In rural Malawi traditional leaders have played an important role in persuading men to get involved in women’s health.
A study in Malawi shows how the participation of local community leaders in policy development can change men's attitudes to maternal and child health for the better.
Medical circumcision in settings where there are high rates of HIV will only be successful if these interventions take into account local beliefs about circumcision.
Bill Gates, who has been identified as the world's most significant donor in the fight against AIDS, shares his thoughts on the pandemic with Africa's most prominent HIV/AIDS academics.
Online social networking technologies have been linked with increased risky sexual behaviour -- and Swaziland is no different.
Effectively decentralising HIV and AIDS treatment services helps to improve universal health care. But in Nigeria this approach comes with many challenges.
Trials have shown that rates of HIV infection are reduced if people not infected with HIV take anti-retrovirals - known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). But adherence to a daily dose is a problem.
The stories of HIV positive women in Tanzania often go unheard outside the communities in which they live.
Being able to buy processed "food-like" products is often seen as a mark of personal and material success. Little attention is paid to having a healthy diet.
Low fibre eaters gain weight more quickly and may be more susceptible to certain illnesses.
After nearly two decades of legal battles and negotiations, South Africa is moving to cut the cost of medicines with policies to increase imports and local production of generic drugs.
Our statistical analysis found that as the sex ratio at birth went up -- that is, more males were born -- so did life expectancy in a strongly related manner.
Africa's cities are melting pots of activity and interaction. There are fears that the continent's next major modern disease crisis will emerge from them.
The decision to tax sugary drinks in South Africa faces furious industry opposition, but global experience shows industry cannot be trusted to put public health before profits.
Cracking genetic responses to the changing environment in Africa would open a new frontier in the drive against rising non-communicable diseases on the continent.