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A tightly packed and busy urban slum in Ajegunle, Lagos, Nigeria. shutterstock

Why African cities should have engaged non-state actors in the fight against COVD-19

Urban governance must include community groups, non-state and informal actors in the battle against COVID-19 in Africa.
The increasingly well-coordinated global anti-vaccine movement has repurposed itself to challenge the very reality of COVID-19. Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

COVID-19: A global survey shows worrying signs of vaccine hesitancy

A safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be developed in record time and may be approved for production, distribution and acceptance some time in 2021.
Male involvement antenatal care helps with the uptake of services and retention in care of both the mother and her baby. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

How to get Malawian men more involved in antenatal care - and why it matters

Male involvement in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is key for the uptake of services and retention in care. When men are involved, HIV exposed or infected children do better.
Professor Christian Happi, director of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, displays one of the most advanced automated acid extractors being used in the laboratory. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images

Nigeria needs innovation and science investment to help control COVID-19

To effectively control COVID-19 and prevent a future pandemic, Nigeria needs to start investing heavily in science research.
Business restrictions early in the pandemic, when rural towns had few cases, triggered a backlash that haunts them now. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

In rural America, resentment over COVID-19 shutdowns is colliding with rising case numbers

Coronavirus cases have risen sharply across the Mountain West, Midwest and plains. Over 70% of nonmetropolitan counties are now "red zones," suggesting viral spread is out of control.
It’s tempting to take a break from pandemic precautions. Erin Clark for The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Sick of COVID-19? Here’s why you might have pandemic fatigue

It's draining and depressing to stay on high alert month after month after month. Understanding pandemic fatigue better might help you strengthen your resolve.
Demonstrators hold a vigil marking the death of Joyce Echaquan, who recorded insults hurled at her by staff at the Joliette, QC, hospital while she was there for treatment. The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson

Joyce Echaquan’s death: How a decolonizing approach could help tackle racism in health care

Joyce’s Principle seeks to shift the way health services are provided to Indigenous communities and ensure they are free of discrimination.
Densely populated areas, like Mathare in Kenya, enable viruses to spread rapidly. Billy Mutai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

COVID-19: how lockdowns affected health access in African and Asian slums

Slums are a challenge for controlling the pandemic. Strengthening their fragile healthcare provision would help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and future pandemics.

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