There is more support for democracy among African people than is often recognised. Yet this can be undermined by election rigging and is lower in countries like Lesotho, Mozambique and South Africa.
Countries have adopted a wide array of measures involving a proliferation of fraud agencies.
The Malawi court’s decision provides a roadmap for future challenges to the death penalty in other southern African countries.
Malawi was one of the early adopters of kangaroo mother care, with a pilot intervention in 1999.
What’s needed is a prioritisation of the health and medicinal values of the food that’s consumed in African countries.
Malawi’s revamped subsidy regime is designed to reach many more farmers. But a granular look shows that women aren’t reaping the benefits.
Africa’s key to future food-nutrition security may depend on the untapped potential of indigenous fruit trees.
Improved seeds can alleviate a food security crisis deepened by COVID-19.
During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, research in places like refugee camps can continue through mobile devices connected to the internet.
Food security emerged as a major issue for women nearing the end of their lives in Malawi.
Is authoritarianism on the rise on the continent? Or is democracy doing well? Nic Cheeseman discusses.
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.
Depression and diabetes can occur together, and put huge strain on patients and health systems. Depression in patients with diabetes can cause poor self-management and poor treatment adherence.
Health surveillance assistants provide services in village clinics, mainly by assessing signs and symptoms in sick children. An electronic community case management app could make their job easier.
To reduce the prevalence of diabetes in Malawi, efforts to promote healthy eating should target the entire population and not only people who have diabetes.
As antimicrobial resistance increases, the options for treating serious infections dwindle. Doctors need reliable information about which treatments to try out.
Underlying social and structural causes of behaviour - such as poverty and gender disparities - are often ignored. But these are potential drivers of HIV infection among young people.
Enforcement at protected areas is key way to prevent bushmeat poaching, but it’s also important to recognise the contribution bushmeat makes to livelihoods, incomes and food security.
With the dawn of colonialism, nursing and midwifery were formally established and, in many colonies, recognised as the first modern clinical profession on the African continent.
The success of Malawi’s democratic dispensation will be measured on the extent to which it delivers public goods – opportunities, development, accountability – for the people.