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Antimalarials less effective in malnourished children

The most-prescribed antimalarial drug is less effective in severely malnourished children, a University of Cape Town study shows...

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Malawi races towards global HIV targets

Malawi registers 34,000 new HIV infections annually, with young people making up 50% of the infections...

By WATIPASO MZUNGU 3 days ago

DRC President Felix Tshisekedi during the inauguration ceremony. Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/EPA-EFE
Tshisekedi has taken over the DRC's Ebola response. How he can make a difference

The most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rages on. There's been a continued increase in the number of new cases for a year since the outbreak was first declared...

By Mosoka Fallah 12 Aug 2019

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NHI one step closer to universal coverage

The much anticipated National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has officially been released by Parliament - paving the way for public participation and engagement on it...

8 Aug 2019

A health worker prepares to administer Ebola vaccination in the north-western Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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The Uganda vaccine trial: how African researchers are tackling Ebola

In August 2015 Dr Sakoba Keita, who led the Ebola response in Guinea during the largest Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, declared...

By Yap Boum 8 Aug 2019

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#WomensMonth: Subtle abuse affects women during childbirth

Stripping women of dignity and respect during childbirth is not only a violation of human rights. It also affects the health of women and babies...

By Patience Afulani 7 Aug 2019

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ARV breakthrough: trial in South Africa confirms effectiveness of new drug

A new antiretroviral drug regimen has been given the go-ahead by the World Health Organisation. This follows the preliminary results from studies that include an ongoing trial in South Africa...

By Michelle Moorhouse & Willem Daniel Francois Venter 6 Aug 2019

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Migration and health: what southern Africa needs to do to plug the gaps

A global commission on health and migration has released its report on how healthcare systems fail migrants...

2 Aug 2019

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The WHO wants to rid the world of hepatitis by 2030: why it's a tough ask

Four years ago, the World Health Organisation (WHO) rolled out its global strategy to eliminate hepatitis by 2030. Known as a "silent killer" disease, hepatitis is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver...

By Pauline Bakibinga 31 Jul 2019

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

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Ramaphosa signs Presidential Health Compact

The stated goal of one country, one health system "means quality of care must be the same regardless of whether you have money or not, and regardless of where you live"...

26 Jul 2019

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Pinterest launches 'emotional well-being activities' for stressed internet users

Pinterest revealed new "emotional well-being activities" for users to perform when they search for negative content...

By Shereesa Moodley 25 Jul 2019

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#bhf2019conference: How blockchain can eliminate fraud, waste & abuse

The real value of blockchain extends far beyond cryptocurrency. Its applications are being explored as a means to reduce or even eliminate fraud, waste and abuse in healthcare...

By Nicci Botha 25 Jul 2019

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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

What do South Africans think about SA's proposed Tobacco Bill?
What do South Africans think about SA's proposed Tobacco Bill?

The general public views the burgeoning growth of illegal cigarette sales in the country as of far greater importance to address, than Government's proposed plain packaging for tobacco products...

23 Jul 2019

Women walk past a mural painted to raise awareness on HIV and AIDS in Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. EPA/Dai Kurokawa
HIV in Kenya: high risk groups aren't getting the attention they need

Efforts to manage the HIV epidemic in much of sub-Saharan Africa need to specifically target sections of the population that are most vulnerable to HIV infection...

By Makobu Kimani 19 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

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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

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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

#Newsmaker: "PR is creative!" - Lebo Madiba, Ogilvy PR's new managing partner
#Newsmaker: "PR is creative!" - Lebo Madiba, Ogilvy PR's new managing partner

Lebo Madiba was recently appointed managing partner: Public Relations and Influence at Ogilvy Johannesburg...

By Jessica Tennant 5 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

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Fluorescence imaging could transform cancer surgery

Bringing together expertise in chemistry and biotechnology, a research team from the RCSI has identified the potential benefit of fluorescence imaging as a way of detecting cancer cells during surgery...

2 Jul 2019

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Why Nigeria's doctors are leaving, and how the problem can be fixed

Brain drain is a major challenge facing the Nigerian health system, leading to a dramatic reduction in the number of doctors in the country. According to the OECD, Nigeria is one of the three leading African sources of foreign-born physicians...

By Olayinka Stephen 2 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

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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

A child about to have his rotten tooth capped at the author’s clinic in Khartoum, Sudan. Author provided
Saving children's teeth in Sudan - without anaesthetic or drills

Tooth decay is the most common chronic dental disease in the world. It affects 60-90% of children around the world, according to the World Dental Federation. It is 20 times more common than diabetes and five times more common than asthma...

By Fadil Elamin 25 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

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