The bacterial pathogen that is responsible for listeriosis can survive under even the toughest conditions.
Despite talk of a smoke-free world, Big Tobacco is up to its same old tricks.
There are currently few effective and non-invasive methods to screen for early stages of cancer. But scientists have now developed a new blood test that promises to detect eight different cancers.
Social media rumours are putting Nigeria's vaccination campaigns at risk.
Remarkable progress is being made on HIV treatment. But African countries need to work on sustainable ways to ensure the treatment programmes are not entirely dependent on foreign aid.
In Uganda, essential medicines are not being stocked at facilities that need them most. This includes drugs to treat chronic diseases.
Kenya has managed to reduce the number of malaria cases in parts of the country. But this, in turn, has led to immunity levels dropping.
The tale of an unsung South African hero in the field of community health.
Lassa outbreaks are becoming more widespread in Nigeria but have not been given national emergency status like Ebola.
Setting up 24 hour clinics in a busy metropole such as Johannesburg would help those who need health care most.
When day zero arrives in Cape Town, the routine surveillance systems that monitor disease outbreaks will be enhanced to pick up new diseases.
Health and demographic surveillance systems are important to understand people and the societies that they live in.
Mental health care is neglected across Africa. But there are several reasons why countries should pay attention.
Arbitration hearings into the deaths of mentally ill patients has brought to light shocking cruelty and neglect on the part of South African officials.
Coordinated international efforts may be key to improving the life expectancy and health of many snakebite victims.
Obesity is on the rise among urban African women of reproductive age in all of the 24 countries studied.
In 2030, there is a boom in precision medicine, where diseases – from cancer to dementia – are defined and targeted more specifically with a focus on their molecular makeup.
Policies encouraging lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of cancer could have positive effects on the economies of BRICS countries.
Diagnosing babies with HIV as early as possible is critical to ensuring that they get onto treatment.
Fixing facial birth defects helps a child's optimal growth. But collaboration is needed if developing countries are to increase access to reconstructive surgery.
HIV self-testing is a potential strategy to overcome access to testing. However, there are emerging concerns on the lack of counselling, possible user error and accuracy of the kits.
Only a quarter of Nairobi's solid waste reaches the main dumpsite east of the city. Piles of uncollected garbage are a common sight across the capital.
There are differences in the smoking patterns of rural and urban communities. These must be recognised and included in tobacco control interventions to reduce use.
When there are two malaria prevention interventions available people don't take an either or approach -- they consider that the two interventions are complementary.
After an exceptional period of success in global malaria control, the progress has stalled. New strategies are needed to suit a variety of transmission patterns.
For healthcare to be accessible, affordable and equal, policies and programmes that promote universal health coverage need to be based on evidence.
Governments must understand that the factors making cities convenient and productive also make their residents prone to obesity. They must confront this challenge with intelligent, focused policies.