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Africa CDC and Mastercard Foundation partner to deliver 1 million test kits, deploy 10,000 community health workers for COVID-19 response. [PHOTO CREDIT: AllAfrica]

Great news on COVID-19 treatment – but not good enough yet

By Tami Hultman A low-cost steroid dexamethasone can save the lives of one in eight severely ill patients on ventilators being treated for COVID-19 and of one in 25 patients who are receiving supplemental oxygen. That's according to Oxford University researchers Peter Horby and Martin Landray, who are conducting treatment…

African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights President Justice Slyvain Ore (centre) during a training for senior editors and journalists at Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha on September 8, 2016. [CREDIT: Lucas Barasa/The Nation Media Group]

Africa’s Court of Human Rights On the Brink of Collapse

By Philipp Sandner Civil society rejoiced when the Tanzania-based African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights was established in 1998. But the dream for justice within the continent risks falling apart as member states neglect the court. Tanzania, Benin, Ivory Coast -- within six months, three African nations have revoked…

Association of Black American Ambassadors

Africa: ‘I Cannot Breathe’ – 60 Black Former U.S. Ambassadors Condemn Ongoing Injustice

"I can't breathe!" These words, repeated for over eight minutes by George Floyd as a Minneapolis police officer's knee bore down on his neck to the point of death, have become an angry protest cry for many in America. The Association of Black American Ambassadors (ABAA) joins the nation and…

Every 40 seconds, someone, somewhere in the world, dies by suicide. On World #MentalHealth Day, @WHO is calling for 40 seconds of action to prevent suicide.

How African countries’ anti-suicide laws support the opposite

By Chiwoza Bandawe Africa may have driven out colonial occupiers generations ago, but some of the laws they passed remain stubbornly in place. For instance, in at least eight African countries like Malawi, Nigeria, and Kenya, attempting to commit suicide is against the law. The problem is, people do not…

Women sorting through plastic waste at the Vicfold 'Recycling Park' located a stone's throw from the University of Ilorin waste dump site and landfill. Women play a major role in the Vicfold Recyclers plastic waste sourcing, collection and preparation system. Most of the women are unemployed and come from outside the university community. Photo: AllAfrica

Entrepreneurial Couple Turn Plastic Waste into Brighter Futures

In this capital city of Nigeria's Kwara state, plastic waste litters the streets and piles up in open-air dump sites. If it isn't burned, releasing toxic smoke, much of it clogs gutters and waterways, leading to flooding and the displacement of people when the rains start. And like plastics around…

United State President Donald Trump addresses a coronavirus update briefing on April 22, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.

Coronavirus: Experts caution against injecting disinfectant after Trump statement

Cape Town — United States President Donald Trump has suggested that people could receive injections of disinfectant to cure the coronavirus. The Guardian reports that at the April 23 White House coronavirus task force briefing, Trump discussed new government research on how the virus reacts to different temperatures, climates and…

Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH]). [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian Nigeria]

Nigeria, three other African countries ‘particularly vulnerable’ to COVID-19 – Report

Cape Town — South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Sudan are particularly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19, says a new survey of factors contributing to the risks which the pandemic poses to African nations. The seven countries of Cameroon, Ethiopia, Chad, Somalia, Uganda, Egypt and the…

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros visited the DR Congo to assess the response to the Ebola outbreak

Buhari, other African leaders stand with WHO chief after Trump attack

Cape Town — African leaders are coming out in defence of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus after US President Donald Trump attacked the organisation for being "China-centric" and "mishandling" the novel coronavirus outbreak. Trump was quoted as saying: 'We're going to put a hold…

Faith Osamaye, a Youth Corps member is one of the young scientists working at the NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory as Nigeria responds for the outbreak of COVID-19. Photo: Nigeria Health Watch

Four ways Nigeria can reduce importing COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages globally, the African continent has not been severely affected. Overall, Africa – a continent of 1.2 billion people – has reported 9,310 cases. Looking at Nigeria, despite being the most populated country in Africa, it has just reported 232 cases, 5 deaths and discharged 32.…

17-year-old Makenna Muigai. [PHOTO CREDIT: AllAfrica]

How scramble for resources fuels conflict across Africa

By David Njagi Nairobi — She may not be from central Africa, but 17-year-old Makenna Muigai would like African leaders to rally their political muscle to save the endangered Congo Basin - for a good reason. As the world's second largest rain forest supports over 80 million people in the…

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How Climate Change contributes to insecurity in Nigeria, other African countries

Cape Town — In this allAfrica explainer we delve into the relationship between climate change and conflict on the continent Levels of poverty, economic opportunities, and unemployment are key factors increasing the likelihood of conflict, and there is strong agreement that climate change is a major driver of violent conflict,…

Province of Cabo Delgado

How gunmen burned down college in Mozambique

Cape Town — Unknown gunmen have attacked six communities and torched a teacher-training college in Quissanga district, in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, in the space of less than a week, a development that marks an escalation in attacks on the gas-rich province. Unidentified fighters emerged in 2017,…

Photo: Staff Sgt. Alex Echols / 435th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members practice vehicle procedures during an Improvised Explosive Devices Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019.

U.S. military in Nigeria, other African countries under spotlight

By Tami Hultman and Reed Kramer Washington, DC — Amid rising attacks by Islamic supremacists, the American military presence in Africa has come under scrutiny in U.S. policy circles, as well as among African analysts. Some two-thirds of the approximately 6,000 U.S. troops in Africa are stationed at Camp Lemonnier…

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South Africa boycotts 2020 Futsal over Morocco’s Occupation of Western Sahara

Cape Town — The South African Football Association (SAFA) has announced its decision to withdraw the national team from the 2020 Africa Futsal Cup of Nations to be hosted in Morocco. The national administrative governing body confirmed that it reached its decision after "Morocco insisted on hosting the tournament in…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

Human Rights Violations and Violence: Nigeria, Somalia, other African hotspots

Cape Town — Eleven African nations are highlighted in a major annual report on human rights as places where violations of citizens' rights were accompanied by insurgencies, domestic conflict or inter-communal violence in 2019. The nations named in the 2020 World Report of the New-York based rights group, Human Rights…

Tuberculosis treatment. (Photo: Jelle Krings/MSF)

Cost of treatment drug for Tuberculosis slashed 70%

A French pharmaceutical giant has slashed the price of a critically important antibiotic used to prevent tuberculosis, giving new hope of beating the disease to millions of people - including hundreds of thousands living with HIV. The cost of the drug, rifapentine, will be cut from U.S. $45 to $15…

Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth (file photo). (Photo: Pradeep.Ramgoolam/Wikimedia Commons)

Incumbent Mauritius PM Wins Five-Year election mandate

The ruling Militant Socialist Movement (MSM) has won more than half of the seats in parliament, securing incumbent Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth a five-year term, Reuters reports. According to the report, Jugnauth's coalition won four more seats in the final allocation to hold 42 of 70 parliamentary seats following the…

Photo: GCIS/Flickr Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe briefs the media on the gazetting of the Mining Charter in 2018.

South African minister denies bribing journalists to make story about sex life disappear

South African Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe has denied bribing journalists to withhold a story about his sex life, TimesLive reports. In a story published by the Sunday World newspaper at the weekend, Mantashe was quoted as saying he paid the journalists R70,000. The journalists apparently had…

Lid of the coffin of the priest of Heryshef, Nedjemankh. (Photo: METMuseum/Wikimedia)

Stolen Gold Coffin of Ancient Egyptian Priest returned by American museum

By Melody ChirondaCape Town — The Egyptian relic is finally going home. According to BBC, the coffin was stolen and smuggled out of Egypt in 2011 and sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York by a global art trafficking network, which used fraudulent documents. The museum had purchased the…

The Constitutional Court ruled that it is illegal to spank children

Spanking children unconstitutional, South African court rules

By Andre van WykThe Constitutional Court has upheld a South Gauteng High Court ruling in 2017 to eliminate the common-law defence of reasonable chastisement when spanking a child, TimesLive reports. The court said that there are effective ways to discipline a child without needing to resort to corporal punishment. The…

Darlene Superville's corrected tweet. [Photo: Photo: @dsupervilleap/Twitter]

South Africa: White House Reporter Now Knows Who South Africa’s President Is

The United States reporter who called South African president Cyril Ramaphosa an "unidentified leader" has corrected her mistake. About 12 hours after she was taken to task by South Africans on Twitter, Darlene Superville - who is the White House reporter for Associated Press - tweeted the same picture with…

The August-20 Stadium in Algiers.. Photo: Aziouez/Wikimedia Commons

Algeria’s culture minister resigns after fatal stampede at rap concert

Cape Town — Algeria's culture minister has resigned after the deaths of five young music fans in a stampede at a rap concert, the BBC reports. Meriem Merdaci's resignation follows public outrage over Thursday's stampede in Algiers. Arab News reports that Merdaci handed her resignation to interim president Abdelkader Bensalah,…

Ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in court on August 19, 2019. [Photo: Photo: France24/YouTube]

Sudan’s ousted president Bashir ‘got millions from Saudi royals’

Sudan's ousted president Omar Hassan al-Bashir says he received millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, a police detective told a Khartoum court on Monday, Reuters reports. AFP reports that the former president, who was forced from power by months of protests in April, sat in a metal cage wearing a traditional white…

Caster Semenya at the Meeting de Paris on June 30, 2018.

Caster Semenya to miss World Championships

Cape Town — South African athlete Caster Semenya will not be able to defend her 800m crown at the world championships in Doha later this year. TimesLive reports that a Swiss judge has reversed a ruling that had temporarily suspended her ban. The Swiss Federal Supreme Court had previously suspended…

Google Maps Nigeria

Nigerians can now get Google directions in local accent

Cape Town — We all know Nigerians are proud of their unique accent. So technology giant Google has given Nigerian drivers an option to hear travel advice in a local voice when they use Google Maps. The new feature with the local accent is also available on Google Assistant. Before…