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Almost half of all Kenyan women aged 15 to 49 years have a child under the age of five. For most of these women

How women who work are held back by a lack of quality daycare in...

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The increasingly disjointed nature of life in urban slums means there’s no network of family support for mothers who want to work.
Betty Walakira was one of the scientists who pitched her innovation

From the judges’ seat: Three lessons for scientists

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Here are three tips to help keep your scientific presentations interesting, full of life and not sleep inducing.
African drumming can help treat people with depression and other mental illnesses.

African drumming: New rhythm in therapy

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Drumming therapy can help to reduce anger and tension and increase a sense of wellbeing.
About half the country’s population is younger than 15.

Young women told: ‘If a man touches you, you’ll get pregnant’

Unintended pregnancies and abortions in Nigeria could be reduced if myths are dispelled and young women have the right information.
A Nigerian schoolgirl is vaccinated against polio during a mass nationwide polio inoculation.

Five lessons Nigeria learnt when it clamped down on polio

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Success hinges on a number of key factors, ranging from government buy-in to harnessing the support of traditional leaders and civil society.
Making a difference: Bongani Ngcobo.

Solutions-based health reporting to take flight in Africa

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With a new donor on board, Bhekisisa will be covering the continent's health issues at source – their new website launches today!
Telling compelling stories: Amy Green

Crack journalistic team driven by the prospect of telling the continent’s stories

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With its expansion to the rest Africa, the Bhekisisa health reporting team is growing.
At least one in four children in Africa is still not receiving the vaccinations they need.

SA must close the immunisation gap that parallels class

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Vaccines take centre stage in times of crisis but outside of public health emergencies they do not always get the attention they deserve.
Although the scheme's white paper was released at an economically uncertain time.

NHI a healthy dose to cure South Africa’s sickly system

Although the scheme's white paper was released at an economically uncertain time, it brings possibilities to those in need.
Free fall: Alcohol and drugs fuel the HIV infection rate

They suffer the cruelty of our care

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SA society continues to betray traumatised young women who spiral into a life of drugs and abuse.
Women queue outside of a Malawian health facility for healthcare for their children. Moving rape crisis centres out of central hospitals in Malawi and into clinics closer to communities might increase the number of people who use them

Comment: Mother and child health must improve

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Increasing access to health services will prevent many mothers and newborn babies from dying.
There is evidence to suggest that TB itself is a risk factor for developing diabetes.

Comment: Do we take state help for granted?

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SA’s disability allowance eases the financial and emotional burden of people with tuberculosis.
Allocations for healthcare are set from an inequitable base that predates 1994. This means that rural areas continue to be inadequately provided for in the government's budget.

Economic policy: The poor still lose

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Rural areas have always been at the bottom of the list when it comes to healthcare and expenditure.
Surviving the process of childbirth is still a battle for many women in Africa.

Birth, a measure of progress

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Reducing maternal and newborn mortality has to be a priority if Africa is to reach its potential.

NHI: History repeats itself

Universal healthcare schemes traditionally have been met with fierce opposition.