Editor's note

When it comes to the production of knowledge, rich countries in Europe and North America remain the key players. But their dominance is, in some instances, waning as a process of creating knowledge in the Global South unfolds. Robert Morrell explains how this is happening, and what the implications are for the creation of knowledge.

The rate of maternal deaths after C-sections is 50 times higher in African countries than high income countries. And it isn’t only the mothers who are suffering. The in-hospital mortality of babies after Caesarean delivery is double that of high-income countries. Bruce M Biccard unpacks why this is the case, and what can be done about it.  

Natasha Joseph

Science & Technology Editor

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A process of making knowledge in the South is underway. klerik78/Shutterstock

The global South is changing how knowledge is made, shared and used

Robert Morrell, University of Cape Town

In the past few decades, there's been more critique of global knowledge inequalities and the global North's dominance.

Health + Medicine

The death rate for mothers having C-sections is 50 times higher in Africa

Bruce M Biccard, University of Cape Town

Research shows that women in Africa are more likely to die as a result of complications related to C-sedtions.

What African countries can do about ensuring safer surgery

Isabella Epiu, Makerere University

Research found that only a quarter of anaesthetists working in main referral hospitals in East Africa used the WHO safe surgical checklist.

Politics + Society

East Africa should intervene to defuse Rwanda-Uganda war of words

Filip Reyntjens, University of Antwerp

A military confrontation between Uganda and Rwanda remains implausible. But the stand-off between the two countries is reminiscent of the worst days between them.

South Africans go to the polls in May: what you need to know

Kealeboga J Maphunye, University of South Africa

South Africa's polls have been praised for adhering to international election best practice. But, they are not without problems.

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Cyclone Idai: rich countries are to blame for disasters like this – here’s how they can make amends

Michael Mikulewicz, Glasgow Caledonian University; Tahseen Jafry, Glasgow Caledonian University

From New Orleans to Haiti to Mozambique, global inequality plays a major role in making disasters deadly.

How Trump and Barr could stretch claims of executive privilege and grand jury secrecy

Charles Tiefer, University of Baltimore

The president and attorney general can try to keep the findings of Mueller's investigation secret. They'll likely use both the secrecy of grand jury proceedings and executive privilege to do that.

Does Monsanto’s Roundup cause cancer? The law says yes, the science says maybe

Richard G. "Bugs" Stevens, University of Connecticut

What is proof? In both law and science, it's basically a consensus of experts – but they work at very different speeds. That means juries may reach verdicts on an issue before the science is settled.

Here’s what that house proud mouse was doing – plus five other animals who take cleaning seriously

Sophia Daoudi, University of Stirling; Jan Hoole, Keele University

The mouse who tidied the shed he lives in fascinated human viewers, but cleanliness isn't a virtue unique to humans.


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