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The cruel collusion that devastates young doctors learning how to deliver babies

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Health workers-in-training say they feel forced to abuse birthing patients as part of a dark rite of passage on the road to becoming a doctor or midwife. This final year medical student explains how these experiences can shape the country’s future doctors.

A sarmie, a sweet and a cigarette? How to make sure Africa doesn’t become...

Smoking in the west is declining. So the tobacco industry is looking to untapped markets in lower-income countries to hook new smokers.

Three for three: Understanding the 3 COVID variants circulating during SA’s third wave

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Which variants have been detected in South Africa and how do they differ? Each form of the virus has slight changes and therefore behaves slightly differently and could impact what the epidemic looks like. We break it down.

[EXCLUSIVE] Little vials, big crime: Criminals primed for onslaught on Africa’s vaccines

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COVID vaccines have become one of the most sought after commodities in the world, but manufacturers simply can’t produce enough jabs for everyone who needs them. Bhekisisa investigates what this means for the emergence of a vaccine black market, as well as vaccine theft and falsification.

COVID vaccines 101: Breaking down the good, the bad, and the promise of the...

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With hundreds of potential COVID vaccine candidates being tested around the world, here’s a quick guide to which ones you should keep an eye on — and when we could see results.

This agreement could be South Africa’s answer for an affordable COVID-19 vaccine. But there’s...

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When COVID-19 vaccines come onto the market, poorer countries will have to compete with wealthier ones, who can pay more, for access. Will it help if lower and middle-income countries pool their funds and order vaccines in bulk?

Q&A: Nine things to know about Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial

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In about a year we’re likely to know if a candidate vaccine we’re starting to test this week, is effective against a virus that...
Lake Chad

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

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Our two-year study shows the lake has been stable since the 1990s. Costly ‘solutions’ shift focus from the complex causes of the region’s deadly...

Central Africa

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Countries Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome e Principe Population size Estimate 55 692 700 Main health concerns Central Africa spans the equatorial belt...
People queue in makeshift camps following past threats of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Today

‘If climate change goes on as is, people will need to be relocated –...

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Few governments are prepared to care for the people forced to leave their countries as a result of conflict or climate change. Here's why.
Eritrean women at a refugee camp in Sudan. Experts say kidnapping has become big business along the Eritrean border.

Captured, raped, ransomed: The kidnappers preying on teenagers far from home

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When Ella and her cousin reached a refugee camp in Sudan, it seemed to herald safety. Instead, it was the start of an all too familiar ordeal.
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

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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.
The conflict between Boko Haram and Nigerian government forces has displaced 2.6 million people.

Tens of thousands of children may starve to death in Boko Haram-affected areas

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The conflict has left health services and agriculture in shambles. Unicef says it has just 13% of the money it needs to stave off deaths.
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

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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

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African ministers are taking new steps to provide vaccines for children who don't have access.
Cataract surgery will become part of Madagascar's universal healthcare programme.

Truth about cataracts is plain to see: They can be treated

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More developing countries are offering sight-saving surgery in their public health systems, but specialist eye surgeons are in short supply.