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Five Things You Should Know About Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Five Things You Should Know About Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Kenya’s most celebrated author Ngugi wa Thiong’o marked his 84 birthday on January 5. Having published his first novel – Weep Not Child – in 1964, Ngugi remains active in writing and teaching. His latest creative effort is Kenda Muiyuru (The Perfect Nine), a Gikuyu epic that was longlisted for the 2021 International Man Booker Prize. Kenyan […]

What Fetching Water Costs Women And Girls In Nairobi’s Informal Settlements

What Fetching Water Costs Women And Girls In Nairobi’s Informal Settlements

Fetching water is usually a “women’s affair”, as has been documented all over the world. The consequences of spending time and energy to get safe water are felt in women’s health and emotional wellbeing, as well as incomes. Existing research on water access by women in informal settlements tends to focus on their gender role, how they collect […]

What Makes Young People Accept Help To Stay Well

What Makes Young People Accept Help To Stay Well

Anyone who has ever tried to convince an adolescent to behave a certain way is likely to be familiar with resistance. So, when offering support to help young people stay healthy, happy and out of difficulty, it’s worth knowing what they are comfortable with. Interventions that young people find acceptable are more likely to work. […]

How NGO Staff Raped 15-Year-Old Female IDP to Death In Borno

How NGO Staff Raped 15-Year-Old Female IDP to Death In Borno

 Aisha Umar, a female Internally Displaced Person (IDP) in Borno State, has been reported dead after allegedly being raped by an official of an International Non-Governmental Organisation. Although there were different versions of the incident which took place last Monday, some reports said, the deceased, who was into menial jobs for survival, was reportedly lured […]

Ethiopia To Immunize Over 1.8 Million Girls Against Human Papillomavirus

Ethiopia To Immunize Over 1.8 Million Girls Against Human Papillomavirus

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination campaign that aims to immunize over 1.8 million 14-year-old girls in nine regions against HPV is underway. The campaign commenced on 10 January 2022 and will end on 22 January. Vaccines were administered in schools and health facilities for two cohorts. More than 866,000 14-year-old girls took the first dose of […]

Fighting For Justice Against Gender-Based Violence in Madagascar

Fighting For Justice Against Gender-Based Violence in Madagascar

 “I want to be a health worker when I grow up,” said 8-year-old Satiana Hary* shyly, twisting the edges of her knee-length gown. “Because I want to be able to treat myself if I fall sick.” Sadly, little Satiana knows a lot about falling sick, and about violence too. She has recently endured advanced endometritis, […]

Maternal And Child Healthcare Isn’t Reaching Everyone In Urban Sub-Saharan Africa

Maternal And Child Healthcare Isn’t Reaching Everyone In Urban Sub-Saharan Africa

The world has seen dramatic improvements in maternal, newborn and child health. For instance, the World Health Organisation reported a 38% reduction in maternal deaths between 2000 and 2017, globally. Maternal deaths refer to deaths due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have also seen a reduction in maternal mortality by as […]

Tanzania, Burundi SGR – Why It Matters

Tanzania, Burundi SGR – Why It Matters

SOME economic and transport professionals on Monday welcomed the signed agreement between Tanzania and Burundi for the construction of railway to link the two countries, saying the envisaged infrastructure will significantly boost trade and economies. The two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct a 282-kilometre (175-mile) Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), to cost […]

Child Marriage Violates Girls’ Rights

Child Marriage Violates Girls’ Rights

Child marriage remains prevalent in Nigeria because the federal and state governments have not adequately enforced laws to prevent it, Human Rights Watch said today. Nigeria’s rates of child marriage are some of the highest on the African continent. Although the federal Child Rights Act (CRA, 2003) prohibits marriage below age 18, the Nigerian constitution contains provisions […]

Lilian Diedericks: Another Forgotten Symbol of Freedom

Lilian Diedericks: Another Forgotten Symbol of Freedom

It is worrying that after 1968 most sources are ambivalent about Lillian Diedericks. It is appalling that most of them do not question the downplaying of her leading role as a liberation activist. “Tshepo mom Lillian Diedericks passed away this morning.” That was the text message sent to me, on Tuesday, 21 December at 6.44pm by […]

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