Once upon a time, buckling up was new behavior.
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Public health recommendations have always been a hard sell. Resistance to new behaviors – like the mask-wearing and social distancing advised during the COVID-19 pandemic – is part of human nature.
The first COVID-19 vaccines arrive packed in dry ice and need special freezers that can keep them extremely cold.
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The vaccines' cold storage requirements and shipment rules put small, rural communities at a disadvantage, but that's only part of a long-running challenge.
The mortality rate of AIDS-related deaths remains high among adolescent girls and young women.
The evidence shows that keeping girls in school not only reduces HIV risk, but also delays marriage and pregnancy, and improves mental health.
Women are more likely to be visiting public health facilities to access healthcare for themselves or for people in their care.
Women are testing positive at a higher rate than men and women, they have a greater social and economic vulnerability, particularly during lockdown, with working-age being the most affected.
Many Nigerians are expected to travel during the Christmas holiday season.
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In this video interview, Dr Doyin Odubanjo, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Science and a public health expert, talks about keeping safe while celebrating Christmas during COVID-19.
The Nigerian government struggles to contain COVID-19 while other diseases suffer some measure of neglect
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Over nine months into COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, there are concerns about how well the country has managed the disease pandemic and how this might affect its handling of other diseases.
Firefighters dousing the fire at the Engen oil refinery in Durban, South Africa, in December 2020.
The geographic setting of hazardous industrial sites in residential areas during apartheid hasn't transformed since democracy.
Water carriage is associated with pain, fatigue and violence against vulnerable people.
The importance of accessing water that's safe to drink and enough for washing, cleaning and cooking is clear, but little attention has been given to the safety of water collection away from home.
There is a global travel and tourism fear because of the virus. It may take time before people plan to travel again. The industry needs to build back better in a sustainable way.
The response to domestic violence by the police in Ghana and Nigeria is lacking.
The police in Nigeria and Ghana must receive gender sensitivity training to effectively fight domestic violence.
Ever since a 1904 revolt against the smallpox vaccine, Brazil has run extremely successful vaccination programs.
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A 1904 revolt against mandatory smallpox inoculation taught Brazilian health officials a deadly lesson on how to vaccinate a skeptical public. Today President Bolsonaro seems to ignore that history.
Parents have the primary role of educating their children about their sexuality. But cultural beliefs and taboos about sex can work strongly against their efforts.
Designed by psychologists, the free and anonymous web-based app can help you remember who you came in contact with.
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With new US COVID-19 cases topping 200,000 a day, contact tracers are overwhelmed. Here's how infected people can start tracing and notifying contacts themselves.
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After more than a month of testing without a single positive case, the probability of coronavirus lurking in Victoria is vanishingly small.
Black exhaust fumes from lorry envelope a motorcyclist and his passenger on a busy road in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Studies demonstrate that vehicular emissions are a huge pollution source in Nairobi.
A substantial proportion of people may refuse or delay taking a COVID-19 vaccine.
Combating social media disinformation regarding vaccines is critical to reversing the growth in vaccine hesitancy around the world.
Many poor families in South Africa’s informal settlements survive on welfare grants.
Some caregivers reported seeing improvements in their children's schoolwork and behaviour at school.
We're on the road again. Getting enough COVID-19 vaccine to where it's needed in a given time frame is the next logistical hurdle.
Teaching researchers and scientists communication skills — including social media proficiency — will help inform the public about new discoveries and research.
Budget cuts and outsourcing content have affected the amount and quality of science journalism. Scientists should learn to communicate their own findings directly and clearly to the public.
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The HIV/AIDS response played out over a much longer trajectory than COVID-19. But it is, in some respects, a shining example of what can be achieved when countries and people work together.