African nations poor at withdrawing unsafe drugs

By Laura Owings Regulators worldwide take several years to withdraw medicines after adverse effects are spotted, and African countries are more likely than those in other regions to keep harmful drugs on the market, a study reveals. “The intervals between reports of adverse reactions and drug withdrawal have not consistently closed over the past 60 …

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Math and science are keys to unlock Africa’s potential

Neil Turok, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Angelina Lutambi was born into a peasant family in Tanzania’s Dodoma region, where HIV/AIDS has decimated much of the population. Her future could easily have been bleak – but Angelina had a keen aptitude for maths. She financed her own schooling by selling cold drinks with her siblings …

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Why poor rheumatoid arthritis sufferers in South Africa have it worse

Bridget Hodkinson, University of Cape Town In South Africa, studies show that patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis can wait up to a year to be diagnosed and referred for therapy. In this time, their condition degenerates. Inflammation in their joints makes them painful, stiff and swollen. This leads to joint destruction and eventually disability before …

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Electricity is a means, not an end

By Inga Vesper Development workers agree that access to energy is a game-changer. To a great extent, they are right. According to the World Bank, one in five people on the planet still have no regular access to electricity. They cannot study or work at night, face danger in unlit villages and cities and cannot …

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How to get African films we should see onto our screens

Lindiwe Dovey, SOAS, University of London Confronted with questions about why the jury of the 2016 Berlin Film Festival has no people of colour, the jury president – and three-time Oscar-winner – Meryl Streep said: We are all Africans really. In the wake of the OscarsSoWhite controversy about lack of diversity in the film industry, …

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