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Did journalists’ TV ‘hangout’ get facts about healthcare in Nigeria right?

14th September 2021 If a doctors’ strike during Nigeria’s third Covid-19 wave and a deadly cholera outbreak wasn’t hard enough, health professionals were “rushing” to... 

Are 20 000 Nigerian doctors practising in the US, compared to 50 000 in the country?

10th September 2021 Offering better welfare packages would stem the loss of Nigeria’s doctors to other countries, according to a leading medic. Prof Oladapo Ashiru is... 

Two claims by popular morning radio show host about depression in Kenya, checked

9th September 2021 A popular Kenyan radio show host castigated men for keeping their troubles to themselves, and women for not offering a listening ear to them.... 

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Yes, Oyo state’s own funds grew as governor claimed – here’s why this matters for Nigeria

2nd September 2021 The governor of Oyo state in southwestern Nigeria recently defended his revenue record after a rival took aim at it. In June 2021, Bayo Adelabu, a... 

No Kenneth Meshoe, police are allowed to shoot in self-defence, just like other South Africans

1st September 2021 South African police "are not even allowed to shoot when they are shot at”.  This claim was made by Kenneth Meshoe, Christian pastor, member of... 

Half a million abortions in Kenya every year, despite ban? Yes – and decade-old estimate still relevant

25th August 2021 Radio celebrity Julius Owino, known as Maji Maji, recently made a startling claim to start off a discussion about abortion in Kenya.   “500 000... 

Do 3 in 10 girls in South Africa miss school because they lack sanitary pads? Ghost stat widely cited

23rd August 2021 While discussing “period poverty” and its effect on schoolgirls, an article on the widely read South African website News24 offered an alarming... 

No, South Africa doesn’t have world’s 2nd-highest rate of firearm-related deaths

18th August 2021 South Africa has been debating proposed revisions to the primary law that governs who can own guns in the country and how they are used. The... 

Are 20-million black South Africans unemployed, compared to 1.6-million in 1994? Viral graphic gets it wrong

10th August 2021 A graphic widely shared in South Africa appears to lay bare in stark numbers the agony of high unemployment in the country. The graphic, posted... 

South African news website fumbles extent of cancer in Malawi

5th August 2021 A South African news website recently made a startling claim about the burden of cancer in Malawi, while reporting on inexpensive cancer screening... 

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