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Abigail Higgins

Africa

Reconciling women's rights and Catholic faith in Kenya

On Pope Francis's visit to Kenya, rights activists question Church stance on reproductive rights.

Aids

Tanzania: Fighting social stigma to prevent HIV spread

Staggering AIDS death toll has forced conservative Tanzania to help gay people long rejected by its health system.

Drugs

Fighting heroin addiction in conservative Zanzibar

Drug use has soared on the African island and women are the most vulnerable.

Politics

'Miniskirt' assault protest draws thousands

Public stripping and assault of woman and rival protests thereafter highlight Kenya's gender-relations divide.

Health

Fighting Ebola in Liberia with technology

Growing efforts under way in Liberia to employ mobile phone technology to bolster response to the deadly outbreak.

Health

Fistula surgery transforms lives in Kenya

One Kenyan doctor offers free operations for women suffering from the condition, which often makes them outcasts.

Health

Why are American women dying in childbirth?

Maternal mortality rates are falling in every industrialised nation - except for the United States.