Nigerian Ebola campaign discouraged eating bushmeat

Luca Maria Luiselli, The Rivers State University of Science and Technology Bushmeat trade is a regular feature in many parts of Africa. People rely on it for livelihoods and, more importantly, for food. Trade in bushmeat is particularly common in west and central Africa where people regularly eat antelope, wild pigs and boars, large rodents, …

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Cancer in poor countries: Too big to tackle?

By Anita Makri A revealing metaphor kicked off a day of discussions about tackling cancer in poor countries at the Royal Society of Medicine last month. If you think of global health as Mount Everest, cancer control would be a small flag at its peak, said Richard Sullivan, professor at the King’s Health Partners science …

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Tanzania’s social media policing stirs risk of abuse

Charlotte Cross, The Open University Access to digital information and communications technologies has increased dramatically over the past decade across Africa. In Tanzania, 87% of urban residents report using a mobile phone every day. In addition, 34% of the population access the internet. The vast majority use their mobile phones to do so. Prepaid bundles …

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Côte d’Ivoire constitutional referendum sparks distrust

Peter Penar, Michigan State University In May 2016 Côte d’Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouattara set up a committee of experts to propose a new constitution. This came after he had promised to reform the constitution during his 2015 presidential campaign. The existing 2000 constitution bars citizens who are not born to an Ivoirian mother and father …

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Eradicating polio amidst insurgency in Nigeria

By Julia Makinde New polio cases in Nigeria have prompted the use of unusual ways to eradicate the disease, writes Julia Makinde. Borno state, located in north-eastern Nigeria, was previously known for its wealth of livestock and fishery products. But the Nigerian state that shares boundaries with Cameroon, Chad and Niger is now the unlikely …

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