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Scan Display built the largest Covid-19 hospital in Africa

Scan Display designed and built Africa's largest dedicated Covid-19 temporary hospital at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa...

Issued by Scan Display 30 Jul 2020

Bronwyn Williams stars in Pulp Non-Fiction on Bizcommunity

Bizcommunity is pleased to announce a regular column by trend consultant, analyst and strategist Bronwyn Williams...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 30 Jul 2020

Covid-19 exposes weaknesses in Kenya's healthcare system. And what can be done

There are reports that Kenya's hospital beds are filling up because of a surge in Covid-19 patients. This highlights concerns since the start of the pandemic, that the health systems of many African countries would quickly become overwhelmed...

By Abdu Mohiddin & Marleen Temmerman 29 Jul 2020

Africa's research capacity is growing. That's good news for pandemic response efforts

The Covid-19 pandemic has put global emergency preparedness under sharp scrutiny. It's also placed national health systems' capacity to predict and respond to major emergencies under the microscope...

By Sam Kinyanjui & Sharon Fonn 24 Jul 2020

Tanzania study shows critical need to address infection control in health facilities

It has become increasingly apparent that the spread of Covid19 infection within healthcare settings has played a large role in some of the worst affected countries...

By Jessica JC King 22 Jul 2020

Beyond Florence Nightingale: how African nurses have decolonised the profession

This year - 2020 - marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. It's therefore understandable that it's being marked as the year of the nurse and midwife...

By Timothy A Carey, Agnes Binagwaho & Judy Khanyola 10 Jul 2020

Students play an integral role in healthcare delivery: findings from South Africa

Reports from around the world show that the shortage of health professionals in public healthcare systems will be worsened by the increased demand for health services caused by the Covid-19 pandemic...

By Ian Couper & Jana Müller 9 Jul 2020

Rwanda's Covid-19 pool testing: a savvy option where there's low viral prevalence

Many countries in East Africa have turned to contact tracing and carrying out Covid-19 tests on thousands of individuals as a way of monitoring and trying to limit transmissions of the new coronavirus. In Rwanda, they have been investigating how they can scale up testing significantly...

By Leon Mutesa 3 Jul 2020

Africa waited for solutions to past health crises: will it be different for Covid-19?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently noted that "researchers are working at break-neck speed" to understand SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease (Covid-19)...

By Hailay Gesesew 2 Jul 2020

Non-medical use of prescription drugs among skilled workers: a pilot study in Nigeria

More than ever, the world is facing a challenge of non-medical use of prescription drugs among people of all ages, genders and occupations. Evidence show that pharmaceutical opioids, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and amphetamines are the most common types of prescription medication used in a non-medical context...

By Samson Femi Agberotimi 25 Jun 2020

The coping mechanisms the DRC is putting in place as it faces Ebola, measles and Covid-19

Ebola, a viral haemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates, has become endemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The country has had 10 outbreaks in 40 years and has recently declared the 11th...

By Yap Boum 23 Jun 2020

Breakthrough: microbe found to block the transmission of malaria

Malaria has been a terrible human disease from before the neolithic period up to present day. It has likely caused more human deaths than any other infectious agent...

By Jeremy Herren 9 Jun 2020

Coronavirus: what Nigeria can do post lockdown

The World Health Organisation has warned that Covid-19 infection rates are likely to remain for a long time. There is therefore a need for countries to plan one step ahead of the epidemic curve...

By Doyin Ogunyemi 3 Jun 2020

What Kenya must look out for before easing Covid-19 restrictions

Kenya's initial response to was highly praised as effective in suppressing the spread of infections. There is cautious optimism as the country prepares for reopening of schools and economy due to a daily spike in cases and fatalities...

By Mark Nanyingi 2 Jun 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa needs to plug local knowledge gap to up its anti-Covid-19 game

Africa remains one of the regions least affected by Covid-19, although evidence suggests it is an evolving and growing pandemic. It is now present in all African countries and territories...

By Alex Ezeh & Sharon Fonn 28 May 2020

A new global health pattern: longer life for the poor, with more ailments

With ageing come many benefits, including freedom, wisdom, perspective, and - in many cultures - respect. Unfortunately, the downside is that ageing also brings medical ailments...

By Justine Ina Davies & Maria Odland 25 May 2020

IATA: Governments to reconsider air travel quarantine measures

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) latest analysis shows that the damage to air travel from Covid-19 extends into the medium-term, with long-haul and international travel being the most severely impacted...

14 May 2020

African countries are moving to make masks mandatory: key questions answered

Many countries, including South Africa and Nigeria in Africa, are moving to make it mandatory to wear non-medical cloth masks when people are outside their homes...

By Shaheen Mehtar, Lucille Blumberg, Marc Mendelson 6 May 2020

Covid-19 and the need for whole health systems in sub-Saharan Africa

On 2 April, Sierra Leone reported its second Covid-19 case. The government reacted quickly, the country was on lockdown for 72 hours and borders were closed...

By Justine Davies 30 Apr 2020

How African genetic studies offer hope for preventing a common cause of blindness

Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness in the world. It's estimated that by 2040 there will be about 112-million people in the world with glaucoma - mostly in Africa and Asia. The best that medical science can do at present is identify it early and slow or halt its progression...

By Susan Williams 22 Apr 2020

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