Home Thoughts from Abroad

This week I am back in my home continent of Europe. I am fortunate enough to be sharing my one week out of Africa with many of my nearest friends as the couple dearest to me tie the knot on the sunny Spanish island of Majorca.  Once those cabin doors close (admittedly a much delayed … Continue reading

A Stunning Decline in the Most Unlikely of Places

Data has just been presented this week of the most dramatic decline in HIV prevalence rates seen anywhere in the Sub-Saharan region. Based upon testing of pregnant women coming forward for neo-natal care the prevalence of women testing positive for HIV has dropped from 23% in 2001 to a staggering 11% in 2008. So which … Continue reading

Making a scene?

A free and unfettered press is something new I have to add to my list of “things I going to appreciate a little bit more after my time in Zambia.” To be honest, the choice of media in Lusaka is pretty dire with just three newspapers serving the capital. Two of them – Times of … Continue reading

Waiting for God O

This week everyone’s favourite son-of-a-Kenyan-goatherder makes his first trip to Africa as President. People tend not to count his brief stop in Egypt earlier in the year; partly because he was there to deliver an address to the Arab world and partly because he didn’t bring his family. This time the destination is Ghana, the … Continue reading

Ever Greater Union?

Moammar Gaddafi is rapidly becoming my favourite African politician to watch – for his eccentricity if nothing else. His African hospitality does not stop at strange and inappropriate gifts, he also insists on hosting guests in his home town, even when that happens to be in the middle of the desert – four hours from … Continue reading