COVID-19: Lockdown is Trapping 80m Women and Girls with Abusers

BY Lolo Cynthia Ihesie As cities observe a total lockdown in Nigeria to curb the spread of coronavirus, cases of rape and sexual assault are spiking, with about 80 million women and girls trapped with abusers. For too many, the home has become a battlefield for girls and women subjected to gender-based violence. As part …

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Better Customise Coronavirus Solutions

BY Damaris Muhia When the first case of the novel coronavirus was reported in Wuhan, China, nobody predicted its globally disruptive nature. But in just four months, Covid-19 has paralysed business, government, academia and, of course, health systems. The world has truly changed with messages like the following inundating the airwaves and social media: stay …

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This Doctor’s App Is Helping Libya Triage Its Coronavirus Patients

BY Andrew Wight Libyan doctor-turned-tech-CEO Mohamed Aburawi helped develop a telehealth platform so doctors who had left their countries could treat patients back home– now it’s being used to help triage cases in Libya’s fight against COVID-19. Aburawi grew up in Libya, studied medicine and did a surgical internship in Egypt before securing in 2015 …

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Can You Deny My Lived Experience of FGM?

BY MASOOMA RANALVI — World leaders have pledged to end the practice of female genital mutilation by 2030.  But, according to the United Nations, over four million girls are still subjected to FGM every year.  And many more are going uncounted.  A new global report looks at 60 countries where FGM is practiced and may be widespread.  But it …

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A Wake-Up Call for Healthier Design

BY Etta Madete — Africa bears more than 24 percent of the global burden of disease, but has access to only 3 percent of its health workers and less than 1 percent of the world’s financial resources, according to the United Nations. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports [PDF] Africa has one doctor for every 5,000 people while a …

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