There was bad news in research published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine about the effectiveness of what had seemed to be the best prospect for a malaria vaccine. The vaccine is known by the unsexy name of ‘RTS,S’.
The study of the phase III trials finds that in babies (aged 6-12 weeks) the vaccine only reduces malaria by less than a third. This is disappointing because this is less than half the effectiveness that had been suggested by the phase II clinical trials.
Karen Kaya and Jason Warner: “Turkey’s Love Affair with Somalia.”
Somalia Newsroom: “Uganda’s Withdrawal Threat.”
The face of northern Kenya…is changing, and one might expect people’s opinions and loyalty to the Kenyan state to shift accordingly. However, while the government has set out to socially and economically integrate the northern populations into Kenya, the narratives on the ground seem to be painting a contrasting picture.
Laine Strutton: “Italian Colonization in Africa.”
Roving Bandit on mental illness in South Sudan.
Lesley Anne Warner on US Africa policy and President Barack Obama’s second term. And via Amb. David Shinn, Tadias looks at US-Ethiopian relations in light of President Obama’s re-election.
Africa Is A Country: “10 Films to Watch Out For.”
The mention of Italian colonialism is interesting, but unfortunately the article is far too brief. It doesn’t offer much information on exactly what Italian colonial policy was. Did they use military rule or civilian? Were taxes widespread and who was affected by them? Did their policies encourage colonial rebellions? It’s even stranger considering that the article provides links to (very) short articles on British indirect rule and French direct rule*.
*In French and behind a paywall I note.
As for Ethiopia I think Professor Alemayehu is going to be deeply disappointed. The U.S. isn’t going to push Ethiopia on anything for at least another ten years unless the East African situation changes greatly and for the better.