Keeping an eye on what children are watching or playing is crucial to ensure that they’re being exposed to age-appropriate content.
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Every small change to promote healthy levels of screen time is a step in the right direction for the health, wellbeing and development of children.
Black men who have sex with men in Southern states have a low rate of using HIV prevention treatments.
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This finding suggests public health efforts will have to address the treatment barriers these men face – like poverty or homophobia – to meet the nation’s goal of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030.
Cuts in donor funding stretch limited resources.
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HIV services must be comprehensive to ensure that people take their medication as prescribed and avoid onward transmission of the virus.
Even before the advent of COVID-19, donors had begun to exit HIV programmes with increasing frequency.
HIV prevalence in the Congo Basin is relatively low.
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To be effective, vaccine formulas need to cover all emergent strains. But there are still plenty of unknowns.
Healthcare in the country is free for children under five.
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Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. Financial barriers still prevent many families from getting the health services they need.
Rift Valley Fever virus, 3D illustration.
Manufacturing is just one part of the vaccine ecosystem. It’s the health system that delivers vaccines and people must be willing to take them.
Nigeria’s President Buhari at the 2021 Intra-African Trade Fair in Durban, South Africa.
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The current spate of travel bans is rather hasty and irrational given that we know that the variant is in several countries already.
Strong narratives can help sway opinions.
Two film crews comprised of Latino and Black cinematic arts graduate students made short films to counter vaccine fears in both communities.
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Stigma and criminalisation of same-sex relationships makes it difficult for transgender women and men who have sex with men to seek preventive services. This compounds their risk for HIV infection.
It is urgent and overdue to implement PrEP in pregnancy and during breastfeeding. Failure to do so allows ongoing avoidable HIV infection among women in South Africa and their infants.
To fight economic inequality, female dependency on relationships and gender-based violence, female education is critical.
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Adolescent girls and young women aged 15 to 24 accounted for 25% of new infections, while making up only 10% of the population.
What not to do: ban travel. Scenes at South Africa’s OR Tambo International airport after the first flight bans were announced.
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The world needs to learn to live with the virus. And governments must follow the science and don’t distort it for political expediency.
Scientists find variants by sequencing samples from people that have tested positive for the virus.
There’s a new COVID lineage called B.1.1.529. It has a genetic profile very different from other circulating variants
A shop selling skin lightening creams in Nairobi.
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Skin lighteners are being used more than ever before, especially in urban areas and among men.
When COVID-19 emerged, misuse of antibiotics increased.
The quest to find treatment for COVID-19, and the uncertainty surrounding the clinical outcome, necessitates the use of antibiotics in the treatment package.
There’s an urgent need for therapeutics to complement vaccines.
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The need of the moment is for low- and middle-income countries to improve their own manufacturing capabilities.
Diabetes can be controlled using medicines, diet and lifestyle modification.
Insulin and oral medicines for diabetes are mostly not available at the recommended level in the African region.
Kenyan police officers display bags of heroin seized in 2011.
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It has long been clear that some countries have drug policies that cause harm and violate human rights.
People need a constant supply of affordable, safe and efficacious medicine.
South Africa has a stringent pharmaceutical regulatory framework. But this framework is not backed by a strong implementation strategy.
Through their vaccination choices, parents are often communicating not just what they think, but also who they are.
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Vaccination uptake is influenced by many factors and carries a variety of meanings – social, political, economic, ideological, moral as well as biological.