Why Developing New Drugs in Africa is an Effective Way to Develop its Pharmaceutical Industry

Several United Nation agencies have raised concerns about the high underdevelopment of Africa’s pharmaceutical industry and the need to develop the local industry to tackle the high disease burden and the low public sector access to medication in the continent. The UN Economic Commission for Africa estimates that public sector access to medication is less… Read More Why Developing New Drugs in Africa is an Effective Way to Develop its Pharmaceutical Industry

This Common Weed Growing Around your House can Cure more than Ten Ailments

When cutting bushes in most African countries, it is most likely that you would have to cut down a Sida Acuta (Wireweed), which fibrous stem can make your cutting work a little harder. Sida acuta, an invasive perennial shrub is a very common and widely distributed plant in the tropical and subtropical regions of the… Read More This Common Weed Growing Around your House can Cure more than Ten Ailments

How Sickle Cell Drug Niprisan (Nicosan) was Developed in Nigeria by Nigerians

When discussing nations’ scientific discoveries and contributions to medical science not much can be said about Nigeria. Research funding and output in Nigeria is low and the few tangible discoveries or prototypes from the country’s research institutes and centres in the country are hardly developed beyond the labs. However, the story of the development of… Read More How Sickle Cell Drug Niprisan (Nicosan) was Developed in Nigeria by Nigerians

Meet Victor Kande, the Physician Behind the Just Approved & First Oral Drug for Sleeping Sickness

On November 16, 2018, the first treatment for sleeping sickness that relies on pills alone was approved by European Medicines Agency, Europe’s drug regulatory agency. This disease which can result in madness and eventually death if not treated has for many years been neglected and patients had to undergo a complex and sometimes dangerous intravenous… Read More Meet Victor Kande, the Physician Behind the Just Approved & First Oral Drug for Sleeping Sickness

Africa’s Informal Economy is Basically a “Gig” Economy

Today, freelancers represent 35% of the United States workforce and 16.1% in the Europe Union. In Africa, figures are harder to determine, however, in South Africa the number is thought to be about 10% and rising strongly. In OECD countries, studies show that freelancers work chiefly in the service sector and doing mostly white and… Read More Africa’s Informal Economy is Basically a “Gig” Economy

A Rare 16th Century Description of the Advanced Economy of Ancient Benin

The Benin Kingdom was one of most developed states in Africa in ancient times until it was annexed by the British Empire in 1897. Founded around 1180 C.E, the people of Benin Kingdom built an advanced society and city so advanced that European historians compared it to Amsterdam in Europe. One of such descriptions: “When… Read More A Rare 16th Century Description of the Advanced Economy of Ancient Benin