Shortened drug-resistant TB treatment trial raises hope

By Linda Nordling [CAPE TOWN] A clinical trial in Francophone Africa has raised hope that a drastically shortened treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) could cut costs and reduce suffering on the continent. Interim results from the radical nine-month treatment course showed an 80.9 per cent cure rate among patients with MDR-TB in nine African …

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Ivory Coast’s journey to democracy: an under-reported good news story

John J Stremlau, University of the Witwatersrand Ivory Coast is rapidly becoming a politically capable democracy – one able to inspire and partner with its neighbours in recovering from decades of chaos and state collapse. It is a counterpoint to more general international fears of democracy’s decline. Just four years ago, global news from Ivory …

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Big loopholes lurk in African cybercrime law – where it even exists

Anna Childs, The Open University If you’ve never received an invitation to pay a modest fee in order to receive millions of dollars from an African prince, check your junk folder. The Nigerian phishing scams – known as 419s – have become infamous. However, Nigeria’s government is trying to eradicate the networks that perpetrate these …

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Pockets of progress in Africa’s election landscape

Kealeboga J Maphunye, University of South Africa If democracy is understood as a broad concept that includes regular free and fair elections, a system of government that ensures greater public participation, freedom of expression and the right to protest and challenge governments, then Africa is still lagging far behind democracies in Asia, South and North …

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Africa News Headlines for 29 November 2014

OPEC Elects Nigerian Minister as First Female PresidentSource: Telesur Gabon to host this year’s Pan African Youth ForumSource: Vatican Radio Uganda’s GDP expands by 13 pct after rebasingSource: Reuters Lobbying in Africa: Nightmare on K streetSource: The Africa Report Cote d’Ivoire-Gabon: Five-year trade reaches CFA 400bSource: StarAfrica Bantu cultural centre fades into a costly mirageSource: …

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