A Sculptor and Former Special Effects Artist Is Paving the Way in Prosthetics for Darker Skin Tones

For amputees of color around the world, living with a limb or body part opposite to their natural skin tone is a daily reality. Their community has been largely ignored by an international prosthetics market that caters primarily to white clients. John Amanam, a 33-year-old sculptor and former movie special effects artist from the city of Uyo in southern Nigeria, set out to change this reality three years ago, quickly becoming a pioneer in designing hyperrealistic Black prosthesis. His…

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Fighting cancer with mobile mammography van in Uganda

Many Ugandans now have a chance of survival from the early detection of breast cancer through free screening offered by a mobile mammography van. The van arrives at the doorstep of Ugandans fully equipped to freely test breast cancer in both men and women. This is an initiative of the comprehensive cancer community programme of the Uganda cancer institute. Since the project was introduced a decade ago, more than 500 breast cancer cases have been diagnosed and successfully treated….

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Democratic Republic of Congo has highest levels of hunger in world, UN says

Nowhere in the world do more people need food assistance, according to a new study by two UN agencies. More than 27 million people in the DRC — one in three of the population – are affected by what the agencies call “high acute food insecurity.” That’s up from 13 million in 2018. Seven million people are now struggling to survive “emergency levels” of food insecurity, according to the analysis by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and…

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India AstraZeneca shot delay could be ‘catastrophic’ for Africa: health official

India’s temporary hold on major exports of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 shot will undermine Africa’s vaccination plans, and could have a “catastrophic” impact if extended, the head of the continent’s disease control body said on Thursday. India decided to delay big exports of the shots made in its territory by the Serum Institute of India (SII) to make sure it could meet local demand, two sources told Reuters last week. The hold “will definitely impact our ability to continuously vaccinate people,”…

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