Chronic pain is everyone's problem. It's costly, debilitating and, according to new statistics, increasingly common. Reversing the trend is achieveable but far from easy.
Workers from Kinross Gold Mine, South Africa.
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The threat posed by COVID-19 on mines is considerable. The main reasons are cramped working conditions underground, transportation in packed cages, and a high incidence of other respiratory diseases.
Lack of technology infrastructure is a barrier to mobile healthcare in Nigeria
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Mobile technology has great potential to improve healthcare in Nigeria but government must provide regulatory framework.
A public health worker takes details from a man volunteering to be tested for COVID-19 in the bustling Kawangware market in Nairobi.
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As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Kenya, there is a looming threat for escalated disease and death due to the many people with chronic conditions.
Can social distancing and lockdown
can work in South Africa’s townships and informal settlements?
South Africa's response to the COVID-19 pandemic was one of 'intervene first and ask questions later'. Now is the time for government to state clearly what its strategic endgame is.
People, some wearing masks, enjoy a walk in a park in Rome as Italy, the first nation to impose a nationwide lockdown against the coronavirus, begins to reopen – slowly.
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It's possible to evaluate countries' readiness to lift their lockdowns, based on how well they managed the first wave of the pandemic, and how ready they are for a digital economy.
A cashier works wearing a face mask in a supermarket on April 15, 2020 near Lyon.
In addition to the elderly and health workers, those holding front-line jobs are particularly exposed. Infection risk and aggravating co-morbidities could compound social inequalities in time of crisis.
The man in the ironed mask: French president Emmanuel Macron changed his policy on mask-wearing in April.
There are two principles governments use to make public health decisions, and on mask-wearing they're in direct conflict.
Community members wearing protective face masks as they queue for aid in Zandspruit informal settlement, north of Johannesburg.
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Wearing masks is being introduced in conjunction with maintaining a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres and following hygiene measures such as hand washing.
Some countries are making it work – and the rest could learn from them.
A worker from Sanctuary, a Christian charitable organization, tends to homeless people in their tents during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on April 28, 2020.
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Canadian and American religious groups are responding very differently to coronavirus public health measures. Why? In Canada, health care is more widely regarded as a public good and a right.
A health worker collecting sample test kits from a nurse during a community COVID-19 testing campaign in Lagos.
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As Nigeria battles COVID-19, systemic corruption and a low level of accountability in the health sector may undermine efforts to halt the devastating effect of the virus.
Lockdowns to curb the coronavirus have shut down Africa’s dominant informal economy, destroying livelihoods.
The loss of livelihoods flowing from the efforts to combat the pandemic highlights the dearth of social protection measures on the continent.
Vaccines are some of the most equitable and cost-effective health interventions available.
Coronavirus is a stark reminder of what a world without vaccines would look like.
Job seekers wait on the side of a road in South Africa. Joblessness stands at a record high.
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Economic distress was the norm for many before the coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic is an opportunity to provide an economically secure future for all.
Are criticisms that governments should have done more fair?
Apps that warn about close contact with COVID-19 cases are key to relaxing social distancing rules.
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Bluetooth wireless communication makes it possible for people to get alerts on their phones when they've been exposed to the coronavirus. Adding the right cryptography scheme keeps those alerts private.
The recognition that COVID-19 is accompanied by an equally alarming “infodemic” has added a level of complexity to the situation. What are the consequences of this avalanche of information?
Many ethical decisions will need to be made as patients seek treatment for Covid-19.
Health workers fill out documents before performing tests for COVID-19 at the screening and testing tents set up at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg.
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There are lessons for the health sector - the need for more coherent integration is undeniable.