What South Africa’s Teachers Brought to the Virtual Classroom

BY Mmaki Jantjies — While celebrating this year’s World Teachers Day, we should recognise how the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the key role that teachers already play in South Africa’s schools. Before the pandemic, many teachers in the country had not received substantive formal technology training, either to support blended teaching and learning or to fully apply online learning. …

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Hepatitis is Still a Silent Killer in Africa and Elsewhere

BY Danjuma Adda — The Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded this week to three researchers who discovered the virus that causes hepatitis C. According to the announcement, “For the first time in history, the disease can now be cured, raising hopes of eradicating hepatitis C virus from the world population.” New blood tests and …

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Overcoming the COVID 19 Disruption to Essential Health Services

BY: Anatole Manzi — It is clear that COVID-19 will persist much longer than anticipated. If countries do not take action soon to ensure the continuity of essential health services during the pandemic, the future death toll from communicable and noncommunicable diseases will be unacceptably high. KIGALI – Health-care delivery in nearly every country has …

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Africa: Essential Women’s Health Services at Risk Amid Covid-19

By John Lazame Tindanbil

The COVID-19 pandemic is setting back important progress on women’s health across Africa. There are many reasons for this, including lockdown restrictions which are keeping women at home, concerns about catching the virus, and the closure of women’s health services. These problems are not simple ones, but they to be acknowledged and addressed.

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Africa Ought to Develop its Own COVID-19 Vaccine

BY: Damaris Matoke-Muhia — An effective vaccine against Covid-19 is among the best strategies to a return to normalcy. Research into a vaccine for the coronavirus commenced immediately the first case was reported in Wuhan, China, late last year. Nearly two dozen are in clinical trials and 140 others in early stages of development. But …

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