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Prophetess Odasani says she drives out the spirits afflicting women who come to her backstreet ‘church’ in Palermo.

‘Juju curse’ binds trafficked women into sex slavery

Traditional West African ‘healers’ and Sicilian psychiatrists are struggling to help free Nigerian women forced into prostitution.
This low-tech 'app' could help you manage your blood pressure - and be a better cook

This low-tech ‘app’ could help you manage your blood pressure – and be a...

Gladys has hypertension, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the most deadly non-communicable disease in the world.
Palm weevil larvae are a source of protein and iron while many Ghanaian children aged under two are anaemic.

Bugs on the menu as palm weevil protein hits the pan

Larvae may not be to everyone's taste but they could be key to easing food shortages and boosting farmers' incomes.
A health extension worker visits Brahini Mokonen at her home

‘If it wasn’t for them I would have died:’ How community health workers save...

Ethiopia's rural health extension workers have helped halve the country's child death rate.
More than 876-million school-age children are at risk of becoming infected with potentially sight-stealing parasites.

A sight for sore eyes: Teachers test pupils’ eyes to keep them in school

Children need more than books to flourish at school. De-worming may be one of the most cost-effective ways to increase school participation in Africa.
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.
Several studies have found that school feeding schemes increase children’s health and their attendance at school.

School feeding schemes help to grow young minds

Studies show that feeding programmes at schools not only reduce stunting, but also combat obesity and lead to increased enrolment in schools.
Tholakele Memela sought help when she realised the symptoms for HIV and a sangoma’s calling were similar.

Sangomas learn to meld muti with conventional medicine

Traditional and Western healers team up to treat patients with HIV and tuberculosis because many people consult more than one health system.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi will be met with court cases from the private healthcare sector while dealing with pressure from trade unions to speed up the process.

Motsoaledi strikes back at NHI critics

But the Free Market Foundation maintains the plan will cost the state more than it raises in taxes.
Life: Pelagie Nyirambarushimana and her child Francine Niyonshuti at the Central University Hospital of Kigali. Rwanda has made drastic improvements in reducing child mortality.

Good health without the fear of ruin

Twenty years after the genocide, Rwanda’s health system is showing drastic improvements.
The health department has proposed accrediting public hospitals to provide c-sections as a way of improving the safety of the procedures across the country.

‘Unnecessarily high’ Caesarean section rate is cause for concern

More women are having C-section births in SA, but authors of the 2013/2014 District Health Barometer warn that this increase is "a matter of concern".
Budget on wellness: Bill Gates says Africa should invest in high-quality primary healthcare systems.

How can Africa settle its health bill?

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates speaks to the Mail & Guardian about Africa's health challenges.
Shortcoming: Most sexual enhancers sold off the shelf have never been scientifically tested

The downside of sex ‘enhancers’

There are many off the shelf products to help your sex life, but little is known about them – and their effects.
Clinical associates such as Arthur Setlhapelo can do basic procedures

Healthcare heroes heal the system

Clinical associates are changing the medical sector by freeing up doctors to do more.
Family planning is not a luxury to everyone. Melinda Gates talks about why she has dedicated so much of her time to helping women plan their families.

Melinda Gates on what’s best for children

Family planning is not a luxury to everyone. Melinda Gates talks about why she has dedicated so much of her time to helping women plan their families.
Far cry: African countries have more than their fair share of healthcare issues.

Africa-China alliance can only benefit healthcare

China has reduced childhood deaths and illness from diseases that were once widespread.