Africa

COVID-19 testing in Africa has so far been limited to larger cities because of how the tests are conducted, which means that it is far more difficult to test those in remote and rural areas where there are higher rates of poverty. The United Nations’ Global Goal 3 promotes good health and well-being for all, and this can only be achieved if all people in all places have access to health care and virus testing.
This article addresses goals 7, 9, 12 and 13 with looking at six scenarios aimed at defossilated sustainable power systems in West Africa with the timeframe of 2015-2050.
Advancing SDG 15, this article explores the endophytic bacteria isolated from Genista cinerea nodules growing in North African drylands.
This article addresses SDGs 3 and 5 by showing that married adolescent girls in Niger experiencing intimate partner violence or reproductive coercion were more likely to use family planning without their husbands' knowledge. These findings have important implications for programmes and policies that aim to increase family planning uptake through greater engagement with male partners, as this approach could undermine the autonomy of young women.
Elsevier,

The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, Issue 3, March 2020, Page 183

 

In support of SDG 5, this reflections piece highlights the challenges of eradicating female genital mutilation (FGM) in Tanzania. Talha Khan Burki reviews the acclaimed documentary “In the Name of Your Daughter”, which focuses on the efforts of Rhobi Samwelly, a woman who runs a safe house for vulnerable girls at risk of FGM in her community and is working to change cultural attitudes towards this practice.
The need for improved and safely managed sanitation facilities is acute in dense informal settlements in rapidly urbanizing areas. One of the key factors influencing the cost-effectiveness and reliability of service provision in informal settlements is the ability to optimize waste collection from latrines with variable use patterns that are spatially dispersed within an informal settlement. This study investigates how latrine sensors could be used to estimate waste fill levels and improve servicing efficiency for forty latrines in Nairobi, Kenya, supporting SDGs 3, 6 and 9.
This article addresses SDGs 3 and 5 by demonstrating the effectiveness of a self-help intervention in reducing symptoms of PTSD, depression, and other forms of psychological distress in female refugees, many of whom are survivors of gender-based physical or sexual violence in conflict-affected populations.
Elsevier,

The Lancet Global Health, Volume 8, Issue 2, February 2020, Pages e254-e263

Contributing to SDGs 3 and 5, this study used stress management workshops to improve psychological distress in female refugees in Uganda, 26% of whom had experienced physical violence from an intimate partner, 10% of whom had experienced sexual violence from an intimate partner, and 24% of whom had experienced physical violence from someone other than an intimate partner.
Women with disabilities have not been given close attention, particularly in developing countries. This study explored the challenges faced by women with disabilities vis-a-vis their non-disabled counterparts within the same period and in the same study setting. This addresses SDG 3.
This book chapter addresses goals 7, 9, and 13 by reviewing the prospects and constraints for bioenergy development in Africa to ensure sustainable bioenergy production in the future.

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