Severe water shortages in Malawi
Parts of Malawi, including large parts of the northern region, have not received rain since February 2013 and are now experiencing severe water shortages. Women in the affected areas are leaving their homes in the early hours of the morning and walking up to 40 minutes to fetch water from the closest source. Full report
Small steps in Madagascar’s fight against gender-based violence
10 December 2013
Efforts to reduce violence against women in Madagascar are coming up against the economic realities and social norms lived by the majority of women in the country. While police have been trained to help women press charges against violent partners, many women still have trouble speaking out about abuse.
Outrage, scepticism at Uganda U-turn on LGBTI clinics
9 December 2013
Eighteen months after slamming activists who opened a clinic for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Kampala, Uganda’s health ministry has decided it was a good idea after all and has begun setting up similar facilities, prompting outrage from the Ministry for Ethics and Integrity and scepticism from some in civil society.
Nelson Mandela's activism remembered at AIDS and STIs conference
9 December 2013
AIDS conference opening ceremonies are usually a buzzing cacophony of noise, protest and activity. But the 17th International Conference on AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Africa, held in Cape Town, South Africa, has kicked off on a more sombre note. The death of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and noted AIDS activist, had speakers at the opening ceremony reflecting on his contribution to the global AIDS response.
Aid agencies struggle to reach all of CAR’s needy
6 December 2013
Chaos following a coup in the Central African Republic (CAR) has left half the population of 4.6 million in need of assstance, some 400,000 people displaced and countless living in fear of increasingly brutal and sectarian violence.
Africa must be bolder in climate talks
5 December 2013
Africa needs to assert itself at the UN climate talks, especially to source money to help its farmers adapt to a changing climate. This was the message from African scientists and policymakers, who met in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in October, a month ahead of the UN climate change conference in Warsaw.