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A natural birth involves three important steps: the spontaneous onset of labour, the process of labour itself, and vaginal passage. Getty Images

Caesarean births: South Africa’s rates are too high – they can be dangerous for mothers and babies

Caesarean section births are often thought to be safer. In fact they disrupt the natural bond between mother and baby and can interrupt brain development.
A three-year-old girl under a mosquito net in Mukuli, western Kenya. She had received all four doses of RTS,S, the world’s first malaria vaccine. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images

Two new malaria vaccines are being rolled out across Africa: how they work and what they promise

Forty million children are born in malaria areas across Africa each year. Two new vaccines are important weapons in the fight against the disease.

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