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A response led by scientists and researchers must be central to any current and future threats. Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Strong leadership fought Covid-19 in Africa: the next step is to harness research

African countries are still reeling from the effect of measures, such as lockdowns, taken to contain the spread of Covid-19...

By Monique Wasunna 12 Nov 2020

How The Plane Project is improving basic healthcare for thousands of Africans
How The Plane Project is improving basic healthcare for thousands of Africans

Using aviation as a tool to empower, enrich and enhance the lives of the underprivileged, non-profit organisation, The Plane Project is ensuring continued access to essential healthcare services and basic needs items, against the backdrop of the global Covid-19 pandemic...

9 Nov 2020

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, regional head, Africa, World Health Organisation
Africa's fragile health system hit hard by Covid-19

A sharp decline in five key essential services in 14 African countries between January and September 2020 is indicative of how the Covid-19 pandemic could deepen the continent's health services crisis...

9 Nov 2020

850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature - UN report
850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature - UN report

Human damage to biodiversity is leading us into a pandemic era. The virus that causes Covid-19, for example, is linked to similar viruses in bats, which may have been passed to humans via pangolins or another species...

By Katie Woolaston and Judith Lorraine Fisher 30 Oct 2020

During the Covid-19 pandemic, WHO is supporting the Ghana Health Service in their efforts to continue providing essential medical services to the population at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ghana. Photo: WHO / Blink Media - Nana Kofi Acquah
5 quick wins to re-invent Africa's health systems

Since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed on the continent in February 2020, the response, led by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has been commendable. Governments moved quickly to institute public health measures to curb its spread...

By Rachel Ndirangu & Rosemarie Muganda-Onyando 23 Oct 2020

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How changing vaccine schedules can save costs and lives: findings from South Africa

In 2005, before most low- and middle-income countries started vaccinating children routinely for pneumococcal disease, it caused approximately 1.5 million deaths worldwide annually...

By Jeffrey Dorfman 29 Sep 2020

Majority of tobacco giants failing to advance harm reduction
Majority of tobacco giants failing to advance harm reduction

The first Tobacco Transformation Index finds that the majority of the 15 largest tobacco companies are not making substantive progress in phasing out cigarettes...

28 Sep 2020

Dr Janet Byaruhanga
Why can't Africa manufacture the medicines it needs?

The Covid-19 pandemic exposed Africa's inadequate capabilities and capacity to manufacture and supply essential drugs and personal protective equipment (PPEs) needed to curb the disease...

By Janet Byaruhanga 28 Sep 2020

Investment health-related research is not adequate. GettyImages
African health research needs support: here's one programme that's working

African countries bear a disproportionate burden of infectious and noncommunicable diseases. More than two thirds of people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Jude Igumbor 1 Sep 2020

#WorldEntrepreneursDay: Teheca is connecting expectant mothers to nurses in Uganda
#WorldEntrepreneursDay: Teheca is connecting expectant mothers to nurses in Uganda

This year, Bizcommunity, in partnership with Seedstars, is acknowledging African startups on World Entrepreneurs' Day 2020...

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 Aug 2020

Researchers are central to any country’s science preparedness, especially in the face of pandemics.
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Africa's research capacity is growing. That's good news for pandemic response efforts

The Covid-19 pandemic has put global emergency preparedness under sharp scrutiny. It's also placed national health systems' capacity to predict and respond to major emergencies under the microscope...

By Sam Kinyanjui & Sharon Fonn 24 Jul 2020

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Breakthrough: microbe found to block the transmission of malaria

Malaria has been a terrible human disease from before the neolithic period up to present day. It has likely caused more human deaths than any other infectious agent...

By Jeremy Herren 9 Jun 2020

Healthcare workers testing people in Nairobi, Kenya during a mass testing exercise for Covid-19. Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images
Sub-Saharan Africa needs to plug local knowledge gap to up its anti-Covid-19 game

Africa remains one of the regions least affected by Covid-19, although evidence suggests it is an evolving and growing pandemic. It is now present in all African countries and territories...

By Alex Ezeh & Sharon Fonn 28 May 2020

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IATA: Governments to reconsider air travel quarantine measures

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) latest analysis shows that the damage to air travel from Covid-19 extends into the medium-term, with long-haul and international travel being the most severely impacted...

14 May 2020

A man being tested as he takes part in an ophthalmological study and examination. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images
How African genetic studies offer hope for preventing a common cause of blindness

Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness in the world. It's estimated that by 2040 there will be about 112-million people in the world with glaucoma - mostly in Africa and Asia. The best that medical science can do at present is identify it early and slow or halt its progression...

By Susan Williams 22 Apr 2020

Defy to begin building ventilators in SA this May
Defy to begin building ventilators in SA this May

The company aims to help cater to the demand for medical equipment across sub-Saharan Africa...

14 Apr 2020

Covid-19 likely to exact heavy toll in Africa
Covid-19 likely to exact heavy toll in Africa

The young average age of the population in Africa is likely to be a positive factor, given that Covid-19 seems to be exacting a higher toll on older patients around the world. However...

3 Apr 2020

Shaping Africa's urban areas to withstand future pandemics
Shaping Africa's urban areas to withstand future pandemics

For all their virtues, cities have a major downside. They are a fertile ground for contagion, such as the rapid spread of Covid-19...

By Astrid R.N. Haas 2 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Recognising illegal wildlife trade as a public health issue
Coronavirus: Recognising illegal wildlife trade as a public health issue

There will be few positives to take from coronavirus. But the global pandemic may yet prove to be an important moment in the attempts to address the illegal wildlife trade...

By Simon Evans 27 Mar 2020

[WATCH] Bill Gates on testing and self-isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic
[WATCH] Bill Gates on testing and self-isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic

In a 2015 TED Talk, following the containment of the Ebola virus in West Africa, philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates warned that "failure to prepare could allow the next epidemic to be dramatically more devastating".

26 Mar 2020

Why defeating coronavirus in one country isn't enough - there needs to be a coordinated global strategy
Why defeating coronavirus in one country isn't enough - there needs to be a coordinated global strategy

As long as the virus is present in any country, it can reenter those that have managed to slow it down - or even ones that eventually eradicate it...

By Nader Habibi 25 Mar 2020

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How wearables are transforming healthcare

In recent years, wearables such as smartwatches and fitness wristbands have grown in popularity among consumers and gained traction within the healthcare industry as hospitals have put greater focus on improving patient care levels and clinician productivity...

By Andy McBain, 23 Mar 2020

Simple, fact-informed hygiene measures can help slow Covid-19 spread in Africa
Simple, fact-informed hygiene measures can help slow Covid-19 spread in Africa

The number of coronavirus cases in Kenya has jumped to at least 15 (by 23 March) after the government confirmed more cases...

By Siddharth Chatterjee 23 Mar 2020

Why a one-size-fits-all approach to Covid-19 could have lethal consequences
Why a one-size-fits-all approach to Covid-19 could have lethal consequences

Suppose you had the choice between two health policies, A and B. Policy A would result in the death of a lot of elderly people...

By Alex Broadbent and Benjamin T H Smart 23 Mar 2020

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More than 600 cases of #Covid-19 in Africa

More than 600 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in 34 countries in Africa as of 19 March, compared with 147 cases one week ago...

20 Mar 2020

Covid-19: Alibaba Foundation, Jack Ma Foundation to donate medical supplies to Africa
Covid-19: Alibaba Foundation, Jack Ma Foundation to donate medical supplies to Africa

As the Covid-19 virus continues to spread around the world, the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have announced they will be donating medical supplies to Africa...

18 Mar 2020

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Covid-19 in Africa: fewer cases so far, and more preparation needed

The novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, has taken the world by surprise...

By Akebe Luther King Abia 18 Mar 2020

#Coronavirus: WHO switches to response mode in fighting Covid-19 in Africa
#Coronavirus: WHO switches to response mode in fighting Covid-19 in Africa

With confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Algeria, Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) is changing from a readiness to a response mode in the African region...

6 Mar 2020

New report presses for radical rethink on child health
New report presses for radical rethink on child health

According to a new report released this week by a commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world, no single country is adequately protecting children's health...

20 Feb 2020

AU Summit: African leaders focus on eradicating malnutrition by 2025
AU Summit: African leaders focus on eradicating malnutrition by 2025

Addressing malnutrition and stunting at the 33rd African Union Summit, it was noted that while African countries have made progress, more needs to be done to hit the United Nations malnutrition eradication targets by 2025...

10 Feb 2020

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