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People exercising in Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dino Lloyd/Gallo Images via Getty Images

South Africans must be healthier for universal healthcare to succeed

South Africa faces high levels of noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. The NHI is likely to battle to cope with treating large numbers of sick people.
A member of the nursing staff at Chandaria Health Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, measures the temperatures of visiting patients. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

Why managing blood pressure matters during COVID-19 pandemic

Most facilities prioritize COVID-19 cases. In addition, curfews are still in effect in Kenya, which affects the working hours of clinics providing hypertension care services.
Ageing increases the risk of non-communicable diseases. Shutterstock

Taking the long view on health: tracking the impact of ageing in rural South Africa

Rapid population ageing has prompted researchers to study disease trends in older South Africans. The aim is to understand the role that specific health conditions play in ageing among rural people.

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