Top Africa stories: Shortages force men in Kenya to 'use recycled condoms', Mozambique jihadists

2018-12-05 08:00

Condom shortage forces men in Kenyan small town to 'use recycled condoms' – report

Condom shortage in a Kenyan town has reportedly forced residents to recycle used condoms, as they try to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases.

According to Daily Nation, Archer Post, a small town that splits Isiolo and Samburu counties, is popular with local and international tourists, and has over the years, experienced a spike in sex trade, as jobless women take up prostitution. 

Although female condoms have been available in the town for more than a decade, they are not yet popular with local residents, the report said.


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Zimbabwe doctors strike demanding better pay and conditions

Zimbabwean doctors at public hospitals went on strike for the second time this year to demand better pay and conditions, a union official said, as President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government struggles with a deteriorating economy.

The southern African nation is short of United States dollars, the currency it adopted in 2009, causing price spikes and shortages of basic goods, medicines, and fuel.

Mathabisi Bebhe, secretary general of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, which represents more than 1 000 members, said on Monday that most junior doctors at the five major hospitals had downed tools to protest over pay, allowances and drugs' shortages.


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Nigerian president Buhari says he's alive, not an impostor

Nigeria's president took the extraordinary step of denying rumours that he died and was replaced by a body double, telling the country that he is alive and well.

"It is the real me I assure you," President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday to a group of Nigerians during a visit to Poland, where he is attending the United Nations Climate Conference.

"A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health," Buhari said. "I am still going strong."

Muhammadu Buhari

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WHO: US experts not needed to fight Ebola outbreak in DRC

The head of the World Health Organisation says it doesn't need experts from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention or any other US government agency to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, insisting: "We can cover it."

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the UN health agency mostly needs the United States to continue the financial and other support it has provided.


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Mozambique anti-jihadist forces involved in rights abuses: HRW

Security forces in Mozambique waging the fight against jihadists in the country's north are guilty of "serious abuses" of human rights including summary executions, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

The group said that witness statements gathered since August proved police had carried out dozens of executions and arbitrarily detained people suspected of participating in the insurgency that has claimed dozens of lives.

"The Mozambican authorities should take immediate action to end abuses by their security forces and punish those responsible," said Dewa Mavhinga, Southern Africa director at Human Rights Watch.


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