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Nine-year-old Tumelo shows antiretrovirals.

Free ARVs are not enough: The hidden costs of treating HIV in Nigeria

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Financial risk-protection mechanisms could alleviate the high food and transport costs incurred by rural people seeking to access treatment for HIV.
Boys prepare fishing boats for night fishing in Lake Tanganyika at sunset.

Fishing and family planning – how the two are linked

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Sometimes, delivering mixed messages is a good thing, as an integrated project in the Lake Tanganyika region has proved.
Mbeki was ousted as president in 2008

Snub Mbeki like he did Nkosi

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About 35 000 babies could have been born without HIV had the president listened to the boy.
Kenya

Why Africa needs PrEP: A two-in-one pill to prevent HIV infection

Truvada, which contains two antiretrovirals, reduces the risk of HIV infection with up to 96%.
Drumming therapy can help to reduce anger and tension and increase a sense of wellbeing.

African rhythms heal around the globe

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Nicola Plastow looks at some of the settings in which African drumming has been used to improve mental health.
Most medical aids won't cover a new

Better maternity leave laws are needed to protect African mothers

Maternity leave for women in developing countries is still a massive problem, with many women in informal sectors not receiving adequate cover.
Almost half of all Kenyan women aged 15 to 49 years have a child under the age of five. For most of these women

How women who work are held back by a lack of quality daycare in...

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The increasingly disjointed nature of life in urban slums means there’s no network of family support for mothers who want to work.
African drumming can help treat people with depression and other mental illnesses.

African drumming: New rhythm in therapy

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Drumming therapy can help to reduce anger and tension and increase a sense of wellbeing.
About half the country’s population is younger than 15.

Young women told: ‘If a man touches you, you’ll get pregnant’

Unintended pregnancies and abortions in Nigeria could be reduced if myths are dispelled and young women have the right information.
Betty Walakira was one of the scientists who pitched her innovation

From the judges’ seat: Three lessons for scientists

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Here are three tips to help keep your scientific presentations interesting, full of life and not sleep inducing.
A Nigerian schoolgirl is vaccinated against polio during a mass nationwide polio inoculation.

Five lessons Nigeria learnt when it clamped down on polio

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Success hinges on a number of key factors, ranging from government buy-in to harnessing the support of traditional leaders and civil society.
Making a difference: Bongani Ngcobo.

Solutions-based health reporting to take flight in Africa

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With a new donor on board, Bhekisisa will be covering the continent's health issues at source – their new website launches today!
Telling compelling stories: Amy Green

Crack journalistic team driven by the prospect of telling the continent’s stories

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With its expansion to the rest Africa, the Bhekisisa health reporting team is growing.
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

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Vaccines take centre stage in times of crisis but outside of public health emergencies they do not always get the attention they deserve.
Although the scheme's white paper was released at an economically uncertain time.

NHI a healthy dose to cure South Africa’s sickly system

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Although the scheme's white paper was released at an economically uncertain time, it brings possibilities to those in need.
Free fall: Alcohol and drugs fuel the HIV infection rate

They suffer the cruelty of our care

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SA society continues to betray traumatised young women who spiral into a life of drugs and abuse.