Susan Russell
The hole in Africa’s heart

The hole in Africa’s heart

Africa’s ‘lawless third’: duty of care Swathes of the continent are home to people whose efforts at self-rule or traditional ways of life have challenged state attempts to deal with COVID-19 The lack of access to...

A real threat to national security

A real threat to national security

Endgame: health after lockdown African countries must realise that resilient public healthcare systems are a human security issue and vital for stable government On 11 March, the World Health Organization (WHO)...

A rapid epidemiological transition

A rapid epidemiological transition

The rise of non-communicable diseases in Africa adds to COVID-19 stress The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has highlighted Africa’s vulnerability to disease in an unprecedented manner, laying bare years of under investment...

Gone for good

Gone for good

Sub-Saharan Africa: the medical brain drain Doctors and other medical professionals migrate for many reasons, but their absence seriously compromises health service delivery A brain drain of African medical staff over...

Dying to give birth

Dying to give birth

Maternal mortality Postpartum haemorrhage and obstetric fistula are two avoidable conditions that continue to kill and maim women in sub-Saharan Africa every year Atim (not her real name), from Nigeria’s southern state...