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  Many low- and middle-income countries, such as Malawi, continue to experience high child mortality rates. Most of these deaths are caused by preventable and treatable diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia. But managing these conditions is a challenge in Malawi, where around 83% of the population lives in rural areas where access to appropriate health facilities is difficult. […]

The constitution-drafting process aimed at ushering in The Gambia’s third republic has reached an unfortunate dead-end. More than two years after the process began, and after a highly acrimonious and polarised parliamentary debate, the proposed Constitution Promulgation Bill, 2020 was recently rejected in the national assembly. This bill would have brought in a new constitution to replace […]

The coronavirus pandemic has killed over a million people globally and disrupted healthcare and political systems, economies, social bonds and religious practices. What can South Africa’s Bill of Rights and international human rights treaties contribute to coronavirus responses and recovery strategies in the country and globally? My central argument is that human rights provide tools to help […]

  Across Africa, politicians are using personal fashion to communicate. From red berets, to all-khaki ensembles, to full-on cosplaying, leaders across the continent have a robust relationship with fashion. Despite their larger-than-life impact, politicians are humans. Fashion is useful to the political class for a number of reasons. They include: improving charisma, access to respect and recognition, […]

In many ways, it’s challenging to define international development. What angle would you prioritise when you consider something so broad? Macroeconomics? Structural adjustment programmes? International trade policy? Or is it poverty reduction? All these are valid. But no definition would be complete without considering it from the viewpoint of so called ‘developed’ and ‘underdeveloped’ nations. […]

  Breast milk plays a vital role in reducing child mortality. It has all the nutrients a baby needs in the first six months of life and its health benefits extend into adulthood. This is why organisations, like UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO), recommend exclusive breastfeeding – no other food or drink, not even water […]

The October break will throw up some huge international fixtures, and as always LaLiga stars will be centre stage. Here are five in particular to keep an eye on this week.   Antoine Griezmann (FC Barcelona) – France This could be a very memorable international break for Antoine Griezmann. In September, the Barcelona forward equalled […]

  LONDON, Oct 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rich nations are failing on promises to help poorer ones meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, even though such help would be “not charity but a global act of self-interest”, U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa said on Monday. In an unusually pointed speech, […]

Ruth Seikaneng did not have time to mourn her nursing colleague Dudu who died from COVID-19 in one quick, painful week in July. In the village of Reivilo in South Africa’s North West province where Seikaneng works, patients were waiting for diagnoses, personal protective equipment (PPE) had to be ordered, and a full week of […]

  By Lisa Hanley MANCHESTER, Oct 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For a moment in May, it felt like the entire world was talking about George Floyd. It was almost impossible to escape the video of a white police officer kneeling on the neck of a 43-year-old Black man for nearly 9 minutes. As a Black British woman, I mourned for Floyd, […]


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