needs cattle. More than 1,000 cows arrived by ship in Angola’s capital, Luanda, as the first payment, Jornal […]

Ghana legalizes cannabis for health and industrial purposes

Ghana has legalized the use of cannabis for health and industrial purposes as it joins other African countries hoping to derive economic and health benefits from the substance. On Friday the country’s Parliament passed into law the Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019. The law now makes the country’s Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) a Commission with […]

Of epidemic, pandemic et al…How prepared Is Africa?

Human development has been characterized by tangible and intangible challenges. From hunter-gathering times through agrarian and industrial societies epidemics and pandemics have altered the course of history and development. The first documented pandemic – the Justinian Plague – in 541 AD was estimated to have killed over 50 million people in three centuries. The second […]

Bishops urge president to hold peace talks in Cameroon conflict

Bishops from around the world have signed an open letter to the Cameroonian president asking that he participate in proposed peace talks meant to bring an end to conflict between the government and Anglophone separatists. “We are motivated by our concern about the suffering of unarmed civilians, and the stability and prosperity of Cameroon,” 16 […]