Stories: Africa

  • Preventing Drug Shortages With Cell Phones in Malawi

    Saidi Masemba's clinic is a small, two-room mud hut in central Malawi that serves approximately 3,000 local residents. He sees roughly 15-20 patients per day, usually children under 5 years old suffering from malnutrition, malaria, dehydration and diarrhea. In treating these preventable diseases, one of Masemba's biggest setbacks is access to medication and supplies. Often, he has to turn...

  • Maternal Health Hotline Helps Malawians Stay Connected

    Doreen Namasala has been a community health worker for over a decade in rural Malawi, a small landlocked country in southeast Africa. With a population of roughly 15 million, an estimated 60 percent of women report having serious problems accessing health care due to distance, according to the country's ministry of health. Too often, Malawi's health care centers, hospitals and...

  • Chikumbuso Project Brings Opportunities to Young Zambians

    I had the opportunity to visit a great women’s project and orphanage while in Zambia. Check out the video that my stellar intern, Alyssa, edited about Chikumbuso. Imani Cheers is a 2013 International Reporting Project New Media fellow. She is investigating the intersection of mobile technology and global health in South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Ghana,...

  • Using Technology to Improve Access, Utilization and Monitoring of Health in Nigeria

    Hugh Alies is a technology solutions company with a focus on health. Founded a year and half ago, the Nigeria-based company and member of mhealth alliance aims to create health value among Nigerians through the use of mobile phones, email etc. thus bridging the gap between patients and their care providers. In this exclusive Interview, Dr....

  • Maternity’s Thin Line

    The handwritten notes in the hospital logbook are spare, but they tell the story of how a woman named Amina Seidu nearly died giving birth at one of the best hospitals in Kumasi, Ghana. Seidu (whose name has been changed to protect her privacy) lives in a dusty settlement of cinderblock family compounds clustered beside a green-roofed mosque on...

  • Eko Free Health Mission Programme to Promote Primary Health Care System in Lagos State

    A neighbour told Mrs Omotayo Lola, who is in her fifties, that there was a free medical test and treatment being offered to people in Ayobo, a community in Lagos, where she resides. The following morning, she woke up early in order to seek treatment for her eyesight. “I have been here since about seven,” she says...

  • Changing the World, One SMS at a Time

    Ken Banks has dedicated his life to improving communication access in developing countries throughout the world. As a child Banks was very creative and loved writing poetry but wasn’t overly engaged in traditional school.  He recalls, “Despite promising academic reports from my teachers, I rarely felt settled at school and left with below average grades.”...

  • Mark Kaigwa Named Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Young Africa Entrepreneurs

    Mark Kaiga, a creative director, filmmaker, digital marketer and entrepreneur, has been named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 Best Young African Entrepreneurs. Kaigwa is currently reporting on child survival in India on an IRP trip. Kaigwa comments, "It's truly an honor to be included in such a prestigious list alongside such accomplished entrepreneurs. I've been incredibly fortunate to stand...

  • A Preliminary PEPFAR Roundup

    On Wednesday, the Congressionally-mandated evaluation of PEPFAR -- the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief -- was released.  It's nearly 700 pages long, and I haven't but skimmed its major headings.  But I'm interested in what the reaction has been, and since no one seems to have done it yet...

  • Increased Focus on Sex Promotes Education, Contraceptive Sales on Valentine’s Day

    Jide Odi, 27, a graduate from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, says Valentine’s Day usually leads to an increase in sexual activity.  “People say Valentine’s Day is a time for couples in a relationship to actually have unlimited sex,” he says. “It is the accepted day for one-time marathon sex. So naturally, it is...