From Rahim Bank’s nursing school graduating class of 250, he was 1 of under 2 dozen that landed health care jobs. He works—sometimes 18-hour days—in a hospital with 50 patients for every nurse.While educational institutions and nonprofits are training up health workers,…

In Malawi, 35% of people sampled in a hospital survey reported living with an untreated condition requiring surgery. A majority of the nearly 3,000 respondents to the survey, conducted by group of researchers led by Carlos Varela of Kamuzu Central Hospital, did not seek…

A hidden domestic killer taking 4.3 million lives per year tops the toll of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined.   Cooking over billowing smoke from indoor wood, charcoal, dung and coal stoves releases pollution that kills 1 person every 8 seconds, according to a…

In East and Southern Africa, women are more likely to have HIV though for men, it’s deadlier.   Less likely to seek testing and treatment, men make up 54% of AIDS-related deaths but only 46% of infections in the regions. Globally, 60% of HIV-positive women were on treatment…

The cholera vaccine Shanchol may be safe for pregnant women, according to a recent observational cohort study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.  

In Botswana, Malawi and Uganda alone, there are an estimated 11,000 new pediatric cancer cases each year. Currently, there are only 5 trained pediatric oncologists across those countries. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the mortality rate for pediatric cancer cases is estimated…

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA—When the International AIDS Conference is held in Africa, not only do you get Elton John, Queen Latifah and the rest of the celebrity set in attendance, but African royalty appear as well. They’re concerned for their people—and it’s these traditional…

Just like a traditional village, the Maternity Waiting Village in central Malawi offers all the perks of communal living—and it might also put a dent in high maternal mortality rates. With hospitals out of reach in cost as well as distance, rural women here often give birth…