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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.

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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. They feel unprepared and have difficulties to put their knowledge from school into practice.

By Ademola Johnson Ajuwon & Christoph Pimmer 2 days ago

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

TB is still a leading cause of death around the world. Sanjay Baid/EPA-EFE
We are gaining against TB but knowledge gaps remain

Important gains have been made in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB). Each year, fewer people are being diagnosed with the disease. The recent World Health Organisation (WHO) global TB report, which gathers data from 202 countries and territories, shows a 6.3% reduction in the number of new TB infections between 2015 and 2018. This trend of decreasing incidence is also evident in Africa, where it fell from 275 per 100,000 people in 2015 to 231 per 100,000 in 2018.

By Emily Wong, Al Leslie & Mohlopheni Jackson Marakalala 11 Nov 2019