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As if HIV treatment never happened and time stood still

In SA, HIV infection is no longer a death sentence but in countries like the Democratic Republic Congo, it's as if treatment never happened.
During the Ebola outbreak hospitals were seen as dumping grounds for the dying

Africa’s oldest psychiatric hospital a stark reminder of war and a forgotten people

After Sierra Leone’s civil war, money poured in for mental health services. But a decade later, there's little left to help Ebola’s victims.
Promising Ebola vaccines languished for years in research and development for more than a decade without funding.

Money can’t be the only motive for developing life-saving medicines

Will the world act now to be ready for the next big outbreak?
Mobile tech: A malaria-fighting secret weapon for Africa?

Let’s talk about sex, baby – help is just an SMS away for young...

​Nearly 36 000 young Mozambicans have signed up for SMS-based health counselling but will the new technology curb HIV infections?
If a pregnant woman does not have the right nutrition

It pays to invest in poor girls and women – the returns are greater

Rwanda has shown that improved nutrition lifts individuals, families, communities and economies.
Non-lung TB

World: Stop turning your back on TB

The disease kills more than a million people a year but the world's response to it is totally inadequate.
Because of the complexity of the malaria parasite

Innovation and technology will help to wipe out malaria

With the help of new technologies, global health organisations aim to eliminate malaria in Africa in the next 15 years.
A Nigerian schoolgirl is vaccinated against polio during a mass nationwide polio inoculation.

Five lessons Nigeria learnt when it clamped down on polio

Success hinges on a number of key factors, ranging from government buy-in to harnessing the support of traditional leaders and civil society.
Mosquito control: A Nicaraguan health worker fumigates an area in Managua.

Key institutes keep keen watch on Zika for Africa

The Ebola outbreak on the continent showed how countries with poor health systems are unfit to fight epidemics.
At least one in four children in Africa is still not receiving the vaccinations they need.

SA must close the immunisation gap that parallels class

Vaccines take centre stage in times of crisis but outside of public health emergencies they do not always get the attention they deserve.
Kala azar sufferer Ruai Puot Malow

Epidemics on the horizon if threats not addressed – MSF

Doctors Without Borders has stressed the critical importance of adequate investment into the prevention of diseases such as Ebola and cholera.
Ebola has resurfaced in Guinea and is thought to have spread back to Liberia.

China to build 100 hospitals and clinics in Africa

Chinese and African health ministers have adopted a declaration to increase access to facilities, medication, health workers and training in Africa.
Life: Pelagie Nyirambarushimana and her child Francine Niyonshuti at the Central University Hospital of Kigali. Rwanda has made drastic improvements in reducing child mortality.

Comment: Good health without the fear of ruin

Twenty years after the genocide, Rwanda’s health system is showing drastic improvements.