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Fear of the F-word: Why Somalia won’t say ‘famine’ as 7.8-million go hungry

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Somalia is facing a humanitarian crisis. Many people have been displaced due to climate change-induced droughts, and conflict between the army and al-Shabaab has left many regions without food.

‘I missed a dose for the first time’: How the KZN floods derailed HIV...

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The April 2022 floods in KwaZulu-Natal, left Mfundo Shezi without HIV treatment for two weeks. He had no way of getting more because the centre he frequents was closed for two weeks – and his ID book was washed away.

Pushing up daisies – by becoming compost? How you can choose a greener death

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Mainstream methods of burial need to be left in the past as they take a toll on climate change. According to researchers, leaving the body to naturally break down its organic matter until a heap of soil is all that’s left, should be more accessible.

New temperatures are taking tropical diseases to new heights, like these once snow-capped villages

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Manmaya Magar, 26, may be the first person to contract dengue fever in her village. Pete Pattisson, Guardian)
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...

Bugs, borers & heatwaves: Life and mental health in a hotter Joburg

Joburg may have avoided a total “treepocolypse”, but the city is continuing to battle the invasive beetle killing off its trees. In the war...

Fanon, Freire, Thiong’o: Your global health summer reading list

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It’s official, summer is here and December is just around the corner — a time to kick back, relax, see family and maybe even...

Life on a hotter earth: Depression, drought & decolonising mental health

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As the climate crisis worsens, arid parts of South Africa are expected to get even hotter and even more water-scarce. In Australia, drought’s taken...