Health & Environ

TIME OVERDUE FOR THE US TO RATIFY LAW OF THE SEA TREATY

May
19
By Jonathan Power

Beauty Under the Sea: Coconut OctopusPresident Joe Biden has many challenges to confront in his foreign policy. One of which is the seemingly forgotten United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) that remains unratified by the US, the only major country not to do so. Yet, UNCLOS serves the interests of both sea-every country because what happens in, under and on the sea affects the food, water, and air that every living thing depends on. 

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FACEMASKS: ARE THEY UGANDA’S TICKING ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER?

May
19
By Brian Mukalazi

Brian MukalaziBefore the development of a market economy, Ugandans used bags, strings, pots, and baskets made from local materials such as palm leaves, papyrus, banana leaves and fibers, grass, fibrous shrubs (jute and sisal), or clay for packaging, storage, and transporting of goods. Other than baked clay pots, all these materials are biodegradable, and they pose little danger to the environment. However, plastics rapidly replaced most natural fibers because they more convenient, but they pose tremendous threat to the environment.

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FORESTALLING FUTURE VIRUSES MUST BE AND COULD BE DONE INEXPENSIVELY

Mar
21
By Jonathan Power, a Foreign Affairs Columnist

Almost forgotten in the story about the Coronavirus is the story of AIDS. The drive to deal with it, the search to find medicine to cure it, and the self-discipline by homosexuals only began in 1981, when the disease was discovered, and its causes understood.

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WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE DECIDING TO BE OR NOT TO BE VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19

Mar
21
By Okot Nyormoi, Editor

Children's vaccinationVaccines have been around for years and it is no secret that they have saved millions of humans from death, debilitation, and disfigurement. Thanks to vaccinations, young people today may not even know about diseases such as tetanus, polio, smallpox, measles, and yellow fever.

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POPULIST RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS TAKING TOLL ON TANZANIA’S STATURE

Mar
21
By Peter Kagwanja, Chief Executive, Africa Policy Institute.

History will judge the stewards of Tanzania’s Fifth Republic harshly for their imprudent response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Dar-es-Salam announced its first confirmed case of coronavirus on March 16, 2020, its leadership has stridently walked a populist path.

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A DAUNTING JOURNEY WITH COVID-19, a survivor's story

Nov
19
Dr. Romano Byaruhanga, Obs & Gynae Specialist

Dr. ByaruhangaLike a creeping thief in the night, it finally knocked at my door, unannounced, un-welcomed.

 

 

 

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TAKING STOCK OF SOME AFRICAN VIEWS ON COVID-19 

Nov
19
Editor

Coronavirus COVID-19When coronavirus (COVID-19) first appeared, Africans expressed variable opinions about its origin, purpose, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Some of the opinions, speculations, theories, and beliefs were obviously false, misleading, truthful, or indeterminate. We are now 10 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, though the situation is constantly changing, it is time to assess where some of these views about the pandemic stand today.

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THE CORONAVIRUS CAMPAIGN IN THE THIRD WORLD PUSHES OTHER PRIORITIES ASIDE

Nov
19
Jonathan Power

Polio VictimsA great piece of news was announced last month by the World Health Organization that wild type polio has been wiped out in Africa, thanks to a vaccine. However, it still remains in some isolated parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan where public health officials fight the polio virus against inbred conservative peoples, some of whom  are prepared to kill the health workers on the mistaken belief that they are the ones spreading the disease.

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