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Untested medicines pose risk as healthcare fees balloon in Zimbabwe

By Ray Mwareya In May, Anna Muwa, 31, entered a clinic in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe second capital, to give birth, but failed. The hospital needed $US70, sanitary pads, water bucket, and a soft razor to cut the baby's umbilical cord. "I walked out and delivered my baby in a bedroom. My grandmother supervised

The AsktheGynaecologist (ATG) project launches in Nigeria

 A new project which will be beneficial to Nigerian women has recently been launched. This project is very important as it comes at a time when maternal mortality is prevalent in Nigeria. The AsktheGynaecologist (ATG) project is a program specially designed to provide virtual consultation services to Nigerians who are desirous

Career-Oriented African Women Should Make Health and Wellness a Priority

  April is National Minority Health Month, and while we know the dismal statistics regarding diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other common illnesses that affect Black women, one thing we often fail to consider is the dramatic impact work can have on one’s health. According to a recent study, women need more

What’s stopping Nigerian women from being screened for cancer?

By Aisha Mukhtar Dodo Screening for both cervical and breast cancer can save lives. Although many women in northern Nigeria know this, there is still reluctance to undergo these important screenings. There are a combination of reasons that explain this. These include the high cost of screening procedures, too few facilities, not enough

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Secret Power of Tiger Nuts

By Natasha Ellah At 100 Naira (£0.32/$0.50) a bag, Tiger Nuts or ‘Aya’ are one of the cheapest African Superfoods I have found while rummaging through the Nigerian market. Normally sold by Hausa mallams, they also have the informal name of ‘Northern Groundnut’. In Nigeria, the Hausas call it “Aya”, Yorubas

A new study shows the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness has not had sex in 10,000 years

A parasite that causes the African sleeping sickness has not had sex in more than 10,000 years, according to new research. Researchers from Glasgow University’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Pathology found that the parasite species known as Trypanosoma brucei gambiense, is entirely made up of asexual clones that came from one

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