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A Nigerian child receives a dose of the polio vaccine. EPA
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

The drug is set to improve HIV treatment. Shutterstock
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

Cladogelonium madagascariense, more commonly known as tsontso in Madagascar. Tianarilalaina Tantely, Andriamampianina
The anti-inflammatory properties of Madagascar's Tsontso plant

In rural areas of Madagascar, medicinal plants are widely used to treat illness. In remote areas, and with limited funds to pay for other health products and services, traditional medicine is essential...

By Tianarilalaina Tantely, Andriamampianina 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

Image: MedPage Today
SA's first Ebola case a training exercise

South Africa's first Ebola case has turned out to be a field simulation by the International Health Regulations (IHR) in Lesotho to test that country's preparedness.

15 Nov 2019

TB is still a leading cause of death around the world. Sanjay Baid/EPA-EFE
We are gaining against TB but knowledge gaps remain

Important gains have been made in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB). Each year, fewer people are being diagnosed with the disease...

By Emily Wong, Al Leslie & Mohlopheni Jackson Marakalala 11 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

Only one third of women in Madagascar get prenatal care in the first trimester. Shutterstock
Madagascar trial: how a simple pregnancy test can change lives

Not having access to affordable pregnancy tests profoundly affects women's lives. Without access to these tests, women are not able to confirm if they are pregnant. This leads to delays in getting prenatal care services...

By Alison B Comfort 3 Oct 2019

Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/EPA-EFE
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

A woman and baby on a bicycle taxi in Salima, Malawi. Some Malawian men are becoming more involved in childcare. EPA-EFE
Malawi study highlights the importance of men in childcare and nutrition

In Malawi, as in many other patriarchal societies, women have historically been responsible for housework, food and childcare. Women's household responsibilities have often left them with heavier workloads than men...

19 Sep 2019

The oral polio vaccine is most commonly used in the developing world, despite one big problem.
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A newly designed vaccine may help stamp out remaining polio cases worldwide

Public health organisations around the world have been fighting for global eradication of polio since 1988. Through massive vaccination efforts, the incidence of polio has gone down 99% since then, with the virus eradicated from most of the countries on Earth...

By Patricia L Foster 18 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

Nestlé announces winners of sub-Saharan Africa innovation challenge
Nestlé announces winners of sub-Saharan Africa innovation challenge

African startups Shopit, Exportunity and Wakulima from South Africa, Benin and Tanzania respectively, emerged the winners of the Nestlé Research and Development sub-Saharan innovation challenge...

4 Sep 2019

The startups changing healthcare through innovation
The startups changing healthcare through innovation

A change in the way we see, and deliver, healthcare has been a burgeoning investment in startups in the sector...

3 Sep 2019

ER24 improves response times with what3words
ER24 improves response times with what3words

It is often difficult to communicate exact locations to emergency response teams in South Africa's informal settlements and rural areas and on farms and beachs without any addresses or points of reference nearby...

21 Aug 2019

Mandi Fine, CEO of F/NE Group Global.
#WomensMonth: Generic business lessons for the 21st Century from healthcare advertising

Mandi Fine is CEO of F/NE Group Global, which turns 20 years old this August. Here, Fine explains how specific data science and storytelling skills are transforming marketing and communications, as well as future trends to embrace in any industry...

By Leigh Andrews 20 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

Image: World Vision International
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

Image: World Health Organisation
Malawi races towards global HIV targets

Malawi registers 34,000 new HIV infections annually, with young people making up 50% of the infections...

By WATIPASO MZUNGU 14 Aug 2019

DRC President Felix Tshisekedi during the inauguration ceremony. Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/EPA-EFE
Tshisekedi has taken over the DRC's Ebola response. How he can make a difference

The most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rages on. There's been a continued increase in the number of new cases for a year since the outbreak was first declared...

By Mosoka Fallah 12 Aug 2019

A health worker prepares to administer Ebola vaccination in the north-western Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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The Uganda vaccine trial: how African researchers are tackling Ebola

In August 2015 Dr Sakoba Keita, who led the Ebola response in Guinea during the largest Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, declared...

By Yap Boum 8 Aug 2019

The drug is set to improve HIV treatment. shutterstock
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 6 Aug 2019

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Migration and health: what southern Africa needs to do to plug the gaps

A global commission on health and migration has released its report on how healthcare systems fail migrants...

2 Aug 2019

Hepatitis is a major public health burden. Shutterstock
The WHO wants to rid the world of hepatitis by 2030: why it's a tough ask

Four years ago, the World Health Organisation (WHO) rolled out its global strategy to eliminate hepatitis by 2030. Known as a "silent killer" disease, hepatitis is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver...

By Pauline Bakibinga 31 Jul 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

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