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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 3 days ago

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...

2 days ago

Africa needs to up its research game to fight non-communicable diseases

Non-communicable diseases are the current leading cause of death worldwide. And the burden is increasingly shifting from developed to developing countries...

By Andre Pascal Kengne, Elvis Banboye Kidzeru & Muki Shey 19 Jun 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chronic diseases and their impact on the economy

By 2030, the proportion of total global deaths due to chronic lifestyle diseases - such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity - is expected to increase to 70% and the global burden of disease to 56%...

5 Jun 2019

U-turn in cannabis regulations opens up market

Until a week ago, CBD, the active non-psychoactive ingredient within cannabis which cannot make users high, was considered a scheduled substance in terms of the schedules to the Medicines Act...

By Megan Adderley, Rodney Africa, Adriano Esterhuizen & Deerah Pillay-Lungoomiah 3 Jun 2019

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

SU researchers study resistance to 'protect' new TB drug

Scientists from Stellenbosch University (SU), in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians, are working on how Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), can develop resistance to Bedaquiline...

3 Jun 2019

#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

How controversial "racist" research opens door for a decolonisation drive

There has been justified outrage about a recently published - and hastily retracted - academic article written by academics from Stellenbosch University in South Africa...

30 May 2019

Killing mosquito larvae can contribute towards malaria elimination

Malaria is a serious, complex and often fatal vector-borne disease caused by the parasite Plasmodium and transmitted when people are bitten by infected female Anopheles mosquitoes...

By Tiaan de Jager & Taneshka Kruger 30 May 2019

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

Kipchoge's marathon success remains a mystery: some clues from my research

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge is undoubtedly the greatest marathoner of the modern age. He has won 11 of the 12 marathons he has competed in...

By Vincent O Onywera 27 May 2019

#AfricaMonth: Saving trauma patients

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

24 May 2019

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

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