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Uncollected rubbish provides food and shelter for rodents which can spread plague if they pick up the bacteria. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Explainer: understanding plague in the 21st century

Plague, one of the deadliest diseases in the world, has been reported in several African countries in the past decade.
A community health worker walks a couple through an HIV test in Malawi. Mostly men do not access these services. Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation–Malawi / Robbie Flick

Dying from a treatable disease: HIV and the men we neglect

In sub-Saharan Africa more women may be infected with HIV than men - but men are more likely to die because of poor testing and treatment regimes.
Men can deny paternity in when women they are involved with fall pregnant as a way of punishing the women. shutterstock

Why paternity tests should become cheaper and more widely accessible

When men deny the paternity of children, many South African women feel like they have no recourse. Making DNA tests affordable and accessible could change this.
A nurse weighs a baby at a clinic in Johannesburg. South Africa has released its policy document to implement its universal health coverage plan. Reuters/Antony Kaminju

South Africa needs to spend more on healthcare to achieve universal cover

South Africa's plan for universal health coverage has taken another crucial step with the introduction of a new policy document aimed at delivering more equitable healthcare.
The successful prevention of mother to child transmission programmes means nearly all HIV-infected pregnant women should get anti-retroviral treatment to protect their babies. Joshua Wanyama/Africa Knows

What’s needed in the final push to eliminate new cases of HIV in children

South Africa's programmes preventing HIV transmission from mothers to children have been hugely successful. But there are still gaps that need to be filled.
Women would prefer a product that addresses multiple sexual and reproductive health risks at the same time. shutterstock

The all-in-one solution to sexual health is on its way

Scientists are developing various products that can provide contraception and protection from sexually transmitted infections and HIV at the same time.
A woman extension worker employed by the Afar Pastoralist Development Association. Some health extension workers are separated from their families and some are unable to move. Kate Holt/Anglican Overseas Aid

Ethiopia has cracked the problem of rural health, but its workers feel stuck

In Ethiopia health extension workers in rural areas fulfill an essential service - but they feel they have no career path.

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