“I long for the day my country will be stable, i wish for peace, stability, I wish for the day children and their parents and grandparents can come out to the streets to sing and dance without fear of the militia or army beating and killing us,” says John, albeit in a pensive tone of voice.
The 21st century has been a challenging one in the fight against communicable and infectious diseases. According to the WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2015, Tuberculosis is now the number one infectious killer, the study revealed that TB is causing more deaths than HIV. Southern Africa has the highest TB incidence rates in the world, averaging at 591/100,000 compared to the global average of 126/100,000. Seven out of the sixteen high burden countries in the world are in East and southern Africa.
Fiji – IOM teams in Fiji are reaching remote communities hardest-hit by last month’s massive typhoon. Shelter was identified as a priority sector by the Fijian Government and partners in the post-cyclone recovery efforts, and IOM responded by bringing in over 80 metric tonnes of shelter materials and other essential items, which are now being delivered.
Fiji - At 6.00am the cargo freight plane appeared on the horizon of first light. There were whoops and cheers all round. In a matter of minutes this tangible excitement soon dissolved as serious discussions about unloading and transport ensued.
Niger - Francoise was convinced that she would have a better life if she had been in North Africa or Europe. She soon realized the reality was otherwise.
“I wanted to see Morocco and Algeria but it was all lies,” says Francoise, 32, from Cameroon.