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Very few laboratories in Uganda are accredited. Arne Hoel / World Bank
Private lab tests in Uganda are costly. But price doesn't equal quality

Laboratory tests are the backbone of clinical care. They are used to screen patients, to diagnose diseases and to manage conditions ranging from anaemia and diabetes to HIV and malaria...

By Timothy Amukele 17 May 2018

Ebola outbreak in DRC: Are we better prepared this time?
Ebola outbreak in DRC: Are we better prepared this time?

It is almost certain that we won't see a repeat of the 2014-16 West African epidemic that claimed 11,000 lives, but healthcare experts need to act swiftly, nonetheless...

By Connor Bamford 14 May 2018

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DRC and its neighbours mobilise resources to tackle Ebola outbreak

At least 17 people have died in an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the north-west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the town of Bikoro. Ebola is endemic to the country. But the number of deaths in a short period is cause for concern...

By Chikwe Ihekweazu 11 May 2018

We've come up with a TB test that's cheaper, quicker and more accurate
We've come up with a TB test that's cheaper, quicker and more accurate

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that kills more people due to a bacterial infection than any other disease in the world.

By Bavesh Kana 9 May 2018

Why manufacturing a key vaccine in South Africa is so important
Why manufacturing a key vaccine in South Africa is so important

South Africa has been granted a licence to manufacture one of the world's most important vaccines...

By David Walwyn 19 Apr 2018

Flu shots on the go with Discovery Health and Uber
Flu shots on the go with Discovery Health and Uber

With winter and the dreaded flu season around the corner, Discovery Health has teamed up with Uber to provide flu shots on-demand...

16 Apr 2018

Understanding the link between HIV and preterm births
Understanding the link between HIV and preterm births

One in seven babies born prematurely in South Africa are born prematurely. Furthermore, approximately 250,000 babies are born to HIV positive mothers every year...

13 Apr 2018

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general at the WHO
One billion yellow fever vaccinations in Africa by 2026

A collaborative - between the WHO, Gavi - the Vaccine Alliance, Unicef and more than 50 health partners - aims to vaccinate nearly one billion Africans against yellow fever in 27 high-risk countries by 2026...

11 Apr 2018

Explainer: what's behind the rabies outbreak in South Africa
Explainer: what's behind the rabies outbreak in South Africa

In the last four months five cases of rabies in humans have been reported in South Africa...

16 Mar 2018

Massive measles vaccination campaign underway in Somalia
Massive measles vaccination campaign underway in Somalia

Millions of Somali children will be vaccinated against measles in a joint campaign by the WHO, Unicef and local health authorities...

15 Mar 2018

Listeriosis outbreak traced to Enterprise Foods factory in Limpopo
Listeriosis outbreak traced to Enterprise Foods factory in Limpopo

The source of the world's largest Listeriosis outbreak has been traced to an Enterprise Foods facility in Polokwane, Limpopo...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Mar 2018

Listeriosis outbreak shines a light on food safety in SA
Listeriosis outbreak shines a light on food safety in SA

The current spike in the incidences of listeriosis serves as a stark reminder of the importance of having the means to timely identify and act on food safety threats...

24 Jan 2018

Efforts to tackle AMR on farms and in food systems gaining momentum
Efforts to tackle AMR on farms and in food systems gaining momentum

Antimicrobial medicines are widely used in livestock, poultry and aquaculture operations to treat or prevent diseases, but efforts to confront the problem are gaining momentum...

20 Nov 2017

UCT workshop looks at medicine and vaccine safety in pregnancy
UCT workshop looks at medicine and vaccine safety in pregnancy

Maternal and neonatal teratovigilance in the African context requires innovative research and surveillance approaches based on sound clinical and epidemiological principles...

27 Oct 2017

Immunisation and saving lives
Immunisation and saving lives

Regarded as one of the greatest influencers on public health in the 20th century, vaccinations have brought 14 life-threatening diseases under control...

26 Oct 2017

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Organisations join forces, launches roadmap to combat zoonotic TB

"Preventing and controlling bovine TB at its animal source is crucial to avoid its transmission to humans, improve food safety and protect the livelihood of many rural communities."

13 Oct 2017

Engen health screenings continue through #TransportMonth
Engen health screenings continue through #TransportMonth

In celebration of Transport Month, Engen Petroleum is continuing on its annual Driver Wellness programme, offering free health screenings for truck drivers at two Engen Truck Stops in Gauteng...

10 Oct 2017

WHO reports on measles/rubella elimination in Europe
WHO reports on measles/rubella elimination in Europe

A total of 33 countries have eliminated measles and the same number countries have eliminated rubella in the World Health Organisation's (WHO) European region...

28 Sep 2017

Measles outbreak in KZN
Measles outbreak in KZN

The NICD has declared an outbreak of measles in KwaZulu-Natal, after an increase in laboratory-confirmed cases was observed in Ethekwini and Umgungundlovu since July 2017...

8 Sep 2017

Photo: RTE Ireland
Sierra Leone starts cholera vaccination drive in disaster areas

Half a million Sierra Leone citizens will have access to life-saving cholera vaccine following severe floods and landslides last month...

7 Sep 2017

Is SA's healthcare getting better?
Is SA's healthcare getting better?

Insight Survey's latest South African Healthcare Industry Landscape Report 2017 provides a holistic understanding of the healthcare landscape in South Africa based on the latest information and research...

Issued by Insight Survey 28 Aug 2017

Japan woman dies of tick disease after bitten by sick cat
Japan woman dies of tick disease after bitten by sick cat

A Japanese woman has died from a tick-borne virus after being bitten by a stray cat...

26 Jul 2017

WHO/G Tapper
Training the community to take care of the children

Approximately 62% of the under-five deaths in the DRC in 2013 were caused by malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea, all of which are treatable...

14 Jul 2017

Photo: Malaria Consortium
Targetting vector-borne diseases

Today more than 80% of the world's population is at risk of vector-borne disease, with half at risk of two or more diseases...

6 Jun 2017

SA increasingly marketed as top medical tourism destination
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

New Ebola cases in DRC
New Ebola cases in DRC

The WHO has mobilised to curtail an outbreak of Ebola in the DRC after a case tested positive for Ebola virus subtype Zaire...

15 May 2017

Vaccines to be used against antibiotic-resistant typhoid
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

Source: World Health Organisation
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

Source: Madelene Cronje/M&G
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

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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

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