September is Heart Awareness Month in South Africa, aiming to focus attention on cardiovascular disease. But could it be South Africa’s leading cause of death?
Kenya’s freshly elected representatives are full of plans and promises. Nairobi governor Mike Sonko pledged to improve health standards, saying mothers and newborns have a higher chance of dying in childbirth in his county than a far flung rural one.
Debating a motion of no confidence, a senior leader of the ruling African National Congress party highlighted several accomplishments attained under their watch. Was Minister Nathi Mthethwa spot on?
At a press conference about South Africa’s National Health Insurance, the country’s health minister again said that private healthcare serves only 16% of the population. But his claim is misleading.
Emphasising the importance of a healthy breakfast, a margarine brand claimed that one in five South African children doesn’t eat one.
Tobacco smokers turn to battery-powered electronic cigarettes, some containing nicotine, in places where smoking is banned or to help them quit. Many believe “vaping” is much less harmful than regular cigarettes – specifically on the back of a controversial report.
Until Africa Check started looking into it, the World Health Organization said on the French version of its website that a startling half of births in sub-Saharan Africa are to teen mothers.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma highlighted the success of his administration’s HIV policies in parliament recently. Does official data back up his claim that fewer than 6,000 babies are born HIV+ every year?
Children as young as 2 in Kenya are having marijuana blown into their faces and ears as a supposed cure for measles. Does it work? Africa Check cleared the smoke.
Two years ago Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress government assumed office on the back of promises of change. Are they being met halfway into the president’s tenure?