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Dana Sanchez, 3:22 pm AFKI Original
Despite declining oil prices, oil-rich Norway is the happiest country in the world — proof that it’s about more than income. The people who live in the happiest countries in the world also value good governance, freedom, generosity, honesty, and health, according to World Happiness Report. There’s a deficit of happiness in Africa. African youth are essentially optimisitic and resilient in the face of poor infrastructure, but they are disappointed with development under democracy, say the authors of the report.
Keren Mikva, 6:05 pm AFKI Original
Air pollution in African countries could develop into health and climate crises like China and India have endured. A day spent breathing in Cairo has been likened to smoking a pack of cigarettes. Industrial plants burning low-quality fuel, seasonal sandstorms that often smother the city in a yellow haze, and high vehicle emissions have made the problem worse. Little regulation is in place to enforce environmentally friendly industry processes. Here are 10 of the most polluted African cities.
African governments have tried to limit and stop its use, but marijuana remains deeply ingrained in African traditions, economies and recreation. It is an important source of income, but is illegal everywhere in Africa. Tolerance and enforcement vary from country to country. There’s a growing belief that with the proper regulations, marijuana should be legalized for the greater good. AFKInsider compiled a list of African countries and ranked them for marijuana tolerance. We’ve also provided a list of most marijuana-friendly countries in the world as a basis for comparison.
Julia Austin, 5:25 pm AFKI Original
Necessity is the mother of invention in many rural African communities. Many are so isolated that people cannot get to a city without huge effort and expense. This has led to a few brilliant ideas that have become products and services that can benefit rural communities everywhere. One is the Tutu Tester van, a mobile clinic that brings trained medical professionals to remote communities. The van tests for TB and HIV as a regular checkup to remove the stigma and encourage people to be tested.
Dana Sanchez, 12:23 pm
As international and intra-African trade grows, shipping-related emissions are increasingly polluting African ports. Impact on the environment will be significant if shipping companies, port authorities, freight companies and terminal operators continue doing business as usual. “The danger is real,” says a South African port CEO. “Increased emissions have the potential to severely impact the lives of people around port cities.”
Staff, 2:19 am
This practice is heavily guarded, more like a secret society, swearing by the Hippocratic Oath to enter and abide by strict protocols and guidelines. The practice is standardized world-over and medical professionals are kept updated through journals, conferences and peer review meetings. Every new approach proposed is weighed against the existing proven method, and the
Keren Mikva, 9:22 am AFKI Original
In Uganda, the Gates Foundation has supported a genetically modified food project to create a new version of matooke, a banana-like staple devastated by banana leaf wilt. The GM project aims to create a modified version immune to the disease. A grant-making foundation created to tackle global challenges, the foundation still invites controversy. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about the Gates Foundation in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 8:50 pm
Insurance premiums accounted for more than 15% of South Africa’s GDP in 2013. It had the second-highest insurance penetration in the world, PwC reports. By comparison, insurance accounted for 0.6% of Nigeria’s GDP and 3.4% of Kenya’s.
Dana Sanchez, 4:14 pm
Uganda has one of the lowest insurance penetration rates in sub-Saharan Africa, according to an Observer report in AllAfrica. That could change. Tanzania’s Alliance Africa General Insurance has started doing business in Uganda, upping the stakes. The insurance penetration rate in Uganda is estimated at 0.8 percent compared to Tanzania’s 1.1 percent, Rwanda’s 2.3 percent, Kenya’s 3.5 percent, and South Africa’s 14.2 percent
Staff, 5:56 pm
UNICEF and Bharti Airtel have partnered to collaborate in 17 African countries by rolling out UNICEF health and education apps for free. The aim of the partnership is to improve access to health and education-related information while pushing various innovative projects supported by UNICEF. UNICEF health, education and youth-focused content will be made available to Airtel customers for free across the 17 African countries
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