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Fewer than 15 countries on the continent fund more than half of their national immunisation programmes.

Looking to invest in health? Here’s how to make the most of it

Every dollar spent on vaccines brings a 16-fold return on investment — and up to $44 for every dollar if broader benefits are taken into account.
South Sudanese refugee children in northern Uganda

Could this country be among the world’s best for refugees?

Many Ugandans were once refugees themselves. Now, they are 'paying back the good' and making their country one of the best in the world for refugees.
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.
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.
Deluge: Caught in an afternoon rainstorm

Ebola thrives on the scraps of war and blight

Personal accounts from Liberia and Sierra Leone bring home the devastation wrought by the virus.
Feeling the heat: Passengers are screened with thermal imaging cameras for illness at Bangkok’s ?Suvarnabhumi Airport in a bid to avert the spread of Ebola.

Ebola flight risk fears ungrounded

There is little reason to worry even if a fellow passenger has contracted the disease.

Central Africa

Countries Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome e Principe Population size Estimate 48 177 903 Main health concerns Central Africa spans the equatorial belt...
Northern Africa

North Africa

Countries Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, North Sudan, Tunisia, Western Sahara Population size Estimate 219 041 065 Main health concerns North Africa has a different set of health challenges than the rest of Africa....
A medical scientist at the NICD prepares listeria samples for DNA sampling.

Listeria outbreak over: Your polony is safe, now meet the scientists you can thank

SA's listeria epidemic is over. Take a look at the detectives who traced the epidemic's source in this feature from our archives.
The report says at least 22 executions took place in five African countries in 2016

Numbers of Africans sentenced to die soars

More than 1 000 Nigerians languish on death row.

Malawi’s sick prisons: Inmates go hungry as budgets dwindle and food prices soar

As a food crisis unfolds in the country, prisons lack money to purchase even simple food stuffs such as maize flour and beans.
Irrigation farming in a Malawian village has helped ward off malnutrition and starvation

Water-fed gardens in Malawi ward off starvation – for now

The government's focus on small-scale irrigation has given hope and sustenance to some districts.
Close to one-third

Two-thirds of people think antibiotics can cure the flu

A World Health Organisation survey has revealed that antibiotic resistance has become a global crisis.