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A health worker checks people’s temperatures in Goma, DRC. Patricia Martinez/EPA-EFE
How outbreaks like Ebola extract huge social and economic costs

Epidemics, or infectious disease outbreaks, are invariably disruptive and tend to have far-reaching effects on individuals and communities...

By Abdhalah Ziraba 3 days ago

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

Supply chain conference to showcase healthcare lessons from Nigeria
Supply chain conference to showcase healthcare lessons from Nigeria

The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management's upcoming SAPICS Spring Conference will provide supply chain management professionals with the opportunity to spend a day immersed in interactive and stimulating presentations along with networking opportunities...

20 Aug 2019

Trachoma can lead to blindness if left untreated. Alaine Kathryn Knipes/CDC
Why it's proving hard to eliminate the eye disease trachoma by 2020

Trachoma is a disease that can cause blindness and visual impairment in about 1.9-million people every year. Poor communities in rural areas of countries in Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East are most affected....

By Musa Mutali 19 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

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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

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

Women report abuse during delivery. Shutterstock
#WomensMonth: Subtle abuse affects women during childbirth

Stripping women of dignity and respect during childbirth is not only a violation of human rights. It also affects the health of women and babies...

By Patience Afulani 7 Aug 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 6 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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20-million children miss out on lifesaving measles, diphtheria and tetanus vaccines in 2018

Globally, since 2010, vaccination coverage with three doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3) and one dose of the measles vaccine has stalled at around 86%...

16 Jul 2019

Countries can be better prepared and respond faster to disease outbreaks if public health data is shared more freely. Shutterstock
Sharing data can help prevent public health emergencies in Africa

Global collaboration and sharing data on public health emergencies is important to fight the spread of infectious diseases...

By Moses John Bockarie 8 Jul 2019

A man pushes a wheelbarrow past a sign in Liberia during the West African Ebola outbreak. AHMED JALLANZO/EPA
Context matters in fighting Ebola: lessons from West Africa for the DRC

There seems to be no end in sight to the Ebola outbreak that has swept through the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since last August. By 19 June, nearly 1500 people had died...

By Shelley Lees & Luisa Enria 5 Jul 2019

Dr Anuschka Coovadia is the head of healthcare for Africa at KPMG
Change across healthcare ecosystems in Africa

Over the last 100 years, healthcare systems across the African continent have started to evolve and transform slowly, in line with parallel changes experienced in the economic growth and social development of each country...

By Anuschka Coovadia 5 Jul 2019

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Why Nigeria's doctors are leaving, and how the problem can be fixed

Brain drain is a major challenge facing the Nigerian health system, leading to a dramatic reduction in the number of doctors in the country. According to the OECD, Nigeria is one of the three leading African sources of foreign-born physicians...

By Olayinka Stephen 2 Jul 2019

To protect us all, babies travelling overseas may need the measles shot at 6 months instead of 12
To protect us all, babies travelling overseas may need the measles shot at 6 months instead of 12

Babies are normally vaccinated against measles at 12 months old. But doctors are now suggesting having the shot as early as six months might be worthwhile for youngsters traveling overseas.

By Nicholas Wood, Alexis Pillsbury and Jean Li-Kim-Moy 28 Jun 2019

Neville Isdell and Kelly Chibale
R18m donation for African-centric medicine research

An R18m donation from an alumnus will go towards research into African-centric medicines for infectious diseases at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D...

28 Jun 2019

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Alzheimer's disease not linked to type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure - new study

If you want to reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease, there is no end of advice on the internet telling you how to do it...

By Elisabet Englund & Keivan Javanshiri 26 Jun 2019

Integrated approach needed to aid conservation, health
Integrated approach needed to aid conservation, health

There is no doubt that Africa is grappling with numerous challenges such as climate change, low agricultural productivity, poor health standards, rapid growing population and poverty...

21 Jun 2019

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The three big studies pushing at the frontiers of HIV prevention

There are an estimated 5,000 new HIV transmissions every day. Around 70% of the 37-million people living with HIV globally are in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Glenda Gray 14 Jun 2019

Fruit bats can pass Ebola on to humans. Jeffrey Paul Wade/Shutterstock
Ebola outbreaks may be more common than we think

The best defence against Ebola outbreaks is early detection. If detected early enough, an outbreak can be prevented with targeted, low-tech interventions, such as isolating infected people and their contacts...

14 Jun 2019

Professor Valerie Mizrahi. Photo: Robyn Walker/UCT
UCT scientist uses award to fund TB research

University of Cape Town's Professor Valerie Mizrahi, will use her R1.5m Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award to develop two new areas of tuberculosis (TB) research...

10 Jun 2019

Two women sell roadside refreshments in rural Kano in 2011. Shobana Shankar, CC BY-SA
What the US could learn about vaccination from Nigeria

To consider that Nigeria, infamous for anti-vaxx campaigns leading to polio outbreaks, has any lessons for Americans may be shocking...

By Shobana Shankar 7 Jun 2019

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Decolonising healthcare

Colonialism's influence is everywhere from board rooms in Geneva, Switzerland, to Ebola treatment wards in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

6 Jun 2019

Drone to deliver life-saving blood
Drone to deliver life-saving blood

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) intend to save more lives by using drone technology to deliver blood to hospitals in remote areas...

3 Jun 2019

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#AfricaMonth: Re-envisioning Africa's healthcare system

To achieve universal healthcare in Africa, strong leadership, good governance structures and partnerships with the private sector are required to build a strong public health sector....

31 May 2019

Nestlé launches innovation challenge in 6 African countries
Nestlé launches innovation challenge in 6 African countries

Nestlé has launched a Research and Development (R&D) innovation challenge in sub-Saharan Africa to provide a platform for startups and universities to contribute to local sustainable growth...

28 May 2019

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#AfricaMonth: Saving trauma patients

Where a person lives can drastically limit their access to trauma care...

24 May 2019

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