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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MEET FRANK DARKO, INVENTOR OF THE FLOATING BICYCLE

Frank Darko is a young Graphic Design student of the Takoradi Technical University who hails from Takoradi. He would have been in his final year had he not deferred his course for personal reasons. The remarkable young man has pursued his passion in science and technology and invented the Floating Bicycle. After witnessing the devastating effects of flooding in his hometown, especially how school children become stranded and cannot cross the rivers through conventional boats to get to school,…

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FROM THE FIELD: The goats helping Zambians to reach economic independence

In Zambia, where the climate crisis is making it increasingly difficult to earn a living, goat-rearing is being seen as a possible route to a better livelihood, and economic resilience. When Sylvia Chiinda’s husband died, she was left to raise seven children on her own. As extreme weather hit more frequently, her farm became less productive, forcing her to look for other ways to make money. Help came in the form of a UN-backed project which is supporting vulnerable…

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Ghana’s Karaga District Hospital records zero maternal deaths in 2020

Ghana’s Karaga District Hospital has for the first time in ten years last year recorded zero maternal deaths. This achievement has been attributed to the hardworking and dedicated staff of the hospital amidst challenges and the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. At the 2020 Annual Performance Review of the hospital at Karaga, the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Barihama Adam expressed gratitude to the midwives and called for the support of all to continue to provide quality health care to…

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Ethiopian launches country’s first Braille newspaper

A young Ethiopian journalist has produced and distributed the country’s first Braille newspaper. Braille is a system allowing visually impaired people to read by using raised dots to represent letters that are felt by the fingertips. Fiyori Tewolde had been working for the state-controlled Addis Zemen newspaper when she decided to switch her attention to providing a service for blind readers. “There are around four million Ethiopians with a visual impairment and I noticed that they didn’t have access…

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‘Momentous milestone’ as Africa eradicates wild poliovirus

The independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for Polio Eradication officially declared that the 47 countries in the UN World Health Organization (WHO) African Region are free of the virus, with no cases reported for four years. “This is a momentous milestone for Africa. Now future generations of African children can live free of wild polio,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. Polio is a viral disease that can cause paralysis, and mainly affects children under…

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Real Life Heroes: on a journey towards quality healthcare

In the remote Lamu region, on the northeast coast of Kenya, quality healthcare is hard to come by. Every month, medical staff from Safari Doctors, an NGO founded by Umra Omar, set sail on a boat filled with medicines, to provide free basic medicines to hundreds of marginalized inhabitants in several coastal villages. Despite insecurity near the border with Somalia, and the threats associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Safari Doctors, which has won several commendations, including a UN award,…

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Black medical student creates handbook to show how symptoms of disease appear on darker skin

A black medical student has created a handbook for future doctors to help them recognise conditions on darker skin after only being taught how to diagnose white patients. Malone Mukwende, a second year student at St George’s, University of London, wrote Mind the Gap, to help other medics recognise potentially life-threatening diseases on BAME people.                      The book contains side-by-side images showing how illnesses appear on light and dark skin, as…

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SUDAN BANS FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, UNICEF VOWS TO HELP SUPPORT NEW LAW

The United Nations Childen’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomed the landmark move by Sudan’s transitional government this week to criminalize female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), with a three-year jail sentence for offenders. “This practice is not only a violation of every girl child’s rights, it is harmful and has serious consequences for a girl’s physical and mental health,” said Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF Representative in Sudan. Sometimes called female circumcision, the traditional practice involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for no medical…

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