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Africa's Pandemic Stories

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HQ Africa: Vaccine Watch Desk

We tap into HQ sources and partners that give us insight into what's happening on the continent's vaccine front. Here are this week’s highlights.

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The HQ Beat Vol. 1 No. 17

Shani from the HQ Squad! Covid fatigue is a real thing. People all over the world seem like they've 'had enough' of hearing about the pandemic, the impact that it has had on economies, the heated negotations relating to vaccine access. As lockdown restrictions ease on the continent, social gatherings

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Nekede's Widows

Darlington Chibueze Anuonye writes about his friendship with two widowed women in Nekede, Nigeria, and how they are surviving the precarity of loss and strife in a pandemic.

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Anti-Racist Hotdog

For academic and activist Wandile Mthiyane, the search for dinner one evening was a painful reminder of how remnants of apartheid are alive and well in South Africa. He now uses food to help his community and address racism and prejudice in his home city of Durban.

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The HQ Beat Vol. 1 No. 16

Xewani from the HQ Squad. When COVID-19 was first detected on the continent in 2020, and the whole world went into lockdown, by way of connecting and empathising with others, some said: 'We're all in the same boat'. But when glaring inequalities came to light, it became clear that our

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Africa's Internet Sensations

As the content creation industry grows, influencers on the continent have risen to become some of the most popular people on the internet. We take a look at the rise of African internet sensations and find out what some of the most popular Africans online are up to.

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Light in the Mourning

Kealeboga Pula reflects on the teachings from and 'upside' of loss and grief.

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The HQ Beat Vol. 1 No. 15

Hujambo from the HQ Squad. Since the advent of the novel coronavirus on the continent, lockdown measures and other responses have put so many things, including maternal healthcare, under pressure. COVID-19  has posed challenges to the provision of newborn nutrition and care interventions including maternal support, breastfeeding and family participation.

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The Checkpoint

Ebisike Kenneth Chinedum shares their experience of public transport in Nigeria during the Covid19 pandemic.

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Breast still Best?

For new mothers, the fear of their child getting infected and ill from any virus is particularly heightened during a devastating pandemic. Lutgard Musiine takes look at what studies say about Covid19 and breastfeeding.

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Discovering a 'New' World

A septuagenarian's sojourn into the fascinating world of the internet.

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Fears for Moms to Be

Adefunke Bolatito speaks to young Nigerian mother's to be on maternal health and fears associated with Covid-19.


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