Ethiopia suffering worst drought in 50 years

Ethiopia suffering worst drought in 50 years

In the midst of the worst drought in 50 years, Ethiopia’s population finds just some relief in the rain reaching parts of the country, Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. In February this year the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) wrote that over ten million people are in need of food…

Kenya: water shortage and sanitation still a problem in informal settlements

Kenya: water shortage and sanitation still a problem in informal settlements

With sixty percent of its population living in informal settlements, Nairobi City is yet to fully address the problem of water accessibility and sanitation for more than half of its 3.4 million residents. The government is now planning to change this. Barely two miles east of Nairobi’s central business district,…

Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya and specializes in reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change.

Mobilizing domestic resources: Cameroon’s inspiring fight against malaria

Domestic resource mobilization is a hot topic in development policy. There’s broad agreement that money from developing countries themselves will be critical to sustaining progress against the new Sustainable Development Goals. Unfortunately, the conversation about how to mobilize these resources is often theoretical. For a more concrete example, it’s worth…

Olivia Ngou

Ngou is the Cameroon Country Director for Malaria No More.

The most powerful weapon in the malaria fight

It wasn’t long ago that an Africa without malaria seemed like an impossible dream. Today, that dream is becoming a reality, thanks to the most powerful weapon we have in the malaria fight: strong leadership. Malaria progress has been unprecedented in the past 15 years, and nowhere is the progress…

Hailemariam Dessalegn and Jakaya Kikwete

Hailemariam Dessalegn is the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Jakaya Kikwete is the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Africa making progress in fight against malaria

Over the past 15 years the African continent has achieved considerable progress in the fight against malaria. Since the year 2000, Africa has considerably reduced deaths caused by malaria, falling by 71 percent in children under 5 and by 66 percent among all other age groups, reported The New Times….

Lessons for Africa on midwifery from Indonesia

Increasing access to trained birth attendants is vital to address high maternal and infant mortality rates in developing countries, something Indonesia is working hard to provide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO): “Children in developing countries are ten times more likely to die before the age of five than…

Danai Majaha

Danai Majaha is a journalist and photographer based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Ethiopia: hunger levels rising

Save the Children has warned that Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in half a century. This comes only days before the 26th African Union Summit in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Due to the El Nino induced drought conditions which began in June last year the country is suffering; 10.2…

UN calls on Liberia to end harmful cultural practices

Senior United Nations officials have called upon Liberia to further prevent harmful cultural practices that can result in death. The UN News Centre reported that these “deadly human rights violations” masquerade as cultural practices. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, “Liberia’s human rights obligations…

Kenya: five-day campaign aimed at eradicating polio

95 percent of children under the ages of five in Nairobi were vaccinated against polio The Star reported yesterday. The vaccinations were part of an exercise that ended today. The five-day campaign was aimed at the eradication of polio. “We want to fully eradicate polio. This is in line with…

Why the five year multi-million dollar nutrition plan is not solving Kenya’s malnutrition problem

A five-year multi-million dollar plan to address malnutrition in Kenya will end in 2017 and leave thousands of children still suffering from malnourishment. The US and UK funded plan does not address the root causes of malnutrition which include recurrent droughts, famine, floods and poverty. Due to the lack of…

Antony Langat

Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya and specializes in reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change.

How Kenya is planning to tackle HIV/AIDS

In tribute of World HIV/Aids Day to be observed next week, Kenya has rolled out several programmes aimed at becoming the third African country to control its HIV/Aids epidemic. The East African country wants to follow in the footsteps of Botswana and Namibia, with concerted and smart actions, in particular for…

George Okore

George Okore is an international journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Why are Ugandan anti-gay laws contributing to HIV prevalence?

In April 2009, the Parliament of Uganda passed a resolution to strengthen Laws on Homosexuality, this was a private member bill that was submitted by MP Bahati David, in October 2009.  It meant that same sex partnerships in Uganda was illegal, punishable and criminalises homosexual behaviour with prison sentences lasting…

Sarah Nakimbowa

Sarah Nakimbowa lives in Uganda and is a member of Key Correspondents, a citizen journalism network reporting for action on HIV. The network is supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Sierra Leone officially Ebola free

Sierra Leone was officially declared Ebola free this Saturday after going 42 days without a new case. The criteria by which a country is declared Ebola free is set by the World Health Organization (WHO). The 42-day period is set as it is twice the “maximum incubation period for Ebola…