Nigeria was quick to respond and control the 2014 Ebola outbreak. EPA
Why Nigeria is battling to control disease outbreaks like Lassa fever

The first case of Lassa fever in Nigeria was recorded in 1969. A zoonotic disease endemic to West Africa, the disease was named after the town in Nigeria where the first case occurred.

By Oyewale Tomori 1 day ago

In 50 years, Kenya has experienced an overall decline in under 5 mortality. Shutterstock
What mapping Kenya's child deaths for 50 years revealed - and why it matters

The number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthday is closely monitored as a marker of social well-being and national development. It best summarises the social, economic, environmental and health care systems that children are born into and thus used as the basis of planning health strategies, programmes and interventions. It's also an important tool for evaluating the success of a country's child health policies.

By Peter Macharia & Emelda Okiro 19 Feb 2019

International push to improve food safety
International push to improve food safety

Greater international cooperation is needed to prevent unsafe food from causing ill health and hampering progress towards sustainable development, world leaders said at the opening session of the First International Food Safety Conference, in Addis Ababa, organised by the African Union (AU), the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

18 Feb 2019