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The mortality rate of AIDS-related deaths remains high among adolescent girls and young women. Shutterstock

Here’s where efforts to end HIV in eastern and southern Africa must focus

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. Shutterstock

How COVID-19 puts women at more risk than men in Gauteng, South Africa

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. Photo by Benson Ibeabuchi/AFP via Getty Images

COVID-19: How to reduce risk in the holiday season

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 Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images

Where COVID-19 has left Nigeria’s health system

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.
Traffic flows past trees that have been felled to make way for a highway in Nairobi, Kenya on November 12, 2020. Photo by LUIS TATO/AFP via Getty Images

The loss of vegetation is creating a dangerous heat island over Nairobi

Parts of Nairobi are already dealing with temperature increases and reduction in humidity. These conditions are associated with increases in mortality, especially in children and the elderly.
Cape Town residents queueing to refill water containers at the Newlands Brewery Spring Water Point in January 2018. GettyImages

Dimming the sun could reduce future drought risk in Cape Town – but there’s a catch

Artificially dimming the sun, by injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere, could reduce the risk of Day Zero level droughts in Cape Town by more than 90% in the future.

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