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The World Health Organisation’s Solidarity trial testing possible COVID-19 treatments

A closer look at the study set to take place in multiple countries, including South Africa. More than 70 countries have already...

People still have sex during outbreaks — forgetting it can be deadly

Planning for the pandemic has to include sexual and reproductive health services. If not, we risk saving women from the new...
Pregnant woman sits on the floor holding her belly.

Communicating risk and engaging vulnerable communities in the time of the coronavirus

A reference tool for communicators and organisers to better engage vulnerable communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Publication title:...

Doctors warned against prescribing unproven medication for COVID-19

It’s available and it’s affordable. But science still doesn’t know enough to back the antimalarial drug chloroquine for widespread use against...

Coronavirus: World Bank’s pandemic bonds scheme accused of ‘waiting for people to die’

Bonds designed to provide fast funding for poor countries branded ‘obscene’ because of complex payout criteria.

#Coronavirus: Do you need a mask? Spoilers, the answer is no.

South Africa confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus on 5 March. But experts say the public still does...

#CoronavirusOutbreak: This is a healthcare worker’s best defence against TB. Here’s why it might...

Masks used by South African doctors and nurses are also being used to fend off the coronavirus outbreak. But soaring demand...

Can China prevent its next epidemic?

The country has launched an unprecedented response to the country's latest outbreak but its real heroism in dealing with this latest...

New temperatures are taking tropical diseases to new heights, like these once snow-capped villages

Manmaya Magar, 26, may be the first person to contract dengue fever in her village. Pete Pattisson, Guardian)

More than just a footnote: ‘African authors are under-represented as first authors — positions...

A survey of 198 global health organisations showed that nearly 90% were headquartered in North America or Western Europe, with boards dominated by...
A pregnant woman sits on a hospital bed.

Headaches, heartaches & pregnancy: Could this stem preeclampsia’s deadly tide?

This silent killer stalks expecting mothers around the world and is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in South...
No man’s land: People gather behind a barbed wire fence in a temporary settlement on the Myanmar border. When governments fail, aid organisations step in. But who should they report to? (Ye Aung Thu, AFP)

The price of aid: Who is watching whom?

When governments fail and health systems falter, aid agencies take over. But who holds them accountable?
Doctor holding tweezers

Crisis of confidence: How much does the public really trust scientists, doctors and nurses?

Trust isn't only important when it comes to relationships. It's the difference between life or death when it comes to vaccines.
A teenager receives a vaccination

How this country is beating anti-vaxxers at their own game

One in three French people think vaccines are unsafe, yet vaccine coverage in the country is rising. Here’s how they do...

West Africa

Countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo Population size Estimate 386 908 400 Main health...
In Sierra Leone’s island-bound district of Bonthe

This is what it’s like to give birth in the world’s most dangerous country...

When a river and several hours of dirt roads stand between you & the nearest hospital, giving birth can be deadly. One nurse is hoping to change that.