The crisis in Sudan and turmoil in other parts of the Africa region have sent thousands of refugees fleeing their homelands in the hope of finding better lives for themselves and their children. Many are fleeing to Egypt, where Edward Yeranian reports the influx is causing a strain on resources.
Abortion is legal in South Africa for up to 20 weeks into a pregnancy, and is provided for free at government-run clinics. However, getting a safe, legal abortion is a challenge. Many women face harsh stigma for seeking them, or resistance from health workers who oppose abortion. As a result, more than half of all South African abortions end up being performed by unlicensed, backstreet providers. VOA's Anita Powell reports from the area.
Efforts to control the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak are hitting a roadblock, says Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The medical charity group says security forces and a climate of community mistrust are hampering efforts to combat the outbreak. Meanwhile the country of Madagascar is struggling to curb a measles outbreak. VOA’s Mariama Diallo reports.