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OBITUARY: Rebecca Masika Katsuva

OBITUARY: Rebecca Masika Katsuva

The Congolese human rights campaigner Rebecca Masika Katsuva, who has died suddenly aged 49, of malaria and high blood pressure, was known affectionately to many as “Mama Masika”. Attacked and raped during the wars that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo, she went on to campaign against rape as a weapon of war, and set […]

Why tackling the stigma around menstruation is key to gender equality

Why tackling the stigma around menstruation is key to gender equality

On any given day, more than 800 million women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 are menstruating worldwide. That’s right, I said it:menstruating. For me, being on my period can be a minor nuisance: uncomfortable, yes, but something I understand, expect, and can manage safely, hygienically and easily. Unlike millions of girls […]

One year after, multi-billion naira Lagos cardiac, renal facilities pack up

One year after, multi-billion naira Lagos cardiac, renal facilities pack up

Revelations have emerged that the mutli-billion naira Cardiac, Renal Centre within the premises of the Gbagada General Hospital in Lagos, western Nigeria, has packed up almost a year after it was commissioned by former Governor Babatunde Fashola. In March 2015, the former governor had commissioned the centre, one of which was expected to attract revenue […]

4 Mind Tricks to Try When Anxiety Strikes

4 Mind Tricks to Try When Anxiety Strikes

I like a good inspirational quote. Pair it with a well-filtered shot of snowcapped mountains and I’m your newest Instagram follower. I particularly like quotes pertaining to conquering fear because that’s been a serious impediment for me. FDR’s “You have nothing to fear but fear itself” quote still ranks among my favorites to revisit and […]

Eating your placenta – is it healthy or just weird?

Eating your placenta – is it healthy or just weird?

According to one cookbook on the subject, you can mix your raw placenta with yoghurt and fruit in a blender and make a smoothie. Or add it to ground beef in a lasagna recipe. Or make chocolate truffles out of it. Dice it, slice it, sauté it with onions, dehydrate it and grind it up […]

World Cancer Day – Experts Call for More Action

World Cancer Day – Experts Call for More Action

While Rwanda joins the rest of the world to mark World Cancer Day, today, experts are calling on the public to enhance prevention strategies to control the disease. Experts pointed out that cancer remains a big challenge especially in the developing countries. In his message for the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said in a […]

Have scientists found a way to stop breast cancer spreading?

Have scientists found a way to stop breast cancer spreading?

Scientists have discovered a protein that stops breast cancer from spreading, offering hope for millions of women worldwide. When tumour cells spread, they first enter the blood stream and grip onto the inner walls of blood vessels. Now, a study has revealed cancer cells control a receptor protein called EPHA2 in order to push their […]

The facts you should know about female genital mutilation – video

The facts you should know about female genital mutilation – video

As the world marks International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UNICEF figures reveal that 70 million more women than previously thought have been cut. The UK’s leading FGM consultant Dr Comfort Momoh MBE explains what FGM is and its consequences.  

Woman pulled alive from rubble two days after Taiwan quake

Woman pulled alive from rubble two days after Taiwan quake

A woman was pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed building in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan on Monday and another man has been found alive trapped inside more than 48 hours after a deadly earthquake struck, officials said. The death toll from the quake rose to 35 earlier on Monday, with more […]

Medical experts seek help to curb mother-to-child spread of HIV/AIDS

Medical experts seek help to curb mother-to-child spread of HIV/AIDS

THE vision of halting the spread of HIV/AIDS to the next generation of Nigerians can only be realised if the Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of the ailment is given utmost attention by governments at all levels. This was stated by medical experts yesterday at the 16 local councils of Taraba State when they hosted […]