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Countries can be better prepared and respond faster to disease outbreaks if public health data is shared more freely. Shutterstock
Sharing data can help prevent public health emergencies in Africa

Global collaboration and sharing data on public health emergencies is important to fight the spread of infectious diseases...

By Moses John Bockarie 8 Jul 2019

Dr Anuschka Coovadia is the head of healthcare for Africa at KPMG
Change across healthcare ecosystems in Africa

Over the last 100 years, healthcare systems across the African continent have started to evolve and transform slowly, in line with parallel changes experienced in the economic growth and social development of each country...

By Anuschka Coovadia 5 Jul 2019

To protect us all, babies travelling overseas may need the measles shot at 6 months instead of 12
To protect us all, babies travelling overseas may need the measles shot at 6 months instead of 12

Babies are normally vaccinated against measles at 12 months old. But doctors are now suggesting having the shot as early as six months might be worthwhile for youngsters traveling overseas.

By Nicholas Wood, Alexis Pillsbury and Jean Li-Kim-Moy 28 Jun 2019

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R18m donation for African-centric medicine research

An R18m donation from an alumnus will go towards research into African-centric medicines for infectious diseases at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D...

28 Jun 2019

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Alzheimer's disease not linked to type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure - new study

If you want to reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease, there is no end of advice on the internet telling you how to do it...

By Elisabet Englund & Keivan Javanshiri 26 Jun 2019

Integrated approach needed to aid conservation, health
Integrated approach needed to aid conservation, health

There is no doubt that Africa is grappling with numerous challenges such as climate change, low agricultural productivity, poor health standards, rapid growing population and poverty...

21 Jun 2019

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The three big studies pushing at the frontiers of HIV prevention

There are an estimated 5,000 new HIV transmissions every day. Around 70% of the 37-million people living with HIV globally are in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Glenda Gray 14 Jun 2019

Fruit bats can pass Ebola on to humans. Jeffrey Paul Wade/Shutterstock
Ebola outbreaks may be more common than we think

The best defence against Ebola outbreaks is early detection. If detected early enough, an outbreak can be prevented with targeted, low-tech interventions, such as isolating infected people and their contacts...

14 Jun 2019

Professor Valerie Mizrahi. Photo: Robyn Walker/UCT
UCT scientist uses award to fund TB research

University of Cape Town's Professor Valerie Mizrahi, will use her R1.5m Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award to develop two new areas of tuberculosis (TB) research...

10 Jun 2019

Two women sell roadside refreshments in rural Kano in 2011. Shobana Shankar, CC BY-SA
What the US could learn about vaccination from Nigeria

To consider that Nigeria, infamous for anti-vaxx campaigns leading to polio outbreaks, has any lessons for Americans may be shocking...

By Shobana Shankar 7 Jun 2019

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Decolonising healthcare

Colonialism's influence is everywhere from board rooms in Geneva, Switzerland, to Ebola treatment wards in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

6 Jun 2019

Drone to deliver life-saving blood
Drone to deliver life-saving blood

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) intend to save more lives by using drone technology to deliver blood to hospitals in remote areas...

3 Jun 2019

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#AfricaMonth: Re-envisioning Africa's healthcare system

To achieve universal healthcare in Africa, strong leadership, good governance structures and partnerships with the private sector are required to build a strong public health sector....

31 May 2019

Nestlé launches innovation challenge in 6 African countries
Nestlé launches innovation challenge in 6 African countries

Nestlé has launched a Research and Development (R&D) innovation challenge in sub-Saharan Africa to provide a platform for startups and universities to contribute to local sustainable growth...

28 May 2019

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#AfricaMonth: Saving trauma patients

Where a person lives can drastically limit their access to trauma care...

24 May 2019

Stronger health systems will boost the fight against infectious diseases
Stronger health systems will boost the fight against infectious diseases

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that 13-million people die from infectious diseases each year...

13 May 2019

Tips from Nigeria on teaching teens about breast and cervical cancer
Tips from Nigeria on teaching teens about breast and cervical cancer

Empowering young women with information in high school can help ensure that certain cancers are caught early...

10 May 2019

New report: Lack of water in health facilities puts patients at risk
New report: Lack of water in health facilities puts patients at risk

A new report, released in April by the Unicef-WHO Joint Monitoring Programme, reveals 51% of healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa do not have a clean source of water on site...

9 May 2019

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Gold mining reduces infant mortality rate

Large scale gold mining in sub-Saharan Africa has reduced infant mortality in nearby communities, with rates falling by 50% among those born within 10km of a gold mine...

3 May 2019

Mosquito nets are often used where malaria is common. Shutterstock
#WorldMalariaDay: As a Malian, the slogan 'zero malaria starts with me' has special meaning

For the millions worldwide living with the daily reality of malaria, bringing an end to this awful disease can feel like a distant dream...

By Mamadou Coulibaly 25 Apr 2019

Malaria detection campaign in the Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina-Faso) in collaboration with the Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé. Elena
#WorldMalariaDay: What we're doing in Burkina-Faso to help stop it

Malaria has been a terrible disease throughout human history. Deaths actually peaked over five million in the 1930s and it spread all over the world...

By Elena Gómez Díaz 25 Apr 2019

Human milk banks collect, pasteurise, test, store, and distribute donated breastmilk. NataBU/Shutterstock
Kenyan hospital opens human milk bank - a rarity in sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya's first human milk bank has opened at Pumwani Maternity Hospital. Moina Spooner, from The Conversation Africa, spoke to the team spearheading APHRC's research efforts in the establishment of Kenya's first milk bank....

By Elizabeth Kimani-Murage 23 Apr 2019

Sports science needs to race towards a different approach. kentoh/Shutterstock
How sports science in Africa can be taught and thought about differently

In the four years since the decolonisation debate took centre stage at South African universities, much of the focus has been on what decolonisation might look like in the humanities...

15 Apr 2019

World Bank unveils plan to strengthen human capital in Africa
World Bank unveils plan to strengthen human capital in Africa

The World Bank has launched its Africa Human Capital Plan, a new plan to help African countries strengthen their human capital by enabling the continent's young people to grow up with optimal health and equipped with the right skills to compete in the digitising global economy...

12 Apr 2019

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa
The app that tracks diseases and saves lives in Africa

What if a mobile phone could prevent a health epidemic? It may sound like science fiction, but the WHO polio geographic information system (GIS) technology is doing just that in 43 countries in Africa.

11 Apr 2019

Doctors at a hospital in Kisumu, Kenya. Shutterstock
Scorecards can help measure health outcomes. An East Africa case study

Information is important for high level managers to make informed decisions. The advance of information and communication technology means that information is generated in abundance and at a fast pace...

By Wilfred Senyoni 8 Apr 2019

With the right skills and infrastructure, Africa can boost its genomics research efforts. Dmytro Zinkevych/Shutterstock
Africa needs a heavy dose of investment in genomics research

For several months, my friend's father lay helpless in one of Nairobi's premier hospitals. There was no clear diagnosis...

By Jenniffer Mabuka-Maroa 5 Apr 2019

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa
WHO report: 630-million years of healthy life lost in Africa

Nearly 630-million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) 47 member states in Africa...

28 Mar 2019

Tools like the WHO checklist can lead to better surgical outcomes in countries with limited resources. Shutterstock
What African countries can do about ensuring safer surgery

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has come up with plans and tools to help countries ensure safer surgery in their hospitals and clinics...

By Isabella Epiu 27 Mar 2019

Maternal mortality is much higher in Africa than in high-income countries. Shutterstock
The death rate for mothers having C-sections is 50 times higher in Africa

The in-hospital maternal mortality rate following a Caesarean delivery in Africa may be 50 times higher than in high-income countries...

By Bruce M Biccard 26 Mar 2019

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