Over half of Africa’s young adults want to emigrate


Economic strife, insecurity, corruption, political intolerance, unreliable internet, and poor education systems are behind the desire of many African youth to relocate to Europe or the US.

To be exact, more than half of African youth aged between 18 and 24 are likely to consider emigrating in the next three years if their governments do nothing to improve the quality of their lives. This is according to the 2022 Africa Youth Survey (pdf) report by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation (IFF), released recently in celebration of the World Refugee Day on June 20.

The study shows that on average, 52% of Africa’s youth population want to emigrate but in Nigeria and Sudan, it’s three quarters of the population while in Angola and Malawi it’s two thirds. Compared to the 2019 study (pdf) there is a 22% increase in the number of youth saying they would like to move to another country. Africa’s average age is 19 years.

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Pfizer to offer drugs at not-for-profit prices in low income countries


Pfizer, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, has announced that it will be providing nearly two dozen of its patented products at not-for-profit prices to 45 lower-income countries, home to 1.2 billion people.

Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal, and Uganda are the first five countries to commit to the ‘accord for a healthier world’ initiative, announced at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos. These countries will be the first to receive the drugs at a lower cost, and health officials from the countries will provide early insights to ensure ‘all medicines and vaccines can reach those in need’.

Lessons learned from these five countries will then be applied to the rollout to the other countries. The program will be available to 45 countries in total—27 of which are low-income countries, and 18 lower-middle-income countries. 29 of these countries are in Africa.

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