By: Anatole Manzi | May 20, 2020
With more than 66,373 COVID-19 cases and 2,336 deaths reported in 53 African countries, and minimal testing available, the pandemic is primed to spread. Predictions of its impact are dire. With just one doctor per 5,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa and about one nurse or midwife per 1,000 people, a major outbreak would quickly overwhelm the continent’s health care systems.
What’s more, containment of COVID-19 would be impossible in the African context. Western tactics to stop the virus, such as hand washing and social distancing, will not work in crowded slums or areas without ready access to clean water or soap.
But where Western methods may fall short, Africa can depend on its own solutions. African countries have relied on community health workers (CHWs) – local people trained to deliver basic health services to their own communities – to successfully tackle other major epidemics, including HIV and Ebola. To reduce the impact of COVID-19, Africa must rapidly scale up the recruitment and training of CHWs, enlisting young people, teachers and faith leaders to educate the public about prevention, identify cases in their communities and help stop transmission.
By: UNICEF | October 20, 2019
UNICEF Zimbabwe launched the State of the Worlds Children Report, noting that an alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor diets and a food system that is failing them.
Globally, at least 1 in 3 children under five – or 200 million – is either undernourished or overweight. Almost 2 in 3 children between six months and two years of age are not fed food that supports their rapidly growing bodies and brains. This puts them at risk of poor brain development, weak learning, low immunity, increased infections and, in many cases, death.
By: William Lambers | October 16, 2019
I recently spoke to a human rights class at Mount St. Joseph University in Ohio. They are exercising government “by the people,” as Abraham Lincoln said. The students are writing to Congress about supporting the global nutrition resolutions to fight world hunger.
As education student Grace Hauserman wrote “a lot of changes in our world would occur if men, women, children and babies had proper nutrition. Men and women would be stronger and healthier. Children and babies would grow up happier and healthier. They would have the ability to be more productive members of global society.”
By: Kemi Falodun | October 15, 2019
By: Ian Scoones | October 10, 2019
Since Zimbabwe’s land reform of 2000 – when around 8 million hectares of formerly large-scale commercial farmland was distributed to about 175,000 households – debates about the consequences for food security have raged.
A standard narrative has been that Zimbabwe has turned from “food basket” to “basket case”. This year, following the devastating El Niño drought combined with Cyclone Idai, some 5.5 million people are estimated to be at risk of hunger, with international agencies issuing crisis and emergency alerts.
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