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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...

2 days ago

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

PPPs the best cure for infectious diseases
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
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

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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
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
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
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?
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
#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

[World Immunisation Week] Closing the immunisation gap
[World Immunisation Week] Closing the immunisation gap

Despite the availability of effective vaccines, 1.5 million children across the world, including South Africa, die each year from preventable diseases...

25 Apr 2016

Nigerian president saluted for anti-polio campaign
Nigerian president saluted for anti-polio campaign

Nigerian president named Polio Eradication Champion...

10 Mar 2016

The war against measles
The war against measles

In the 1990s, a coalition of leading health organisations declared that it was feasible, technically, to eradicate measles worldwide by 2010...

2 Mar 2016

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SAA continues flying to Brazil despite virus outbreak

SAA will continue to fly between Johannesburg and Sao Paolo, in Brazil, after the World Health Organization concluded that there is no justification to impose a travel ban...

8 Feb 2016

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