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Why is South Africa struggling to get to grips with the AIDS Crisis?

"Some of the key issues discussed were among other : Why had President Thabo Mbeki cast doubt on whether HIV caused AIDS? What was the government’s stance on the use of antiretrovirals, particularly AZT? Why had foreign scientists representing an un…

Meeting the Global Challenge of HIV/AIDS- Why the United States Should Act Quickly

More people have died from HIV/AIDS over the last twenty years than from any other disease in human history. The devastation caused by the epidemic poses a clear and direct challenge to long-term U.S. economic and security interests. AIDS is devasta…

Corporate Social Responsibility: The New Social Contract

In April 2001, "Big Pharma" threw in the towel. Four years earlier, some 40 international drug companies had filed suit to block implementation of a law in South Africa that would allow the government to manufacture or import affordable generic vers…

The AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa gains momentum

Aids took some time to reach Southern Africa. It seemed to be confined to the countries of Central Africa and the homosexual population of the west. In South Africa up to 1990 most of the aids cases were in the gay community however the numbers for …

Indigenous Approaches to the HIV/AIDS Scourge in Uganda

"The management of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses using existing drugs is very costly especially for poor households. This study has focused on the role of traditional herbalists in the management and prevention of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses in Uganda.…

Africa’s growing risk of diseases that spread from animals to people

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rude awakening to many who believed the era of infectious disease was over. In this post, Bernard Bett, Delia Randolph and John McDermott argue that not only are pandemics not over, they may be i…

Flattening the curve of global emissions?

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly led to unprecedented global action to contain the spread of the disease. These drastic measures of reducing human contact impede large parts of economic activity and transport. The measures lead to temporary emissio…

COVID-19: A race against time to avert disaster in West Africa

The days when COVID-19 was but a distant threat to West Africa are over. It is now clear that the virus is here to stay: with the exception of South Africa, the region is the hardest hit in sub-Saharan Africa. Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ghana, the Ivory …

Managing the politics of Ethiopia’s COVID-19 crisis

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Ethiopia has delayed elections slated for August and declared a state of emergency. Authorities should now consult with the opposition on how to manage the period ahead in order to smooth the country’s stuttering transi…

COVID-19: Geolocation tracking fuels concerns around privacy and data protection

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world are encouraging their residents to stay at home – some by request, others by force. But physical lockdowns are a blunt instrument to smother the spread of the novel coronavirus that ha…

No calm after the storm: Re-imagining the role of ‘the media’ in post COVID-19 Africa

The novel coronavirus disease is like a hydra. A hydra, in Greek mythology, is a serpentine creature that is endowed with several heads. When one head is cut off, two grow back in its place. “Harm,” as author Nicholas Nassim Taleb writes, “is what i…

COVID-19: Implications for the 'digital divide' in Africa

In a time of social distancing and government-enforced lockdowns to curtail the spread of COVID-19, digital technology has enabled the continuation of work, education and communication. But for millions of people who are unable to connect to the int…

Burundi: Can newly-elected President Ndayishimiye deliver change?

On 20 May, as most of the world was preoccupied with COVID-19, Burundi quietly held its fourth general elections since the end of the civil war in 2005. Burundi’s simmering political crisis struggles to make it onto other countries’ agendas at the b…

Surveying the impact of COVID-19 on Africa's higher education and research sector

Academic and research institutions find themselves tasked with learning how to adapt in real-time in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that is significantly disrupting the global higher education sector. Most of the focus so far has been on western…

The labour market challenges of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa

The SARS-CoV2 virus, causing COVID-19, has already claimed hundreds of thousands of lives across the world. So far, sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has had relatively fewer cases and lower fatality rates according to available data. Many African countries …

Can Lourenço deliver at a time of crisis?

COVID-19 and plummeting oil prices are immediate crises that threaten the reform agenda of Angola’s president.

COVID-19: Not much give from China in its relationship with Africa

Despite a warm African response to the recent ‘Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19’, not much new came out of the virtual meeting. Crucially, there was no movement on cancellation of the $150bn in concessional loan debt,…

COVID-19 has spurred knowledge production in Africa – but to what end?

Momentous occurrences such as the COVID-19 pandemic often create tremendous opportunities for major paradigm shifts in policies and approaches toward improving the management of political and social affairs. These events could potentially ignite inn…

COVID-19 as an opportunity for African knowledge production

Lockdown has become a metaphor for all forms of state-sanctioned and self-imposed restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. While lockdowns have been highly disruptive, the internet has also served as an opening for an alternative sphere where semb…

The Impact of AIDS on Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

In this paper, a simple general equilibrium model is developed to capture the impact of AIDS on economic development. To this end, a benchmark model due to Cuddington and Hancock (1994) is extended in various directions. In particular, the sharply d…

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