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Working with communities is essential to end Ebola
Working with communities is essential to end Ebola

Organisations responding to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) must place more emphasis on deepening understanding of communities and partnering with them to respond to their needs...

22 Mar 2019

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WHO puts influenza plan in place

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a Global Influenza Strategy for 2019-2030 aimed at protecting people in all countries from the threat of influenza.

12 Mar 2019

Health workers in Liberia at the height of the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA
Ebola in the DRC: the race is on between research and the virus

Since August last year the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been facing its 10th Ebola virus disease outbreak. As of early March this year, 907 cases and 569 deaths have been reported...

By Yap Boum, Jean-Jacques Muyembe & Sabue Mulangu 8 Mar 2019

STIs are a serious health threat. Shutterstock
Preventing sexually transmitted infections: why South Africa isn't winning

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a serious public health issue. It's estimated that globally, more than a million people are diagnosed with one or more sexually transmitted infections every day...

By Tendesayi Kufa-Chakezha 15 Feb 2019

Vaccines are an important health intervention. Shutterstock
Why anti-vaccine beliefs and ideas spread so fast on the internet

There's been a recent increase globally in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases....

By Marina Joubert & Francois van Schalkwyk 14 Feb 2019

What goes into some of the world's innovative, life-changing cancer medications
What goes into some of the world's innovative, life-changing cancer medications

Next time you or a loved-one take medication, whether an over-the-counter pain-killer, chronic medication, or a breakthrough treatment, take a moment to think about its origins...

Issued by G&G Digital 13 Feb 2019

Mali was one of the West African countries affected by the biggest Ebola outbreak ever recorded from 2014 to 2016. Shutterstock
Why Ebola vaccine on trial in the DRC is raising hopes

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has emphasised that an experimental vaccine is playing a major role in controlling the spread of Ebola...

By Shirin Ashraf & Arthur Wickenhagen 11 Feb 2019

Is medicine cure? Treatment? Healing? Understanding? Or a bit of all those things. Kenishiroti/Shutterstock
What is medicine? Why it's so important to answer this question

What is medicine? We recognise it in all societies past and present. But the nature of medicine differs so greatly from place to place and time to time that it's difficult to offer a single answer...

1 Feb 2019

Personalised medicine aims to tailor treatment according to each person’s genetic makeup. Shutterstock
Why African countries need to give genomic research a major boost

All organisms are unique. Each having a set of genetic instructions for their build-up and maintenance. This set of genetic instructions is contained in genes that makeup a genome...

By Lamech Mwapagha 30 Jan 2019

Photo: Quartz
Healthworkers vaccinated against Ebola in South Sudan

Health workers and other frontline responders in South Sudan are being vaccinated against Ebola as part of preparedness measures to fight the spread of the disease...

29 Jan 2019

Immunisation coverage stagnating in Africa
Immunisation coverage stagnating in Africa

Over the past five years, immunisation coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has stagnated at 72%, exposing populations to vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks...

25 Jan 2019

10 biggest threats to global health
10 biggest threats to global health

The World Health Organisation's new five-year strategic plan - the 13th General Programme of Work tackles multiple global health challenges...

15 Jan 2019

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 15 Jan 2019

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 14 Jan 2019

Measles cases spike globally due to gaps in vaccination coverage
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

While women in sub-Saharan Africa live longer than men, many of these extra years are lived in poor health. Shutterstock
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
#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare

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

18 Dec 2018

A Congolese child saluting a MONUSCO peacekeeper. Abel Kavanagh/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA
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

Professor Kelly Chibale. Photo: Je'nine May
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

Minister of Health of Burkina Faso, Professor Nicolas Meda and Minister of Health of Rwanda, Dr Diane Gashumba
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

The largest number of HIV-exposed but uninfected children are in South Africa. Shutterstock
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

X-ray of the lungs in a 5-year-old child who has pneumonia. Shutterstock
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
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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