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‘I punched him on his potatoes’: Meet the grannies fighting back against GBV

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Korogocho is one of Nairobi’s most dangerous slums, where rape and robbery are common. Beatrice Nyariara is helping women aged 55 to 90 to fight back.

Decriminalising sex work can protect sex workers – and everybody else – from GBV

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South Africa has published proposed changes, in the form of a draft Bill, to legislation that makes sex work illegal. If parliament votes in favour of the amendments, sex work will be decriminalised. Public comment on the suggested changes closed on 31 January.

What’s pleasure got to do with sex ed? This project shows it can increase...

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The International Planned Parenthood Federation’s digital campaign Treasure Your Pleasure is using an evidence-based sex-positive approach to educate young Africans about safe sex.

Paediatric-Adolescent-Treatment Africa’s plan to end Aids in children once and for all

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As part of a new global alliance launched by UNAids, Unicef and the WHO to end Aids in children, the Paediatric-Adolescent-Treatment Africa (PATA) 2022...

One pill within three days of condomless sex could stop three STIs. Here’s how...

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A cheap antibiotic (called doxycycline) used to treat skin infections and to stop people from getting malaria could also work to prevent chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, found a United States study in men who have sex with men and transgender women.

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.

Maize, malnutrition & martial arts: Inside the hidden food crisis driving hunger and obesity

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Obesity is a growing worldwide trend. In Kenya, over a million five to 19-year-olds will be obese by 2030. At the same time, the East African nation is also stalked by hunger. More than three million people don’t have easy access to good nutritious food. These kiddies are fighting the problem – one taekwondo class at a time.

The gag rule, God and other reasons women struggle to access contraceptive services

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Unintended pregnancy rates of women aged 15 to 49 years are nearly three times higher in Africa than in Europe or North America. Here are some of the reasons why.

The science of sequencing: How Africa is preparing for future pandemics

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Africa is building up a genomic surveillance network of 12 regional hubs that will help the continent to prepare for future pandemics.

Disorganised documents: How bad record keeping will set back the NHI

The majority of South Africa’s public hospitals have a problem with tracking the costs of patient care, this study found. This poses a problem for the country’s plans for a National Health Insurance as hospitals could operate at a loss and face reimbursement challenges.

Why we can’t afford to leave migrants out of our COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

Excluding refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented people in public health programmes is likely to have far-reaching implications for global COVID vaccination roll-outs.
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All about the air: How COVID turned oxygen into a luxury

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Access to oxygen could mean the difference between living or dying for a COVID patient. But developing countries lack the infrastructure to produce liquid oxygen and transport it to hospitals. Now a team of scientists at Cambridge University has come up with a solution.
We can get polio out of Africa this year and out of every country in the world in the next several years, say Bill and Melinda Gates.

Four factors blocking medicines made in Africa

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Setting up a continent-wide medicines regulator in Africa could be key to getting the continent’s people the treatments and COVID vaccines they need. Here’s why more countries need to put their weight behind it.

The jabs that could save us — an introduction to COVID vaccines for journos

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We co-hosted an online course on COVID vaccine science for journalists.  The course content was conceptualised by Bhekisisa and the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care...

Streets (not) made for walking: How poor urban planning in African cities exacerbates inequality

We’re all aware of the health benefits of walking. But for many of Africa’s urban populations who are forced to walk because of poor development planning, walking is not a leisure activity – it’s an indicator of inequality.