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    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

    Health officer on the front-line in the DRC. Flickr
    Why declaring Ebola a public health emergency isn't a silver bullet

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

    By Yap Boum 23 Jul 2019

    3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
    3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

    Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

    Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 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

    A health worker administers the Ebola vaccine. EPA-EFE
    How the DRC's Ebola crisis has led to children dying from measles

    Forty-five years ago, the World Health Organisation launched the Expanded Programme on Immunisation. It covered six diseases - measles, tuberculosis, polio, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus...

    By Benjamin Kagina 10 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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    Ambitious plans to vaccinate more than a million against cholera

    Phase 2 of the biggest ever oral vaccination campaign against cholera is taking place in 15 health districts in the four central provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)...

    4 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

    Border screening at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. EPA-EFE/DANIEL IRUNGU
    Kenya responded fast to Ebola scare, but cross-border risk remains high

    The second largest Ebola virus disease outbreak on record is currently raging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with over 2,000 cases and more than 1,400 deaths recorded...

    By Abdhalah Ziraba 21 Jun 2019

    Health workers from Bwera hospital prepare to transport the body of a fifty-year-old woman who died of Ebola to the burial site in Bwera, Uganda. MELANIE ATUREEBE/EPA
    How Africa's porous borders make it difficult to contain Ebola

    More than 2,000 cases of Ebola have been recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since last August. Now, despite authorities' efforts - such as screening millions of travellers moving between the DRC and its neighbours - the disease has spread...

    By Mosoka Fallah 18 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

    Health workers burying a child who died of Ebola in the DRC’s North Kivu province. Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/EPA
    Radical ideas are needed to break the DRC's Ebola outbreak. Here are some

    The Ebola virus is again terrorising an African nation. The current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to spread after it first appeared 10 months ago...

    By Mosoka Fallah 23 May 2019

    A health worker looks on at an Ebola transit centre in Beni in North Kivu province, DRC. Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/EPA
    Ebola survivors can lose their eyesight. What we're doing to prevent it

    The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the largest outbreak in the country since 1976 when the Ebola virus was first identified in what was then known as Zaire...

    By Steven Yeh, Jean-Claude Mwanza & Jessica Shantha 16 May 2019

    Stronger health systems will boost the fight against infectious diseases
    Stronger health systems will boost the fight against infectious diseases

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that 13-million people die from infectious diseases each year...

    13 May 2019

    Tips from Nigeria on teaching teens about breast and cervical cancer
    Tips from Nigeria on teaching teens about breast and cervical cancer

    Empowering young women with information in high school can help ensure that certain cancers are caught early...

    10 May 2019

    New report: Lack of water in health facilities puts patients at risk
    New report: Lack of water in health facilities puts patients at risk

    A new report, released in April by the Unicef-WHO Joint Monitoring Programme, reveals 51% of healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa do not have a clean source of water on site...

    9 May 2019

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    Gold mining reduces infant mortality rate

    Large scale gold mining in sub-Saharan Africa has reduced infant mortality in nearby communities, with rates falling by 50% among those born within 10km of a gold mine...

    3 May 2019



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