14 December 2021

Malaria: It is treatments for severe malaria in Africa that are most threatened by emerging resistance to malaria drugs. For the time being “front-line drugs remain largely effective, but the likelihood of widespread failure is growing fast”. So far, “resistance to artemisinins has not spread widely in Africa” but we need to be prepared when it does and surveillance is needed. Overall, a holistic approach in fighting malaria is needed, not only medicines, insecticides and nets.

South Africa: An homage to Lindiwe Mabuza, 13th of August 1938 to 6th of December 2021, poetess, artist, feminist, activist, ambassadress. “You recite a poem. It’s better than a three-hour speech.”

Uganda: “(A)head of planned campaigns for a by-election in Kayunga district”, Bobi Wine’s house has been surrounded by police and military. Would they be trying to stop him from going to Kayunga – formerly a stronghold of the ruling party, then conquered by the opposition?
BBC Africa Live 14 December 2021. 6:47

Nigeria: Police seem to prefer dealing with protesters to dealing with insecurity – they have dispersed those who in Katsina state’s capital Katsina to demand of authorities to do more against insecurity.
BBC Africa Live 14 December 2021. 15:28

Covid: As Omicron spreads inside Britain, travel bans no longer make sense, so the UK has removed all 11 African countries (Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe) from its red list.
BBC Africa Live 14 December 2021. 14:49

13 December 2021

Gambia: Barrow’s decisive victory might come with his abandoning important parts of his programme of the 2016 elections – a new constitution (because of the question of term limits?) and the non-implementation of the recommendations of the Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (as Barrow now relies on some Jammeh loyalists). Looking at the election results, it seems unlikely that there will be any important challenge to Barrow’s rule in the near future.

Endangered species: Deep-sea mining threatens some unique species, especially at deep sea hydrothermal vents (cracks in the seafloor along fault lines, e.g. in the Red Sea) which harbour insular ecosystems – with the UN’s International Seabed Authority having already granted 31 exploratory deep sea mining contracts, several of them at hydrothermal vents, extinction could result.

South Africa/Covid: The country fared so badly in the pandemic because it followed Trump & co instead of South Korea & co, so measures taken were inadequate. The problem at the bottom of it – and in the case of Covid, it is the realm of science that is concerned – is that “(t)he minority which is heard in the national debate lives and thinks like the first world. It is fixated on Western countries whether it praises or criticises them. And it sees the rest of South Africa as a third world of poverty and incapacity.” The article’s author has just published a book on the topic, called “One Virus, Two Countries”.

Uganda: Medical interns have been on strike since 6th of November, but they had continued to work on emergencies – now they are ceasing all work. Industrial action had been ongoing since 2017. The government has broken all promises to increase pay.
BBC Africa Live 13 December 2021. 8:47