Malaria breakthrough as scientists find highly effective way to kill parasite

Drugs derived from Ivermectin, which makes human blood deadly to mosquitoes, could be available within two years Human trials of new antimalarial drugs are in the pipeline after Kenyan scientists successfully used bacteria to kill the parasite that causes the disease. The Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) and global health partners say the breakthrough could potentially lead to the development of a new class of drugs in less than two years. The promise of a new treatment comes after in Burkina Faso proved that Ivermectin, a conventional drug used for parasitic diseases including river blindness and elephantiasis, reduced transmission rates. The medication worked by making the blood of people who were repeatedly vaccinated studies conducted by the World Health Organization …

Robert Mugabe, former Zimbabwe president, dies aged 95

Final years in power were characterised by financial collapse, violent intimidation and vicious power struggle Robert Mugabe, the deeply divisive former president of Zimbabwe, was declared a national hero by the ruling Zanu-PF party on Friday, as preparations for his funeral got under way in the nation he ruled with an iron first for almost 40 years. The death of the former president on Thursday night in a clinic in Singapore marks the definitive end of an era in the former British colony. Mugabe, who died aged 95, ruled Zimbabwe for close to four decades prompted widespread rejoicing. On Friday Mnangagwa thanked former first lady Grace Mugabe for standing by her husband until the end. Grace Mugabe an extraordinary press …

Ebola: second death confirmed in Goma

World Health Organization confirms a second person has died of the disease in a major transit hub in Democratic Republic of Congo A second death linked to the Ebola virus has been confirmed in the densely populated city of Goma, located at the Democratic Republic of Congos porous border with Rwanda. The first case of Ebola in Goma an evangelical preacher contributed to the World Health Organization decision to declare the Ebola crisis in DRC an Olly Ilunga resigned in protest against the countrys handling of the Ebola outbreak. Ilunga said international agencies were pressuring his government to allow the testing of a new vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson. The row over the vaccine trials began after Ilunga banned …

Are motorcycle taxis making the Ebola crisis worse?

Butembo is a huge regional hub for traders, and relies on taxi-motos to keep running but those bikes could be spreading the disease Swarms of motorcycle taxis overloaded with passengers and goods weave their way through traffic in the eastern Congolese city of Butembo. Motorbikes far outnumber four-wheeled vehicles on the dusty roads of the regional trading hub, especially downtown, where drivers laden with cargo carve their way through crowded street markets. Ebola epidemic rampaging through North Kivu and Ituri provinces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A crowded market in the city of Butembo. The effort to stamp out this Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo already the second largest in recorded history is going poorly, as front-line health …

State projects leave tens of thousands of lives in the balance in Ethiopia study

Giant dam and irrigated sugar plantations mean people in lower Omo valley face starvation and conflict, says US thinktank A giant dam and irrigated sugar plantations are wreaking havoc in southern Ethiopia and threaten to wipe out tens of thousands of indigenous peoples , a US-based thinktank has claimed. The Gibe III, Africas tallest dam. Since late 2015, the dam has stopped the rivers annual flood, a natural event that the valleys inhabitants have relied upon for centuries for farming. As a result, entire communities have been tipped into destitution. Responding to the report, Seleshi Bekele, Ethiopias minister of water, irrigation and electricity , said that while the government accepts there are problems, the points raised in the paper are …

French hostage says ordeal in Burkina Faso was ‘hell’

Paris (CNN)A French hostage, freed in Burkina Faso on Thursday during on overnight rescue in which two soldiers were killed, has described the experience as “hell.” “Our thoughts are for the families of the soldiers and the soldiers who lost their life to free us from this hell,” he added, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV. Lassimouillas and his compatriot, Patrick Picque, will travel to Paris on Saturday to receive a full health examination, before meeting President Emmanuel Macron. The pair were kidnapped on May 1 while in the neighboring West African country of Benin, according to the Elysee. Their safari guide was found dead in Pendjari National Park and their vehicle was burned, Reuters reported. Four terrorists were killed in …

The old men vying to lead Africa’s youngest population

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)On first look, not much separates the two front-runners contesting Nigeria’s presidential election. Both are men in their 70s with previous experience of high-level politics. Both are from the same ethnic group. And both are Muslims from the north of the country. Abubakar, who served as vice president from 1999 to 2007, is a staunch capitalist who made his fortune investing in various sectors in the country. Regardless of who the electorate picks — and there are 70 more candidates to choose from — the outcome will dramatically shape the fortunes of Nigeria’s more than 190 million people. The vote comes at a critical time for the country’s economy, a lynchpin of the region. The recent oil price …