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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...

9 hours ago

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 1 day ago

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 2 days ago

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

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New estimates show 14.8 million children globally are HIV-exposed but uninfected

In many countries with a high HIV prevalence, at least of children born to mothers living with HIV remain HIV-uninfected...

By Amy Slogrove & Kathleen M Powis 13 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

Mobile instant messaging platforms are used by many health professionals to share information and professional experiences. Shutterstock
How WhatsApp groups support Nigeria's nurse graduates

Around 12,000 students are enrolled in Nigeria's nursing schools each year. As it is in many health professions, these students often find it challenging after graduation when they search for and start their first job...

By Ademola Johnson Ajuwon & Christoph Pimmer 14 Nov 2019

Women and girls in Gayo village, Ehtiopia collect water from a rain water pool which is purified with tablets before use. Shutterstock
Fresh drive to close gaps on health issues facing women and girls

In Africa today women still die needlessly during childbirth. They also fall pregnant when they aren't ready, and don't want to get pregnant. And there are still many obstacles on their path to living full and fulfilled lives...

By Alex Ezeh 12 Nov 2019

Kenya launched HPV immunisation programme
Kenya launched HPV immunisation programme

Kenya has launched a national immunisation programme (NIP) for the human-papillomavirus (HPV - the main cause of cervical cancer.

24 Oct 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

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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

Only one third of women in Madagascar get prenatal care in the first trimester. Shutterstock
Madagascar trial: how a simple pregnancy test can change lives

Not having access to affordable pregnancy tests profoundly affects women's lives. Without access to these tests, women are not able to confirm if they are pregnant. This leads to delays in getting prenatal care services...

By Alison B Comfort 3 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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Lessons from Rwanda on how trust can help repair a broken health system

Seven countries around the world - three of them in Africa - have made faster than expected progress over the past 15 years in reducing deaths among children younger than five...

By Agnes Binagwaho 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

A health worker spreading disinfectant at a health checkpoint in Goma, DRC. Patricia Martinez/EPA-EFE
Ebola survivors can pass on the virus: we're trying to understand what role sex plays

The current Ebola disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the second largest in history. It has been raging for over a year with no indication that it is nearing an end...

By Andrew L Webb, Brayden G Schindell, Jason Kindrachuk & Jia B Kangbai 27 Sep 2019

Training is necessary to equip health workers to deal with climate change risks. EPA
Ghana's health system isn't quite ready for climate change realities

Climate change has been labelled as the greatest public health risk of the 21st century. Health risks from climate change are expected to become increasingly severe in the coming years...

By Lucia Hussey 20 Sep 2019

A woman and baby on a bicycle taxi in Salima, Malawi. Some Malawian men are becoming more involved in childcare. EPA-EFE
Malawi study highlights the importance of men in childcare and nutrition

In Malawi, as in many other patriarchal societies, women have historically been responsible for housework, food and childcare. Women's household responsibilities have often left them with heavier workloads than men...

19 Sep 2019

Tedros Ghebreyesus, embarrassed to only talk about Ebola. Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA
Over 3,000 killed by deadly virus in Democratic Republic of the Congo this year - and it's not Ebola

Ebola outbreaks, such as the current one in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has claimed 2,074 people's lives, are widely covered in the media. But another virus is ravaging the DRC with minimal publicity. That virus is measles...

By Jeremy Rossman & Matthew Badham 19 Sep 2019

Rural healthcare services are best supported by mid-level workers. Shutterstock
Mid-level workers: Africa's unsung health heroes need more support

Mid-level health workers can play an important role in addressing shortages of health professionals and improving access to care...

By Ian Couper 17 Sep 2019

A female Aedes albopictus mosquito feeding on a human host. James Gathany/CDC
Ethiopia must do more to stop recurring chikungunya outbreaks

Ethiopia's second largest city, Dire Dawa, is dealing with a chikungunya fever outbreak. Around 20,000 cases of the mosquito-borne viral infection have been reported since the outbreak started in March 2019...

By Eunice Anyango Owino 16 Sep 2019

Slum residents were said to do less exercise because of cheap motorcycle taxis. Boris Golovnev/Shutterstock
Bad habits drive health risks among Kenya's urban poor

There's a rise of cardiovascular diseases in developing countries which is linked to changes in diet, physical activity and obesity...

By Frederick Wekesah 13 Sep 2019

Mikah Saunders and her dad, Deon, in Red Cross Children's Hospital's new haemotology-oncology unit.
Red Cross upgrade changes the lives of young cancer warriors

The Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital's oncology-haematology unit has undergone an upgrade which will enhance the services of this already world-class facility...

12 Sep 2019

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