No pain relief , no working water: the perils of childbirth in Tanzania | Leah McLaren

Natural birth is the only option for many females here, and though dedicated midwives do their best, the risk of infection and sepsis is high At the Nyarugusu medical dispensary in north-west Tanzania, Eva Paulo, 23, is in her 36 th hour of labour. She paces barefoot in circles around the dusty yard behind the…

It’s more than sexuality ed. For these young woman, it’s a movement for equality.

When writer Meera Subramanian traveled to India, she wasn’t sure exactly what she’d discover. In an excerpt from her volume, “A River Runs Again, ” she tells us what she detected : It was the girls who talked most passionately. Several are speaking about becoming more comfortable with their bodies after having been taught what…

The giant rats that love avocado- and can diagnose deadly TB | Kate Lyons

A team in Tanzania have developed African pouched rats to make life-saving discoveries, sniffing out cases of tuberculosis missed by health clinics After scampering about a sleek glass and aluminium enclosure, a rat named Riziwan has made a crucial discovery. In just minutes, Riziwan has positively identified 13 people who may have tuberculosis. The discovery…

Hope for ‘end of Aids’ is disappearing, experts alert

Those opposing epidemic say 2030 target is unrealistic as make further efforts to defeat it falter amid rising infection levels and drug resistance Efforts to combat Aids in Africa are seriously faltering, with drugs beginning to lose their power, the number of infections rising and funding declining, raising the prospect of the epidemic once more…

Zika emergency pushes females to challenge Brazil’s abortion law

Womens groups are set to challenge the law in the hope of stimulating termination possible for women at risk of delivering a baby born with Zika-related defects Womens groups in Brazil are set to challenge the abortion laws this summer in the hope of making a safe and legal termination possible for women at risk…