Data is essential for proper planning, budgeting and implementation of health care policies.
South Africa's environmental health workers play a vital role in helping communities respond to climate change.
Religiosity has been associated with lower alcohol, drug use and risky sexual behaviours in young people in the Western Cape.
Nigeria's health systems are overwhelmed and incapable of sustaining high quality disease surveillance, prevention, control and response.
The global cancer burden especially in developing countries is exacerbated by the high cost of treatment.
The transition to parenthood comes with plenty of stress. A psychology researcher suggests that paid family leave could help lift some of the burden – with positive health benefits down the road.
Female-centred health services are good, but they may detract from gender equality and men’s health.
STI prevention was largely driven by HIV prevention. With changes in HIV prevention initiatives that don't really take into account other STIs, there's need to refocus STI prevention.
Effective communication strategies will be crucial if scientists want to counter the worrying anti-vaccination trend.
The new Ebola vaccine is yet to be licensed but evidence shows that it protects against the strain of the virus.
Without the current experimental vaccine the Ebola outbreak in the DRC has the potential to spiral out of control.
Targeted health campaigns can actually leave local people with a greater sense of shame – without helping them kick unhealthy habits.
The coal, oil and natural gas industries are also connected with human rights violations, public health disasters and environmental devastation.
At the turn of the century, the greatest threats were posed by infectious diseases today, the biggest threats are posed by lifestyle diseases.
South Africa's Competition Commission has delayed the release of the final report of an inquiry into the private healthcare again.
Easy access to alcohol and exposure to alcohol advertisements affect social and health outcomes.
Gene sequences can be manipulated to prevent certain diseases and improve public health.
The number of people dying due to climate-led changes in the environment are increasing and the poorest populations remain the hardest hit.
Using a large number of computers to screen TB drugs reduces the cost and time.
Significant new insights are emerging for the treatment of malaria, and eventually its eradication.