Having a baby is hard in Ethiopia: women walk a lot, and wait a lot

Ruth Jackson, Deakin University Maternal health has made great advances in Ethiopia. In my 10 years conducting research on maternal health, I’ve seen a big push to build more health facilities and to provide ambulances to transport pregnant women to these facilities. But one of the big challenges for women is referring them for help …

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Why men who have sex with men have problems with health care in Africa

Adamson S. Muula, University of Malawi Providing prisoners, sex workers, adolescents and men who have sex with men with sexual and reproductive health services has been advocated by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations and several other international bodies. As a result, most national governments have heeded this advice and cater for these …

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Africa Analysis: Nobel aspirations could benefit Africa

By Linda Nordling One swallow may not make a summer, but the awarding of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to the discoverers of treatments for malaria and roundworm parasites is welcome news for scientists in developing countries. A fortnight ago (5 October), the Nobel Committee in Sweden announced that the 8 million …

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Local data underpins Tanzania’s next malaria plan

By Charles Ole Ngereza Tanzania’s health ministry is set to revisit the way it goes about collecting data to control malaria following new insights into the disease. The ministry is preparing to sign a strategic plan that will focus more on data collection at village and district level to intensify the national fight against malaria. …

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Mauritius gathers new data on non-communicable diseases

By Nasseem Ackbarally [PORT-LOUIS, MAURITIUS] Mauritius has conducted a new survey to gain insights into non-communicable diseases (NCDs). About 6,000 randomly sampled people who are at least 18 years old took part in the survey, says Anil Deelchand, the acting director of health services at the Mauritius Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, adding …

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