Will Kenya stand up to Big Tobacco?

Will Kenya stand up to Big Tobacco?

The Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance called this month for a government probe into cigarette maker BAT, an investigation that is years overdue. For the better part of a decade, Kenya’s anti-smoking legislation has been delayed, diverted and influenced by BAT, with bribery claims first coming to light thanks to the…

Monica is a freelance journalist based in Kenya

Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force

The Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force today, following a 90-day period since the necessary threshold of 51 ratifications was achieved in May. The Minamata Convention enters into force with 128 signatory nations and 74 ratifying countries, including the most recent addition of Brazil last week. Among the countries…

How PPPs can stop the next superbugs

Recent outbreaks of cholera in parts of Africa and the Middle East have served as timely reminders of the potentially devastating health, security, and economic threats posed by antibiotic resistance. Most recently, in light of the episodes that struck Kenya this summer, microbiologist Samuel Kariuki highlighted the growing risk posed…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

WHO declares formal end to Ebola outbreak in DRC

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Sunday the end of the most recent Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. The declaration comes following two consecutive 21-day incubation cycles in which the last confirmed Ebola patient has tested negative twice, for a total of 42 days. The Bas-Uélé province in…

Four African countries chosen for new cancer care initiative

Four African countries have been chosen for the first phase of a new initiative to improve cancer care, as the African Access Initiative (AAI) launch was announced this week. Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya and Nigeria will participate in the effort to improve cancer survival by identifying patient care and research…

Somalia’s cholera outbreak linked to drought, climate

World Health organization officials say an “unprecedented” outbreak of cholera in Somalia is linked to the drought that began in October 2016, creating widespread shortages of clean drinking water and food. There are more than 40,000 suspected cases since the beginning of the year, with nearly 700 deaths to date,…

Ebola 2.0 – Lessons Learned in 2014 May Not Suffice

As the number of suspected Ebola cases in the secluded Bas-Uélé region of the Democratic Republic Congo keeps rising, it remains unclear whether the international community is capable of effectively handling this second outbreak. Health workers are currently monitoring more than 400 people in the region affected, and three deaths…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

Four African cities chosen for Bloomberg #Cities4Health launch

Global philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg – long a champion of cities and sustainability – announced Tuesday the launch of the Partnership for Healthy Cities initiative. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and the World Health Organization (WHO) ambassador for noncommunicable diseases, revealed the list of the first 40…