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.
Women who don't get enough to eat while pregnant face a high risk of developing common mental illnesses like depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after giving birth.
It's important to understand the nature and extent of children's exposure to violence during general elections so they can be protected.
About 60% of children in South Africa under 10 years don't live with their biological fathers. But research sheds light on those who despite the pressures remain involved in their children’s lives.
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.
Although the number of children conceived through in vitro fertilisation born with abnormalities remains extremely low, a recent study in Kenya shows that the risk of genetic disorders is higher.
All three female contenders for the presidency of the ANC and South Africa have strong liberation struggle credentials and have also contributed to democracy. But, are they up to the job?
Nigeria must reduce its population growth to increase the quality of life for people in the country. A better knowledge of contraceptives can help achieve this.
South African health authorities educate the public about breastfeeding but without supportive legislation and strong communication, it will never be normalised.
Princesses are not great role models if we want to raise empowered daughters.
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both baby and mother. But it can also can be difficult to sustain exclusively without support.
Strong political support, community engagement and effective strategies can improve access to family planning in developing countries.
Clear court procedures are required to guarantee confidentiality, safety, and dignity for victims of highly stigmatising cases, such as sexual abuse.
Education outcomes of young people can be improved with targeted interventions. At the centre lies the participation of partners -- community, family and schools.
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.
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.
Generally conflicts are not caused by climate change. But it can lead to complex security risks.
Yoga helps financially insecure youth gain confidence, coping skills, and self-compassion.
Tackling the challenge of stunting in South Africa needs a convergence of science and policy along with better coordination at all levels of government.
High profile stories of femicide come with a flare up of societal outrage, protest and collective introspection. But nothing ever really changes.