Kenyan medical students learn through community outreach model

Simeon Mining, Moi University This is a time of unprecedented change in medical education globally. Medical schools, postgraduate bodies and other organisations are responding to rapid advances in medicine and changes in health care delivery. New education approaches are being adopted to exchange information. This enables the institutions to produce relevant health professionals. Kenyan medical …

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Somali sea hijacking is a warning signal

Christian Bueger, Cardiff University and Robert McCabe, Cardiff University The hijacking of an oil tanker on its way to Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, has sparked international attention. For almost five years nothing was heard from the Somali pirates. International naval patrols as well as self-defence measures and armed security guards on ships had, it seemed, solved …

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Did humans transform the Sahara from lush Eden to desert?

David K Wright, Seoul National University Once upon a time, the Sahara was green. There were vast lakes. Hippos and giraffe lived there, and large human populations of fishers foraged for food alongside the lakeshores. The “African Humid Period” or “Green Sahara” was a time between 11,000 and 4,000 years ago when significantly more rain …

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South Africa should follow Portugal to decriminalise drug use

Monique Marks, Durban University of Technology In 2015 I started joining police in the South African port city of Durban on their “drug operations”. Most of my journeys were at night. They focused mainly on the policing of street level drug users. The brief of the police was to increase arrests for drug possession, drug …

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Cholera – African countries fail to do even the basics

Samuel Kariuki, Kenya Medical Research Institute There have been a spate of cholera outbreaks in a number of sub-Saharan countries including South Sudan, Mozambique and Malawi. Cholera can move from one country to another, killing hundreds of people in its wake. The Conversation Africa’s Health and Medicine Editor Joy Wanja Muraya spoke to Sam Kariuki …

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