While promoting better risk reduction is always sensible, it leads to a tendency for disaster management systems to lean heavily on experience and systems designs of other countries
President Alpha Condé’s pursuit of mining interests during the Ebola crisis may have foreshadowed his demise as he tightened his grip over power and plundered the state’s wealth.
Many African countries are experienced in managing outbreaks of viral haemorrhagic fevers and many of the lessons learnt from the Ebola can be applied to the Marburg outbreak.
Theatre is able to create a space for discussion about how and why women experience physical and emotional violence.
Countries have adopted a wide array of measures involving a proliferation of fraud agencies.
Ebola survivors use multiple avenues to address their health needs, which presents a management challenge.
As the US debates reparations for descendants of slavery, cases in Africa help illustrate the limits of programs focused solely in financial restitution.
ECOWAS needs to be decisive in enforcing its protocols and sanctioning members that flout the provisions of its protocols and policies.
African city planners need to promote inclusive cities where residents are not captive walkers but walk because it is accessible, safe and pleasurable to do so.
Countries in the West Africa region are in a very different position to seven years ago. They now have the experience of the past as well as new tools to tackle Ebola.
High quality antenatal care can improve maternal health in West and Central Africa by identifying and addressing underlying problems that can cause pregnancy complications.
Cardiovascular risk factors like diabetes and hypertension are preventable or relatively easy to treat with inexpensive medication.
Leaders’ efforts to end conflict have been ineffective. Working through regional economic communities might be part of a better approach.
Overlapping disasters of COVID-19 and flooding could be a serious threat for Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown.
Africa is now formally free of colonial rule. Yet, the aim of remembering and furthering the fight for self determination remains relevant as ever.
Special steps need to be taken to blunt the impact of school closures, particuarly on girls.
More can be done to ease transitions for West African students in the United Kingdom.
If not addressed, there will be many more deaths from malaria and other diseases, indirectly linked to COVID-19 disruptions.
Experiences dealing with previous outbreaks of infectious disease can help countries with weak health systems prepare for new health emergencies.
The state of emergency ultimately led to substantial legal changes that should better protect women and girls. But what really happened?