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Esther Nakkazi

Esther Nakkazi is a freelance science and technology reporter, a blogger at Uganda ScieGirl and a media trainer. She has mentored African science journalists in the World Federation of Science Journalists project.  Follow her on twitter @Nakkazi. She is the 2016 Journalist in Residence Fellow at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. 

 

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Gender & Health System Leadership: Increasing Women’s Representation at the Top

Women make up the bulk of the healthcare workforce but so few are in the top leadership roles. The role of women in leadership, or rather the lack of women in leadership positions and its impact on health policies, is indeed one which we must continue to question. What are the implications of having so few women at the top? How do we encourage t...

The next epidemic requires more than health systems strengthening

The Ebola crisis in West Africa might have preyed on weak health systems but just strengthening them – although necessary – is not the magic bullet to fixing the next epidemic. “We have to be very careful when we say that a better health system is the answer,” said Prof. Dr. Peter Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropic...

One click at a time – a tale of the mighty pen and mouse

  It has been said before, and it appears to have been proven once again this week: social media can be used for the good, the bad and the ugly. In these times of increasing polarization and xenophobia, we’ve seen plenty of the latter (social media often seem to further increase polarization, rather than boost empathy for the downtrodden), but...

Is a malaria free Africa by 2030 possible?

Earlier this week, forty-seven WHO member states in the African Region unanimously adopted a new malaria framework with specific actions to reach ‘an African Region free of malaria’ by 2030. In a meeting held in Addis Ababa on the 21st of August, they came up with a framework to guide member countries towards attaining targets of the Global ...

High time for African Journals to convert to open access

Every Friday, Kristof Decoster, the editor of the International Health Policies (IHP)  newsletter sends it out to ardent readers from all over the world including those in Africa. The newsletter is an initiative of the Health policy unit at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp, Belgium and has been in existence since 2009. It is ...

Keen on my Journalist in Residence fellowship in Antwerp

On a warm, sunny Sunday morning I arrived in Antwerp, the second biggest city after Brussels in Belgium and my home to be for the next two months. More specifically, my new “home” is the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM). Coincidentally, I arrived on the 31st of July, and Belgium, a country in Europe, not a city as US presidential nominee...