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Africa Renewal: December 2016 - March 2017

Cover Story

A doctor exams a child at Rwamagana Hospital in Eastern Province, Rwanda. Rwanda Ministry of Health

Health care: from commitments to action

Governments should concentrate on providing basic health care and affordable drugs

African youth hungry for connectivity

More opportunities to innovate and create


Health and Well-being

A nurse takes blood sample from a baby to test for malaria in Manhia, Mozambique. AMO/ L. W.

Gains made in fight against malaria

Africa is finally making headway in its decades-long fight against malaria
A coffee farmer from Musasa, Rwanda, shows her health insurance card. Panos/Andrew Esiebo

It’s time to rethink medical insurance

A mobile phone plan in Kenya targets low-income groups
Medical students watch as doctors perform an operation in Moshi, Tanzania. Photo credit: Panos/ Sven Torfinn

Diagnosing Africa’s medical brain drain

Higher wages and modern facilities are magnets for Africa’s health workers
A Virgin Active gym in Soweto, Johannesburg South Africa. Photo credit: AMO/Robert Tshabalala

Lifestyle diseases pose new burden for Africa

Diabetes, cancer, heart and respiratory diseases will be the leading killers by 2030
A laboratory studies student taking a blood sample for a routine antenatal malaria test at a government hospital in Ghana. Photo credit: Panos/Nyani Quarmyne

Public health schemes: Getting it right

Ghana grapples with making health care universally accessible
A patient discussing medication with a doctor at HIV/AIDS unit in Botswana. AMO/ Eric Miller

Africa's new strategies to defeat HIV/AIDS

Prevention, treatment and care cut new infections by 14%

Wanted: affordable medicines for all

UN panel calls for new global accords to make drugs cheaper
A patient at the JFK Medical Center and E.S. Grant Mental Health Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. World Bank/Dominic Chavez

Mental illness: Invisible but devastating

Superstitution often blamed for acute mental health diseases
 Surgeons in the operating theatre at a Bangalore hospital, Bangalore , India. Photo credit: Panos/B. Lawley

India’s medical tourism gets Africans’ attention

Many lured by affordable treatment, state-of-the art equipment, top-notch doctors and follow-up care
Health workers attend to patients at a camel mobile clinic in Samburu, Kenya. Photo credit: CHAT

Taking health services to remote areas

Mobile camel clinics, motorbike ambulances and other innovations for reaching rural folk
Nurses attending to patients at a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo credit: Panos/ Robin Hammond

Dying from lack of medicines

Encouraging local production, right policies the way out


An oil production facility in Nigeria. Photo credit: Panos/J

Commodity prices crash hits Africa

Volatile global financial markets and weaknesses in global growth to blame
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe flanked by African leaders at TICAD-VI. Photo credit: Rwandan Presidency

Africa welcomes new trade initiatives from Japanese investors

TICAD VI’s Nairobi Declaration is aimed at boosting economic ties
Moroccan King Mohammed VI is welcomed by President John Pombe Magufuli on a visit to Tanzania in October 2016. Photo credit: Presidency of Tanzania

Morocco flexed economic muscles and returned to the AU

The North African country has now rejoined the African Union, having worked slowly but steadily to establish itself as a major economic force in sub-Saharan Africa.
Roadworkers undertaking repairs on a World Bank funded road. Photo credit: World Bank/Trevor Samson

Business opportunities through government tenders

African companies to bid for contracts around the world

Refugees & Migrants

Migrants from Africa and elsewhere rescued from a smuggler's boat by an Italian naval ship in the Mediterranean. Photo credit: UNHCR/A. D'Amato

Young Ghanaians risk all for "better" life

Some migrate within Africa while others take the risky route to Europe
A man and his family register as refugees in Uganda. Photo credit: UNHCR/F. Noy

Africa most affected by refugee crisis

Ethiopia and Uganda praised for open-door policy
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