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The new woman's condom is thinner and softer than the original female condom and its rounded cap makes it easier to insert.

China comes to Africa’s medical aid

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Hopes are high that the new partnership will ensure easy, cheaper access to vaccines and medicine.

Sub-Saharan Africa ranks lowest for mothers

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Having a baby in sub-Saharan Africa is riskier than anywhere else according to the latest State of the World's Mothers report.
The benefits associated with eating placenta are thought to be the result of the nutrients

The world needs midwives, now more than ever

Comment: May 5 is International Midwife Day: a day to acknowledge the vital impact midwives have on maternal health in South Africa.
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ARVs alone won’t save HIV infected mothers

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Access to ARVs is improving, but poor attitudes to patients are aggravating maternal mortality rates.
It takes an average 26 weeks to analyse the alcohol blood test results from the time they are dispatched by a police station.

Promoting good health makes cents

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The establishment of a health promotion body in SA would save lives – and billions of rands.
The benefits associated with eating placenta are thought to be the result of the nutrients

Expanding contraceptive options for SA’s women

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The long-acting implant contraceptive Jadelle is being made available at 50% of its original price to women in developing countries.
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.
Marching for cheaper drugs: HIV and Aids activists in New Delhi

M&G Health Journalism Centre

Bhekisisa aims to improve health reporting not only at the M&G but also at media houses across the continent.
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.

Rural hospitals in terminal crisis

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Accessing healthcare in this rural town has never been easy. Shortages of staff as well as medical equipment makes it difficult for this hospital...