Not being able to drop everything and go, in haste, to be with a grieving beloved. Not being able to help with handing out food or washing extra glasses for the increasing guests.

The hardest part is not being able to surround them, first quietly, then with chatter of girlfriends that made you laugh and lifted your minds from the dark moment.

The hardest part is, when it quieted down again and there was more room, not being able to extending your legs and offer your thighs as a cushion for them to rest their head and escape reality.

The hardest part of the pandemic is not being able to extend even a supportive hand.


Have cancer cases at the country’s medical facilities shown a dramatic increase over the past six years?

The Guardian newspaper reports that Tanzania is experiencing a dramatic rise in cancer cases, with medical facilities struggling to cope, especially in remote communities.

While cancer patients in Tanzania have a right to be treated for free, late diagnosis and a shortage of essential drugs is, the Guardian reports, making…


Are teenage mothers influencing the reproductive behavior of their classmates?

Tanzanian president John Magufuli has called for teen mothers who get pregnant while still in school to be banned from returning.

Speaking at a rally in Chalinze, President Magufuli insisted that NGOs in Tanzania should stop encouraging teenage mothers to go back to school after they’ve given birth.

“If a…


Whether it’s Facebook’s News Feed, the local community WhatsApp group, YouTube, Twitter or mobile games, online journalists are competing for readers’ attention against an unprecedented amount of easy to access distractions on the same screen as their news. How can they stand out without compromising their editorial values? …


“How many people in this room read the paper everyday?” Omar (Code for Tanzania country lead) asked in opening. No show of hands. “Ok, I see one hand, but you work in print media so you don’t count.”

It’s pretty clear that there’s a transition happening in how information and…


Are Dodgy Businessmen to Blame for the Sharp Rise in Maize Prices?

Over the last two years, the price of maize in Tanzania has increased by almost 30 per cent, this is according to data from the Bank of Tanzania (BOT). In Dec. 2015, one kilogram of maize cost TSh651. This went up to TSh852 Dec in 2016. …


After a scientist was fired for announcing that the virus is endemic to the country, should Tanzanians be worried about the disease?

On Dec. 15, Dr. Mwele Malecela, the Director General of National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), as part of the institute’s annual report, announced publicly that the Zika virus is present in Tanzania.

“Zika is in our country and among 533 people that got tested 15.6% were found infected with…


Once upon a time there lived a temerarious group of people in Tanzania’s busiest city of Dar es Salaam. Ok, I just learned that word (temerarious) and to be honest I’m not sure I’ve used it correctly- but I like it!

Anyway…

On my way home yesterday, amidst the crazy…


“Free education”, late reflections

I must admit, albeit all the noise and evidence to support the optimism and skepticism, I just couldn’t gauge my thoughts on our new president’s policies in education. …


How many of us think JB’s hit song “Love yourself” is a dab at an ex? I don’t! I honestly think the message in the song is the best advice anyone could give someone. We all should really love ourselves. Why? Cause it makes us better, people.

tbc…

Mwegelo Kapinga

Development. Policy. Researcher. Writer. PesaCheck fellow.

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