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From the outset, communities were concerned about the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on children. Roger Sedres/Gallo Images via Getty Images

COVID-19 in children: the South African experience and way forward

Schools are not driving the COVID-19 pandemic and can safely remain open provided people stick to the non-pharmaceutical interventions for COVID-19 prevention.
Missing targets to end HIV in children represents nothing less than a global failure. Sunil Pradhan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Ending HIV in children is way off target: where to focus action now

Not achieving the targets for children and adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa means that new infections will continue to increase and HIV related mortality will be a reality for decades to come.
White River Primary school in South Africa, sponsored by Coca Cola. Roo Reynolds/Flickr

South Africa must ban sugary drinks sales in schools. Self regulation is failing

A ban on sugary drinks sale and advertisements in schools is likely to hold more promise in improving the diets of children and help prevent obesity in children than voluntary actions.
Male involvement antenatal care helps with the uptake of services and retention in care of both the mother and her baby. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

How to get Malawian men more involved in antenatal care - and why it matters

Male involvement in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is key for the uptake of services and retention in care. When men are involved, HIV exposed or infected children do better.
Child mortality rates in the country are high. John Fredricks/NurPhoto via Getty Images

How smartphones could help improve child health in Malawi

Health surveillance assistants provide services in village clinics, mainly by assessing signs and symptoms in sick children. An electronic community case management app could make their job easier.

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