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Sierra Leone starts cholera vaccination drive in disaster areas

Half a million Sierra Leone citizens will have access to life-saving cholera vaccine following severe floods and landslides last month...

7 Sep 2017

WHO report: Kenyan cholera outbreak

Kenya is experiencing an upsurge of cholera cases since the beginning of the year...

2 Aug 2017

Training the community to take care of the children

Approximately 62% of the under-five deaths in the DRC in 2013 were caused by malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea, all of which are treatable...

14 Jul 2017

DR Congo declares end of Ebola outbreak

KINSHASA - The Congolese health minister has declared the end of an Ebola outbreak in a remote northeastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo...

4 Jul 2017

New Ebola cases in DRC

The WHO has mobilised to curtail an outbreak of Ebola in the DRC after a case tested positive for Ebola virus subtype Zaire...

15 May 2017

Vaccines to be used against antibiotic-resistant typhoid

Uganda, Malawi and Zimbabwe are the three high-burden African countries selected to be the first to benefit from a typhoid conjugate vaccine....

By Lilian Namagembe 7 Apr 2017

Money can't be the only motive for developing life-saving medicines

Prior to 2015, Zika was an obscure virus that received little global attention. No one expected it to spread so rapidly. Consequently, no vaccine were developed....

By Ruth Dreifuss and Malebona Precious Matsoso 21 Oct 2016

FAO calls for increased vigilance as avian influenza virus H5N1 advances

As the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, H5N1, spreads across countries in West and Central Africa, the region is on high alert...

15 Jul 2016

#AfricaMonth: Sierra Leone, a deadly virus and digital payments

In our experience battling the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, one solution saved lives, delivered major cost savings, and continues to help the economy rebuild and recover...

By Momodu Kargbo, Sierra Leone minister of finance an 27 May 2016

[World Immunisation Week] Closing the immunisation gap

Despite the availability of effective vaccines, 1.5 million children across the world, including South Africa, die each year from preventable diseases...

25 Apr 2016

SA to deploy healthcare workers to help contain Ebola

South Africa has deployed its first batch of trained healthcare professionals to work in Sierra Leone, in an effort to help contain the spread of Ebola Disease Virus in the country and other parts of West Africa...

20 Jan 2015

New centre supports access to information about Ebola

As part of its efforts at increasing public awareness on Ebola, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has set up its 'Information Center on Communicable Diseases'...

8 Jan 2015

Ebola survivors share life-saving tips via mobile app

#ISurvivedEbola, a West African multimedia campaign, has launched an interactive mobile app that allows Ebola survivors to connect with one another and share public health advice during post-recovery...

7 Jan 2015

Africa United features new Ebola prevention communications for West Africa

At yesterday's official draw for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2015, the Confederation of African Football announced the launch of Africa United, a global health communications campaign aimed at preventing the spread of Ebola in West Africa...

4 Dec 2014

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International

The fight against antimicrobial resistance depends on good agricultural practices

To ensure that antimicrobials are used responsibly and in ways that do not threaten public health and food production, a stronger global effort including larger investments and improved surveillance measures are needed, according to FAO Deputy Director-General, Maria Helena Semedo. Semedo was speaking at a United Nations General Assembly side event on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

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Global genetic study involving different populations sheds light on glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye's optic nerve and results in vision loss and irreversible blindness in some people. The diseases usually occur on their own but when they are caused by other conditions they are known as secondary glaucoma.

By Susan Williams, Michèle Ramsay 4 Sep 2017

Study: Few nations see beyond hunger in fighting malnutrition

Food alone cannot solve the world's malnutrition crises but only three countries are looking beyond hunger to the other major driver, according to a global study released on Thursday.

By Matthew Ponsford 28 Aug 2017

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