Understanding Africa’s diverse gene pool can help fight lifestyle diseases

Africa is home to about 16% of the world’s population. That’s 1.2 billion people. But the continent is disproportionately burdened by a double health challenge: infectious diseases and a recent increase in non-communicable diseases. Non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are on the march due to an ageing population, a transition to … Read more Understanding Africa’s diverse gene pool can help fight lifestyle diseases

‘South Africa’s Schwarzenegger’ aims to lift poor with township gyms

Striding around the gym he built in his grandmother’s backyard, South African bodybuilding champion Tumi Masite recalls the day Arnold Schwarzenegger’s former trainer paid him a visit. Reg Park had heard about Masite during a trip to South Africa a decade ago and offered him advice that helped the bodybuilder win national championships. Now Masite … Read more ‘South Africa’s Schwarzenegger’ aims to lift poor with township gyms