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This condom-free male birth control just passed its toughest test yet

This condom-free male birth control just passed its toughest test yet

Male birth control might be closer thank you think. A new type of reversible, condom-free male contraceptive just passed a major hurdle, after successfully blocking male reproduction in a group of rhesus monkeys for more than a year. The contraceptive is known as Vasalgel, and it works by blocking the tube that sperm travels down […]

African Heads of State to Advance Immunization in Africa: Historic Commitment

African Heads of State to Advance Immunization in Africa: Historic Commitment

Today, Heads of State from across Africa endorsed the Addis Declaration on Immunization, also known as the Ministerial Declaration on Universal Access to Immunization, a historic and timely pledge to ensure that everyone in Africa – regardless of who they are or where they live – receives the full benefits of immunization. The endorsement was […]

How Social Factors Drive Up Suicide Rates Among Pregnant Women

How Social Factors Drive Up Suicide Rates Among Pregnant Women

Pregnant women in South Africa who live in poor communities are more likely to consider or attempt suicide than the general population. That’s a key finding from a recent study we undertook at Hanover Park. The research found 12% of pregnant women living in low-resource communities had thought of killing themselves during the previous month. […]

Women need a whole year to recover from childbirth despite the ‘fantasy’ image of celebrity mothers

Women need a whole year to recover from childbirth despite the ‘fantasy’ image of celebrity mothers

New mothers may be told that they will be back to ‘normal’ within six weeks of giving birth, but a new study has found that most women take much longer to recover. Dr Julie Wray, of Salford University, interviewed women two to three weeks, three months and six to seven months after they had given […]

When Marriage Takes Away Your Right Over Your Body

When Marriage Takes Away Your Right Over Your Body

She still remembers that day clearly, when she locked herself in the bathroom and did a pregnancy test. At 33, Beatrice Frank* (not her real name) had just got a new job in an administrative position in Mbeya. Her daughter was almost two and her husband’s business had not picked up yet. Two strong lines […]

Tigo Tanzania continues to pioneer under – five Mobile Birth Registration

Tigo Tanzania continues to pioneer under – five Mobile Birth Registration

Tanzania digital lifestyle company, Tigo, is supporting the government under-five birth registration initiative through innovative mobile application that is massively accelerating provisioning of birth certificate for children under the age of five. The under-five birth registration initiative in Iringa and Njombe regions is expected to benefit more than 200,000 under five children in the two […]

776 Pregnant Zimbabwean Women Test Positive for Syphilis

776 Pregnant Zimbabwean Women Test Positive for Syphilis

MORE than 770 pregnant women tested positive for syphilis between January and June this year in the Midlands province, an official in the ministry of health has revealed. Provincial monitoring and evaluation officer in the ministry of health and child care, Tuso Tanda, said some 22,200 pregnant women were tested for syphilis with 776 testing […]

Myths, Secrets and Inequality Surround Women’s Sex Lives

Myths, Secrets and Inequality Surround Women’s Sex Lives

Mambera Hellem tells her friends and neighbours about all forms of contraception, yet despite their high HIV risk she knows many of the women she speaks to will not use condoms. When I ask Mambera and her friend Kyolaba Amina if it is a woman or a man who decides to wear a condom, Kyolaba […]

Ethiopia Receives 14 Million Praziquantel Tablets

Ethiopia Receives 14 Million Praziquantel Tablets

Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced that the largest delivery of praziquantel tablets ever shipped to Ethiopia recently arrived in Addis Ababa, the capital of the East African country. Ethiopia has received around 14 million tablets for mass distribution to school children. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ethiopia is one […]

DNA Tests Clear 31 Percent Men in Paternity Rows

DNA Tests Clear 31 Percent Men in Paternity Rows

THIRTY-ONE percent of paternity tests done at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) over the past 15 months came out negative, clearing 13 men in the disputed paternity cases. The DNA profiling tests, also known as genetic fingerprinting, were done at the Bulawayo university’s Applied Genetics Testing Centre (AGTC) between April 2015 and […]

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