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Better technologies should be adopted in sub-Saharan Africa to deal with childhood cancer. Shutterstock

How Africa can win the fight against childhood cancer

Better technology to diagnose, treat and manage the disease early enough is needed to improve the survival rates of childhood cancer in sub Saharan Africa.
NGOs forced to close because of the ‘global gag rule’ provide the whole gamut of primary health-care services. Luc Gnago/Reuters

Trump’s ‘global gag rule’ will cause more abortions, not fewer

Also known as the Mexico City policy, the rule increases abortion demand and has consequences for a range of other health matters such as HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer and child health and well-being.
South African women trying to soak up stagnant water during the drought in January 2016. Denis Farrell/AP

How bucking climate change accord would hinder fight against HIV/AIDS

Climate change imperils food supply in many parts of the world, including South Africa, which has shown major gains in treating HIV/AIDS. Climate change could mean even less food -- and more disease.
Children living in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene account for 60% of people around the world infected with intestinal worms. Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

A new approach for controlling intestinal worm infections could help millions of the world’s most vulnerable people

There's a growing body of evidence that shows we could be doing more for the close to billion children at risk of intestinal worms. We simply cannot afford to ignore it.
In rural Malawi traditional leaders have played an important role in persuading men to get involved in women’s health. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

When men tackle mother and child health: lessons from Malawi

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.
A client receives HIV/AIDS counseling at a women and children’s hospital in Nigeria. These facilities are not always available in rural areas. Flickr/ Karen Kasmauski/MCSP

Nigeria wants to decentralise HIV treatment. But it’s proving difficult

Effectively decentralising HIV and AIDS treatment services helps to improve universal health care. But in Nigeria this approach comes with many challenges.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis is providing an exciting new innovation to tackle HIV prevention. shutterstock

Rings and things … other ways to prevent HIV are on the cards

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.
Frontline workers need to be engaged in the process of building responsive, interconnected health systems. Reuters

Only a bottom-up approach will deliver global health development targets

The millennium development goals were laudable but the approach to achieving them was flawed. An integrated, bottom-up approach is needed if the sustainable development goals are to be met by 2030.

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