BioNTech Marburg is one of the largest manufacturing facilities producing mRNA vaccines in the world.
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For the first time, the drug substance, or active ingredient for a COVID-19 vaccine - in this case mRNA - will be manufactured on the continent.
Rural women in Agincourt, South Africa, with water collection containers.
The provision of better health services and social grants has aided rural women’s progress in South Africa, but there are still tremendous needs to be met.
More than 200 million Africans need at least one assistive device.
The WHO estimates that only about 15% to 25% of those in need of assistive technology products in Africa have access to them.
Studies point to students’ movement skills declining during lockdowns, especially among younger children. Levels of physical activity must be restored to avoid lifelong harm to their health.
South Africa has extended COVID-19 vaccination to adolescents between 12 and 17 years old.
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Countries like the United States, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Switzerland have already vaccinated many millions of adolescents and their experience will guide countries that follow suit.
A woman with her baby collects her household goods in front of her newly built shack in Khayelitsha, outside Cape Town.
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Pregnant women and mothers of infants are at a higher risk of experiencing depression because of increased pressures they face economically, in their relationships, with their families, and socially.
Newly-bottled beers at the Inbev factory in Nigeria.
Young Nigerians are culturally encouraged to overdrink. How can they be protected?
The growth in tobacco use in Africa is a potential public health catastrophe.
Globally, about 1 million deaths annually are related to exposure to second-hand smoke. Thirteen African countries have implemented comprehensive smoke-free bans.
Washing your hands is an easy and effective way to reduce the spread of illness.
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The risk of getting the coronavirus from a surface is low. But the frequent hand-washing from early in the pandemic is a good thing since most people weren’t washing their hands enough to begin with.
The COVID-10 pandemic followed a different path in Africa than was predicted.
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Despite having comparatively poor health infrastructure, African public health practitioners have amassed a wealth of experience of managing epidemics.
Open fires and poorly balanced pots are also hazardous to the families that use them.
The number of people using mainly polluting fuels in sub-Saharan Africa is rising at an alarming rate and is due to exceed 1 billion people by 2025.
Oral healthcare workers are exposed to disease-causing organisms during dental procedures.
Pre-COVID-19 dentists wore some sort of respiratory protection like examination masks, surgical masks or respirators. COVID-19 has elevated the number of personal protective equipment needed.
Clinical trials demonstrate how effective vaccines are individually, but the real world shows how effective they are at a population level.
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Using a robust statistical model, researchers estimate that coronavirus vaccines had prevented 140,000 deaths by May 9, 2021.
Spraying houses with insecticide is a temporary solution.
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To achieve malaria elimination on the continent, Africans need to own the agenda.
Ceci n'est pas un Magritte.
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Three tobacco-flavored cartridges and a vaping device have been approved by the FDA for sale in the US. It comes after a decadelong debate over e-cigarettes.
Rapid antigen testing might be convenient. But high prices for home kits will put people off, compounding disadvantage.
Liberia and Sierra Leone actively sought international aid to combat Ebola in 2014, Guinea downplayed the extent of the deadly disease.
President Alpha Condé’s pursuit of mining interests during the Ebola crisis may have foreshadowed his demise as he tightened his grip over power and plundered the state’s wealth.
A health worker prepares a malaria vaccination in Yala, Kenya.
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The successful development of an effective vaccine against the deadliest form of malaria that is most common in sub-Saharan Africa is indeed a major achievement.
Not all unplanned pregnancies are unwanted.
Instead of asking, ‘How can teenage pregnancies be prevented?’, the following question should be posed: ‘How can reproductive injustices in relation to young women be reduced?
There is no evidence that punishment can serve as deterrent.
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Criminalising suicide directs resources towards punishment which has no significant deterrent effect.