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Baker’s asthma is an occupational asthma that bakery employees develop after being exposed to cereal grains such as wheat, rye and yeast. Shutterstock

How bakers can get itchy eyes and asthma if flour dust is not contained

Bakery employees develop asthma when they are exposed to high levels of flour dust. Although there are international guidelines these are often not protective and badly implemented.
The narrative around sexuality education is one of disease, danger and risk. Shutterstock

Why sexuality education in schools needs a major overhaul

The messages that adolescents receive from sexuality education classes are frequently negative. It's time for the curriculum to become more empowering for learners and teachers.
In South Africa, many child homicides are the result of children being abandoned. Shutterstock

What lies behind child homicide in South Africa

The high rate of child homicides in South Africa shows that reproductive, mental health and social services are failing to help vulnerable mothers.
Women should attend antenatal clinics in the first trimester of their pregnancies and regularly thereafter to avoid complications during childbirth. Shutterstock

Why mothers aren’t accessing antenatal care early in their pregnancies

Early antenatal care allows for early detection of HIV, a contributor to maternal mortality, as well as the treatment of other potentially life-threatening conditions associated with pregnancy.
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.
There is an urgent need to generate robust evidence that shows how the social determinants of health influence people’s abilities to protect themselves against health risks. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Engaging with communities can help tackle poverty linked health problems

Interacting with communities can provide health planners with critical information that can help them solve health challenges in specific areas.

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