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Stroke is the most common medical emergency in most hospitals in Nigeria, a national newspaper claimed. Is this the case? The post Campaigner in hit and miss with facts about Nigeria’s stroke burden appeared first on Africa Check.

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It’s the kind of claim that deserves a double-take. Do a quarter of the women in Africa really suffer from depression?  The post Do one in four women in Africa suffer from depression? We checked appeared first on Africa Check.

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It’s the kind of claim that deserves a double-take. Do a quarter of the women in Africa really suffer from depression?  The post Does 1 in 4 women in Africa suffer from depression? We checked appeared first on Africa Check.

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This year, Africa Check’s Nigeria office seemed to face more false claims than there are hours in the day. And the most worrying of these were about health. The post Nigeria: 10 big health-related claims we fact-checked in 2019 – and why appeared first on Africa Check.

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Ethiopia’s economic growth rate is the highest in the world, an analyst has claimed, giving it the potential to become a powerhouse of East Africa. We looked at the data. The post Yes, Ethiopia ‘the fastest growing economy globally’ – but it’s all in the details appeared first on Africa Check.

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Were 800,000 cows from northern Nigeria “poisoned” with the cowpox virus in 2019? Is cowpox life-threatening, and can you get it from eating beef – or even from living cows? We debunk a scary Facebook post.

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Nigeria has at least 170 universities, with the oldest set up in 1948. But few have been led by women, now or in the past. The post More than 15 female vice-chancellors have led Nigerian universities, but higher education still a man’s world appeared first on Africa Check.

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Kenyatta’s claims about funding to coastal counties and Kenyan life expectancy are largely supported by the available data. But the evidence isn’t as compelling for the president’s other claims. The post Fact-checked: 5 claims by Kenyan President Kenyatta in national day speech appeared first on Africa Check.

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The South African government is making headway in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with clean energy’s share of the country’s power mix on the rise. It’s grown from zero to over 8% since 2010.

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A campaign by South African non-profit Aware.org has claimed half the people who start drinking before they’re 18 develop alcohol dependence – what’s known as “alcoholism”. But no research supports this alarming figure.

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With South African Airways under pressure from an ongoing strike, a graphic circulating online compares the carrier’s staff and plane numbers to two other national airlines. Are its claims about SAA correct? The post South African Airways does not employ 55,500 people appeared first on Africa Check.

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A South African animal welfare organisation recently claimed that animal abusers will go on to abuse people, including vulnerable children and women. But is this true? The post No research shows animal abuse always leads to violence against people appeared first on Africa Check.

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In a recent report, news organisation Al Jazeera painted a stark picture of mental illness in Africa’s most populous country. But are its facts accurate? The post Fact-checked: Al Jazeera’s claims about Nigeria’s ‘mental health problem’ appeared first on Africa Check.

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While launching a report, Ramaphosa made a raft of claims about government achievements over the past 25 years. We zeroed in on five. The post Fact-Checked: President Cyril Ramaphosa’s claims about progress in South Africa since 1994 appeared first on Africa Check.

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A national daily newspaper claimed transport secretary James Macharia has been allocated 47% of the national government’s development budget since 2015. This is inaccurate. The post Has ‘super’ minister been handed nearly half of Kenya’s development cash? appeared first on Africa Check.

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Nigeria’s communications minister said information technology now contributed more to GDP than oil. Did he get his facts right? The post ICT outstrips oil and gas in Nigeria’s economy – but error in minister’s comparison appeared first on Africa Check.

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Skyscrapers are jostling to top Johannesburg’s Carlton Centre as the king of the African skies. The official title can be a bit elusive, making some contenders a little hasty. The post Tallest building in Africa? SA’s Leonardo pulls the trigger too soon appeared first on Africa Check.

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The head of a Nigeria and Australia registered non-profit organisation claimed that of 14,000 women diagnosed with cervical cancer, 8,000 will die. But the most recent data shows a heavier burden. The post Charity understates cervical cancer deaths in Nigeria as it unveils campaign appeared first on Africa Check.

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