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About half the country’s population is younger than 15.

Tanzania: 22.8% of teen girls are mothers

Many children between the ages of nine and 12 have had sex. The average woman has about five children.
Africa is doing well to immunise against diseases. But the continent still needs support for healthcare.

What can we learn from Angola’s yellow fever outbreak?

The country's yellow fever outbreak is a timely reminder that African countries can't get complacent with their vaccination efforts.
What we learn on the playground about gender and violence may never be unlearned - and it could shape your child forever.

Sex, soccer and social media

A Nigerian and a Kenyan use social media and the football pitch to discuss contraceptives and stop pregnancy.
As multiple drug suppliers are failing to keep up with demand

Millions are denied morphine that will free them from pain

Markets, attitudes and the war on drugs are the barriers that prevent patients having access to opioid-based pain medication.
A recent survey says that Kenyans and Ugandans must start eating healthily to avoid getting sick from lifestyle diseases.

Kenyans and Ugandans need to change their ways to arrest lifestyle diseases

Two surveys paint a shocking picture of how East Africans are exposing themselves to the mounting risks of non-communicable diseases.
Thousands of desperately ill people in Nigeria choose to be healed by TB Joshua

Spreading false hope and endangering people’s lives: Why do so many believe in quacks?

Faith healers, psychics, celebrities and others sell their holy water, prayers, bracelets, vitamins and other gimmicks to vulnerable people.
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.
HIV prevention needs to be targeted at women to ensure reduced infection rates.

How stigma can stymie Nigeria’s efforts to extend HIV treatment

People in rural Nigeria are afraid of being isolated due to their HIV status and don't access treatment.
Over-treatment of malaria can lead to an unnecessary waste of antimalarial medication.

Why over-treating malaria in Africa is a problem, and how it can be stopped

Malaria medication is being accidentally wasted on other conditions.
A nurse treats a young patient's buruli ulcer with a clay poultice.

Buruli ulcer: Africa’s neglected but third most common mycobacterial disease

The buruli ulcer is considered to be a neglected tropical disease but is the third most common bacterial infection after tuberculosis and leprosy.
Skin cancer places a burden on the South African healthcare system.

The cost of skin cancer: South Africa is spending more than it should

Sunny weather in South Africa makes skin cancer a risk for many people.
There is no vaccine for hand

Explainer: Why children are at risk of hand, foot and mouth disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection that can affect infants and young children.
Africa needs more emergency care specialists to prevent unnecessary deaths due to a lack of capacity and training.

Why emergency care in Africa needs to become a specialised course

Countries in Africa are in desperate need of more emergency care specialists and increased training.
An obese couple sits on the beach. Overweight and obesity have been recognised as crucial health issues and have been included in the sustainable development goals.

Obesity weighs heavily on Africa’s meagre resources

Big Food is just one driving force behind unhealthy eating, and strategies are needed to cut the high cost of associated diseases.
Volunteers arrive to pick up bodies of people who died of Ebola in the 2014-2015 outbreak.

Ebola and Zika epidemics are driven by pathologies of society, not just a virus

Economic exploitation in the developing world has resulted in under-resourced and weak health systems that could not contain the spread of viruses.
The United Nations will bring together 192 countries for the fourth high-level meeting on tuberculosis in 2018.

#Unmask TB stigma with a selfie

Fearing social rejection, many patients don't seek treatment. To show your solidarity, don a surgical mask and post a selfie on World TB Day.