Health professionals are concerned by the high rate of malaria infection in 2017. Provinces Manicaland, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central and Masvingo account for 94.7 percent of the infections. Malaria symptoms include fever, vomiting, sweating and headaches.
Uganda banned citizens from taking jobs as domestic workers in Middle Eastern countries in January 2016 after reports of sexual abuse, slavery and beatings surfaced. However, because of high rates of unemployment at home, Ugandans continued to migrate illegally for work. The government partially lifted the ban in March and maintains that increased supervision through recruitment agencies will lead to safer working conditions, but some say the measures are not enough to prevent abuse.
Warning that congregants are being abused by false prophets, Zambia has deported at least one foreign national and denied entry to another. The new Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, established in 2016 to regulate churches, says the cleanup is just beginning.
Though it’s not a criminal offense to be gay in Zimbabwe, many in the LGBT community there face discrimination and arrest because of loose interpretations of the country’s constitution, which outlaws same-sex marriages. LGBT advocates have reported arrests without charges, but government officials say the law is consistent with the country’s culture.
Mt. Nyiragongo, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is one of the most dangerous volcanos in the world. Its eruption in 2002 left more than 100 dead and more than 100,000 homeless in the city of Goma. Fifteen years later, Goma continues to grow and rebuild – even as the looming volcano rumbles over the city.