Rosa, a 35-year-old ex-miner’s widow and mother of three has been breastfeeding her six-month-old baby despite suffering from Multi Drug Resistant-Tuberculosis (MDR-TB). “I cannot stop breastfeeding my baby, my mother-in-law forbids me,” says Rosa. Change agents who live in the community in Swaziland visited Rosa’s homestead to persuade her to change living environment with her children and seek medical attention. It took a couple of visits to Rosa’s mother-in-law for them to agree for the children to be isolated.
The aromatic odor of blue gum trees welcomes you as you make your way around Kinangop constituency. Located east of the grandiose Aberdare ranges, the two-hour drive from Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, provides a sweeping view of rolling hills, ridges, valleys and well-terraced farms.
“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.