Trachoma can lead to blindness if left untreated. Alaine Kathryn Knipes/CDC
Why it's proving hard to eliminate the eye disease trachoma by 2020

Trachoma is a disease that can cause blindness and visual impairment in about 1.9-million people every year. Poor communities in rural areas of countries in Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East are most affected.

By Musa Mutali 1 day ago

High-income country trainees and experts must learn to listen and be humble. Shutterstock
Global health still mimics colonial ways: here's how to break the pattern

Imagine this scenario. A couple of newly minted Master of Public Health graduates from an African university, say in Rwanda, land in Washington DC for a two-week visit. They visit a few hospitals, speak to a few healthcare workers and policymakers, read a few reports, and write up a nice assessment of the US health system with several recommendations on how to fix the issues they saw. They submit their manuscript to the American Journal of Public Health.

By Madhukar Pai 1 day ago

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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 (UCT) study shows. The study calls for further research into optimising treatment for undernourished children - who are particularly vulnerable to contracting and dying from the disease.

16 Aug 2019

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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. The figure could surge to 38,000 this year if government, the civil society and development partners do not come up with innovative mechanisms to prevent new infections, says Lawrence Khonyongwa, Malawi Network for People Living with HIV and Aids (MANET+) executive director.

By WATIPASO MZUNGU 14 Aug 2019