On a hilltop in rural Rwanda, in three shipping containers under a white marquee, a Silicon Valley startup is plotting world domination. “We want to create an instant delivery system for the planet,” says Maggie Jim, chief of staff for Zipline, a San Francisco-based drone manufacturer and operator.
Revolutionising Africa’s healthcare delivery system is just a means to that end.
By Ra'eesa Pather
In remote villages hours away from Malawi’s cities, community health workers are saving the lives of small children in makeshift outdoor treatment areas.
06 MAR 2015 00:00 ARTHUR NESLEN
"The end of the outbreak is in sight, but the high human and economic costs are yet to be tallied."
Regional and world leaders have called on the international community to scale up their efforts to rebuild the nations devastated by Ebola amid fears that the death toll from the outbreak could be even higher than previously thought.
7 JUN 2014 00:00 REZA HOSSAINI
Zimbabwe can hasten its recovery by abolishing user fees and expanding its fiscal resources
In city centres people are resorting to digging wells and even the hospitals face a major crisis.
While the major focus has been on economic problems Zimbabwe has been facing owing to a severe liquidity crunch, which has led to company closures and massive job loses, a huge humanitarian disaster is emerging. This as the government fails to provide social services, including clean water.
06 Dec 2013 00:00| Alex Duval Smith
Chad has been hit by a refugee influx from Darfur and Central African Republic as well as the return of its citizens expelled from Libya.
The people at the World Health Organisation call it "routine childhood immunisation". But they have not witnessed the anything but routine sleuthing required of Anastasie Nague as she plays her part in preventing disease in a new, three-pronged humanitarian emergency affecting landlocked Chad.
Zimbabwe's hospitals are being forced to carry out fundraising activities to keep afloat owing to low budget disbursements from the finance ministry.
Referral hospitals are struggling to sustain their operations, with rural and provincial hospitals also hard hit.
The Mail & Guardian understands that Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo and Harare Central Hospital – two of the country's largest referral health centres – are faced with critical shortages of health consumables such as drugs, detergents and food for patients.
14 DEC 2012 00:00 - FARANAAZ PARKER
The country is focusing on giving women access to family planning services. Faranaaz Parker reports.
On a grey Wednesday morning in the Malawian capital of Lilongwe, a group of young people performs a skit for philanthropist Melinda Gates, who has come to visit their recreational centre. It is a draughty room with wooden board walls and sheets of corrugated iron roofing that do not quite meet.
CLAR NI CHONGHAILE
Ebola has broken out in Uganda, killing at least 14 people as health officials battle to stem the spread of the deadly virus.
Terrified patients fled from a hospital in western Uganda as soon as news broke that a mysterious illness that killed at least 14 people in the region was Ebola, one of the world's most virulent diseases.