NYAMIRAMA—Building a basketball court right next to the Nyamirama Health Center was no coincidence. The strategically placed court is part of a deliberate effort to improve access to health education and services in Rwanda’s Kayonza district, visited by a busload of ICFP…

In the Central African Republic where ongoing conflict has left the country without a health system, a communications network or even a unified government presence, the Boy Scouts movement is thriving. Some 20,000 scouts—who outnumber UN peacekeepers—comprise a strong…

In 1981, Mauritania became the last country to dissolve slavery but did not criminalize it until 2007. Today, there remain some 90,000 exploited Mauritanians—2% of the population—though authorities deny existence of the practice. Slavery is entrenched in the culture, class…

Many delegates will trickle into Kigali, Rwanda this weekend for the 5th International Conference on Family Planning with little fanfare—but the youth are already starting to steal the show, with a virtual youth relay that started in Mombasa, Kenya earlier this week.

As Accra’s swelling population outgrows its supply of quality water, 500ml plastic packets of water have become a wildly popular. They offer a middle ground between pricey bottled water and suspect tap supply, but a patchwork of producers and lack of regulation raises…

In 2011, Rwanda became one of the first African countries to establish a palliative care mandate. Prior to that, in 2009, Kigali’s Kibagabaga Hospital launched one of the first palliative care programs under then-director Christian Ntizimira. Ntizimira discusses in a Q&…

A new Nature Genetics study has revealed nearly a million genes in parasitic worms never before identified.  

The DRC’s Ebola outbreak has spread to a previously unaffected health zone between 2 outbreak hotspots, raising official counts to 285 cases and 180 deaths. 8 more cases have been confirmed in the last 2 days, one of whom refused to be transferred to an Ebola treatment…

Dirty socks donated by Gambian children tested for malaria and springer spaniels in England added up to an advance in the quest for noninvasive malaria tests.   Steven Lindsay, a Durham University public health entomologist, put the socks to the sniff test by trained dogs,…

Human activity has accelerated the decline of wildlife populations to an astonishing degree, according to a World Wildlife Fund report released this week.