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10 November 2021

Can traditional healers and health clinics work together to improve the sexual health of adolescents?

Researchers in rural Zimbabwe have suggested five ways to improve collaboration to address high rates of STIs facing adolescents

13 August 2021

How poverty prevents girls and young women accessing sexual health services

The experiences of girls and young women living in informal settlements in Uganda highlight the link between poverty and sexual violence

12 August 2021

Economic support helps girls say no to transactional sex

Adolescent girls in Zambia say the RISE trial helped them say no to transactional sex and stay in school but also led to a backlash

03 August 2021

The over-the-counter drug enabling women to have safe abortions in Nigeria

Research suggests Nigerian women are using misoprostol safely and effectively, despite having low knowledge on how it works. 

07 May 2021

Sexual risk-taking common among young people in Ugandan fishing communities

Research suggests that 97% are engaging in at least one sexual risk that makes them vulnerable to HIV – and half are engaging in three or more

09 April 2021

Food insecurity linked to self-stigma and HIV treatment failure in Senegal

A new study in Senegal finds that people living with HIV who face severe food shortages are more likely than others to be lost to follow up, experience treatment failure and have higher levels of self-stigma.

02 September 2020

Changing gender attitudes in South Africa linked to increased access to TV and smartphones

Researchers evaluating the impact of a community HIV prevention programme observed a shift in gender attitudes, linked in particular to the influence of TV dramas.

05 August 2020

The potential of social media to better engage gay and bisexual men in HIV prevention

Reuben Silungwe explains how social media and related online platforms are impacting the HIV response in Zambia.

29 July 2020

What happens when stigma and discrimination take the place of compassion

Levy Ngosa explores how the knock-on effect of discriminatory laws and policies impede access to HIV prevention and treatment services

16 May 2019

'I want to hear real stories of lived experiences like mine'

In the latest of our guest blogs from citizen journalists in southern Africa, Boitshepo Mmabatho Motsamai calls for a re-telling of LGBT+ narratives in traditional and digital media.