Epidemiology is only one of the inputs that should be considered in designing public health policy response to COVID-19 pandemic. The wider social and economic contexts must be factored in too.
The agents causing illness do not care for our assumptions about our alleged superiority on the planet, nor do they discriminate.
Since 2010 the number of Kenyans going hungry has been growing. The country now suffers from serious levels of hunger
Recently, the Kano State government in the north west region of Nigeria removed the Emir, the first highly westernised and educated person on the throne.
Social distancing is impossible in much of Africa, and its economic consequences may lead to a famine that is worse than the pandemic. Prevention measures must consider the African context.
Many informal workers will not be able to take the precautions that health authorities suggest.
Most consumers in South Africa aren't able to fill up a trolley of groceries for their daily needs, let alone join the panic buying induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Africa's youngest state has a long way to go before it can put conflict behind it for good.
Reactions in South Africa give little reason for hope that the virus will bring people closer together or trigger more energetic action against poverty.
Fifty years after the Biafran war, the massacre in Asaba in the south-south region of Nigeria is still a highly sensitive issue.
Women must be included at decision making levels to advise on development, designing, delivery and implementation of tools that target health issues that affect them especially malaria.
African countries need to strengthen their capacity for identifying new cases.
Unless we know what is in the ocean, we can’t protect the biggest part of the planet.
The hunger, frustration and desperation of ordinary Namibians should be first on the political agenda. But this isn't the case.
The economic impact of the disease will have dramatic effects on the well-being of families and communities
Governments must take note of specific geographic contexts and local attributes that drive water insecurity.
The school playground is not just a place to have fun. It's an important space to claim power and this is often done through violence.
With the introduction of free maternal healthcare, Nigeria appears to have got more women using health facilities, but there are more hurdles to cross.
Climate pledges must be more ambitious and focus on early and aggressive action to deal with global emissions.
How two massive opposing forces - the shift towards a sustainable world and the force that thrives on inequality - are unfolding at a global level.