Evidence from past health emergencies sparked fears that COVID-19 would disrupt access to contraception, especially for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa—but data collected in 4 countries yielded had some surprising findings.

It’s impossible to ignore COVID-19. The near misses, though—the epidemics stopped before they spread—often don’t make the news.

A year ago, almost no one wore masks or stayed 6 feet apart from others. Some of these behaviors have become social norms at light speed—something those of us who have made social and behavior change communication our life’s work rarely see. Getting a vaccine needs to…

At the start of the UN General Assembly this week in New York, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stepped into an “air pollution pod” and visibly struggled to breathe.   This is often our first thought of…

In September 2017, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control faced an outbreak of monkeypox—a disease unseen in our country for nearly 40 years. The skin rashes, swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms of this “cousin to smallpox” caused great concern in communities. Misleading…

Western countries pluck many of Nigeria’s best doctors for plum jobs, leaving retired nurses, community health workers, and newly graduated doctors do the heavy lifting in public hospitals.   African countries have spent $4.6 billion to educate doctors hired by the UK, US,…

HIV prevalence in Nigeria is about 4%. But among gay men and MSM this figure is more like 30% with untold numbers of men—and the women they marry to avoid suspicion—unaware of their status.   Stigma means that many will not seek health services, while a lack of training for…

A traditional post-natal practice in parts of Nigeria—pressing a napkin heated on a lantern on the umbilical cord until it falls off—is one reason Nigeria still struggles with preventable neonatal tetanus.   The problem is that sometimes the lanterns are rusted, and the…

Our work is based on science and trust, on our ability to communicate reliable information—and on having people believe that information is real. We help Tanzanians change their behaviors to protect themselves from malaria by laying out the advantages of sleeping under…

Neglected tropical diseases like waterborne Bilharzia, or Schistosomiasis, prey on Nigeria’s poor, rural communities—but the country’s ability to fight disease should not be underestimated, writes Mark Doyle.