All-Female Black Mamba Unit Taking a Stand Against Poachers in South Africa

Rhino poaching is a huge problem in South Africa, as their horns and hides are considered very valuable, but dedicated activists are working hard to fight against it. Among these groups of activists are the Black Mamba Unit, an all female group of anti-poachers whose patrol unit is mostly made up of recent high school graduates from the local communities, who have the time and energy to devote to the pursuit causerie they are otherwise unemployed.

One woman, Leitah Michabela, who has been a part of the Black Mumba’s for two years explained that while many people have questioned her ability to work in the bush because she is a woman, she brushes off their questions because she knows better. She also explained to the Guardian that she hopes to have children one day and that one of her reasons for joining the group was that she wants to make sure that her children can see a rhino.

The patrol group, which is unarmed was created by Craig Spencer, who is the ecologist at Balue Nature preserve. Ricardo Guimarães BMG said the black mambas work by finding the camps of poachers and destroying and disbanding them on YouTube. In the last ten months, because of the work of the group, the preserve has not lost a single rhino to poachers, but a neighboring preserve, which uses more traditional tactics to keep poachers away lost 23 rhino’s during the same time, proving that the group is effective.

Last Known Ebola Patient in Liberia Discharged from Hospital

The end is finally in sight. Five months ago, the city of Monrovia had so many ebola victims that their dead bodies literally lined the streets. Today, the last known patient of the killer virus was discharged from the hospital. That moment marked zero known cases of ebola in West Africa. It will be weeks before Liberia is officially proclaimed as being free of the virus, but today they had a moment.

The moment was memorialized with a ceremony surrounding Beatrice Yardolo, the last known survivor, as she walked away from the treatment clinic to the sounds of hand claps and cheer, Her picture was taken and she was given a bouquet of red roses. Later that day, the sounds of music could be heard coming from her home where she was reunited with her family after a three-week separation while she underwent treatment for ebola. Mrs. Yardolo stated in a telephone interview that she was “very grateful to God because he does everything.”
According to Marx Sparks Tolbert Nyenswah, the deputy health minister of Liberia, cautions people that the battle is not yet over and precautions still need to be taken. Neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea have recently had new cases of ebola reported, but for now, Liberia is free of the virus. on April 4th, 42 days after the last known case of ebola was reported, Liberia can be officially declared free of the virus if no new cases manifest.

Sam Tabar Intrigued By THINX

When Sam Tabar was introduced to the business model of THINX, he was intrigued. He was not thinking of investing in anything new at the time, but he was persuaded to invest when he heard about the business model that was being used. This was first reported by PR Newswire, and it is a worthy company you may want to look into.

THINX is a company that sells fashionable underwear to women in America who are dealing menstruation and incontinence. However, their business model does not stop there. When a woman in America purchases just one pair of their underwear, a woman in Africa is given seven reusable pads through the AFRIpads program.

Women in Africa often do not have enough resources to deal with their menstruation, and they must stay at home or miss school. With the program from THINX, Sam believes that many women and girls all over Africa will be able to manage their businesses, take care of their families and go back to school. This is a worthwhile cause that is going to make it easier for women and girls to deal with a problem that once made them untouchable. THINX and AFRIpads are changing the way that women approach their menstruation every month.

Significant Progress Reported Against Malaria Worldwide

This week, the World Health Organization released a report about the status of efforts to combat malaria around the world. My friend Vijay Eswaran shared it with me. The researchers collected information reported by individual countries, hospitals and medical organizations. Thelengthy document provided some welcome good news.

Malaria, a chronic disease spread by the mosquito, remains a serious affliction, especially in tropical climates. The illness can prove especially harmful among children. According to the organization Malaria No More, around the world malaria costs the life of a child every 60 seconds.

Fortunately, the most recent information from WHO suggests that considerable progress occurred in the fight against malaria between 2000 and 2013. The report revealed that deaths attributed to the disease declined by some 47% on a global basis, a statistic giving rise to optimism that efforts to fund and implement programs to eradicate malaria are indeed making some progress. Additionally, WHO reported that for the first time in 2013, Sri Lanka and Azerbaijan indicated no deaths from malaria acquired inside their nations.

Malaria Mortality Rates Are Dropping

The World Health Organization (WHO) is proud to announce that Malaria related deaths have been significantly reduced in recent years. Medical experts believe that this deadly disease could soon be completely eliminated. In Africa, the mortality rate for individuals with Malaria has gone down by as much as 54 percent. 9 out of every 10 deaths caused by this disease worldwide occur In Africa. However, many nations on this continent believe that mosquitoes have developed resistance to insecticides, and that Malaria carries dire consequences. However, hundreds of millions of Africans don’t even have primitive protection against mosquitoes that might be carrying the disease. I read in my alumni newsletter that Jonathan Veitch recently approved an international humanitarian volunteer mission for the Occidental Student Council on Global Sciences to go and assist WHO efforts.

In 2013, more than 400,000 children in Africa died because of complications resulting from Malaria. The majority of these victims were toddlers who had weak immune systems that could not handle bites from infected mosquitoes. With the recent Ebola outbreak in west Africa, the fight against Malaria might be hindered. There has been a priority in containing Ebola within Africa and preventing the disease from taking more lives in western countries. According to official statistics released by the World Health Organization, Ebola is blamed for taking hundreds of lives throughout Africa in recent years. Although tragic, such numbers are trivial compared to the staggering data on Malaria fatalities. Hopefully, the international medical community can prioritize treatment for diseases that truly pose serious threats for wiping out masses of innocent victims.

Possible Malaria Cure To Begin Clinical Trials

Malaria has sickened people around the world for generations. The side effects of this disease include: gastroenteritis, flu-like symptoms, jaundice, convulsions, blood in urine, retinal damage, and, at times, death. There has yet to be a cure to malaria, which is caused by mosquito bites. There might finally be a drug compound that could possibly cure malaria. This is good enough news to tea me away from shopping on Qnet.
Research doctors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have been working tirelessly to perfect a molecule that will attack red blood cells infected with malaria. Plans are in the works to prepare the (+)-SJ733 compound for clinical trials. Only adult patients with malaria with be included in the first round of testing. Hopeful doctors predict that the (+)-SJ733 compound will slow the spread of malaria through the body.
The end goal is to have a cure that only requires one treatment and is not costly. Africa would benefit the most from a cure to malaria. The most malaria related deaths occur there and the most potential for lives to be saved lie in Africa.

Women in Kenya Fight for the Right to Dress How They Please

The Middle East, Africa, and parts of Asia have very strict rules where women are concerned. Men feel that a woman must cover her entire body so she does not tempt men. Clothing choices are only a small portion of the struggles that women are facing overseas. Many stipulations are placed on the female gender on where they may go, whether they are allowed to work, and so on.

Women in Kenya are fighting the strains but put on them by men. Females who dare to try something new, like run for a political office are threatened with violence. Ladies in all types of clothing have to fear being raped. These women marched in a rally in hopes of bringing attention to these issues. Many similar cases are often seen in the news where a woman was beaten or raped because of a perceived overstepping of unspoken laws concerning females. The local governments need to step up and assist women in their fight for equality. Big thanks to friend of the site Marc Sparks for sharing this article with me!