By Elsabé Brits, GroundUp A vast number of children living with HIV are not receiving the treatment they desperately need. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has criticised pharmaceutical corporations for delays and a failure to develop appropriate HIV medicines, which are easier for children and babies to take. The result is...
It’s important for kids to move and play. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock Catherine Draper, University of the Witwatersrand Most of us would agree that we want to encourage children to be physically active, get enough sleep, and keep their screen time at healthy levels. But did you know that this starts from birth?...
Olalekan Adekola, York St John University Most African countries have made strong progress in achieving major development goals in the last few years. Despite this much needed progress, the past decade has seen flooding damage or destroy much of this same infrastructure, affecting millions and killing hundreds every year. In...
Mauritania has declared that areas that it has completely cleared landmines from the areas that were under the threat of anti-personnel mines for forty years. “I am extremely honoured to declare that after four decades since these weapons were laid and nearly two decades of clearance, Mauritania is free of...
After five years of the latest civil conflict to hit the country, nearly every child in the Central African Republic (CAR) is threatened and require protection from armed groups, which now control four-fifths of the country’s territory, UNICEF has said. The country is facing a severe humanitarian crisis, which has...
Madagascar has completed a peaceful first round of presidential election, which saw the incumbent president getting out, leading to two former presidential to face each other in the second round. Former president Marc Ravalomanana garnered 35.35% of the vote in the first round on November 7, while Andry Rajoelina --...
Damning development. Wikimedia Commons/Mimi Abebayehu, CC BY-SA Timothy Clack, University of Oxford Encompassing swathes of Ethiopia, South Sudan and Kenya, the Omo-Turkana Basin is one of the oldest landscapes in the world that is known to have been inhabited by Homo sapiens and is now one of the world’s most extraordinary examples...
Michael Mutua, African Population and Health Research Center During Kenya’s national schools exams, an alarming number of girls were reported to be pregnant or in labour, and so couldn’t take the exam. In just one county, 72 girls taking the exams were pregnant while 38 gave birth before the test....
The federal government of Nigeria announced that over 4.3 million children who have missed previous vaccination exercises in the country will be vaccinated. To generate awareness about the benefits of vaccines and allay fears and misconceptions, the government will request the support of traditional leaders for primary health care in...
Charles Shey Wiysonge, South African Medical Research Council People in sub-Saharan Africa are now living longer than ever before. A child born in the region today is expected to live up to 64 years on average. This is a remarkable increase of 11 years since the year 2000, when life...

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