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Lake Chad

Is one of Africa’s most important lakes really shrinking?

Our two-year study shows the lake has been stable since the 1990s. Costly ‘solutions’ shift focus from the complex causes of the...
No man’s land: People gather behind a barbed wire fence in a temporary settlement on the Myanmar border. When governments fail, aid organisations step in. But who should they report to? (Ye Aung Thu, AFP)

The price of aid: Who is watching whom?

When governments fail and health systems falter, aid agencies take over. But who holds them accountable?

Central Africa

Countries Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome e Principe Population size Estimate 48 177 903 Main health concerns Central Africa spans the equatorial belt...
In Central African Republic

‘I was kicked out of our house by his parents’, say widows

If a man dies in the Central African Republic, his wife is at risk of being evicted from their home by his relatives.
Transmitted by contact with rodent droppings or urine

Seven things you should know about this country’s largest Lassa fever outbreak

Nigeria's latest and largest epidemic has claimed almost 100 lives. Find out more about the virus.
Fewer than 15 countries on the continent fund more than half of their national immunisation programmes.

Looking to invest in health? Here’s how to make the most of it

Every dollar spent on vaccines brings a 16-fold return on investment — and up to $44 for every dollar if broader benefits are taken into account.
Cynthia

As if HIV treatment never happened and time stood still

In SA, HIV infection is no longer a death sentence but in countries like the Democratic Republic Congo, it's as if treatment never happened.
Governments should promote accurate knowledge about breastfeeding and implement policies — like paid maternity leave — to give women the time they need to breastfeed exclusively.

Breast is best: Exclusive breastfeeding could turn Africa’s child mortality tide

Malnutrition is a leading cause of death in under-fives, but there’s a simple — and free — solution that could save lives.
At least one in four children in Africa is still not receiving the vaccinations they need.

African leaders step up to the plate to narrow immunisation gaps

African ministers are taking new steps to provide vaccines for children who don't have access.
A man grabs a girl to bring her back to her family home after she tried to escape when she realised she is to be married against her will

How schooling can save African girls from becoming child brides

Although important victories have been won in the fight to protect girls from becoming child brides, the practice remains common and is growing.
The executive director of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases

Jabs deplete vaccine budget but dramatically cut child mortality

Prevenar and Rotarix have emptied paediatric wards but the coverage is still too low.