Study: More black South Africans are donating blood
Study: More black South Africans are donating blood

Blood donations from black South Africans increased fivefold in the space of a decade. The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) said the number rose from 43,269 in 2005 to 246,686 in 2015...

31 Oct 2018

Nigerian children receiving the polio vaccine in Lagos. EPA
Why eradicating polio everywhere has been so hard to crack

Polio is a disease that struck fear into the hearts of parents just a generation ago...

By Melinda Suchard 26 Oct 2018

Professor Souleymane Mboup
Health is essential for Africa to cash in on its human capital

Africa is home to 1.2bn people, many of them young, which has has fuelled talk about the continent's human capital being an asset in economic growth...

By Souleymane Mboup 26 Oct 2018

Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus
Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus

A comprehensive B2B Recruitment Focus from December 2018 to February 2019 will ensure that Bizcommunity is the go-to destination for all the B2B news you'll need to plan your HR and recruitment strategies in 2019...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Oct 2018

The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!
The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!

Feeling a bit state-capsized, swept along by more waves than a cryptocurrency chart? Here are some life-saving festive content ideas...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 15 Oct 2018

Professot Ian Sanne, Right to Care CEO
Call for hepatitis C elimination programme

Right to Care has called for a hepatitis C (HCV) elimination programme targetting intravenous drug users, while the prevalence of this disease is relatively low...

8 Oct 2018

New African Food Safety Index launches
New African Food Safety Index launches

In a move to help tackle the burden of foodborne diseases, a new African Food Safety Index (AFSI) was launched on Tuesday, 2 October 2018...

3 Oct 2018

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Flu plane: are we really ready for a global pandemic?

An Emirates airliner was quarantined at John F Kennedy International Airport on September 5 after several passengers reported flu-like symptoms...

By Mark Eccleston-Turner 17 Sep 2018

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Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

Half a century ago concerns about climate change, environment vulnerability, population density and the sustainability of earth systems reached a broad audience.

By Lenore Manderson 17 Sep 2018

Red Cross steps in to curb cholera and typhoid in Zim
Red Cross steps in to curb cholera and typhoid in Zim

The Red Cross has stepped in and deployed 1,000 volunteers through the suburbs of Zimbabwe's capital in a bid to contain a deadly cholera outbreak...

14 Sep 2018

Dr Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, founding director of the University’s Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health
Conflict and its toll on child health

Sustained conflict in Africa has resulted in an estimated five-million children aged under five losing their lives to violence between 1995 and 2015...

7 Sep 2018

Dr Matshidiso Moeti
African health ministers pledge to end cholera by 2030

Forty-seven African countries adopted the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Framework for the Implementation of the Global Strategy for Cholera Prevention and Control to end outbreaks of the water-borne disease by 2030...

29 Aug 2018

Vosloorus hospital confirms Klebsiella pneumonia outbreak
Vosloorus hospital confirms Klebsiella pneumonia outbreak

The Gauteng Department of Health has confirmed the outbreak of Klebsiella pneumonia at the Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital, in Vosloorus...

23 Aug 2018

Tests underway to find cause of diarrhoea outbreak
Tests underway to find cause of diarrhoea outbreak

The Mpumalanga Provincial Government has called on members of the public, who suspect that they may have diarrhoea, to visit their nearest health facility...

7 Aug 2018

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Mapping neglected tropical diseases

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of communicable diseases that affect more than 1.5-billion people globally, 39% of whom live in Africa...

18 Jul 2018

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Cracking the cold chain challenge is key to making vaccines ubiquitous

Over the years vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives...

16 Jul 2018

New partnership to boost drug discovery for malaria, TB and more in Africa
New partnership to boost drug discovery for malaria, TB and more in Africa

A new international partnership has committed funding for the discovery of new drugs for diseases endemic to Africa over the next two years...

29 Jun 2018

New vaccine might be game-changer in Ebola fight
New vaccine might be game-changer in Ebola fight

The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than two dozen people in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo could be as devastating as the one that hit West Africa several years ago, if left unchecked...

By Salem Solomon 25 May 2018

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

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