Cardiovascular risk factors are high in Sierra Leone.
Cardiovascular risk factors like diabetes and hypertension are preventable or relatively easy to treat with inexpensive medication.
A soldier from Niger patrols near the border with Nigeria. Porous borders with Nigeria and Mali are hotbeds for Jihadists and marauding local militias.
Leaders' efforts to end conflict have been ineffective. Working through regional economic communities might be part of a better approach.
Local coroanvirus awareness raising in Funkia Market, Sierra Leone.
Overlapping disasters of COVID-19 and flooding could be a serious threat for Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.
Supporters of outgoing Senegalese President Macky Sall cheer during a rally ahead of presidential elections in 2019.
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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.
The experiences of British based West African students can be improved.
More can be done to ease transitions for West African students in the United Kingdom.
A woman holds a baby in her arms as she sits on a bed under a mosquito net in the Koumassi district of Abidjan.
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If not addressed, there will be many more deaths from malaria and other diseases, indirectly linked to COVID-19 disruptions.
Ebola posters in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
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Experiences dealing with previous outbreaks of infectious disease can help countries with weak health systems prepare for new health emergencies.
Girls carry drinking water across a bridge in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The state of emergency ultimately led to substantial legal changes that should better protect women and girls. But what really happened?
Art, outreach and fieldwork can help reframe Britain's imperial past, by re-humanising the people subjected to anthropological 'colonial science'.
A man walk pass an Ebola awareness painting in downtown Monrovia, Liberia.
Do African decision-makers and leaders approach crises differently from counterparts elsewhere in the world?
Countries can be better prepared and respond faster to disease outbreaks if public health data is shared more freely.
Sharing data openly across regions and organisations can help to accelerate preparedness and responses to public health emergencies.
A man pushes a wheelbarrow past a sign in Liberia during the West African Ebola outbreak.
A proper understanding of community dynamics and local beliefs can inform medical interventions that are capable of establishing positive and productive relations with local communities.
Rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army making their way to a camp in southern Sudan. The group forcibly recruits children.
Natural resources are an important factor in explaining why some rebel groups forcibly recruit children into their ranks.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime has yet to show it differs from that of Robert Mugabe.
The debate on sanctions on Zimbabwe has been lost in the southern African region and on the continent.
Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio has made fighting rape a priority.
Sierra Leone has declared a national emergency to combat rape and sexual violence.
Liberia’s President George Weah has ruffled feathers by proposing changes to citizenship laws.
Liberian President George Weah believes the current citizenship regulations in the country are unnecessarily "racist" and restrictive.
Laws in Sierra Leone often leave young women in the lurch.
Violence is not just a private matter between people. Regulating it is not the duty of communities or the state alone.
Women fear losing support for themselves and their children if they report violence.
Very few women, especially those married, feel protected by the domestic violence laws in Sierra Leone.
Ebola is a dreadful disease and is one of the deadliest infections known to medical science.
Instability in the DRC and Ebola's deadly properties is making it hard to contain the virus.