1 million wounded, diseases rife in Syria - WHO

2014-12-19 14:37

One million people have been wounded during Syria's civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients, the WHO’s Syria representative says.

Ebola in 2015 - end of the line for a killer?

2014-12-14 14:10

After decades making brief, murderous forays from central Africa's forests, Ebola erupted into a global emergency, yet its success could spell its downfall as scientists scramble to relegate it to a footnote of medical history.

Gavi pledges $300m for Ebola vaccine

2014-12-12 11:22

Global vaccines alliance Gavi says it is committing up to $300m to buy Ebola vaccines while waiting for WHO's nod for procurement.

Ebola: Bad data an issue

2014-12-08 22:16

As health officials struggle to contain the world's biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data.

Ebola claims 10th Sierra Leonean doctor

2014-12-08 06:59

Another Sierra Leonean doctor has died from Ebola, the 10th to succumb to the disease, in what the country's chief medical officer has called a shocking trend.

Sierra Leone falls short of Ebola target

2014-12-04 21:29

Sierra Leone has confirmed it was some way short of a key target to reduce the spread of Ebola by isolating almost three-quarters of patients in treatment beds.

WHO: Liberia Ebola oops

2014-12-01 22:02

A surge in Ebola deaths reported by the World Health Organisation at the weekend was due to about 1 000 Liberian deaths wrongly ascribed to the disease.

China tobacco monopoly pushes back

2014-12-01 12:00

The chief of China's powerful tobacco monopoly has pushed back against government efforts to curb smoking.

WHO: Ebola toll nears 7 000

2014-11-29 22:38

Nearly 7 000 people have now died from Ebola in West Africa, figures from the latest report from the World Health Organisation show.

India court slams Delhi's worsening air pollution

2014-11-27 11:37

India's environment court has slammed the government over the capital's horrendous air pollution, which it said is 'getting worse' every day, and ordered a string of measures to bring it down.

Mali: New Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspected

2014-11-22 18:01

Mali has confirmed a new case of Ebola and identified two new suspected cases, raising concern about further spread of the disease which has already killed at least five people in the country.

Egypt acquits doctor of fatal FGM

2014-11-21 05:05

An Egyptian court has acquitted a male doctor of carrying out a female circumcision that killed a teenager.

WHO: Ebola transmission 'intense' in Sierra Leone

2014-11-20 13:26

The WHO says the transmission of Ebola remains "intense" and widespread in Sierra Leone, even as some improvements are being seen in the two other countries worst hit by the crisis.

Mali places 100s under watch in bid to stem Ebola

2014-11-17 16:27

Mali says it has placed more than 440 people who may have been exposed to Ebola under surveillance as it battles to contain the spread of the deadly tropical virus.

World leaders vow to 'extinguish' Ebola

2014-11-15 22:09

The world's most powerful economies vowed "extinguish" the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, as the vast desert nation of Mali scrambled to prevent a new outbreak of the killer disease.

Mali traces over 200 contacts in 2nd Ebola wave

2014-11-14 17:24

Mali is tracing at least 200 contacts linked to confirmed and probable Ebola victims as it seeks to control its second Ebola outbreak, health officials say.

Mali rushes to contain Ebola outbreak

2014-11-14 09:26

Mali is rushing to impose tougher measures to contain the spread of Ebola after recording a new case of the disease in the west African nation’s capital, health officials say.

First Ebola treatment trials to start in west Africa

2014-11-13 18:50

Global aid agency MSF says it would begin unprecedented trials within a month on Ebola drugs and blood from survivors using patients in west Africa.

Philippines isolates peacekeepers for Ebola checks

2014-11-10 13:28

More than 100 Philippine peacekeepers returning from almost a year in Liberia will be put in quarantine on an isolated island to check for Ebola, the military says.

Ebola fight starting to pay off – WHO

2014-11-08 22:31

The deadliest Ebola outbreak ever is finally slowing in Liberia, the worst-hit country, but still wreaking havoc in two neighbouring west African states amid warnings of thousands of unreported deaths.

Ebola death toll nears 5 000

2014-11-08 11:30

The death toll from the Ebola epidemic has risen to 4 950 out of 13 241 cases in the three worst-hit countries of West Africa, the World Health Organisation says.

WHO: Ebola toll could be as high as 10 000

2014-11-07 05:05

The raging Ebola outbreak likely killed far more than the 4 818 deaths reported by the World Health Organisation, an expert has acknowledged.

WHO advocates anti-overdose drugs

2014-11-04 20:23

A powerful drug that can counter the effects of overdose should be made widely available in order to reduce deaths among users of substances such as heroin, the World Health Organisation says.


South Sudan: War and misery continue

2014-12-14 21:03

One year after mass violence broke out in South Sudan, battles between government forces and rebels continue, and aid officials say international assistance is needed to help residents stave off mass hunger.

Ugandan Ebola expert shows African solidarity

2014-12-14 09:34

When Ebola crossed from Guinea into Liberia, launching an aggressive chain of transmission, more and more doctors have sprang into action.

Sierra Leone overtakes Liberia in number of Ebola cases

2014-12-09 08:02

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 6 331 in the three worst hit countries, with Sierra Leone overtaking Liberia as the country with the highest number of cases.

US doctor gives 1st interview since surviving Ebola

2014-12-08 08:30

A US doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and survived after weeks of intensive treatment in Atlanta has spoken out for the first time in an interview.

Gambia rebukes Guinea for silence over Ebola grant

2014-12-05 09:08

Gambia has rebuked Guinea over its "bizarre attitude" to diplomacy, accusing its near neighbour of refusing to say thank you for a $500 000 donation to its Ebola response.

Sierra Leone widens Ebola quarantine

2014-12-03 05:00

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone has quarantined hundreds of thousands more citizens sealing off a sixth district.

WHO will miss Ebola target

2014-12-01 05:05

Two months ago, the World Health Organisation launched an ambitious plan to stop the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa by 1 December, but only Guinea is on track to meet the target.

Sierra Leone president cancels 3-day business shutdown

2014-11-28 18:53

Sierra Leone's president has overruled a municipal decision to shut down businesses in the capital for three days, a measure aimed at curbing the deadly Ebola outbreak.

Gunmen kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan

2014-11-26 13:17

Gunmen have attacked a polio vaccination team, killing four health workers, while a suspected US drone strike killed four alleged militants in Pakistan, officials say.

WHO confirms DRC Ebola-free status

2014-11-22 06:00

The WHO has confirmed that DRC is Ebola-free, as 42 days have passed since the last case in an outbreak that killed 49.

Man's greed will destroy the world: Pope

2014-11-20 14:20

Pope Francis has warned that planet earth would not forgive the abuse of its resources for profit, urging the world's leaders to rein in their greed and help the hungry, or risk a doomsday scenario.

Ebola death toll rises to 5 420 - WHO

2014-11-20 11:17

The World Health Organisation says 5 420 people have so far died of Ebola across eight countries, out of a total 15 145 cases of infection, since late December 2013.

Chinese medics in Liberia to beef up Ebola fight

2014-11-17 08:38

A large team of Chinese health workers have arrived in Liberia to boost the Ebola fight as a US-based doctor infected in Sierra Leone was described as being “extremely ill”.

Kenyan school note to parents: don't mutilate your daughter

2014-11-14 18:33

Kenyan schoolchildren have ended school for December holidays accompanied with a stern warning to parents: carry out female genital mutilation and be prosecuted.

Sierra Leone, dignity in death protects the living

2014-11-14 14:21

In Ebola hit Sierra Leone removing the dead is a necessarily but traumatic experience for those left behind, but the process is a far cry from the way things used to be done.

Uganda free of Ebola-like Marburg virus

2014-11-14 07:38

The World Health Organisation has confirmed that Uganda is free of the Ebola-like Marburg virus after completing a 42-day surveillance period with no new cases.

Liberia lifts Ebola emergency

2014-11-13 20:32

Liberia has lifted its state of emergency, announcing huge gains in the fight with Ebola as Africa pinned its hopes on trials for a miracle drug.

Ebola epidemic marks another grisly toll

2014-11-13 05:10

More than 5 000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak that is ravaging West Africa, the World Health Organisation reports, marking another grisly toll in the epidemic.

Liberia, Mali see crucial gains in Ebola fight

2014-11-11 15:51

Liberia has announced a dramatic drop in new Ebola infections as Mali prepares to lift quarantine restrictions on dozens of people put at risk of exposure to the deadly virus.

Ebola: Remote Sierra Leone village pleads for help

2014-11-10 07:46

The last region of Sierra Leone to be affected by Ebola, Koinadugu, in the north-east of the country, has seen 50 people die from the virus, according to the Red Cross.

Africa steps up Ebola fight with $28.5m fund

2014-11-08 19:08

The AU has raised $28.5m from the continent’s wealthiest individuals and firms for a fund to fight the Ebola outbreak ravaging three west African countries.

Ebola epidemic leads to US protective gear backlog

2014-11-07 12:41

A surge of orders for gear to protect against Ebola is leading to backlogs through January for some US customers, as demand expands beyond hospitals to fire-fighters and others.

Ebola: WHO's next Africa chief elected

2014-11-05 17:18

As Ebola continues to burn its way through three West African countries, the WHO has elected its next Africa director, a doctor from Botswana who is a long-time veteran of the UN agency.

After botching Ebola, WHO to pick new Africa boss

2014-11-04 12:00

After acknowledgement that it bungled the response to the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, the WHO is electing a new regional director for its Africa office this week.

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