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Increasing caesarean sections in Africa could save more mothers’ lives

2017-04-20 20:43

Many women in African countries who are medically required to have caesarean sections aren't able to access them due to weak health systems and a lack of resources, writes Salome Maswime.

How we learned that sea cows are more African than lions

2017-04-13 12:29

Sea cows (Sirenia) descended from four legged mammals that roamed Africa when this continent was isolated. They belong to the Afrotheria, the 'African beasts', writes Julien Benoit.

UN agency warns of risk of mass starvation

2017-04-12 09:00

The UN's refugee agency says the risk of mass deaths from starvation is growing in parts of east Africa, Yemen and Nigeria.

Rwanda adds to energy mix with first peat-fired power plant in Africa

2017-04-11 12:57

Rwanda is powering ahead with peat. The country hopes that the opening of two peat power plants will add to the current power mix, writes Lydia Cole

Nigerian pilot becomes first African to fly solo around the world

2017-03-31 10:07

A Nigerian born pilot for Air Djibouti Ademilola "Lola" Odujinrin has made history by becoming the first African pilot to fly solo around the world.

How to make an internet of Intelligent things work for Africa

2017-03-30 14:16

The new Internet of Things has the potential to compensate for Africa's legacies of underdevelopment, writes Martin Hall.

Peacekeeping chief expects 3 mission to close by March 2018

2017-03-24 22:00

The UN peacekeeping chief says he expects the missions in Haiti, Ivory Coast and Liberia to end by March 2018 which will save hundreds of millions of dollars

At least 250 Africans feared dead on 'Black Day' in Mediterranean

2017-03-24 12:30

Over 250 African migrants are feared drowned in the Mediterranean after a charity's rescue boat found five corpses close to two sinking rubber dinghies off Libya.

African governments urged to spend more on water safety

2017-03-22 17:52

The World Water Council says 32% of people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe drinking water.

 

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

2017-04-24 12:35

A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization has said, with 360 000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020.

How African governments use advertising as a weapon against media freedom

2017-04-19 10:08

African governments have transitioned from outright control of freedom of expression to a subtler manipulation of the press that includes withholding state advertising from commercial media outlets, writes George Ogola.

How learning empathy can help build better community projects in Africa

2017-04-12 14:51

How do you teach empathy? Can it be in a way that foregrounds ancient, indigenous knowledge and practices? Design thinking might hold the answers, writes Keneilwe Munyai,

Growing risk of 'mass' starvation deaths in Africa: UN

2017-04-11 20:21

The United Nations has warned that "the risk of mass deaths from starvation ... is growing" among people in conflict and drought-hit areas of the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria.

Brothers recount Indian mob attacks leaving Africans fearful

2017-04-01 15:26

The Amalawa brothers were at the mall when the phone rang with warnings from a friend: Hurry home, mobs of Indians are attacking Africans across the area

Can the relationship between Europe and Africa stand the test of time?

2017-03-31 06:38

Sixty years on, the European Union is facing unprecedented challenges among member states. Can its relationship with Africa survive the storm?, writes John Kotsopoulos.

Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid

2017-03-28 13:06

The world's largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just as President Donald Trump's proposed budget threatens to pull the US from its historic role as the world's top emergency donor.

116 million African children to get polio vaccines: WHO

2017-03-24 20:33

The World Health Organization says 116 million children are to receive polio vaccines in 13 countries in west and central Africa as part of efforts to eradicate the disease on the continent.

Africa has worst hunger crisis in 70 years amid budget cuts

2017-03-23 21:01

Africa faces the world's largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, with more than 20 million people facing starvation, and any cut in funding to humanitarian agencies working in famine-affected areas will cause untold suffering, says a WFP spokesperson.

WATCH: African hand-made artwork used to 'uplift communities'

2017-03-19 11:16

Shopping for African hand-made artwork and products has been made easier by a group of young technological savvy Africans who are based in Cape Town.

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