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
In Ethiopia health extension workers in rural areas fulfill an essential service - but they feel they have no career path.
South Africans need to reduce the number of sugar-sweetened beverages they consume.
With one can of cool drink containing six teaspoons of sugar – your recommended sugar intake for the day – there is a need to reduce the number of sugar-sweetened beverages South Africans consume.
A pharmacist dispensing drugs at Nairobi’s Mater Hospital. Resistance to antibiotics is high in Africa.
Antibiotics are used extensively in Africa because of the continent's high disease burden. This also means that resistance is high. Steps are being taken to raise awareness and encourage prudent use.
In most African countries, there is no oversight body for the pharmaceutical marketplace.
Africa's pharmaceutical industry has mushroomed in the last ten years. But its ability to keep pace with demand is being held back by a number of factors, including a shortage of specialists.
Young women in Kano, northern Nigeria. Access to cancer screening in the region is particularly problematic.
Women in northern Nigeria are not going for cancer screenings early enough. There are myriad social, cultural and economic reasons for this. But early detection would save their lives.
Ejuba, the drone that was used to research the effectiveness of the cargo-carrying drones, is now being used to transport medical supplies.
Drones could provide an essential cargo-carrying service in rural areas where there are fewer clinics, less healthcare workers and limited transport services.
Africa’s maternal mortality rates are the highest in the world.
Africa faces the monumental task of reducing its maternal deaths by three-quarters if it is to meet the Sustainable Development Goals around maternal mortality.
Blister-packs of the contraceptive drug Diane-35. In Kenya, millions of women do not have access to contraception methods.
Contraception gives women the choice of how many children to have and when to have them. This empowers them - but millions of women in Kenya do not have this choice.
Health workers rest outside a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in eastern Sierra Leone in this file picture from December last year.
African health leaders do not often get the chance to tell the stories of their public health achievements and challenges.