Does Mozambique suffer from a very high suicide rate?

Bradley Wagenaar, University of Washington Three years ago the World Health Organisation launched the first ever world suicide report and claimed that Mozambique had the highest suicide rate in Africa at 27.4 per 100,000 people. The Conversation Africa’s Samantha Spooner asked Dr. Brad Wagenaar about his research which sought to fill the knowledge gap on …

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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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Mozambique’s unexpected truce still hangs in the balance

Justin Pearce, University of Cambridge Christmas tidings of peace and goodwill in Mozambique seemed almost too good to be true after four years of sporadic but escalating civil conflict. On December 26, Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the Renamo opposition movement, told the media that he and President Felipe Nyusi had spoken by phone and agreed …

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Cassava varieties show promise against deadly diseases

By Baraka Rateng’ [NAIROBI] Simultaneous trials being conducted in 33 locations across five African countries are showing good resistance to two deadly cassava diseases: Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD). The trials being undertaken in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda are part of a project that aims to identify disease-resistant …

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What’s needed to take Africa from Third to First World in 25 years

Sandile Swana, University of the Witwatersrand and Lumkile Mondi, University of the Witwatersrand One of the most hotly debated topics in development economics is: what does it take to steer a poor country from Third World to First World status? It is a debate of particular relevance in Africa, which is home to a large …

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