Stories: Africa

  • Cutting Us Down to Size: Working to End Female Genital Mutilation

    It's an interesting thing, being a British human rights activist 'of colour', feeling at once absolutely British and completely international. Usually, this position is enriching and inspiring. I am invested in relatively local (and by local I mean within the UK, America or Western Europe) protests against everything including endemic sexual violence, sexual harassment, victim-blaming and perpetrator impunity, 'casual'...

  • Cell Phone Revolution: Spotlight on Africa

    I had the pleasure of working with the Praeklet Foundation during my research on their MAMA project. This video is great and accurately describes the “cell phone revolution” that has taken over Africa! Imani Cheers is reporting on health and development as a 2013 IRP New Media Fellow.

  • Infographic: AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa

    Every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria in Africa, and despite the fact that infectious disease is the biggest threat to the continent, the spotlight remains focused elsewhere. Africa, with all the issues its 54 countries face, understands the urgent need to tackle killer diseases. Stemming the flow of HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria - while adequately treating existing cases...

  • My Journey to Zambia

    Today’s the day! I officially begin my trip to Zambia as an International Reporting Project Zambia Fellow. I am excited to get on the ground and visit NGOs, clinics, experts, researchers, civil servants, and most of all those who are affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. I am going to Zambia to report on these three...

  • Women Leaders Gather in Nigeria to Tackle Women’s and Girls’ Issues

    Today in Africa, women in power have considered it important to synergize and address issues affecting women and girls in Africa, said Professor Viola Onwuliri, during her opening remark. Professor Onwuliri is Nigeria’s minister of foreign affairs and soon-to-be president of GlobalPower Women Network Africa (GPWNA). Here is a reminder of why this matters. There are about 23.5...

  • Fixing the Problem of Flying Toilets: Solutions for Tackling Drought in Africa

    Like world hunger, which I covered briefly in the run-up to last week's G8 summit, drought is an issue that affects countless lives and livelihoods. However, global awareness of the issue is low, despite the shocking statistics: according to Practical Action, who have produced an infographic on the effects of drought in Africa, 50,000 people across the East African countries...

  • George W. Bush Praises Zambia’s HIV/AIDS National Efforts

    In less than a month I will join nine other new media journalists on a reporting trip to Zambia as an International Reporting Zambia Fellow. We will be charged with learning more about HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis and their affects on the  Zambian citizens, report on the problems and Zambia’s national and community-led efforts to...

  • Curbing the Spread of HIV and Hepatitis in Nasarawa State

    A one-day awareness campaign on the dangers and realities of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis was held on Thursday at Business Information and Training Centre (BITC), Lafia Nasarawa State. According to Mr. Adenitan Lawrence, the manager at BITC, the purpose of the program was to create awareness about Hepatitis and HIV/AIDS to staff, students and clients of the organization. ...

  • The Power of Simplicity: Reducing Maternal Mortality in Sierra Leone and Burundi

    Following my piece about maternal health in India, and in advance of the UCL symposium on community-based global maternal care next week, I wanted to focus on two smaller-scale success stories and examine what makes them work. Medecins Sans Frontieres has been working on two projects aimed at reducing women’s risk of death in childbirth in the Kabezi...

  • In South Africa, Using Mobile Technology to Improve Maternal Health Access

    Memory Banda is busy. Her 10-month old son is teething and taking his first steps around her Hillbrow home, a revitalized neighborhood in Johannesburg's bustling city center. "This is my first child so I didn't know what to do when his teeth started to show," she said. When Memory needed tips and advice about her son's teething...