An acrimonious national debate about French-speaking judges and teachers being assigned to largely English-speaking areas prompted the second government-led internet shutdown in English-speaking parts of Cameroon this year. One affected region, Buea, where many of the country’s tech startups are concentrated, has startup founders wondering how to startup again.
Drought and late rainfall in Zimbabwe has hurt cotton harvests. Even with the government supplying $42 million to help the industry, farmers are struggling to produce enough of the crop to sustain their livelihoods.
Patients in need of blood transfusions in Zimbabwe are facing a dire situation: Hospitals will not give them blood unless the patients pay for it, even though the cost of a unit of blood represents a relatively hefty sum in a country wracked by economic crisis. Rural hospitals have trouble keeping enough blood in stock, and some patients are dying because they do not have the money to purchase blood.
The cost of a unit of blood in DRC could soon top $100, if people don’t begin donating regularly, health officials warn. One woman formed an organization to urge women in particular to give blood to help replenish local blood banks.
In rural northwestern Uganda, rates of HIV infection are the lowest in the country. The region’s success is attributed to community-based efforts aimed at preventing risky behavior, including an end to the custom of three-day wedding ceremonies with dancing every night.