Call to raise herbal medicine standards in Africa

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [ACCRA] Africa needs to develop standards to assure the safety and benefit of its herbal medicines, says Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, president of Mauritius. According to the World Health Organisation, 80 per cent of the world’s population depend on medicinal plants for their primary healthcare. Speaking during the Center for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training …

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Africa News Headlines – Democratic Transition in the Gambia

This is a compilation of recent news headlines about the democratic transition in the Republic of the Gambia and the arrival of President Adama Barrow in Banjul. Why tiny Gambia’s political transition holds outsized meaning for many Africans Source: Christian Science Monitor Gambia finally welcomes its first new president in two decades Source: Quartz ‘New’ …

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How to Lazily Dig a Well in Africa

By Eileen L. Wittig As a 20-something coffee drinker, I decided I “needed” my own coffee mug at work. I was no longer content to use the office ones because they were not ~personal~ enough, and millennials are all about ~personal~ and ~self-expression~ so I set out on a search. I could go to Target, …

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Nigeria’s anti-LGBT laws block access to health care

By Shannon Marie Harmon LGBT+ people in Nigeria experience discrimination that hinders their access to health care, including for mental health problems that have been overlooked by many organisations, the Bisi Alimi Foundation has reported based on an online survey. The survey, published this month (13 January), aims to raise awareness about physical and mental …

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What Tanzania needs to meet 2020 irrigation target

By Steve Wiggins Steve Wiggins discusses how Tanzania could expand irrigation to one million hectares by 2020. Since 2006, Tanzania has aimed to expand irrigation to one million hectares by 2020, a target reaffirmed by the Minister for Water and Irrigation in autumn last year. [1] Currently, only five per cent — 461,000 hectares — …

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