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?
Great fact-checks puncture myths with rigour, but also in a way that reshapes the public debate by focusing on the true scale of a particular issue, argues our head of health and information service, Vinayak Bhardwaj. He presents his three “favourites” from 2016.
Do deaths from cancer and kidney failure really eclipse three of Africa’s leading killers in Kenya? The country’s deputy president recently claimed so but the available data show it is unlikely to be correct.