Frontline workers need to be engaged in the process of building responsive, interconnected health systems.
The millennium development goals were laudable but the approach to achieving them was flawed. An integrated, bottom-up approach is needed if the sustainable development goals are to be met by 2030.
Nigeria is one of the countries in Africa that has a serious air pollution problem.
Africa has largely been ignored when it comes to official global air quality programmes. Yet low-income countries like many of those in Africa are particularly affected by air pollution.
Mobile technology can help people adhere to treatment regimes.
If hypertension patients don't take their medication regularly, they can't control this lifelong disease. Text message communication from clinics can help remind them.
In South Africa, many child homicides are the result of children being abandoned.
The high rate of child homicides in South Africa shows that reproductive, mental health and social services are failing to help vulnerable mothers.
Although skin cancer is preventable, South Africa still spends millions on treatment.
Skin cancer – which is preventable – costs the South African health system more than is necessary.
The way data is currently collected has limited use for environmental health researchers when it comes to understanding health problems at a localised level.
Until recently, traditional healers in South Africa have operated relatively freely from government interference.
Newly proposed regulations in South Africa that would change the way traditional healers operate have come under fire.
Mountains overlooking the Hex river valley in the Western Cape, South Africa. The country has been experiencing inclement weather this summer.
South Africa has been experiencing odd weather patterns during the month of November. It can be attributed to three culprits.
A young girl carries a bag of potatoes as she leaves a vegetable stall in Kliptown, Soweto.
Food insecurity plagues South Africa's informal settlements, resulting in obesity, chronic diseases and mental health disorders in adults and stunting and poor development in children.
Albinos in Africa have a double challenge. Not only do they face social stigma but there is also no health policy that ensure they get services for their condition.
One in every 1000 people in Africa are born with albinism. Apart from facing social stigma, they also face health risks. Countries on the continent should have policies to aid this vulnerable group.
Intensive sun exposure for marathon runners in the middle of the day could lead to sunburn, skin cancer and cataracts.
Runners have a greater risk of developing skin cancer because they are more likely have sun damage on their skin as a result of chronic sun exposure.
Employers have a duty to keep their employees safe from the sun.
A real-time hand-held device can help employers measure the impact of the sun on workers.