Up to 1.2 million snakebite envenomings and 140,000 deaths occur each year, but data is remarkably scarce on the location of the most vulnerable populations and what venomous snakes live where.  

The outsize burden of HIV and AIDS among women in former British colonies goes back to colonial legal systems’ approaches to property, according to new research.

In many low- and middle-income countries with a heavy HIV burden, data is sorely lacking on underlying STIs that up the risk.

What makes snakebites—which permanently disable hundreds of thousands and kill 100,000-plus people annually—especially tragic? Highly effective antivenom treatments exist, just not for everyone.People in sub-Saharan Africa, where snakebites kill 20,000 every year, suffer…

Rehabilitation programs are not keeping pace with changing medical needs in sub-Saharan Africa, writes Woody Rule of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Allied Health.   The region carries nearly 24% of the global disease burden, with noncommunicable diseases, like…

Breast cancer is 1 of the most common—and deadly—cancers in sub-Saharan Africa: Fewer than 1/2 of women diagnosed are alive after 5 years, compared with 90% in the US.

Tiny Gambia is within reach of a huge milestone: becoming sub-Saharan Africa’s first malaria-free nation by 2020.Since 2011, malaria parasite prevalence in under-5s in the country fell from 4% to 0.2% and new malaria cases fell 40% (from 262,000 to 155,450), the National…

Recent developments could boost cancer care in sub-Saharan Africa, where today oncologists struggle to provide affordable treatment, write Sally Cowal of the American Cancer Society and Jen Crozier of IBM.

While studying the parasite Trypanosoma brucei that causes sleeping sickness, Monica Mugnier discovered that it could activate more than 100 protein signatures over 30 days of a single infection. She also found it makes new “protein disguises” by recombining elements of…

Hospitals throughout sub-Saharan Africa can’t obtain enough medical-grade oxygen for patients who need it. Low blood oxygen, or hypoxemia, accompanies many conditions, from trauma and pregnancy complications to pneumonia. Now, a Kenyan entrepreneur has created a system for…