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What I've learnt about drug testing in Nigeria over the last 20 years

Poor quality medicine is one of the obstacles to improving health in developing countries. One in 10 medicines may not meet acceptable standards, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)...

By Sunday Olakunle Idowu 18 Feb 2020

Mosquito eggs can remain viable for years even in dry conditions and hatch after heavy persistent rains. Shutterstock
Heavy rains put Kenya at risk of mosquito-borne diseases

Kenya experienced above-average rainfall since October 2019, causing landslides and deaths...

By Eunice Anyango Owino 23 Jan 2020

#BestofBiz 2019: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2019: Healthcare

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

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We are using computer models to fight drug resistance

The infectious disease burden in Africa is very high, particularly for tuberculosis (TB), malaria and HIV/Aids...

By Ozlem Tastan Bishop 13 Dec 2019

Africa is home to 92% of malaria cases and 93% of malaria deaths. Shutterstock
Collaboration pushes frontiers of anti-malaria drug regimes

More than 200 million people around the world suffered from malaria in 2017. Over 400,000 died. The vast majority - around 90% - were in Africa, where many are all too familiar with the devastating impact of the disease...

By Kelly Chibale & Richard Gordon 19 Nov 2019

Millions of young children get malaria. These two got it in 2010.
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There's a way for modern medicine to cure diseases even when the treatments aren't profitable

Strides in medicine have contributed to a dramatic increase in life expectancy over the last century. Diseases like HIV and cervical cancer that were essentially death sentences as recently as 30 years ago can now be managed...

By James Leahy 28 Oct 2019

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Climate change could increase the threat of malaria in Central Africa

Central Africa is fighting to maintain momentum in its battle with malaria in the face of various health challenges, climate change and other threats...

23 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

Training is necessary to equip health workers to deal with climate change risks. EPA
Ghana's health system isn't quite ready for climate change realities

Climate change has been labelled as the greatest public health risk of the 21st century. Health risks from climate change are expected to become increasingly severe in the coming years...

By Lucia Hussey 20 Sep 2019

Kenya introduces anti-malaria vaccine
Kenya introduces anti-malaria vaccine

Kenya has introduced a malaria vaccine to children from six months of age in selected areas of the country in a phased pilot introduction. It is the first and only vaccine to significantly reduce malaria in children...

16 Sep 2019

Ministers pledge to fight the rise in vector-borne diseases
Ministers pledge to fight the rise in vector-borne diseases

Africa is experiencing increased cases and deaths due to malaria and other vector-borne diseases, so 47 health ministers endorsed the region's first aggressive plan for vector control across the continent...

23 Aug 2019

High-income country trainees and experts must learn to listen and be humble. Shutterstock
Global health still mimics colonial ways: here's how to break the pattern

Imagine this scenario. A couple of newly minted Master of Public Health graduates from an African university, say in Rwanda, land in Washington DC for a two-week visit...

By Madhukar Pai 19 Aug 2019

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Antimalarials less effective in malnourished children

The most-prescribed antimalarial drug is less effective in severely malnourished children, a University of Cape Town study shows...

16 Aug 2019

Dr Joseph Sempa of Sacema presenting at the 2019 Clinic on Meaningful Modelling of Epidemiological Data. AIMS-South Africa
Africa needs specialist capacity to tackle the spread of infectious diseases

Over the past 10 years, a community of practice has begun to develop in Africa around research that uses models to understand and evaluate population-level health problems and their potential solutions...

By Juliet Pulliam & Jonathan Dushoff 29 Jul 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

Vector control targeting the larval phase of the mosquito’s life cycle can be successful. Shutterstock
Killing mosquito larvae can contribute towards malaria elimination

Malaria is a serious, complex and often fatal vector-borne disease caused by the parasite Plasmodium and transmitted when people are bitten by infected female Anopheles mosquitoes...

By Tiaan de Jager & Taneshka Kruger 30 May 2019

Three species of immature mosquito: the common house mosquito, and the malaria vectors An. arabiensis and An. funestus. Supplied
#WorldMalariaDay: How higher temperatures and pollution are affecting mosquitoes

In 2017, malaria killed .435,000 people around the world. The vast majority of these deaths - 403 000 - were on the African continent. Most malaria cases are in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Shüné Oliver 24 Apr 2019

A woman receiving an oral cholera vaccine in Beira, Mozambique. Celeste Mac-Arthur
Cyclone Idai is over - but its health effects will be felt for a long time

People in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have started trying to rebuild their lives after the devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai...

By Kerrigan McCarthy & Lucille Blumberg 15 Apr 2019

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Ask Dr Google. The pros and cons of online diagnosis

Pop symptoms of a headache into a search engine and it will come back with a myriad of diagnoses, varying from a sinus headache to a tumour...

1 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

Kissing bug: spreader of Chagas disease. schlyx/Shutterstock
Venezuela: region's infectious crisis is a disaster of hemispheric proportions

Over the last two decades, Venezuela has entered a deep socioeconomic and political crisis...

By Martin Llewellyn 26 Mar 2019

Antimalarial drugs on bed nets could lead to drop in malaria transmission
Antimalarial drugs on bed nets could lead to drop in malaria transmission

Mosquitoes that landed on surfaces coated with the antimalarial compound atovaquone were completely blocked from developing Plasmodium falciparum...

12 Mar 2019

Post-surgical death stats higher than TB, malaria & HiV combined
Post-surgical death stats higher than TB, malaria & HiV combined

A study by researchers at UCT and University of Birmingham shows that 4.2-million people die each year within 30 days of surgery, more than from HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria combined (2.9-million)...

7 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

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Why does malaria recur? How pieces of the puzzle are slowly being filled in

Some people suffer from repeated attacks of malaria. These can occur weeks to months or longer after contracting the disease...

By Miles B Markus 17 Jan 2019

#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare

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

18 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

A close-up of a female Anopheles arabiensis feeding. Author supplied
South Africa investigates sterilising mosquitoes in anti-malaria drive

South Africa is one of four southern African countries aiming to eliminate malaria transmission...

By Givemore Munhenga 9 Nov 2018

Scientists analysing data at the South-South Malaria Research Partnership project laboratory in Kenya. Flora Mutere-Okuku
Novel approach brings African scientists closer to a malaria vaccine

Malaria is still a major problem in Africa. There are over 200 million clinical cases each year and approximately half a million deaths...

By Faith Osier 7 Nov 2018

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