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What the field of psychology owes Black patients

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Psychological research has mostly focused on white people. New research shows, however, that mental health support works better when it’s adapted to suit people’s cultural context.

‘I had to kill so many people’: The battle to protect children in conflicts

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25,000 grave violations were committed against children in conflict in 2019, says the UN, which hopes to highlight issue with new international day.
Ebola healthcare worker protective gear

The world finally has an Ebola vaccine. This is why it’s not enough

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The World Health Organisation prequalified Merck's vaccine for widespread use in November but regulatory hoops are just a small part of the fight to...
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...
Man walking on a dirt road in Togo.

Doing the ‘tramadol dance’: What this latest music craze says about Africa’s pill addiction

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The illicit trade in this prescription pain killer has become the stuff of ballads and dance halls but its abuse is threatening to condemn...
Helping hand: Hauwa Ojeifo owns an organisation that helps to support women facing mental health issues.

Could you WhatsApp your way to better mental health?

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A dearth of mental health professionals is leading some people to get creative about counselling.
Are you a good fit for a high-stress job? Take a look at the biology of making it in a fast-paced world of work.

If you possess these 10 qualities, you might be a good fit for a...

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Scientists studied soldiers with PTSD and even children who'd witnessed a great tragedy. Did they unlock the secrets of resilience?
A man takes a dose of methadone at Ar Rahman mosque in Kuala Lumpur

Myths and methadone: Will Egypt’s laws bend to the rising tide of drug abuse?

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The real revolution is yet to come when it relates to the country’s opioid epidemic. A thin, frail man slumps in an oversized chair, his...
Aisha Danyaya recovers from surgery in the Children’s Hospital in Sokoto, Nigeria. The disease can be fatal. (Adavize Baiye, MSF)

Inside the flesh-eating disease you’ve probably never heard about but should

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Less than 15% of patients seek out care for this vicious form of gangrene. A colourful drawing flutters from Kasimu Yahashe’s lap on to the...
Stolen: These girls

Boko Haram: ‘Deradicalisation’ is the only hope for the stolen when they’re ‘free’

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Could psychosocial programmes turn extremists into moderates?
Rachel Daniel

‘I was married to a Boko Haram’: What happens when a victim returns to...

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Eighty two of the Chibok school girls, kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria three years ago, have been released. But what now?
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.