A new rotavirus vaccine succeeded in a large trial in Niger, offering hope for a new preventive against the diarrheal disease that kills 215,000 children under 5 every year.   A New England Journal of Medicine article about the trial, which involved 3,500 children, found…

To curb rapid population growth, Niger’s government is turning to modern contraception, but struggles to get women to take it. The country’s population dramatically increased from 3.5 million in 1960 to nearly 20 million today, with 80% of people living in poverty.