African Women, Children Pay the Highest Price to COVID-19

BY Anatole Manzi — In June in New Delhi, the husband of Neelam Kumari Gautam transported his young wife in the back of a rickshaw to eight hospitals in the span of 15 hours. Despite her cries of pain, each hospital turned them away, and Neelam died in childbirth. Covid-19 had shut the doors, taken over the hospital beds, …

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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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