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#AfricaMonth: Saving trauma patients

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

2 days ago

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

Human milk banks collect, pasteurise, test, store, and distribute donated breastmilk. NataBU/Shutterstock
Kenyan hospital opens human milk bank - a rarity in sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya's first human milk bank has opened at Pumwani Maternity Hospital. Moina Spooner, from The Conversation Africa, spoke to the team spearheading APHRC's research efforts in the establishment of Kenya's first milk bank....

By Elizabeth Kimani-Murage 23 Apr 2019

World Bank unveils plan to strengthen human capital in Africa
World Bank unveils plan to strengthen human capital in Africa

The World Bank has launched its Africa Human Capital Plan, a new plan to help African countries strengthen their human capital by enabling the continent's young people to grow up with optimal health and equipped with the right skills to compete in the digitising global economy...

12 Apr 2019

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa
The app that tracks diseases and saves lives in Africa

What if a mobile phone could prevent a health epidemic? It may sound like science fiction, but the WHO polio geographic information system (GIS) technology is doing just that in 43 countries in Africa.

11 Apr 2019

With the right skills and infrastructure, Africa can boost its genomics research efforts. Dmytro Zinkevych/Shutterstock
Africa needs a heavy dose of investment in genomics research

For several months, my friend's father lay helpless in one of Nairobi's premier hospitals. There was no clear diagnosis...

By Jenniffer Mabuka-Maroa 5 Apr 2019

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa
WHO report: 630-million years of healthy life lost in Africa

Nearly 630-million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) 47 member states in Africa...

28 Mar 2019

Tools like the WHO checklist can lead to better surgical outcomes in countries with limited resources. Shutterstock
What African countries can do about ensuring safer surgery

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has come up with plans and tools to help countries ensure safer surgery in their hospitals and clinics...

By Isabella Epiu 27 Mar 2019

Maternal mortality is much higher in Africa than in high-income countries. Shutterstock
The death rate for mothers having C-sections is 50 times higher in Africa

The in-hospital maternal mortality rate following a Caesarean delivery in Africa may be 50 times higher than in high-income countries...

By Bruce M Biccard 26 Mar 2019

Dr Tshepo Motsepe
Africa-Asia partner to improve healthcare

If Africa and Asia are to reap the benefits of having a youthful population and improve their economies, they must improve healthcare for women, adolescents and youth...

20 Mar 2019

Facebook wants to stop spreading fake news about vaccines
Facebook wants to stop spreading fake news about vaccines

Facebook has revealed its plans to help stop the spread of fake information about vaccines on its platform...

By Shereesa Moodley 11 Mar 2019

An aid worker collects health and nutrition data in northeastern Kenya. Shutterstock
Why fixing Africa's data gaps will lead to better health policies

There's been a data revolution around the world driven by advances in information technology and a need for research that responds to complex developmental issues...

27 Feb 2019

YouTube pulls ads on anti-vax channels
YouTube pulls ads on anti-vax channels

YouTube has removed money-generating advertisements from anti-vaccination conspiracy channels...

26 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

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

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

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

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

EPA/Jane Hahn
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

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

Karien Bornheim, founder and CEO, Footprint Africa Business Solutions
Using IoT to solve the healthcare puzzle

Footprint Africa Business Solutions has moved from IoT development into healthcare by creating Doc-in-a-box...

13 Aug 2018

#Mandela100: Africa needs leaders who live and exude integrity
#Mandela100: Africa needs leaders who live and exude integrity

Africa's new generation of leaders could learn a thing or two about how to become great, but it takes much more to become an extraordinary leader like Nelson Mandela...

By Rudo Kwaramba-Kayombo 19 Jul 2018

New partnership to boost drug discovery for malaria, TB and more in Africa
New partnership to boost drug discovery for malaria, TB and more in Africa

A new international partnership has committed funding for the discovery of new drugs for diseases endemic to Africa over the next two years...

29 Jun 2018

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