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    Nigeria was quick to respond and control the 2014 Ebola outbreak. EPA
    Why Nigeria is battling to control disease outbreaks like Lassa fever

    The first case of Lassa fever in Nigeria was recorded in 1969. A zoonotic disease endemic to West Africa, the disease was named after the town in Nigeria where the first case occurred...

    By Oyewale Tomori 22 Feb 2019

    Grant aims at improving public health supply chains in Africa
    Grant aims at improving public health supply chains in Africa

    The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) has been awarded a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the aim at improving public health supply chains in Africa.

    22 Feb 2019

    International push to improve food safety
    International push to improve food safety

    Greater international cooperation is needed to prevent unsafe food from causing ill health and hampering progress towards sustainable development...

    18 Feb 2019

    5 ways our food supply chain will transform in 5 years
    5 ways our food supply chain will transform in 5 years

    IBM has revealed the five significant changes driven by innovation in science and technology that will transform every stage of the food supply chain within the next five years...

    14 Feb 2019

    Mali was one of the West African countries affected by the biggest Ebola outbreak ever recorded from 2014 to 2016. Shutterstock
    Why Ebola vaccine on trial in the DRC is raising hopes

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has emphasised that an experimental vaccine is playing a major role in controlling the spread of Ebola...

    By Shirin Ashraf & Arthur Wickenhagen 11 Feb 2019

    Personalised medicine aims to tailor treatment according to each person’s genetic makeup. Shutterstock
    Why African countries need to give genomic research a major boost

    All organisms are unique. Each having a set of genetic instructions for their build-up and maintenance. This set of genetic instructions is contained in genes that makeup a genome...

    By Lamech Mwapagha 30 Jan 2019

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    Healthworkers vaccinated against Ebola in South Sudan

    Health workers and other frontline responders in South Sudan are being vaccinated against Ebola as part of preparedness measures to fight the spread of the disease...

    29 Jan 2019

    10 tech startups to participate in Airbus, GIZ #Africa4Future programme
    10 tech startups to participate in Airbus, GIZ #Africa4Future programme

    Airbus and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit have announced the top 10 African tech startups that will take part in the latest Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Future accelerator programme...

    21 Jan 2019

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    Why does malaria recur? How pieces of the puzzle are slowly being filled in

    Some people suffer from repeated attacks of malaria. These can occur weeks to months or longer after contracting the disease...

    By Miles B Markus 17 Jan 2019

    UNWTO, the European Travel Commission launch new health tourism report
    UNWTO, the European Travel Commission launch new health tourism report

    Health tourism is an emerging, global, complex and rapidly changing segment that needs to be better understood by destinations...

    28 Dec 2018

    Professor Kelly Chibale. Photo: Je'nine May
    R&D is the pipeline for science jobs in Africa

    There's a critical need to invest in a research & development (R&D) industry that could create a pipeline of jobs for science graduates in Africa...

    5 Dec 2018

    The life expectancy improvements in sub-Saharan Africa vary between men and women. Shutterstock
    Lifestyle diseases could scupper Africa's rising life expectancy

    People in sub-Saharan Africa are now living longer than ever before. A child born in the region today is expected to live up to 64 years on average...

    By Charles Shey Wiysonge 27 Nov 2018

    Scientists analysing data at the South-South Malaria Research Partnership project laboratory in Kenya. Flora Mutere-Okuku
    Novel approach brings African scientists closer to a malaria vaccine

    Malaria is still a major problem in Africa. There are over 200 million clinical cases each year and approximately half a million deaths...

    By Faith Osier 7 Nov 2018

    There are concerns that Africa may be excluded from advances in genetic brain research. Shutterstock
    Mental health genetics: African solutions for African challenges

    Over the past two decades, mental health research has advanced markedly. But most mental health studies haven't included African people

    By Benyam Worku Dubale, Celia van der Merwe & Nathani 6 Nov 2018

    Women entrepreneurs win at 2018 Anzisha Prize Awards
    Women entrepreneurs win at 2018 Anzisha Prize Awards

    Grand Prize winner and second-runner up are providing healthcare solutions that are changing lives in Africa...

    6 Nov 2018

    Usman Yusuf. Photo: Premium Times
    Head of Nigeria's NHIS placed on administrative leave

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the country's embattled executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf, to proceed on administrative leave effective from November 5...

    By Ebuka Onyeji 1 Nov 2018

    First-for-Africa platform will advance gene research
    First-for-Africa platform will advance gene research

    Until now, African scientists working on genomics haven't had access to a local storage platform for the immense amount of data their research generates...

    Nicci BothaBy Nicci Botha 31 Oct 2018

    Airbus launches white paper on aerospace technologies in Africa
    Airbus launches white paper on aerospace technologies in Africa

    Airbus released The Great Enabler: Aerospace in Africa, a white paper on the role of aerospace technologies in Africa...

    31 Oct 2018

    Nigerian children receiving the polio vaccine in Lagos. EPA
    Why eradicating polio everywhere has been so hard to crack

    Polio is a disease that struck fear into the hearts of parents just a generation ago...

    By Melinda Suchard 26 Oct 2018

    Professor Souleymane Mboup
    Health is essential for Africa to cash in on its human capital

    Africa is home to 1.2bn people, many of them young, which has has fuelled talk about the continent's human capital being an asset in economic growth...

    By Souleymane Mboup 26 Oct 2018

    Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus
    Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus

    A comprehensive B2B Recruitment Focus from December 2018 to February 2019 will ensure that Bizcommunity is the go-to destination for all the B2B news you'll need to plan your HR and recruitment strategies in 2019...

    Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Oct 2018

    Associate Professor Liesl Zühlke. Photo: UCT
    Award to fund paediatric heart disease research in Africa

    There is a great need to focus on children with heart disease in Africa, an undeserved area of need...

    15 Oct 2018

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    Why drugs alone won't stop the spread of parasitic worms in Africa

    Deworming has become a common practise across the world. It has proved very successful, reducing the burden of parasitic worms among children by more than 50%...

    By Justin Komguep Nono & Hlumani Ndlovu 10 Oct 2018

    Digital transformation is the key to healthcare in Africa
    Digital transformation is the key to healthcare in Africa

    The benefits of the digital revolution to the healthcare sector in Africa are enormous...

    2 Oct 2018

    Red Cross steps in to curb cholera and typhoid in Zim
    Red Cross steps in to curb cholera and typhoid in Zim

    The Red Cross has stepped in and deployed 1,000 volunteers through the suburbs of Zimbabwe's capital in a bid to contain a deadly cholera outbreak...

    14 Sep 2018

    Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced
    Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced

    The top 10 nominees in the African Innovation Foundation's (AIF) Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 have been announced...

    14 Sep 2018

    A small hospital in Wakiso district in the central region of Uganda. Shutterstock
    People across Africa have to travel far to get to a hospital. We worked out how far

    Nearly half of all deaths and about a third of disabilities in low and middle-income countries could be avoided if people had access to emergency care...

    By Paul Ouma & Emelda Okiro 14 Sep 2018

    The outbreak of listeriosis is over - Motsoaledi
    The outbreak of listeriosis is over - Motsoaledi

    Grocery stores have been given the green light to once again stock processed meat on shelves and pack them in lunch boxes...

    4 Sep 2018

    Africa commits to WHO access to medicine goals
    Africa commits to WHO access to medicine goals

    Access to medicines is at the core of universal health coverage (UHC), one of World Health Organisation's main priorities, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...

    30 Aug 2018

    Microplastics. Image by Oregon State University, CC BY-SA 2.0,
    We are guinea pigs in a worldwide experiment on microplastics

    One of the main problems with plastics is that although we may only need them fleetingly - seconds in the case of microbeads in personal care products, or minutes as in plastic grocery bags - they stick around for hundreds of years...

    By John Meeker 15 Aug 2018



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