You should know

The number of new malaria cases in Africa fell 42 percent from 2000 to 2015, according to the World Health Organization. The drop was due in large part to insecticide-treated mosquito nets, indoor spraying and better access to effective treatments. But this progress could be derailed by a new wave of drug-resistant malaria that’s currently affecting Asia. (VOA)

Three hundred children in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr El Ghazal region have been abandoned by parents fleeing the country to escape two years of drought, a collapsing economy, and mass hunger. (Al Jazeera)

At least 84 people have been killed after a lorry ploughed into a crowd attending Bastille Day celebrations in the French city of Nice on Thursday night, in what is being investigated as a terror attack. (France 24)

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an Innovation Accelerator focused on identifying solutions towards ending hunger. Based in Munich, Germany, the Innovation Accelerator combines internal WFP staff with experts and entrepreneurs from across the private sector and civil society. (Disrupt Africa)

Generation Next

The dearth of top quality tertiary institutions in Africa has been laid bare in a new report which cited only ten schools on the continent in its ranking of the best 1,000 universities in the world. The annual ranking is compiled by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), a Saudi Arabia-based education consulting organization. CWUR bases its ranking on a range of indicators, with quality of education, quality of faculty and alumni employment making up 75% of its criteria. (Quartz)

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Most comic book superheroes are Europeans or white Americans but one artist in South Africa has been trying to change that. “Kwezi” (star in Xhosa and Zulu) is the brainchild of Loyiso Mkize, who describes it as a coming-of-age story about finding one’s heritage. (BBC)


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