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Child ready to receive measles vaccine, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau. Christine Stabell Benn, Author provided
Vaccines have health effects beyond protecting against target diseases

A measles vaccine protects against measles infection. By introducing a bit of weakened virus, the immune system learns how to deal with it, so when a real measles virus comes along, it can eliminate it...

By Christine Stabell Benn 23 hours ago

A portable DNA sequencer in action. UGA CAES/Extension/Flickr
DNA sequencing can help fight epidemics - but there are privacy risks

As is the case with any disease caused by pathogenic viruses - like Zika or influenza - Ebola spreads dangerously and unpredictably. This makes tracking the movement of viruses around the world a major challenge...

By Liam Shaw & Nicola C Sugden 1 day ago

Measles cases spike globally due to gaps in vaccination coverage

Reported measles cases spiked in 2017, as multiple countries experienced severe and protracted outbreaks of the disease. This is according to a new report published today by leading health organisations...

24 Dec 2018

People in Africa live longer. But their health is poor in those extra years

People are now living longer in sub-Saharan Africa than they did two decades ago...

By Charles Shey Wiysonge 20 Dec 2018

#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Healthcare site over the past year below...

18 Dec 2018

Worsening Ebola crisis leaves UN Security Council with few options

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is quickly becoming an international concern...

By Mark Eccleston-Turner 13 Dec 2018

R&D is the pipeline for science jobs in Africa

There's a critical need to invest in a research & development (R&D) industry that could create a pipeline of jobs for science graduates in Africa...

5 Dec 2018

Addressing neglected tropical diseases

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of communicable diseases that affect 1.58-billion people globally, 39% of whom live in Africa...

4 Dec 2018

Babies born to mums with HIV face higher risks even though they're HIV negative

One of the most remarkable public health successes of the last decade in southern Africa has been the reduction in the number of babies born with HIV...

By Amy Slogrove, Kathleen M Powis & Mary-Ann Davies 29 Nov 2018

It's time to go back to basics in the fight against childhood pneumonia

Pneumonia is a respiratory infection that affects the lungs. The viruses and bacteria that cause the disease are spread through airborne droplets from a cough or sneeze...

By Nicole Wolter 14 Nov 2018

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

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

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

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