Nigeria is currently trying to contain a meningitis epidemic which has killed hundreds of people – mostly children. Our factsheet examines the causes, symptoms and reasons why the country grapples to contain this disease, especially since an epidemic of this strain was predicted years ago.
Factsheets and guides
Data on Nigeria’s matriculation examinations has been released for the first time in 7 years. Which state had the most applications? Where were more women admitted to tertiary institutions than men? This factsheet summarises the trends.
In Nigeria, government intervention in the foreign exchange market has led to numerous dollar exchange rates. Africa Check counted at least eight – there’s even one for pilgrims.
The South African Police Service released crime statistics for the first three quarters of the 2016/17 financial year on 3 March 2017. This factsheet presents a summary.
In South Africa, few subjects elicit as much debate and opinion as the country’s extensive social welfare programme. Does it indeed make people “lazy” and “dependent”? And is South Africa heading for a financial cliff because of it? We reviewed the research.
The quarterfinals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations takes place this weekend. Samba Dialimpa Badji takes a look at the figures behind Africa’s premier soccer event.
The Kenyan government argues that awarding pay raises to its increasingly agitated workers will squeeze the public wage bill. But some argue its elites are not subjected to the same standard. This factsheet sets out the evidence.
Just how efficient is South Africa’s university sector? Karen Jeynes explains how the throughput rate of students is calculated and what the most recent statistics show.
In 2012, Africa Check found that Cape Town had the lowest inequality – by a small margin – of South Africa’s metros, as measured by the Gini coefficient. This factsheet is an update and attempt to highlight the complexity of ranking South African cities’ high inequality rates.
Following #FeesMustFall protests, South Africa has announced free higher education for students from poor and working-class families. This factsheet details the available places at the country’s 26 public universities, government’s subsidies and how the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will operate in future.
The lifestyle sections and health pages of many major newspapers and magazines routinely tout questionable health claims that are not supported by scientific research or evidence. This is a guide to evaluating the legitimacy of those claims and reporting responsibly on them.
This guide, published by Africa Check in cooperation with the Institute for Security Studies, explains what a reader needs to know to understand crime statistics and a short history of crime stats in South Africa.