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 2 hours ago

Giant strides forward in minimally invasive foot surgery
Giant strides forward in minimally invasive foot surgery

The techniques and technologies used internationally for minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery have advanced to such an extent in recent years, that we believe it represents the future of treatment for patients who will benefit from this approach, says orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Ziyaad Mayet.

18 hours ago

Rural healthcare services are best supported by mid-level workers. Shutterstock
Mid-level workers: Africa's unsung health heroes need more support

Mid-level health workers can play an important role in addressing shortages of health professionals and improving access to care. This is especially true in low and middle-income countries. These workers fill a niche between community health workers, the most basic of workers in the health system, and highly trained professionals.

By Ian Couper 21 hours ago

A female Aedes albopictus mosquito feeding on a human host. James Gathany/CDC
Ethiopia must do more to stop recurring chikungunya outbreaks

Ethiopia's second largest city, Dire Dawa, is dealing with a chikungunya fever outbreak. Around 20,000 cases of the mosquito-borne viral infection have been reported since the outbreak started in March 2019. This is the second recorded outbreak of the disease in the country; the first was in 2016. Eunice Anyango Owino spoke to The Conversation Africa about the disease and the burden it places on public health.

By Eunice Anyango Owino 1 day ago

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.

2 days ago

Gauteng Health MEC, Dr Bandile Masuku
Sama challenges health and safety issues in Gauteng

Non-compliance of health and safety standards at public health facilities is putting both patients and healthcare practitioners at risk, and must be addressed.

13 Sep 2019

Slum residents were said to do less exercise because of cheap motorcycle taxis. Boris Golovnev/Shutterstock
Bad habits drive health risks among Kenya's urban poor

There's a rise of cardiovascular diseases in developing countries which is linked to changes in diet, physical activity and obesity.

By Frederick Wekesah 13 Sep 2019

Mikah Saunders and her dad, Deon, in Red Cross Children's Hospital's new haemotology-oncology unit.
Red Cross upgrade changes the lives of young cancer warriors

The Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital's oncology-haematology unit has undergone an upgrade which will enhance the services of this already world-class facility.

12 Sep 2019

A community care worker providing treatment to a TB patient at her home. Wikkicommons/Stherere23
Rebuilding health systems from the bottom up: a South African case study

The recent publication of the National Health Insurance Bill in South Africa has provoked vigorous debate. Many question whether the proposed reforms contained in the Bill offer meaningful solutions to the well-documented crisis in South Africa's health system.

By Helen Schneider 12 Sep 2019

How your child can benefit from probiotics
How your child can benefit from probiotics

A balanced immune and digestive system starts with providing adequate healthcare for your child from a very early stage. Adding good bacteria to the body can help create a balanced system and saves you money on those frequent trips to the doctor or pharmacy.

Issued by ProVen Probiotics 11 Sep 2019

Congolese National Army solider escorts health workers to the grave of an Ebola victim, in Beni, North Kivu province. EPA-EFE/HUGH KINSELLA CUNNINGHAM
Ebola in the Congo: a forgotten conflict became a danger to world health

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ebola epidemic as a "public health emergency of international concern".

By Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka 11 Sep 2019

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Teach the boy-child to respect all genders from an early age

Battered, bruised and frightened more and more South African women are beginning to learn that hiding behind the locked doors of their homes may not keep them safe from abuse.

11 Sep 2019

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Sasog issues guidelines on gender-based violence screening

In the aftermath of the murders of Uyinene Mrwetyana, Leighandre Jegels, Meghan Cremer and Ayakha Jiyane and her three siblings and the renewed focus on gender-based violence (GBV), the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Sasog) has implemented guidelines for routine screening of patients for intimate partner violence.

11 Sep 2019