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#Covid-19: Bizcommunity takes business virtual, as usual
#Covid-19: Bizcommunity takes business virtual, as usual

Bizcommunity has always been the place where virtual business gets done and is fully set up to seamlessly enable your business communications through the 21-day national lockdown, starting at midnight on 26 March 2020...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 25 Mar 2020

Why a one-size-fits-all approach to Covid-19 could have lethal consequences
Why a one-size-fits-all approach to Covid-19 could have lethal consequences

Suppose you had the choice between two health policies, A and B. Policy A would result in the death of a lot of elderly people...

By Alex Broadbent and Benjamin T H Smart 23 Mar 2020

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More than 600 cases of #Covid-19 in Africa

More than 600 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in 34 countries in Africa as of 19 March, compared with 147 cases one week ago...

20 Mar 2020

Covid-19: Alibaba Foundation, Jack Ma Foundation to donate medical supplies to Africa
Covid-19: Alibaba Foundation, Jack Ma Foundation to donate medical supplies to Africa

As the Covid-19 virus continues to spread around the world, the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have announced they will be donating medical supplies to Africa...

18 Mar 2020

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Covid-19 in Africa: fewer cases so far, and more preparation needed

The novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, has taken the world by surprise...

By Akebe Luther King Abia 18 Mar 2020

#Coronavirus: WHO switches to response mode in fighting Covid-19 in Africa
#Coronavirus: WHO switches to response mode in fighting Covid-19 in Africa

With confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Algeria, Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) is changing from a readiness to a response mode in the African region...

6 Mar 2020

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom at an Ebola treatment centre in Itipo. Getty images/ Junior D. Kannah
The DRC is on the road to being Ebola free: how it got here

At the beginning of March the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced that the last Ebola patient had been discharged from a treatment centre...

5 Mar 2020

VIDEO: Some basic tips on staying safe from the coronavirus
VIDEO: Some basic tips on staying safe from the coronavirus

Nigeria has confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus disease after an Italian business traveller arrived in Lagos on 27 February...

By Ozayr Patel 2 Mar 2020

Ebola posters in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
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Sierra Leone is using lessons from Ebola to prepare for coronavirus

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, started at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, China. It is spreading rapidly around the world and countries face many challenges in preventing and managing the spread of a new virus within and across borders...

28 Feb 2020

The links between people, animals and the environment call for a new approach to health. Shutterstock
Rwanda is training health workers for an interconnected world

Growing scientific evidence shows that environmental transformations such as climate change and pollution are linked to people's health...

By Phaedra Henley 24 Feb 2020

Alarmed by a rapid spread of Lassa fever, the Nigerian Academy of Science is calling on government to declare a health emergency. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
Lassa fever: why there's a call to declare a health emergency in Nigeria

The Nigerian Academy of Science has called for the current outbreak of Lassa fever in Africa's most populous nation to be declared a national health emergency because of its severity...

13 Feb 2020

Lessons from keeping the country free of Ebola have informed steps taken since the coronavirus scare first broke. Shutterstock
Nigeria and disease outbreaks. Better prepared, but still weak spots

Early this year, China confirmed the first case of a new strain of coronavirus (2019nCoV) isolated from a cluster of people with a respiratory syndrome in Wuhan...

By Folasade Ogunsola 4 Feb 2020

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Fear spreads easily. That's what gives the Wuhan coronavirus economic impact

One way to count the cost of the Wuhan coronavirus is by how many people catch it, and then how many die. Another is the direct financial costs of public health measures to treat those infected and contain its spread...

By Ilan Noy 30 Jan 2020

Kenyan health workers from port health services screen inbound travellers for temperatures at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. EPA/Daniel Irungu
Perspectives from Kenya and Ghana on coronavirus preparations

Chinese officials have identified a novel coronavirus which belongs to a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases...

29 Jan 2020

Successful vaccination against measles in childhood should provide lifetime protection. Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Explainer: a history of the measles virus and why it's so tenacious

The measles virus has been a part of human life for thousands of years. A recent study suggests that it appeared about 4,000 years ago, originating from a virus affecting livestock...

By Matthew Ferrari 28 Jan 2020

China in lockdown. EPA
Coronavirus does not look like a 'black swan' event - here are some reasons to be cautiously optimistic

The alarm is sounding again. The Asia financial markets were reasonably calm about the new coronavirus until the news of the lockdown of the whole city of Wuhan in China on 23 January...

By Zheng Wang 27 Jan 2020

Mosquito eggs can remain viable for years even in dry conditions and hatch after heavy persistent rains. Shutterstock
Heavy rains put Kenya at risk of mosquito-borne diseases

Kenya experienced above-average rainfall since October 2019, causing landslides and deaths...

By Eunice Anyango Owino 23 Jan 2020

#BestofBiz 2019: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2019: Healthcare

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

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Is it Ebola, or just a drill? How to test a public health crisis response

There wasn't an Ebola outbreak in Lesotho - but for a few hours in November 2019, you may have heard that there was...

By Mosoka Fallah 12 Dec 2019

HIV-infected and exposed children are vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases. Shutterstock
Children and HIV: what we found about vaccine-preventable diseases

Sub-Saharan African countries account for about a third of the global burden of vaccine-preventable diseases. These diseases are responsible for a large proportion of deaths in children under the age of five...

By Olatunji Adetokunboh 9 Dec 2019

A Nigerian child receives a dose of the polio vaccine. EPA
Complacency could delay the final push to eradicate polio

Great strides have been made in the global effort to eradicate polio. Reported cases of wild poliovirus have decreased by over 99% from an estimated 350,000 cases in 1988 to 33 in 2018...

By Villyen Motaze & Melinda Suchard 5 Dec 2019

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SA's first Ebola case a training exercise

South Africa's first Ebola case has turned out to be a field simulation by the International Health Regulations (IHR) in Lesotho to test that country's preparedness.

15 Nov 2019

Unicef carers at a creche for children whose parents are being treated for Ebola. Building health infrastructure is crucial to stopping the next outbreak. Epa/ Hugh Kinsella Cunningham
Investing in health systems is the only way to stop the next Ebola outbreak

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recently surpassed 3,000 infections...

By Emma Glennon & Freya Jephcott 22 Oct 2019

Innovative efforts have been put in place to reach populations in partially and totally inaccessible parts of Borno state. Wikimedia Commons
Valuable lessons from Nigeria's marathon effort to eradicate polio

The theme for World Health Day in 1995 was Target 2000 - A World Without Polio. I delivered a lecture titled Polio Eradication Race: Will Nigeria Finish Last? to mark the occasion. Finishing last seemed likely because in the 1990s Nigeria's routine immunisation rates were in the 30%-40% range for all vaccine preventable diseases...

By Oyewale Tomori 21 Oct 2019

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More than 18-million Ugandan children to be immunised against measles, rubella and polio

Uganda is set to immunise more than 18-million children against measles and rubella, which amounts to 43% of the country's population...

15 Oct 2019

Many families in the DRC can’t routinely access preventive services. Shutterstock
Outbreaks of measles: compounding challenges in the DRC

An outbreak of measles that began in early 2019 in the southeast corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now spread to all 26 provinces. Over 180,000 cases and more than 3,000 deaths have been reported...

By Matthew Ferrari 8 Oct 2019

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organisation director-general, speaking on Ebola at the UN’s Geneva headquarters. EPA/Martial Trezzinni
Why it's dangerous for Tanzania to withhold information about Ebola fears

In the past few weeks there have been unofficial reports that some people in Tanzania, including one in Dar es Salaam, had died of what was suspected to be Ebola virus disease...

By Abdhalah Ziraba 7 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

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Ebola one year on: the wins, the setbacks, and the way forward

The last five years have witnessed the two biggest outbreaks of Ebola, first in West Africa and currently in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

By Shirin Ashraf & Emma Thomson 30 Sep 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

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