Glenwood resident Annie Zancanella known as ‘Tanzanian Tooth Fairy’ after 5 months in African nation

By Savannah Kelley

Brushing your teeth with a stick and salt is almost impossible to imagine, but that’s exactly what kids were doing when Glenwood Springs resident Annie Zancanella arrived in Tanzania last fall.

“Most of the students didn’t own tooth brushes,” Zancanella said after her return from visiting and teaching at a school in Arusha, Tanzania.

Zancanella spent five and a half months in Africa volunteering in local schools and orphanages with the intent of working in child care, but soon discovered a bigger need. Continue reading “Glenwood resident Annie Zancanella known as ‘Tanzanian Tooth Fairy’ after 5 months in African nation”

13 American neurosurgeons land in Kisumu for a ten-day exercise

By Curtis Otieno

A team of 13 neurosurgeons from the US have landed in Kisumu, in Kenya, where they will treat locals with special health problems for ten days.The group began its services at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) where they will be handling among others, spinal fractures. Continue reading “13 American neurosurgeons land in Kisumu for a ten-day exercise”

Kenya and Tanzania face big cuts in US anti-Aids funding – Daily Nation

By Kelvin Kelley, NEW YORK,

Failure to provide essential data or to serve especially vulnerable groups will result in deep cuts in US anti-Aids funding for Kenya and Tanzania, a global development NGO said on Wednesday.

The President’s Emergency Programme for Aids Relief (Pepfar), a US initiative launched in 2003, plans to reduce spending for Kenya from 2018’s level of $505 million to $395 million in 2020. For Tanzania, Pepfar funding is set to drop from $512 million to $395 million. Continue reading “Kenya and Tanzania face big cuts in US anti-Aids funding – Daily Nation”

Wallace State nursing sends team on global health outreach with Kenya Relief

Before six students and two instructors from the Wallace State Community College Department of Nursing Education embark on a global health outreach project this week with Kenya Relief, their fellow students, faculty and staff showed their support with a special week of events.

The Kenya Kick-Off Week included presentation of research projects based on conditions the students will encounter, exhibits of African artifacts and the opportunity to write notes of encouragement and support to the students and faculty making the trip. Continue reading “Wallace State nursing sends team on global health outreach with Kenya Relief”

US nonprofit helps many blind South Sudanese to see again

A U.S.-based nonprofit is helping many blind South Sudanese see again by hiring a local doctor to perform surgeries on hundreds of patients in the Jonglei State capital Bor.

Sixty-year-old Mary Ayak Thie lost her vision about three years ago. Ayak said after the doctor removed cataracts from her eyes, her vision returned.

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Bill and Melinda Gates appoint Senegalese to head foundation in Africa

Cheikh Oumar Seydi, former Regional Director of the sub-Sahara Africa office of the International Finance Corporation has been announced as the Africa Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Seydi, who hails from Senegal, will now be in charge of the foundation’s work as it seeks to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in many African countries. Read more from source Continue reading Bill and Melinda Gates appoint Senegalese to head foundation in Africa

President Kagame and Bill Gates: Every vaccine is a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the African economy

By Paul Kagame and Bill Gates

According to United Nations projections, by the end of this century, Africa will be home to one of every three people on the planet and to five of the world’s 10 largest cities, including the largest — Lagos, Nigeria.

President Paul Kagame

Bill Gates

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