African Population and Health Research Center

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A mother-to-be in Kibera in Nairobi, where up to a third of adolescent girls and women between 15-22 experience an unwanted pregnancy. Photo by Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Kenya is having another go at passing a reproductive rights bill. What’s at stake

The proposed bill demonstrates the political will to address these preventable and avoidable morbidities and deaths.
A member of the nursing staff at Chandaria Health Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, measures the temperatures of visiting patients. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

Why managing blood pressure matters during COVID-19 pandemic

Most facilities prioritize COVID-19 cases. In addition, curfews are still in effect in Kenya, which affects the working hours of clinics providing hypertension care services.
Nurses and midwives can make a significant impact in managing and preventing the leading causes of death. Shutterstock

Africa can and must do more to support nurses and midwives

Adequate numbers of healthy and motivated health professionals are also critical to governments’ effective responses to public health emergencies such as COVID-19.
The mismatch between youth skills and labour market expectations makes it challenging for young people to succeed in the world of work. Author provided/APHRC

How youth skills training in Kenya can reduce inequality

The system is well-resourced for urban and well-off families, but leaves the poor and mostly rural youth inadequately prepared.
What mattered most to mothers using Nigeria’s free maternal health services was that their babies were healthy. Adekunle Ajayi/Getty Images

What mothers told me about Nigeria’s free maternal health services

With the introduction of free maternal healthcare, Nigeria appears to have got more women using health facilities, but there are more hurdles to cross.
An activist poses for the camera outside Botswana High Court which ruled in favour of decriminalising homosexuality in June 2019. Tshekiso Tebalo/AFP via Getty Images

Africa’s policies hold key to LGBT rights on the continent: here’s how

Predominant public sentiment remains largely anti-homosexual and overshadows constitutionally guaranteed rights in Africa.
Giving young Nigerians information on sexual and reproductive health boosts their confidence in using condoms Ruth McDowall/GettyImages

What gives Nigerian students the confidence to use condoms

Sexually inexperienced Nigerian students are less confident in their ability to use condoms, increasing their susceptibility to infections and unplanned pregnancies at first sexual activity.

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