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Positive Living: Art and AIDS in South Africa

A new exhibition in London showcases how South Africa’s creative community used art to move their government to act on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Suyin Haynes previews the exhibition.

On a rather rainy December morning in a small corner of Bloomsbury, a slice of remarkable African art and activism was brought to the Peltz Gallery, housed in one of the many […]

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    Boys May Suffer the Social Effects of HIV/AIDS More Than Girls

Boys May Suffer the Social Effects of HIV/AIDS More Than Girls

LSE’s Emily LeRoux-Rutledge shares insights from a recently published article on children affected by HIV/AIDS in Eastern Zimbabwe.

“There is a boy whose parents died of AIDS … He doesn’t have food. He is always hungry. He doesn’t have anyone to pay school fees for him and he doesn’t have clothes. He wears rags.” – Schoolchild, Eastern Zimbabwe

The social effects of HIV/AIDS […]

December 7th, 2015|Featured, Health|2 Comments|
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    Health And Equity Must Be Central to the Africa Rising Narrative

Health And Equity Must Be Central to the Africa Rising Narrative

Ebele Mogo argues that the Africa Rising narrative should prioritise the poor, not just the elite.

The Africa Rising narrative provides a language for us to imagine the African continent as an object of hope and not just pity. In this space Africa is an ideological and physical entity that faces other economies as an equal, a competitor even. This […]

November 9th, 2015|Featured, Health|2 Comments|
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    Lack of Awareness of Zambia’s Abortion Law leads to Unsafe Practices

Lack of Awareness of Zambia’s Abortion Law leads to Unsafe Practices

LSE’s Ernestina Coast and Emily Freeman discuss how the lack of knowledge of the Zambia’s laws on abortion means that unwanted pregnancies frequently end in unsafe procedures.

 

“There’s a 12 year old girl and she’s pregnant. She’s so tiny, just a small girl. She won’t be able to carry this pregnancy. What can we do doctor? We are just pitying […]

October 5th, 2015|Featured, Health|0 Comments|
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    The #GlobalGoals are more comprehensive, but fall short in targets for #health

The #GlobalGoals are more comprehensive, but fall short in targets for #health

Waiswa Nkwanga argues that despite major changes in the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) overall, the targets for health represent more of the same.

This post is part of the Africa at LSE, IGC and South Asia at LSE cross-blog series.

 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have dominated the development discourse for the past couple of years, are […]

Post-Ebola: What road towards recovery?

The Ebola outbreak had claimed the lives of more 11,000 people and has devastated entire communities at both an economic and psychosocial level, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. There is a necessity to act upon the good intentions and circumstantial discourses, learn lessons and react, says Sandra Lhote-Fernandes.

The main lesson from this crisis has been the inability of health systems to deal […]

August 26th, 2015|Health|0 Comments|

A Balancing Act: Subsidising treatment for Malaria

Public subsidies may be an effective way to increase access to antimalarial drugs in sub-Saharan Africa, but large subsidies are accompanied by the risk of overtreatment – the use of subsidised drugs by malaria negative patients. Research from Kenya provides useful insights for policymakers considering these subsidies, writes Simone Shaner.

Malaria kills nearly one million people every year, with the […]

June 30th, 2015|Economics, Health|0 Comments|
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    In a World Obsessed with Passport Tiers, Citizenship Is Personal and Political

In a World Obsessed with Passport Tiers, Citizenship Is Personal and Political

Robtel Neajai Pailey receives an unwelcome reminder that immigration hierarchies are maintained as a form of erasure and silencing.

Late last week, I was informed that I would not be able to travel to Dubai for an important meeting scheduled months ago.

Like other countries across the globe, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) halted travel for those with Guinean, Liberian, and […]

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    Zambia urged to tackle the stigma of abortion and unwanted pregnancies

Zambia urged to tackle the stigma of abortion and unwanted pregnancies

Around 43 million abortions are carried out globally each year, 22 million of which are unsafe and mostly confined to developing countries. The latter cause 47,000 unnecessary deaths as well as serious health issues for another five million women. LSE researchers are bringing this to the world’s attention with a major fieldwork project in Zambia.

A young, married Zambian mother […]

June 11th, 2015|Featured, Health|1 Comment|
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    Book Review: HIV/AIDS and the South African State by Anamarie Bindenagel Sehovic

Book Review: HIV/AIDS and the South African State by Anamarie Bindenagel Sehovic

The HIV epidemic in South Africa has been the largest and most contentious of any country affected by the disease. HIV/AIDS and the South African State is a comprehensive account of the country’s 30-year struggle with the disease, a history fraught with government inaction, harmful interventions and dramatic discord between the South African state, the international community and HIV/AIDS organisations. […]

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