Countries can be better prepared and respond faster to disease outbreaks if public health data is shared more freely.
Sharing data openly across regions and organisations can help to accelerate preparedness and responses to public health emergencies.
A man pushes a wheelbarrow past a sign in Liberia during the West African Ebola outbreak.
A proper understanding of community dynamics and local beliefs can inform medical interventions that are capable of establishing positive and productive relations with local communities.
Rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army making their way to a camp in southern Sudan. The group forcibly recruits children.
Natural resources are an important factor in explaining why some rebel groups forcibly recruit children into their ranks.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime has yet to show it differs from that of Robert Mugabe.
The debate on sanctions on Zimbabwe has been lost in the southern African region and on the continent.
Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio has made fighting rape a priority.
Sierra Leone has declared a national emergency to combat rape and sexual violence.
Liberia’s President George Weah has ruffled feathers by proposing changes to citizenship laws.
Liberian President George Weah believes the current citizenship regulations in the country are unnecessarily "racist" and restrictive.
Laws in Sierra Leone often leave young women in the lurch.
Violence is not just a private matter between people. Regulating it is not the duty of communities or the state alone.
Women fear losing support for themselves and their children if they report violence.
Very few women, especially those married, feel protected by the domestic violence laws in Sierra Leone.
Ebola is a dreadful disease and is one of the deadliest infections known to medical science.
Instability in the DRC and Ebola's deadly properties is making it hard to contain the virus.
Egyptian-born Australian musician, Joseph Tawadros.
African Australians contribute to all major musical genres - from dance to hip hop and beyond.
Home page of the BBC News Pidgin website.
BBC News Pidgin
West African pidgins are unique, showing that they have come to stay no matter what some say or feel about them.
French soldiers patrol in Diabaly, Mali, in 2013, following the failure of the African Support Mission.
Conflict patterns in Africa have changed rapidly in recent years posing a challenge to peace and security.
School children at the site of the KAT-7 radio telescope in Carnarvon, South Africa.
Astronomy is accessible to anyone with a view of the sky.
A health-care worker wears virus protective gear at a treatment center in Bikoro Democratic Republic of Congo, on May 13, 2018.
(AP Photo/John Bompengo)
History, and math, tell us that the Ebola virus spreads exponentially quickly. This means Ebola is a global problem and all nations need to rally -- to stop the epidemic fast.
There’s more and more good science news coming from Africa.
There are several projects and initiatives that offer hope amid all the bad news about African science.
Roy Maconachie and Simon Wharf
The diamonds and dollars soon disappear from view.
A nurse nun visits the graves of victims of a 1976 Ebola outbreak.
The audio version of a long read on the historical mistakes and cover ups that hampered the response to the devastating Ebola outbreak of 2014.
The Monkeypox virus was isolated most recently in 2012 from a dead infant mangabey (species of monkey) in Ivory Coast.
A disease suspected to be monkeypox is on the rampage in Nigeria. In less than one month, it has spread to seven of the country's 36 states and infected 31 people.
Shoes left after a flash flood during the mudslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone August 18, 2017.
Unless urban planning is taken seriously in Sierra Leone, there's a risk that similar disasters like the mudslides could occur with potentially more devastating consequences.
The mudslide killed nearly 500 people.
Foreign aid can harm as well as help.