1 in 5 Medicines in Africa Are Falsified or Substandard

Scientists from the United States have found that 1 in 5 of all medicines in Africa is either substandard or falsified. In a series of 265 studies comprising of 400,647 drug samples, researchers found that 13.6 percent of medicine in underprivileged African communities is falsified or substandard. Nineteen percent accounts for antimalarials and 12.4% for antibiotics. Most falsified medicines circulate in Malawi, while South Africa has little issue with substandard medications. The majority of inadequate medicine exists in 63 low-income and middle-income countries. More than 13 percent of essential medicines in…

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Zimbabwe International Film Festival Emphasizes African Films

The Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF 2018) is screening “Narratives from Africa” September 1st through September 8th. Partnering with corporations, embassies and independent filmmakers, Afro-centric films are the sole focus of ZIFF’s 20th anniversary. Nakail Matema, the festival director, believes that this year’s theme will allow African films to fully embrace African culture. Matema stated: “We are exclusively focusing on stories on the African experience from the continent and beyond because it is high time for us to celebrate and harness our own culture, heritage and history as Africa’s place…

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South Africa Putting Proper Toilets in Schools After Pit Latrine-Related Death

South Africa is set to get rid of pit latrines in its schools following the death of a five-year-old student in a latrine last March. Lumka Mkhethwa’s death in the rural Eastern Cape came four years after Michael Komape, another five-year-old, fell into a pit and died in the northern province of Limpopo. Pit latrines are shabbily constructed holes in the ground which are covered by a platform. An estimated 4500 state schools in South Africa have pit latrines. The latrines are classified as basic sanitation. Twenty-seven percent of South…

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Chinese Tourist Dies of Hippo Attack

A Chinese tourist in Kenya died after a hippo he was trying to photograph bit him in the chest. Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was tracking the mammal 56 miles northwest of Nairobi at a wildlife resort of Lake Naivasha. Witnesses said that he and another tourist were observing the animal from too close a distance near the Sopa hotel. Upon being bitten, Chuang began bleeding profusely and later pronounced dead at the hospital. “The man was bitten on the chest and his injuries were serious and he died minutes after…

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Are Weather and Crime Related?

Quartz Africa recently conducted an experiment seeking to find out how weather and crime relate to one another in South Africa. The results determine that there is a strong relationship; as temperatures soar, so do crime rates. With this information, law enforcement can able to develop more comprehensive measures on preventing crime. A Belgian sociologist, Adolphe Quételet came up with the temperature-aggression theory over a century ago. It hypothesizes that warmer temperatures lead to more discomfort levels in an individual, which raises a likelihood of aggression. Quételet established this conclusion…

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