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  In a time when the world is focusing on COVID-19 vaccines, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted the importance of routine immunisations for diseases such as measles, tetanus and polio. Although immunisation saves millions of lives each year, progress in vaccine coverage remains highly uneven, both between and within countries. Despite considerable progress over the past […]

Connecting African universities to high speed internet can help drive the development of digital skills and capabilities. This would also benefit secondary schools and technical and vocational colleges. A strong argument has been made, that improving connectivity should be viewed as a priority infrastructure investment. The World Bank published a report last year pointing out the drawbacks of poor connectivity. […]

  BRUSSELS, May 19 (Reuters) – Leaders of the world’s largest economies back “voluntary licensing” of COVID-19 vaccine patents, the draft conclusions of a summit show, watering down a U.S. push for waivers and earlier commitments to supply more funds to the World Health Organization. The draft document, seen by Reuters, lists commitments of G20 […]

After heavy rains swept away Nomandla Nqanula’s tin shack two years ago, she would pray every time she saw clouds gathering above her Quarry Road informal settlement in Durban. But these days, a WhatsApp group on her smartphone pings with early flood warnings for residents, and another city-designed app reminds her and 14 other residents […]

  WINDHOEK, May 19 (Reuters) – Namibia on Tuesday issued emergency travel documents to the twin daughters of a gay couple who have been battling to take them home following their birth to a surrogate in South Africa, one of the fathers told Reuters. Namibian Phillip Luhl and his Mexican husband Guillermo Delgado had already […]

Tash Oakes-Monger (they/them) is a writer and works in England’s National Health Service (NHS) improving healthcare for LGBT+ people Six weeks ago, I was holding hands with my partner on a road near our house. As we walked, some men in a white van drove by and one leaned out of the window and screamed […]

By Emma Farge GENEVA, May 18 (Reuters) – The head of UNICEF on Monday asked G7 countries to donate supplies to the COVAX vaccine-sharing scheme as an emergency measure to address a severe shortfall caused by disruption to Indian vaccine exports. India has curbed exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by its Serum Institute, which […]

  By Layli Foroudi TUNIS, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Usually during the holy month of Ramadan, when Tunisians break their fast every evening, the streets of Tunis fill with cars and taxis as people go out to catch up with family and friends. But this year, nights in the capital stayed unusually quiet […]

By Suheir Sheikh and Zainah El-Haroun JERUSALEM, May 17 (Reuters) – Israeli police in riot gear pushed a Palestinian protester to the ground in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, a moment captured on the smartphones of people looking on. “See what they’re doing! They’re beating up women!” Aya Khalaf, a Palestinian social media influencer, screamed […]

  In January, Istanbul had just 45 days’ worth of water left following the most severe drought in a decade. Flash floods struck the city of Luanda in Angola last month, leaving 24 dead and displacing 11,000. Unprecedented storms caused power outages for millions of Texans this February, leading to over 150 deaths. For cities around the world, climate impacts are no longer a distant threat, but a daily reality. […]

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