Wunago -- Your guide to Wheelchair Accessible Travel -- www.wunago.com

Contrary to rumor, Wunago is not an ancient tribe of wheelchair warriors. The name "Wunago" comes from a desire many people with disabilities have. They "want to go" places and see new things and experience everything life has to offer. Based on his personal travel experiences,l LorenlWorthingtonlrecognized that travel is far less stressful if you have a clear understanding of what type of accessibility lies ahead. More over, when you hear about a great place to visit that offers a wheelchair-friendly environment, you have a tendency to go explore.

Travel here.

September 20, 2004 in accessability, africa, alaska, ecuador, symptom management, Travel, treatment | Permalink | Comments (0)

New law hits MS patients

Multiple Sclerosis South Africa (MSSA) is gearing up for a fight with the health department and medical aid schemes over health benefits for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.
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In a statement released on Thursday, MSSA said since new laws regulating chronic medicine came into effect early this year, MS patients had had their medical aid benefits cut.

Under the new legislation three cancer drugs were prescribed to treat MS instead of Interferon Beta.

The cancer treatments Methotrexate, Cyclophosphamide and Azathioprine could have such severe toxic effects on a person that its use was allowed only once in a lifetime.

More here.

September 3, 2004 in africa, politics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wild Dog Urine May Be Used as "Fences" in Africa

Hey, this really is a picture of a wild dog in Botswana, I'm just a crappy photographerThe African wild dog (Lycaon pictus), listed as endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), is in serious trouble, largely because its instinct to roam widely keeps bringing it into lethal contact with humans. Now researchers are hoping to keep the dog from wandering where they are not wanted by using wild dog urine samples. The urine scent marks would be used in the same way the dogs use urine to demarcate their territory.

Demarcate here.

And yes, that blur on the picture is a wild dog in Botswana, taken in 2001 on our "No Brains, No Money" Wild Dog Tour. What does wild dog urine have to do with anything? Beats me, I just think wild dogs are cool.

March 23, 2004 in africa, animals, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Happy Birthday Bob

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President Robert Mugabe, one of Africa's most combative and enduring rulers, shows no sign of mellowing with age as he turns 80 on Saturday.

Once hailed as one of the continent's great statesmen for his attempts to reconcile blacks and whites after more than a decade of fighting, he has since been condemned as a tyrant for rekindling racial hatreds and sacrificing his country's economy in a bid to cling to power.

More here.

Visit Bob online

February 21, 2004 in africa | Permalink | Comments (0)

Swazi Friends

swazi.JPGThis beautiful Swazi family guided us to see some 'ancient' rock art. We gave the kids their first ride in a car. The area surrounding their house had recently been planted with pine trees in an attempt to create a forest. As far as we could tell half the country is tree farms and half is sugar cane, that doesn't leave much room for all the kings wives. The smoke from the pulp and cane mills was terrible.

I wonder where these children are today?

Here's more, mostly disturbing, news from Swaziland.
And don't miss The Times of Swaziland.

February 19, 2004 in africa | Permalink | Comments (0)

Swaziland gripped by double tragedy

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In Swaziland a third of the people are HIV positive and by the end of the year one in five will be dependant on food aid to survive.

There is a huge and growing problem of children orphaned by Aids who have no one to feed them or care for them.

More here.

February 19, 2004 in africa | Permalink | Comments (0)

Is Peace Breaking Out across Africa?

As the new year begins, Africa--so often besieged by wars--is seeing a period of growing peace. For the first time in five years, no major wars are roiling the continent, even if low-level conflicts still smolder.

more here.

January 3, 2004 in africa | Permalink | Comments (0)

Elephant Population Increases

THE number of elephants in Botswana bulged in the last year by six percent an international environmental watchdog, IUCN said last night. According to the 2002 report, out of the 660 000 elephants recorded on the continent the majority of them were in the southern African region.

Read more here.

Elephants in Botswana

December 10, 2003 in africa, animals, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

MS in Zimbabwe

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While traveling in Zimbabwe we bought some craft items from a store that sold things made by "cripples". They had never heard of MS. I just found this PDF File
on MS in Zimbabwe.

Or read news from Zimbabwe.

December 8, 2003 in africa, research, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Having a laugh in Ethiopia

An Ethiopian man has broken his own unofficial world record for laughing non-stop.

"Belachew thinks laughing is very therapeutic and in a country where 13 million people need food aid there is not always much to laugh about.

"We are living full of stress... Natural disasters, economical, political, social problems... My aim is to minimise this stress. Please let us communicate by smiling," he said.

"Our slogan is 'laughter, love, peace for all human beings'." "

Guffaw here.

Hear here.

November 4, 2003 in africa, humor, stress | Permalink | Comments (0)