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1Improving the Lives of Those Suffering from Mental Illness

As the world observes World Mental Health Day, the WHO says low income countries spend on average just 0.5% of their health budgets on mental health. In Ghana, that means there is just one psychiatrist to treat every 1.2m people. Many people with mental health problems therefore turn to “prayer camps” and traditional healing centres for help. Despite a government ban, the BBC has found that many of these institutions use chains to restrain their residents.

SOURCES: BBC

27000 Refugees to become Full Guinean Citizens

The government made the declaration last December and approved it in July. Since then the UN refugee agency has been working with a local contractor to produce and distribute ID cards, naturalisation and birth certificates for the refugees and their children, most of whom have never known any other home. Guinea-Bissau hopes to reap a much-needed reputation boost with the policy.

SOURCES: The Guardian

3Africa’s Feminist History

Minna Salami, a social critic and founder of the pan-African feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, told CNN: “There is a history of feminist movements in Africa and one notable chapter in Nigeria was the Aba Women’s Riots of 1929.” This particular movement was led by women in southeastern Nigeria as a revolt against policies imposed by British colonialists. She adds that some who question the meaning of feminism in Africa see it as irrelevant in African culture, viewing it as a western import.

SOURCES: CNN

4Zimbabwe’s Trains have Seen Better Days

Once the preferred mode of transport for most Zimbabweans many prefer to make the 440 km from Harare to Bulawayo journey by bus or public taxi in around five hours than have to endure a cold overnight train ride – even if at $10 the train ride costs only half as much.

SOURCES: VOA

5The High Costs of Shipping to Nigeria

Analysis on overseas cargo and freight costs by MoverDB, an online resource for international shipping, shows that the cost of shipping both 20-foot and 40-foot containers to Lagos ports from New York is the most expensive globally. The report covers the shipping costs from New York and Los Angeles to 47 port cities globally. The high costs of shipping to Nigeria do not correlate with distance. For instance, shipping from New York to Nigeria is nearly double the cost of shipping to South Africa even though Nigeria is closer, by nautical miles, to New York compared to South Africa.

SOURCES: Quartz Africa

6Uganda Makes Full Use of Agritech

The Community Development Management System (CDMS) is part of a pilot program in conjunction with a London-based digital solutions firm and the Local District leadership in Uganda to transform their economy and address poverty within rural farming communities. It will also facilitate the fulfilment of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Uganda’s vision 2040 objectives.

SOURCES: Ventures Africa

7Celebrating Women Who’ve Challenged Stigmas

Six African women with albinism who made an attempt on the continent’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, said the trek was just the beginning of efforts to raise awareness and dispel negative images of people with the rare skin condition. The women – from Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Senegal – began their ascent up the 5,895-metre (19,340-ft) summit in Tanzania on October. 1, but only one made it all the way to the summit, Uhuru peak.

SOURCES: Sowetan Live

8Building Africa’s Laboratory Workforce Must Be Prioritised

The African Society of Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) is committed to raising the profile and importance of laboratory professionals on the African continent. ASLM aims to put a spotlight on new initiatives and partnerships aimed at training, mentoring and certifying laboratory professionals across the continent.

SOURCES: Africa.com

9Sierra Leone’s Deal with China is Off

The government of Sierra Leone announced that it was grounding a $400 million construction project that would have been financed by China. President Julius Maada Bio said that the airport, which had been planned under the government of his predecessor, was not only unnecessary but an unfair cost to the people of Sierra Leone, many of whom still need better access to basic services like education and healthcare.

SOURCES: The Sierra Leone Telegraph

10The Most Impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa

The Great Mosque of Djenne is one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in all of sub-Saharan Africa. Closely linked with the history of Timbuktu, the Great Mosque is thought to be the largest standing mud architecture structure in the world and one of the best examples of Malian and Sahelian architecture.

SOURCES: AFK Travel

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