Clinicians can do their jobs better when they have quick, open access to scientifically rigorous research.
South Africa has become the first country on the continent to purchase a national licence to the Cochrane library -- giving everyone access to evidence-based information about health care.
Most South Africans don’t visit places where they can learn about science such as zoos and museums.
South Africans will not see the value that science and technology adds to their daily lives until there is more interest in areas of science.
The high cost of cancer drugs in South Africa has come under the spotlight with an investigation by the Competition Commission in the country.
The American red swamp crayfish was intentionally introduced to parts of Africa to control snails and as a pet.
Developing countries have been slow to react to the alien species problem. Its impact can be massively reduced if policies are developed to deal with the issue.
Antibiotics are administered to surgery patients to prevent infections.
Infection of wounds for surgery patients is on the rise in developing countries. A shorter dose of antibiotics is appropriate.
Technology, like this tea-picking machine in Kenya, can harness agriculture’s power to change lives.
Governments on the African continent must increase their investment in research and development so that science can yield self-sufficiency.
People across Africa don’t have access to mental health professionals. A new community-based approach in Zimbabwe is proving effective.
Lay workers are being trained to help Zimbabwe manage mental issues in communities. So far it's proving successful.
Hospital-acquired infections remains an underfunded public health problem in most African countries.
Hospitals in South Africa need to improve their surveillance of infections among children and newborn babies.
Women make up a large portion of South Africa’s public works programme.
South Africa's public works programme is a laudable idea. But it must be closely monitored to make sure it doesn't lead to unintended consequences, especially for women.
The larger grain borer beetle attacks crops like maize and cassava, threatening food security.
Many alien plants and animals have been introduced to Africa from other regions and spread from country to country, often having devastating effects.
Activists supporting the decriminalisation of sex work at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.
International AIDS Society/Abhi Indrarajan
South Africa has launched a plan to tackle HIV, TB and sexually transmitted infections -- but much depends on its implementation over the next five years.
Stumps on the valley caused by deforestation can aid the spread of Malaria.
Human alteration of the natural environment will make malaria increasingly difficult to control in the years to come.
Albinism is an inherited condition that affects the pigment of the eyes, hair and skin.
Tanzania has one of the highest rates of albinism in the world. The media in the country has an important role to play in protecting them from harm.
A man navigates a dry riverbed in Bamako, Mali. Climate change is contributing to community upheavals.
Generally conflicts are not caused by climate change. But it can lead to complex security risks.
Children as young as three internalise a bias against dark skin.
At the root of the skin bleaching phenomenon is a psychological complex.
Africa is home to many disease outbreaks yet is ill-prepared to deal with them.
African leaders need to up their health allocations to help the new World Health Organisation Director-General meet his health care targets for the continent.
Almost all production of freshwater fish includes Tilapia.
In light of World Oceans Day, it's important to note the important role aquaculture can have on the continent.
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain characterised by recurrent seizures.
Epilepsy affects around 70 million people globally, 80% live in developing countries. A shortage of specialists, equipment and drugs complicates effective treatment and management.
Tackling the challenge of stunting in South Africa needs a convergence of science and policy along with better coordination at all levels of government.
People with albinism often isolate themselves to avoid discrimination.
People with albinism tend to identify with the black rather than the white community. Their physical differences, though, mean they don't fit into either race group.