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How Egypt is tackling Hepatitis C

Egypt is believed to have the largest prevalence of the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) in the world, with 7% of the population - approximately eight million people - infected. The causes of this rampantly widespread disease originated primarily from a mass…

Strengthening tobacco control in West Africa: How CRES is leading the charge

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year, 80% of them in low- and middle-income countries. The huge health, social and economic impacts associated with it have prompted calls for stricter r…

BRICS Gender Forum: Putting women at the centre of development

2018 is a key year for the BRICS. Not only is it a decade since the first BRICS meeting, it is also the first time the bloc will directly address gender disparities through the proposed creation of the BRICS Gender and Women’s Forum, championed by S…

Tackling Malawi's medical brain drain

Since the turn of the century, global migration has grown hugely. However, the past decade has seen developing countries losing large numbers of health care professionals to developed countries. The voluntary migration of health workers from develop…

Good mental healthcare should be part of peacebuilding

The negative impact of armed conflict on the mental health of combatants is well documented. But it wasn’t until about two decades ago that literature on the effect of conflict on civilians began emerging.About 1% to 3% of any population worldwide h…

HIV prevention pill 'set up to fail' in some African countries

The rollout of oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a pill that prevents infection when taken daily, is not being managed well in parts of Africa.A handful of African countries - among them South Africa and Kenya - are forging ahead and offerin…

From our library: 5 reads on HIV and Aids research in Africa

This past Saturday marked World AIDS Day under the theme ‘Know Your Status’. First officially observed in 1988, this year’s World AIDS Day marked the 30th anniversary of the global campaign, and is an important annual reminder that HIV and AIDS cont…

Q&A: Achieving universal health coverage in Africa

There is growing political support for universal health coverage (UHC) on the continent. But is this support translating into action on the ground? The Africa Portal spoke to Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation's regional director for…

The impact of COVID-19 on African trade

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in mass production shutdowns and supply chain disruptions due to port closures in China, causing global ripple effects across all economic sectors in a rare “twin supply-demand shock”. As China is one of Afric…

Fiscal Decentralization and Social Services in Nigeria

This study examines the linkages between fiscal decentralization and social services in Nigeria. It is based on a panel of the 36 states and federal capital territory. Social services in health and education are measured by outcomes such as infant m…

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