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Ivory Coast Medical Needs Rise as Violence Subsides

While the major violence may have subsided in Ivory Coast over the past month, medical needs are said to be at critical levels. Doctors Without Borders [MSF] says health centers and hospitals are overwhelmed and drug supplies in Abidjan are dangerously low. “Clearly, the emergency remains and the humanitarian situation remains worrying,” said...

Senegal Quranic School Puts Children First

Quranic schools in Senegal gained much unwanted attention last year with a damning report by Human Rights Watch that said many schools were enslaving their students to beg for money. One Quranic school that is putting its students first. Mohammed Niasse opened his Quranic school in 1981 with just six students. Thirty years later, this daara,...

Senegalese Villages Turn to Solar Power

In Senegal, growing electricity shortages are forcing more and more people to turn to one of the country's greatest renewable resources, solar energy. There are no power lines running through the village of Langueme, in the Factik region of Senegal.  Like many rural areas here, people here are not connected to the national electricity grid.  But,...

UN: Chronic, Non-Communicable Disease Is World's Leading Killer

Chronic, non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are on the rise and are taking a significant toll on the economies of low- and middle-income countries. This is according to a new report from the World Health Organization.The WHO's first Global Status Report on what it calls "the leading killer today" says...

Ouattara Set to Take Oath of Office as Ivory Coast President

Ivory Coast's President Alassaine Ouattara is set to take the oath of office Friday, formally ending the violent political crisis that followed November's disputed election. Meanwhile, a United Nations human rights team is investigating a possible mass grave in an Abidjan suburb where the new national army has been battling loyalists of the ousted...

Peace Corps Volunteer Returns to Help Sierra Leone School

On the 50th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Peace Corps, some former volunteers are returning to the countries where they served as teachers, health care workers or agricultural advisors.  Steve Kruse and Salifu Mansaray first met more than 40 years ago when Kruse was a Peace Corps volunteer and Mansaray was a boy who had just stolen...

Pro-Gadhafi Crowds Vow Revenge for Deadly Strike

Crowds have rallied at the Tripoli compound of Moammar Gadhafi, after the government said the Libyan leader narrowly escaped a NATO airstrike that killed his youngest son and three grandchildren. NATO denies any individuals were targeted.Supporters of Colonel Gadhafi demanded vengeance after the government announced the death of Saif al-Arab...

Business School Prize Promotes Global Water Strategies

About one billion people on earth do not have access to adequate or clean water supplies. More people die each year of water-borne illnesses, such as dysentery and cholera, than are killed in wars. To address this humanitarian and public health crisis, one of New York’s leading business schools conducted an international student competition on...

Injection Drug Use Helps Drive HIV/AIDS in Africa

Injection drug use has long been a driving factor in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. But now, there are signs it’s a growing problem in sub-Saharan Africa, as well. The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS, sent a team to Kenya and Tanzania to study the relationship between injection drugs...

Cell Phones Come to Rescue of Africa's Health Sector

Several U.S. non profit organizations are releasing new products to use in Africa to help governments and health practitioners improve their health systems with mobile phone technology. The Washington-based Medic Mobile non profit recently released a video promoting a test version of one of its new products called PatientView.  Its aim is to give...

UN Says Displaced in Ivory Coast Need More Help

The United Nations is asking international donors for more assistance to help the hundreds of thousands of citizens of Ivory Coast stranded in refugee camps and villages. For more than two weeks now, Ivory Coast has enjoyed its most widespread peace since last November's presidential election boiled over into a civil war.Yet hundreds of thousands...

Ugandan Opposition Leader Released, Bail Conditions Decried

Uganda’s top opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, has been granted bail after seven days in jail. Besigye, who is the head of the Forum for Democratic Change, was arrested for leading protests against increases in the cost of food and fuel.He was freed today by the magistrate’s court in Nakasongola, 100 km outside the capital, Kampala.  A condition...

Egypt's Ex-President to Remain in Resort Town Hospital

Egyptian authorities have decided against transferring ex-president Hosni Mubarak to a military hospital due to his poor state of health.Egypt's attorney general said on Tuesday that Mubarak will remain under detention at a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Prosecutors were exploring transferring him to a military hospital...

Debate Rages Over DDT Use in Uganda

As Uganda looks to eliminate malaria, the country is engaged in a debate over the use of chemicals such as DDT in some of the world's most malarial regions.  In the district of Apac in northern Uganda, the risk of malaria is higher than anywhere else in the world. A mosquito in this area is more likely to carry the disease than in any other place...

In Kenya, a Community Fights Against Malaria

As World Malaria Day is observed worldwide April 25, VOA takes a look at Malindi, a city on Kenya’s coast that is fighting malaria through community action.As the world works to eliminate malaria deaths by 2015, sub-Saharan Africa is still struggling to confront the continent’s number-one killer of children under the age of five years old. In...