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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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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

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