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May 19, 2017

Ebola outbreak in DRC may prompt vaccine trial

The WHO’s on it. Criticized for not responding more quickly to an Ebola outbreak in 2014, the World Health Organization is monitoring 125 patients in Democratic Republic of Congo who came in contact with Ebola over the past month, following three deaths likely caused by the disease. As the number of cases rises, the WHO awaits approval from the DRC’s government to test an unlicensed Ebola vaccine on the patients and health workers.

Nepal holds first local elections in 20 years

Votes have been cast. Results are coming in following Sunday’s local elections in Nepal – the first in two decades. For many young voters, it was their first time electing local representatives. Nearly 50,000 candidates were on the ballots.

Due to “unrest in the southern plains”, the elections were split into two phases. The remaining four provinces will vote in June.

Grandmothers become breadwinners in South Africa

Home is where Grandma is. In Eastern Cape, one of the poorest provinces in South Africa, a group of elderly women is supporting one another in their struggles to provide for their grandchildren. Their own children have gone to the city to find work, but they’re often unable to get jobs and end up depending on them as well. Living mostly off of meager state pensions, these “super grannies” grow their own vegetables to make sure they don’t run out of food.