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Health workers wearing Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) stand at an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia

Health workers wearing Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) stand at an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia

Traditional funeral rites in West Africa that include kissing and touching a dead body are “superspreaders” of Ebola and must be halted, researchers said Thursday.

If not, Liberia can expect 224 new cases per day by the beginning of December, and 348 new Ebola infections per day by the end of December, according to the study in the journal Science.

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2014_10$largeimg231_Oct_2014_144106803A few weeks ago, a Nigerian blogger posted an article in which he wondered at the huge silence from popular Nigerian faith healers, following the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

He wondered where people like T.B Joshua, David Oyedepo, Enoch Adeboye and Kumuyi, who had amassed millions of dollars performing faith healing, were at the time people needed them. (more…)

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2014_10$largeimg231_Oct_2014_155547753The rise in the number of women smokers is undermining efforts to improve maternal and child health, experts have noted.

Rana Singh, a senior technical advisor at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease regretted that tobacco use by women “ which has historically been very low, is rising.”
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h2h02+picI know what you think about my mother, sister or daughter the moment you open your mouth to speak about the place of a wife in marriage. Let’s go.
Recently, newspapers were awash with details of a meeting that sat to resolve misunderstandings in a big organisation. One man was on the receiving end, accused of hatching a plot to cause disunity in that organisation. (more…)

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reviews01+pixOne of the questions our older daughter usually asks me when I get home in the evenings is what I did at work that day.

So I answer: “I read stories and…” I take a long pause as I try to search for how to explain the word edit to her but fail so I just continue and say, “edited them”. Of course the inevitable questions pops up. “What does edit mean?” I am forced to find the words to describe it and in doing so, realise it is not as hard to explain.

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The ban by Kitgum District authorities of sale of waragi in sachets, popularly called tot packs, is a welcome move. Even when alcohol has proven injurious to physical and mental health, no authority has banned this substance abuse. Yet, as principle officer in charge of Mental Health, Dr Sheila Ndayanabangi says, these tot packs are fuelling alcoholism and destroying our youth.

And Ndayanabangi says the blame directly falls on packaging of waragi tot packs. They are low-priced, can be hidden and even smuggled into schools. Only this week, pupils of Minakulu Primary School in Gulu District cried out against drunken teachers who stagger into class drunk and stammer over lessons.

This is an unacceptable.
But the debate on ban of waragi in sachets is complex. It has both economic benefits and health hazards.

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KAMPALA

Despite the commitments to enable equal engagement and contributions at all stages of peace building, peacekeeping and conflict prevention, women from post conflict areas are not visible in the processes.
According to United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women representative Ms Claire Hawkins, globally, women who have participated in peace building and peace negotiations inadequately recognized for their contributions.

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