A boy wearing a face mask carries a small bowl of githeri, or mixed beans and maize, as he walks past an informational mural warning people about the risk of the new coronavirus, painted by graffiti artists from the Mathare Roots youth group, in the Mathare slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, in April 2020. Photo: APA boy wearing a face mask carries a small bowl of githeri, or mixed beans and maize, as he walks past an informational mural warning people about the risk of the new coronavirus, painted by graffiti artists from the Mathare Roots youth group, in the Mathare slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, in April 2020. Photo: AP
A boy wearing a face mask carries a small bowl of githeri, or mixed beans and maize, as he walks past an informational mural warning people about the risk of the new coronavirus, painted by graffiti artists from the Mathare Roots youth group, in the Mathare slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, in April 2020. Photo: AP

Could quality problems unravel China’s coronavirus mask diplomacy in Africa?

  • Kenya’s health minister says some personal protective equipment imported from China fails quality tests
  • If African nations start to judge Chinese equipment as inferior, it could damage the mask diplomacy approach, says US professor

Topic |   Disease
A boy wearing a face mask carries a small bowl of githeri, or mixed beans and maize, as he walks past an informational mural warning people about the risk of the new coronavirus, painted by graffiti artists from the Mathare Roots youth group, in the Mathare slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, in April 2020. Photo: APA boy wearing a face mask carries a small bowl of githeri, or mixed beans and maize, as he walks past an informational mural warning people about the risk of the new coronavirus, painted by graffiti artists from the Mathare Roots youth group, in the Mathare slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, in April 2020. Photo: AP
A boy wearing a face mask carries a small bowl of githeri, or mixed beans and maize, as he walks past an informational mural warning people about the risk of the new coronavirus, painted by graffiti artists from the Mathare Roots youth group, in the Mathare slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, in April 2020. Photo: AP
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