Conditions in Kenya’s slums like Mathare are not conducive to healthy life choices.
A study in Kenya found that that there's an association between relatively higher economic status and obesity in a slum setting.
Heavy traffic in Lagos, Nigeria.
Old people in Nigeria's cities can't even rely on public transport.
Students in a Nairobi slum school. There are more than monetary barriers for parents from poor neighbourhoods.
Getting more children into secondary school in Kenya requires striking a balance between top-down policy and bottom-up implementation.
Slums like Mathare in Nairobi are particularly prone to flooding.
The health challenges that Nairobi can expect in the wake of heavy rains are largely preventable.
Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. Kenya’s health system is under huge pressure.
Kenya spends millions treating women who have complications after unsafe abortions.
Universities shouldn’t ignore graduates once they leave the institution.
Universities could mine alumni databases to improve individual institutions' work - and raise funds.
Migration to cities has led to increased obesity in Africa.
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Obesity is on the rise among urban African women of reproductive age in all of the 24 countries studied.
Nairobi’s Dandora waste dumpsite – still in use after being declared a health hazard in 2001.
Only a quarter of Nairobi's solid waste reaches the main dumpsite east of the city. Piles of uncollected garbage are a common sight across the capital.
Sub-Saharan Africa can achieve meaningful and sustainable change in health by 2030.
Sub-Saharan countries have unprecedented opportunities to substantially improve health outcomes within a generation, largely with their own resources.
Kenya’s pregnancy policy hasn’t addressed the inequalities between rich and poor.
Free maternal services introduced in Kenya in 2013 had the immediate impact of increasing access. But it exposed a divide in which the richest 20% of women were the biggest beneficiaries.
Household air pollution in Nairobi is primarily driven by fuels burnt for cooking and lighting.
Research in Kenya’s capital found average levels of hazardous solid and liquid particles in the air within households were three times more than the WHO recommended maximum level.
Contraception empowers women to plan the number of children they will have.
Strong political support, community engagement and effective strategies can improve access to family planning in developing countries.
Spending on older people is an investment, not a cost.
Older people require both psychological and nutritional support during drought and famine. Kenya needs to implement a comprehensive public health response that assists during emergency situations.
Pupils from Kibera, one of the largest slums in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
Education outcomes of young people can be improved with targeted interventions. At the centre lies the participation of partners -- community, family and schools.
Antenatal care is important during pregnancy.
Antenatal care is a vital time for both mother and unborn baby. It promotes and establishes good health before childbirth and after delivery.
A study of 78 Kenyan secondary schools shows up critical gaps in sex education.
At a time when a new national school curriculum is starting its pilot phase in Kenya, a study shows the massive gaps in sexuality education programmes.
US President Donald Trump is threatening drastic cuts in foreign aid.
The proposed foreign aid cuts by US President Donald Trump will have a devastating impact on healthcare in Africa.
In Kenya the obsession with high exam grades means extra pressure on children.
A new education system in set to replace the 32-year-old 8-4-4 system which has come to symbolise much of what's wrong with education in Kenya today.
Just another day in Nairobi’s Kibera slums. Slums are characterised by densely packed settlements with inadequate provision of services.
Despite increased global awareness about poor conditions in slums, the health of their inhabitants is a little studied phenomenon.
Ghanaian cancer specialists examine a patient’s scan.
So-called lifestyle diseases such as cancer and heart disease have been rising in Africa, adding to the already huge burden of disease in poor countries. But the research has not kept pace.