Health systems are generally structured around nation-states. Migration, especially across national borders, therefore leads to challenges.
Health responses need to take on board the fact that the number of women and girls migrating across borders as well as within countries is growing.
Cyclone Idai showed just how unprepared SADC is to respond to major natural disasters.
The solidarity conference by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) can be seen as a reaction to the gradual shift of power towards Morocco.
The debate on sanctions on Zimbabwe has been lost in the southern African region and on the continent.
The DRC could be the exception after a year in which opposition parties fared badly across East and Central Africa.
Many African countries tend to mismanage their groundwater resources.
Conflict patterns in Africa have changed rapidly in recent years posing a challenge to peace and security.
Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki sought to use South Africa's diplomatic service to enable the country to punch above its weight.
Africa is still witnessing an increase in social turbulence, unrest and protest. Only rapid, inclusive economic growth combined with good governance can make the continent less volatile.
The unfolding misfortunes of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe hold key lessons for his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma who faces the possibility of a forced exit.
Mediation is common in Africa but there hasn't been enough emphasis on how it affects the outcome of peace negotiations.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) roadmap towards greater regional trade integration and development is a good start but lacks detail.
The need to connect African markets to aid development will once again be discussed at the World Economic Forum. The debate needs to move beyond the usual rhetoric.
SADC's credibility is at stake. Its lack of political will in acting decisively against despots is at odds with the African Union's goal of promoting legitimate governance on the continent.
The gains reported in 2016 went hand in hand with overall growth in Africa over the last two decades.
South Africa and Zimbabwe have made significant strides to roll out antiretrovirals. But the regional expansion of treatment programmes still needs work.
After nearly two decades of legal battles and negotiations, South Africa is moving to cut the cost of medicines with policies to increase imports and local production of generic drugs.
Intelligent trade policies can help limit the threats, including food security, that come with an uneven distribution of water resources across the globe.
The African trade and integration spaces are seeing significant improvements and gathering even more momentum in the face of Brexit. Sarah Logan looks at the driving factors.