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Eyewitness testimony from the heart of Guinea's Ebola outbreak

 
For the first time in its history, Guinea has been struck by a sudden outbreak of the virulent Ebola virus. So far, the disease has spread to several prefectures in the south including the city of Gueckedou, one of the country’s worst-hit areas. Our Observer there says that due to a lack of information, people haven’t taken on board the severity of the epidemic. Read more...
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Young Tunisian doctors protest bill mandating work at regional hospitals

 
For the past week, thousands of young Tunisian doctors have been protesting against a bill that would mandate a three-year term in regional hospitals once they have completed their specialisation. While the government argues the move is necessary, doctors say the legislation is misguided. Read more...
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Tibet’s 'herbal viagra', worth its weight in gold

Some people will do anything to improve their sex lives. This includes, apparently, paying hundreds of euros for a handful of fungus-encrusted Tibetan worms. Read more…

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West Africa's “traditional healers” – life savers or charlatans?

Megaphone in one hand, magic potions in the other, Congo's "traditional practitioners" walk the city streets in search of the sick and wounded. While the most they've got is a first-aid certificate, they sell themselves as doctors who can cure problems modern medicine can't. Read more...

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"Obama the African witch doctor"

This image was sent to fellow anti-health reform campaigners by Florida neurosurgeon Dr. David McKalip. So why, if their argument draws on such crass resources, are anti-reformers succeeding in their attempt to stop Obama from implementing a comprehensive health plan in the US? Read more...

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Master Kipoy will see to your haemorrhoids now...

We've all been handed a leaflet at the metro exit promising that a visit to the African witch doctor will cure you of any kind of cancer or bring your wife back. Our Observer in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, tells us about these mini miracles in his homeland. Read more...

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