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Statistical infrastructure can help improve everything from health care to politics. Andriy Onufriyenko/Moment via Getty Images

Low- and middle-income countries lack access to big data analysis – here’s how to fill the gap

Data science infrastructure is sorely needed in many places. Doctors Without Borders brings medical help to nations in need, but similar efforts are relatively small for statistics.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari shows his COVID-19 certificate after receiving his first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in March 2021. Photo by Kola Sulaimon / AFP via Getty Images

Nigerian academics weigh in on the faults and frustrations of managing COVID-19

Experts assess Nigeria's response to COVID-19 so far and express worry that the country does not appear to have learnt much; it isn't prepared for the next pandemic.
Women’s need for contraception and contraceptive use must be an ongoing priority. Jonathan Torgovnik for The Hewlett Foundation/Reportage by Getty Images

COVID-19 lockdowns and contraception: unexpected findings in four African countries

Contrary to expectations, researchers found that overall contraceptive use increased in most settings.
Wearing masks, handwashing and sanitising were adopted quite quickly by South Africans. Xabiso Mkhabela/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Spike in COVID-19 cases points to gaps in South Africa’s response

The first step of any public health response must be prevention. Preventing new infections and containing the pandemic protects health systems from getting close to collapse.

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