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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 1 day ago

Consumer behaviour intensifies as Covid-19 outbreak forces new shopping patterns
Consumer behaviour intensifies as Covid-19 outbreak forces new shopping patterns

Nielsen has found that global consumers are adapting their purchase behaviour to cope with the rapidly evolving situation we find ourselves in during the Covid-19 pandemic...

2 days ago

[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".

2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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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Fear spreads easily. That's what gives the Wuhan coronavirus economic impact

One way to count the cost of the Wuhan coronavirus is by how many people catch it, and then how many die. Another is the direct financial costs of public health measures to treat those infected and contain its spread...

By Ilan Noy 30 Jan 2020

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Coronavirus does not look like a 'black swan' event - here are some reasons to be cautiously optimistic

The alarm is sounding again. The Asia financial markets were reasonably calm about the new coronavirus until the news of the lockdown of the whole city of Wuhan in China on 23 January...

By Zheng Wang 27 Jan 2020

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New estimates show 14.8 million children globally are HIV-exposed but uninfected

In many countries with a high HIV prevalence, at least of children born to mothers living with HIV remain HIV-uninfected...

By Amy Slogrove & Kathleen M Powis 13 Jan 2020

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Africa's genetic material is still being misused

Biodiversity - the variation in all living organisms - is one of Africa's richest assets. As a result, its genetic material is coveted by scientists, biotechnology companies and research institutes globally...

By Keymanthri Moodley 9 Jan 2020

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6 ways to speed up the UN's health SDGs in Africa

In the last 20 years, there have been several extraordinary gains in addressing critical health challenges, from reducing maternal and child mortality by 45% and 58% respectively to decreasing new HIV infections by 40%...

By Mathieu Lamiaux 7 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

Admire Dube, associate professor of pharmacy, University of the Western Cape
Using nanomedicine to fight TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world's deadliest infectious diseases. It's massive, it's tricky, and treatment can be exhausting (and toxic). But there may be new hope for TB treatment on the horizon: nanomedicine.

By Nicklaus Kruger 6 Dec 2019

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Complacency could delay the final push to eradicate polio

Great strides have been made in the global effort to eradicate polio. Reported cases of wild poliovirus have decreased by over 99% from an estimated 350,000 cases in 1988 to 33 in 2018...

By Villyen Motaze & Melinda Suchard 5 Dec 2019

Communities can make - or break - strategies to curb HIV
Communities can make - or break - strategies to curb HIV

Communities have long played a critical role in the fight against HIV. Their activism and advocacy have greatly influenced the response to HIV/AIDS over the past four decades...

2 Dec 2019

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ARV breakthrough: trial in South Africa confirms effectiveness of new drug

A new antiretroviral drug regimen has been given the go-ahead by the World Health Organisation. This follows the preliminary results from studies that include an ongoing trial in South Africa...

By Michelle Moorhouse & Willem Daniel Francois Venter 29 Nov 2019

Clinical trials underway for adult TB vaccine
Clinical trials underway for adult TB vaccine

An ongoing clinical trial is underway to further evaluate a new tuberculosis (TB) vaccine candidate MTBVAC in an adult endemic population...

21 Nov 2019

6 pharmacy retail trends to watch in 2020
6 pharmacy retail trends to watch in 2020

Global pharmaceutical sales are predicted to reach $1567.80 billion by 2023...

By Eben Esterhuizen 18 Nov 2019

Unicef carers at a creche for children whose parents are being treated for Ebola. Building health infrastructure is crucial to stopping the next outbreak. Epa/ Hugh Kinsella Cunningham
Investing in health systems is the only way to stop the next Ebola outbreak

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recently surpassed 3,000 infections...

By Emma Glennon & Freya Jephcott 22 Oct 2019

Robotic-assisted total knee replacements a first for Africa
Robotic-assisted total knee replacements a first for Africa

A total knee replacement operation has been carried out using the state-of-the-art Mako robotic arm assisted surgery system for the first time in Africa...

10 Oct 2019

#StartupStory: Curacel is tackling fraud in healthcare insurance
#StartupStory: Curacel is tackling fraud in healthcare insurance

Curacel is a Nigerian startup that aims to fast track claims processing and detects fraudulent claims for health insurance companies in Africa...

By Evan-Lee Courie 4 Oct 2019

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Ebola one year on: the wins, the setbacks, and the way forward

The last five years have witnessed the two biggest outbreaks of Ebola, first in West Africa and currently in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

By Shirin Ashraf & Emma Thomson 30 Sep 2019

Professor Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council. Photo: South African Medical Research Council
Hope for HIV vaccine being tested in South Africa

An HIV vaccine candidate - initially tested in Thailand, where it had modest effects - has shown potential in a study in South Africa...

By Elsabé Brits 23 Sep 2019

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