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SADC News: Namibia's Highest Court Finds Government Forcibly Sterilised HIV-Positive Women

Namibia Female SterelizationWindhoek-Today the Namibian Supreme Court affirmed that HIV-positive women have been forcibly sterilised in public hospitals in Namibia.

“This decision by the country’s highest court is a victory for all HIV-positive women as it makes clear that public hospitals in Namibia have been coercively sterilising HIV-positive women without their consent,” stated Jennifer Gatsi Mallet, Director of Namibian Women’s Health Network (NWHN). “However, these three women are only the tip of the iceberg. We have documented dozens of cases of other HIV-positive women who have been forcibly sterilised. The government needs to take active steps to ensure all women subjected to this unlawful practice get redress,” added Gatsi Mallet.

Why Nigerian Health Officials Turned to a Megachurch Pastor When Ebola Struck

TB Joshua

 

When the deadly Ebola virus appeared in Africa’s most populous country this summer, one of the first people Nigerian health officials turned to was a megachurch pastor.

Temitope Balogun (T. B.) Joshua and his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), which boasts 50,000 weekly worshipers, are a continent-wide phenomenon. Zimbabwe’s tourism minister recently cited statistics that 60 percent of Nigeria’s tourists visit SCOAN to explain why the struggling nation was betting big on church tourism. One tragic piece of evidence: When a SCOAN guesthouse collapsed in September and killed 115 people, 84 of the victims were from South Africa.

Planning for and response to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): Is Malawi ready?

Ebola in LiberiaAcknowledging that Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is frightening invokes concern over the slow progress the Government of Malawi is making towards the planning for, and response to Ebola Virus Disease. Since the first cases of Ebola were notified in March 2014 in Guinea, it has been unclear whether Malawi is ready to deploy its plan to respond to the threats of Ebola Virus Disease.

While it is acceptable that planning is a continuous process, the public are yet to see the finalised proposal of the Preparedness Plan or be notified of any Ebola drills, exercises and simulations. Preparedness and responses to the avian H5N1 in 2006 and pandemic influenza H1N1 in 2009 in Malawi were not as slow, but they were clumsy and incomplete, raising serious concerns whether Malawi is able to be prepared for the current Ebola outbreak. There is a great deal more to preparedness than just acquiring resources. Planning should be about responding effectively in preventing and mitigating the disease threat with the means available. The effectiveness of preparedness is not just a matter of having a plan, but of having one that maps out core issues and finds legitimate solutions in their own context. Such plans need to be fully supported by political and social structures. 

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Ebola: Why Thomas Eric Duncan the Liberian is the only one to have died in the U.S.

Erik Thomas DuncanHis family was devastated. The woman he planned to marry, haunted by the "what ifs." And many are wondering why Thomas Eric Duncan died when several other Ebola patients treated in the United States survived.

Duncan was hospitalized eight days after he arrived from Liberia, and later tested positive for Ebola. He died, but not much is known about his medical history.

Media challenged to do more in reporting the African story around Ebola

World Health OrganizationThe Coca-Cola Africa Foundation hosts a dialogue on the role of African media in this epidemic

 

23 October 2014, Dar es Salam – “Ebola is a global issue and we all need to be putting our full attention behind it.” This was the message from Dr Susan Mboya-Kidero, President of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF), at this year’s Coca-Cola media breakfast.

The breakfast formed part of the annual CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards event which took place this week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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