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A protester holds a placard reading ‘down with Ecowas’ during a rally in Bamako on 1 February 2024. Ousmane Makaveli /AFP via Getty Images

Free movement in west Africa: three countries leaving Ecowas could face migration hurdles

Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso have much to lose if they cannot migrate to and from neighbouring countries in Ecowas.
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HIV among older South Africans in rural areas: big study shows there’s a problem that’s being neglected

A significant number of older adults in rural South Africa are HIV-positive. Awareness programmes and self-testing would reduce cases.
The common yellow commelina, one of the popular plants used to treat children. WikiCommons

Medicinal plants help keep children healthy in South Africa: 61 species were recorded

The use of medicinal plants in childhood diseases remains largely undocumented. A study in North West province in South Africa catalogued many of these for the first time.

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