The World Health Organisation's new five-year strategic plan - the 13th General Programme of Work tackles multiple global health challenges. These include outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises.
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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. But does the immune system learn more from the vaccine? Recent research suggests, rather intriguingly, that it does.
Christine Stabell Benn 23 hours ago
The Democratic Republic of Congo is battling an Ebola outbreak. 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.
Liam Shaw & Nicola C Sugden 1 day ago
NEWSWATCH: The quick-fire spread of social media means infamy is almost guaranteed if you step a foot wrong, even if the incident took place years ago. Such is the case for Glamour España, which included a pink gas stove in a market guide fashion spread inspired by Sylvia Plath.
11 Jan 2019
The psychiatric profession should play a greater role in advocating for patients' rights and improving management of mental health in the public sector after a series of recent tragedies that highlighted the neglect of mental healthcare in South Africa
11 Jan 2019
Almost one in four babies born at public hospitals come into the world via c-section but is it costing some women their lives?
Laura Grant & Laura Lopez Gonzalez 10 Jan 2019
Portable medical technology makes it possible to take primary healthcare to low-income populations that frequently have a disproportionate burden of ill health. It allows mobile clinics and screening days to take healthcare services to schools and local communities that would ordinarily not have access.
9 Jan 2019
The five finalists in the three-year Mobility Unlimited Challenge have been unveiled at CES in Las Vegas. The Toyota Mobility Foundation launched the $4m global challenge in 2017 in partnership with Nesta's Challenge Prize Centre, with the aim of improving the lives of millions of people with lower-limb paralysis.
9 Jan 2019
At any given time, there are around 4,300 people waiting for organ donations in South Africa. These patients usually need new livers, kidneys, lungs or hearts. But organ donors are in very short supply.
Harriet Etheredge 9 Jan 2019