Malawi partners with UNICEF to launch humanitarian drone program

Malawi’s government announced Thursday that it will partner with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to begin using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, for health care and other humanitarian needs. “Malawi has over the past years faced serious droughts and flooding,” said Jappie Mhango, the Minister for Transportation…

Conflict and climate hit South Sudan crops, spike food prices

Nearly a third of all people in South Sudan are facing severe food insecurity now, and that’s expected to “rapidly deteriorate to massive proportions” in 2017, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said. The FAO issued an assessment report Monday explaining that harvest time in South Sudan traditionally means…

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

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,…

Antony Langat

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….