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SA increasingly marketed as top medical tourism destination

Although South Africa is renowned as a premium tourist destination and known to have world-class private medical facilities, the country has a very low key medical tourism industry...

15 May 2017

Vaccines to be used against antibiotic-resistant typhoid

Uganda, Malawi and Zimbabwe are the three high-burden African countries selected to be the first to benefit from a typhoid conjugate vaccine....

By Lilian Namagembe 7 Apr 2017

Brazil's birth rate not affected by Zika

Last year's outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil did not lower the country's birth rates, despite warnings from the government...

5 Apr 2017

Money can't be the only motive for developing life-saving medicines

Prior to 2015, Zika was an obscure virus that received little global attention. No one expected it to spread so rapidly. Consequently, no vaccine were developed....

By Ruth Dreifuss and Malebona Precious Matsoso 21 Oct 2016

Rotary adds $35m to polio-fighting coffers

Following three new cases of polio in Nigeria, Rotary has added $35m in grants to support the global effort to end the disease..

21 Sep 2016

PPPs the best cure for infectious diseases

The best way of tackling infectious diseases is for big business and academia to formulate treatment and prevention strategies...

29 Aug 2016

WHO revises yellow fever dosages

As yellow fever spreads through the DRC, new measures will ensure more people are immunised...

By Lyndal Rowlands 25 Aug 2016

Study shows how Zika infects the placenta

In a new study, Yale researchers demonstrate Zika virus infection of cells derived from human placentas...

By Ziba Kashef 19 Aug 2016

Global database for women exposed to Zika

Swiss doctors have asked thousands of colleagues worldwide to provide data for the first global registry of women exposed to Zika...

17 Aug 2016

New cases thwart Nigeria's polio-free plans

Nigeria's plans to be certified polio-free next year have been scuppered after two new cases of the disease have been reported...

15 Aug 2016

FAO calls for increased vigilance as avian influenza virus H5N1 advances

As the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, H5N1, spreads across countries in West and Central Africa, the region is on high alert...

15 Jul 2016

Are fungal infections the next superbugs?

Like microbials, fungal infections seem to be reinventing themselves into deadly threats capable of outsmarting available modes of treatment...

5 Jul 2016

#AfricaMonth: Sierra Leone, a deadly virus and digital payments

In our experience battling the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, one solution saved lives, delivered major cost savings, and continues to help the economy rebuild and recover...

By Momodu Kargbo, Sierra Leone minister of finance an 27 May 2016

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International

New UN-backed citizen-led alliance formed against mosquito-borne diseases

In an effort to escalate the global fight against mosquito-borne diseases, a new alliance between citizen science organisations and UN Environment will be launched under the name ‘Global Mosquito Alert'. Mosquito-borne diseases are responsible for killing close to 2.7m people annually and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates overall mosquito-borne cases at 500m every year.

10 May 2017

Health brands use Instagram to become part of new cultural conversations

The rise of visual social sharing via platforms such as Instagram has provided brands with a new way to examine their complex relationships with people. Here's why social watching is so important and a handful of health and wellness brands using Instagram to become part of the new cultural conversations...

By Marilyn Dutlow Munga 28 Apr 2017

Creatives: enter Cannes Lions 2017 Young Lions Health Award this week

Entries to the Cannes Lions 2017 Young Lions Health Award, in association with Unicef and ‘la Caixa' Foundation, close on 24 April 2017.

20 Apr 2017

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