Tanzanian president backs official who beat students with a stick

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Tanzanian president John Magufuli on Friday backed an official who sparked outrage and violated the country’s rules by beating more than a dozen students with a stick, and Magufuli urged parents and school teachers to do the same to build a disciplined nation. “I congratulated the regional commissioner

Tanzania denies hiding information on suspected Ebola cases

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Tanzania denied on Thursday it was withholding information from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on suspected cases of Ebola, saying it was not hiding any outbreak of the deadly disease in the country. “Ebola is known as a fast-spreading disease, whose impact can be felt globally. This is

U.S. travel warning adds to pressure on Tanzania over suspected Ebola cases

DAR ES SALAAM, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The United States has warned its citizens to take extra care when visiting Tanzania amid concerns over Ebola, adding to calls for the East African country to share information about suspected cases of the deadly disease there. U.S. travellers should “exercise increased caution”, the State Department said on

Plenty more fish in the sea? Not for the poor and hungry, researchers say

ROME, Sept 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Swapping fish for meat to help combat climate change risks exacerbating hunger in Africa, from where fish is increasingly exported to wealthy nations instead of providing key vitamins to malnourished local people, experts warned on Wednesday. Some consumers in rich countries are shunning meat in favour of other

Tanzania tells WHO it has no Ebola cases – statement

NAIROBI, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Tanzania has formally told the World Health Organization (WHO) that it has no cases of Ebola after a woman died there earlier this month from an unknown illness following Ebola-like symptoms, the organisation said on Wednesday. “This followed earlier rumours of the death of one person and illness in a

If marathons weren’t hard enough already: strap a tree to your back

NAIROBI (Reuters) – This Sunday in South Africa, an accountant, an entrepreneur and a boxing executive are among 20 friends running the Cape Town marathon – with saplings strapped to their backs. The group are promoting the planting of native trees amid a nationwide push to replace invasive species with indigenous one to cope with

Tanzania’s Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers

* For photo essay see reut.rs/2m8LPgT By Nicky Woo ZANZIBAR CITY, Tanzania, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Zanzibar’s traditional healers with their toolkits of herbs, holy scriptures and massages are being registered by authorities keen to regulate the practitioners who treat everything from depression to hernias. About 340 healers have been registered since Zanzibar, a region

WHO investigating death in Tanzania due to unknown illness

NAIROBI, Sept 13 (Reuters) – A woman whose death in Tanzania is being investigated by the World Health Organization probably did not have Ebola, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. There is increased vigilance across the region because of an outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of

FEATURE -Vigilantes join forces to stop Kenyan families losing donkeys to China

NAIVASHA, Kenya, Sept 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – K enyan families left destitute by the theft and slaughter of thousands of donkeys by criminal networks supplying skins for Chinese medicine are hitting back – with vigilante gangs. Over the past three years Kenya has become the epicentre of a fast-growing industry in Africa to supply

UPDATE 3-Ebola death toll in east Congo outbreak climbs above 2,000

* Death toll tops 2,000; confirmed & probable cases above 3,000 * Teams struggling to curb virus in remote, conflict-hit areas * Congo girl dies in neighbouring Uganda * Community mistrust also a problem for health workers * here (Adds data on infection rate, quote, background) By Djaffar Al Katanty and Aaron Ross GOMA, Democratic