Archives For Africa

A traveler who recently returned to the Houston area from El Salvador has a confirmed case of Zika

Male Aedes albopictus mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria are seen before released to the wild, in Guangzhou

I was web surfing and came to be intrigued by what I read.  Here are three amazing articles for those of you that follow the matters of the brain and what research currently underway to help cure mental illness. Enjoy!

1. Director’s Blog: Lost in Translation –  on December 4, 2014

2. Director’s Blog: Best of 2014 –  on December 16, 2014

3. Director’s Blog: What Caused This to Happen? –  on January 12, 2015

Boys’ uncle faces child neglect charges


For a fleeting moment last spring, the epidemic sweeping West Africa might have been stopped. But the opportunity to control the virus, which has now caused more than 7,800 deaths, was lost.

Dr. Rick Sacra was treating pregnant women in Liberia

Generations for Christ Mission Church holds prayer service

Ebola outbreak graphic

More than 200 illegal miners are trapped in an abandoned gold shaft near Johannesburg, South Africa, local officials said Sunday.

The miners have been in the mine near Benoni Central Business District, about 30 miles outside of Johannesburg, since Saturday, South African emergency services officials said.

Paramedics and rescuers were figuring out on Sunday how to rescue the miners without collapsing the ground around them, the emergency services division said.“Numerous” rescue vehicles and lifting equipment was deployed, and workers lifted a large rock from the opening of the mine, South African emergency services reported.

Police said they were monitoring the field when they heard cries coming from the mine and discovered the 200 were trapped below layers of boulders.

Werner Vermaak of ER24 emergency services told Reuters rescuers were communicating with a group of about 30 miners trapped below the surface by fallen boulders at the old mine site in Benoni.

“They told us there are about 200 others trapped further below,” Vermaak said.”It’s an abandoned mine shaft in the middle of the public veld (open fields) … it was not a blocked-off area,” he said, adding that no injuries or casualties had been reported so far.

Emergency service crews are trying to lower water down to the miners and said paramedics will assess the miners once they are freed and provide necessary medical attention.

Illegal mining is common in South Africa, and miners often live underground in dangerous conditions in order unearth precious ore.

 Heavily armed officers present at the illegal mine in Benoni. Rescue has begun. ER24 on scene and ready.

– ER24 EMS (Pty) Ltd ® (@ER24EMS) February 16, 2014

— Rohit Kachroo and Elisha Fieldstadt