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.
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.
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.
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.
SA makes great strides in treating ‘strong’ TB
The country has one of the highest tuberculosis burdens. But it is rapidly gaining access to new diagnostic tools and medicine for drug-resistant TB.
#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.
How schooling can save African girls from becoming child brides
Although important victories have been won in the fight to protect girls from becoming child brides, the practice remains common and is growing.
Doctors must be taught how to be better counsellors on lifestyle choices
People who smoke and drink too much, don’t exercise and eat unhealthily are likely to suffer from non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease.
It’s high time we make cannabis available for medical research
Medical regulatory bodies must be guided by solid evidence rather than pressure from recreational users pushing for the legalisation of the drug.
Free ARVs are not enough: The hidden costs of treating HIV in Nigeria
Financial risk-protection mechanisms could alleviate the high food and transport costs incurred by rural people seeking to access treatment for HIV.
Fishing and family planning – how the two are linked
Sometimes, delivering mixed messages is a good thing, as an integrated project in the Lake Tanganyika region has proved.
Snub Mbeki like he did Nkosi
About 35 000 babies could have been born without HIV had the president listened to the boy.
Why Africa needs PrEP: A two-in-one pill to prevent HIV infection
Truvada, which contains two antiretrovirals, reduces the risk of HIV infection with up to 96%.
African rhythms heal around the globe
Nicola Plastow looks at some of the settings in which African drumming has been used to improve mental health.
Better maternity leave laws are needed to protect African mothers
Maternity leave for women in developing countries is still a massive problem, with many women in informal sectors not receiving adequate cover.
How women who work are held back by a lack of quality daycare in...
The increasingly disjointed nature of life in urban slums means there’s no network of family support for mothers who want to work.