Africa World 

New study: Forests are still underrated as allies to curb rural poverty

– Advertisement – Poverty is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Globally, one out of every 10 people lives in extreme poverty, defined by the World Bank as living on less than $1.90 per day. Many of them live in rural areas where the poverty rate is 17.2 per cent – more than three times higher than in urban areas. If current trends continue, the number of hungry people will reach 840 million or one ninth of the world’s population by 2030 according to the World Food Programme. Poverty…

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Africa World 

Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine trial halted over ‘unexplained illness’

– Advertisement – Another major drug producer, Johnson & Johnson has announced that it has paused its COVID-19 vaccine trial. The announcement on Monday night according to the company is due to one of the volunteers coming down with an “unexplained illness.” In a statement, Johnson & Johnson said that under its guidelines, the “participant’s illness is being reviewed and evaluated” by the study’s independent data safety monitoring board (DSMB), as well as internal clinical and safety physicians. It said “adverse events — illnesses, accidents, etc. — even those that…

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Africa World 

People with mental health conditions still living in chains

– Advertisement – Hundreds of thousands of people with mental health conditions are shackled around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Men, women, and children, some as young as 10, are chained or locked in confined spaces for weeks, months, and even years, in about 60 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. The 56-page report, “Living in Chains: Shackling of People with Psychosocial Disabilities Worldwide,” examines how people with mental health conditions are often shackled by families in their own homes or in overcrowded and…

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Africa World 

WHO says COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by end of 2020

– Advertisement – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that a vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by end of this year. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who gave the signal did not elaborate further though. He said “We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope.” Tedros made this comment in closing remarks to the WHO’s Executive Board meeting that examined the global response to the pandemic. He called for solidarity and political…

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Africa World 

WHO estimates 1 in 10 people globally infected with COVID-19

– Advertisement – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that its “best estimates” suggest 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus. The figure represents more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases, which currently stands at more than 35 million. “Our current best estimates tell us about 10% of the global population may have been infected by this virus,” said Mike Ryan, the head of emergency operations at the WHO. “It varies depending on country, it varies from urban to rural, it…

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Africa World 

Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded for Hepatitis C discovery

– Advertisement – The 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm announced on Monday. The laureates were honored for their “decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis — a major global health problem,” the jury said. Thanks to the trio’s discovery, highly sensitive blood tests for the virus are now available, which have “essentially eliminated post-transfusion hepatitis in many parts of the world, the Nobel committee said. How many people have hepatitis C? Seventy million…

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Africa Business Ghana Liberia West Africa World 

Liberia arrests 11 Ghanaians for engaging in illegal mining

– Advertisement – Liberian officials have arrested eleven Ghanaians for engaging in what they call ‘illegal gold and diamond mining’. They were arrested in the Bong County following a joint operation comprising the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Ministry of Mines and Energy, according to officials. The Liberian security agency officials paraded publicly on Friday the Ghanaians who were handcuffed for the alleged crime. They would now be facing further probe and prosecution by the Ministry of Justice. Liberia’s Mines and Energy Minister Gesler E. Murray told the media…

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Africa Featured Madagascar World 

Madagascar launches Covid-19 Capsule Cure

– Advertisement – Madagascar has launched capsules from its much touted “Covid-Organics” herbal cure for the coronavirus. The capsules contain extracts of a local Malagasy plant artemisia which has proven anti-malarial properties. The tablets also have other indigenous herbs such as ravintsara with officials saying it is effective in curing and treating coronavirus infections. The previous herbal remedy called ‘COVID-Organics'(CVO) was developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research. More than a quarter of Madagascar’s 26 million inhabitants have so far taken that drink, with nine million bottles still in…

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Africa East Africa Featured World 

Uganda to undertake human trials of Covid-19 vaccine

– Advertisement – Uganda’s government has said that human trials of a Covid-19 vaccine will start in November this year. Ministry of health officials are reported by local media as saying that a vaccine, called Self Replicating RNA, has already been developed. The vaccine was developed under a partnership between Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and Imperial College in the UK. The head of Uganda’s presidential taskforce on epidemics, Monica Musenero, said the first trial will be conducted on 10 Ugandans. She said if successful, extra 100 to 200 people…

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Sacked Zimbabwe doctors reject deal to return to work

The Union that represents Zimbabwe state doctors has rejected a deal that would have seen hundreds of doctors sacked recently return to work. The doctors on Friday rejected an offer from the government to get them back to work. In September, over one thousand of state doctors went on strike. When they refused to call off their strike, the government decided to sack them in November. The doctors have been on strike for months demanding better working conditions as some earn as low as $100 a month. Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors…

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