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One question. One story from Africa for Africa. Alan Kasujja takes a deep dive into the news shaping the continent.

Africa Daily BBC World Service

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    • 4.9 • 79 Ratings

One question. One story from Africa for Africa. Alan Kasujja takes a deep dive into the news shaping the continent.

    Is Uganda getting its Ebola outbreak under control?

    Is Uganda getting its Ebola outbreak under control?

    For children across Uganda, Friday is the last day in school this year.
    They are closing their doors two weeks early in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.
    The latest outbreak of the virus was identified late September and has become the deadliest in the country for more than a decade.
    But there are signs that the number of cases may be declining.
    So, is Uganda bringing its Ebola outbreak under control?

    #AfricaDaily

    • 16 min
    Do bans on skin lightening products actually work?

    Do bans on skin lightening products actually work?

    In August this year, Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health announced that there would be a ban on harmful skin lightening products.

    Many of them contain harmful ingredients which alter skin pigmentation and cause other health risks like skin cancer.

    Africa Daily’s Alan Kasujja has been looking at whether bans on skin lightening products actually work.

    • 20 min
    How can Ethiopia respond to a new malaria threat?

    How can Ethiopia respond to a new malaria threat?

    Earlier this year, cases of malaria began to rapidly increase in the Ethiopian city of Dire Dawa.
    There were ten times the number of cases in the first half of the year, than the whole of 2019.
    And unlike usual, the spike was happening outside the rainy season which allows the disease to flourish.
    It was also spreading in urban areas, rather than mainly in the countryside.
    Scientists have since uncovered it was due to an invasive species of malaria-carrying mosquito from Asia.
    So far it’s been found in Ethiopia, Djibouti and all the way over in Nigeria, putting millions of people at risk.
    So, how can we respond to this new medical threat?
    #AfricaDaily

    • 13 min
    How can the treatment of clubfoot be improved across Africa?

    How can the treatment of clubfoot be improved across Africa?

    Whether or not a child gets treated for clubfoot – when a baby is born with twisted feet - varies across Africa. In some countries, like Senegal, only a minority of cases get treated – about 20% - though the authorities are now making a push to change this. In others countries, like South Africa, the majority of children with clubfoot will be treated.

    But campaigners say the ‘gold standard’ treatment is actually relatively simple and low cost – no longer involving surgery. It’s named the Ponseti method after the Italian doctor who devised it.

    Now the first ever African conference on the condition is being held in South Africa – organised by a long term campaigner whose own son was diagnosed with clubfoot 20 years ago – and treated by Doctor Ponseti himself.

    Alan Kasujja reports for Africa Daily.

    Presenter: Alan Kasujja @kasujja
    Guest: Karen Mara Moss @Steps_SA

    • 13 min
    Was COP27 a success for Africa?

    Was COP27 a success for Africa?

    There was weary applause at the close of COP27– as the environment conference was FINALLY wrapped up in Sharm el-Sheikh with a deal at 4.15am on Sunday morning.

    The global agreement was meant to have been signed on Friday.

    African delegates had lobbied heavily for a ‘loss and damage’ fund – to compensate countries suffering climate related disasters - and this did make the final text.

    But efforts to set tougher targets for cutting fossil fuels failed.

    So was this a victory for Africa – on paper at least?

    For Africa Daily, Mpho Lakaje gets the thoughts of leading African environmentalist Wanjira Mathai.

    Presenter: @mpholakaje.
    Guest: @MathaiWanjira

    • 14 min
    Can African teams triumph at the World Cup?

    Can African teams triumph at the World Cup?

    The football World Cup is set to kick off in Qatar on Sunday.
    Africa will be represented by teams from five countries – Cameroon, Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal and Ghana.
    On Thursday it was confirmed that Sadio Mane, Senegal’s star forward, would miss the tournament due to injury.
    It’s a blow to their chances in Qatar. But what about the rest of the African teams?
    Can they triumph at the 2022 World Cup?

    #AfricaDaily

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Claire 306 ,

Excellent, informational, well researched

Love it!

aarrgg@@@@@@ ,

Excellent

I am a white South African living in the UK, where my ancestors are from- but my heart is in Africa, so I love to hear African stories. Thank you!

Gbedo4re ,

Good listen with diverse topics

Only challenge for me is that the topics are sometimes not the most relevant. Adding more of realism, truly local touch and deep ‘pains’ would even make this better.

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