Will Men Respond to COVID-19’s Health Call?

BY Webster Mavhu — The latest data from New York tells us that the novel coronavirus is killing men at twice the rate of women. Death rates are higher around the world, including China, France, Italy and South Korea. Reasons for the gender disparity are unknown, although possible explanations have begun to emerge. However, whatever the underlying cause turns …

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How South Africa Can Address Digital Inequalities in e-Learning

BY Mmaki Jantjies — South Africa’s education system is complex, with historical inequalities dating back to apartheid. Most of the country’s pupils come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Language is an issue; most pupils do not speak English as a mother tongue, yet English dominates in many classrooms. And, as the COVID-19 crisis has showed, there’s a huge digital divide at play. The …

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A Pandemic-Driven Food Crisis in Africa Can Be Prevented

BY Cedric Habiyaremye — African governments need to act now to ensure small-scale farming and food supply chains remain uninterrupted. We have only just begun to see the far-ranging consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. Chief among those is the threat of a food crisis of unprecedented magnitude.  Unless measures are taken fast to …

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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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