African Governments Commit to Eradicating Poliovirus Type 2

African countries have committed to ending all forms of polio after cases of vaccine-derived polio increased last year, partly because of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, Africa had been declared free of the wild poliovirus, after…

Gunman Kills 3 Police Officers, Security Guard in Dar es Salaam

A heavily armed gunman fatally shot three police officers and a security guard in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, near a French embassy building. Police later killed the man, whose target and motive were not immediately clear.A gunman nea…

Mogadishu Suicide Bombing Kills 2, Injures 5

At least two people were killed and five wounded Thursday after a suicide bomber detonated a device inside a cafe in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, police and witnesses said.The suicide bomber targeted a tea shop near a crowded junction in northern Mo…

Jailed Chadian President Habre Dies in Senegal

Former Chadian president Hissene Habre, who was serving a life term in Senegal for war crimes and crimes against humanity, has died, Senegalese Justice Minister Malick Sall said Tuesday. He was 79.”Habre is in his Lord’s hands,” Sall told the televisio…

Volunteers Tackle COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in South Africa

Despite?COVID-19 vaccine being available to all South African adults, uptake remains low with just 20% of adults having received a first dose.?The Muslim Association of South Africa is one of many groups combatting vaccine hesitancy by delivering shots…

At 60, Peace Corps Plots Return to World After Virus Hiatus

More than a year after COVID-19 began sweeping the world, abruptly cutting short her Peace Corps stint, Cameron Beach is once again living in rural Malawi — this time on her own dime.The Peace Corps, a U.S. government program marking its 60th anniversa…

More Ugandans Turn Up for COVID-19 Vaccinations

KAMPALA – Uganda has resumed mass vaccinations against COVID-19 after running out of doses in June. But even with less vaccine hesitancy, essential workers say the rate of vaccination is too slow.Two health workers share a table facing a long line of U…

Uganda Lifts Some COVID-19 Restrictions

KAMPALA, UGANDA – Uganda has lifted some COVID-19 restrictions after 42 days, while others stay in place. The lockdown of schools remains until, the government says, some essential workers including health workers, security personnel, teachers, and those over 45 years old, are vaccinated. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Friday night announced the partial lifting of the […]

Facebook to Restrict Ads Targeting Teens

Facebook says it will no longer allow advertisers to target those 18 and under based on their interests and activity on other sites.The new policy, which also applies to Instagram and Facebook Messenger, still allows targeting of teens, but only based …