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Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

2014-07-29 15:29

President Barack Obama has spoken out against gender oppression in Africa that he says is "crippling" parts of the continent.

Nigeria isolates Lagos Ebola hospital

2014-07-28 20:32

The Nigerian city of Lagos has shut down and quarantined a hospital where a man died of Ebola in the first recorded case of the highly infectious disease in Africa's most populous country.

Ebola victim in Sierra Leone on the run

2014-07-26 07:06

Sierra Leone officials have appealed for help to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital.

Top Aids official says 6 colleagues on doomed plane

2014-07-19 08:23

International Aids Society president Francoise Barre-Sinoussi says six colleagues heading for a global conference in Melbourne were on a Malaysian plane that crashed over Ukraine, not 100 as reports suggested.

Stem cancer-causing arsenic in rice limited

2014-07-17 20:20

Governments have agreed the first international standards limiting cancer-causing arsenic pollution in rice, a key move to protect consumers of what is a staple food for billions.

Ebola death toll now 518: WHO

2014-07-09 02:30

The number of people believed to have died from Ebola in west Africa has jumped to 518, the World Health Organization says.

Eskom coal is a killer, new study says

2014-07-02 13:58

New research has found that Eskom is responsible for the most dangerous pollution in the country.

Measles threatens children in Somalia

2014-06-10 16:35

Thousands of children in war-torn Somalia are facing death or disability due to an outbreak of highly contagious measles.

30% of world is fat, no country is immune

2014-05-29 19:21

Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis.

WHO: Johannesburg's air is deadly

2014-05-16 09:57

When it comes to air pollution in South Africa, Johannesburg has extremely high levels according to the World Health Organisation.

Almost 750 million denied safer drinking water

2014-05-10 11:25

Nearly 750 million people, mostly poor and living in rural areas, still do not have access to safer drinking water.

Ebola outbreak: Guineans in shock

2014-04-11 13:19

An Ebola outbreak which has killed more than 100 people in Guinea has left communities asking why the disease has attacked their country.

SA sends condolences to Guinea

2014-04-03 17:56

South Africa has sent condolences to those in Guinea affected by an Ebola haemorrhagic fever outbreak.

5 new Ebola cases in Guinea, says WHO

2014-04-02 15:32

Five new cases of the deadly Ebola virus have been recorded in Guinea in the past 24 hours, the World Health Organisation says.

Bats may be Ebola carriers

2014-03-28 05:45

Bushmeat sourced from bats to antelopes, squirrels, porcupines and monkeys has long held pride of place on family menus in West and Central Africa.

New Ebola cases as deadly virus affects Liberia

2014-03-25 13:18

Liberian authorities have reported 11 suspected Ebola cases and five deaths, after the deadly virus spread from neighbouring Guinea where it killed at least 59 people.

Guinea confirms Ebola as source of epidemic

2014-03-22 20:57

Guinea has identified the Ebola virus as the source of a highly contagious epidemic raging through its southern forests, as the death toll rose to 34.

China's smog drives masks out of stock

2014-02-26 12:40

China's biggest online facemask sellers are running out of stock as consumers rush to protect themselves against smog that has shrouded large swaths of China.

Diarrhoea outbreak caused by salmonella

2014-01-28 22:33

Salmonella is the likely cause of a diarrhoea outbreak in Limpopo earlier this week where 42 people have been hospitalised.

Death toll rises as Iraq gripped by violence

2014-01-15 18:18

A wave of bombings across Iraq striking busy markets and a funeral north of Baghdad have killed at least 44 people.

Humanitarian fears grow in South Sudan

2014-01-01 16:22

The World Health Organisation is warning of a looming risk of disease outbreaks in South Sudan, where violence has displaced more than 190 000 people since mid-December.

UN, WHO launch polio vaccinations in Mideast

2013-12-09 13:27

The World Health Organisation and Unicef have launched a polio vaccination campaign for 23 million children in the Middle East after 17 cases were discovered in Syria.

US carrier steps up Philippines relief operation

2013-11-15 09:57

A US aircraft carrier has sent mercy flights into the typhoon-smashed Philippines, transporting food and supplies desperately needed for survivors.

 

US Ebola doctor in grave condition, Obama briefed

2014-07-29 07:50

A US missionary doctor's condition has deteriorated after he contracted Ebola whilst treating patients in Liberia, as US president Barack Obama is briefed on the situation.

New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

2014-07-29 07:00

A US man infected with the Ebola virus who boarded a plane en route to Minnesota has revealed weaknesses in stopping the deadly disease's spread.

2nd American working in Africa infected with Ebola

2014-07-28 06:08

A second American aid worker at a West African hospital has been infected with the deadly Ebola virus, an aid group says, amid what the World Health Organisation is calling the largest outbreak ever recorded.

Plus-sized parking spaces for Chinese women

2014-07-21 10:33

The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, signposted 'Respectfully reserved for women', and around 30cm wider than normal.

WHO spokesperson aboard crashed jetliner

2014-07-18 12:48

The World Health Organisation says its spokesperson Glenn Thomas was on board the Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over Ukraine.

WHO urges gay men to take preventive drugs for HIV

2014-07-11 19:37

The World Health Organization has urged men who have gay sex to consider taking antiretroviral drugs, warning that HIV infections are rising among homosexual men in many parts of the world.

Manila urges Muslims to delay Hajj due to MERS

2014-07-03 10:54

Philippine health authorities are urging Muslim Filipinos to postpone their pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia due to worries about the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus.

W African nations in crisis talks as Ebola spreads

2014-07-02 06:11

Health ministers from across western Africa will meet to plan "drastic action" against the deadliest ever Ebola epidemic as dozens of new cases continue to emerge.

Death in the long grass: Myanmar's snake bite menace

2014-06-11 15:29

Swaying with the hypnotic rhythm of the king cobra rearing up in front of him, Myanmar snake charmer Sein Tin feels protected from the venom by an intricate array of "magical" tattoos.

Ebola outbreak 'situation serious' - WHO

2014-05-29 20:25

Guinea's capital Conakry has recorded its first new Ebola cases in more than a month, according to the World Health Organisation.

CIA will not stage fake vaccine programmes

2014-05-20 11:35

The White House has promised the US will not use vaccination programmes as cover for spy operations after the move was attempted during the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Seven new MERS deaths in Saudi

2014-05-10 15:34

Saudi Arabia has announced seven more deaths from the MERS coronavirus, as the World Health Organisation prepared for an emergency meeting.

Unusual new bird flu found in Antarctica

2014-05-06 13:48

A new kind of bird flu has been detected for the first time in Adelie penguins in Antarctica, though the virus does not seem to make them sick, researchers say.

Aid groups on emergency footing against Ebola

2014-04-11 10:38

International aid organisations have launched a series of emergency measures across west Africa in a bid to contain one of the worst ever outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus.

Millions with tropical diseases are 'neglected'

2014-04-03 07:38

At least 1.4 billion people worldwide require treatment for a group of "neglected" tropical diseases and almost two-thirds are going without adequate medical care, eradication campaigners say.

Families torn over return to Fukushima 'hot zone'

2014-04-01 15:15

People in Japan have begun their first homecomings in three years to a small area evacuated after the Fukushima disaster, but families are divided as they worry about radiation and poor jobs.

West Africa scrambles to contain Ebola threat

2014-03-26 08:55

West African nations are scrambling to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus suspected to have killed at least 59 in Guinea.

WHO: 7 milion dead due to air pollution

2014-03-25 09:47

Air pollution killed about 7 million people in 2012, making it the world's single biggest environmental health risk, the World Health Organisation says.

Cambodian boy dies of bird flu

2014-03-10 13:44

An 11-year-old Cambodian boy has died of bird flu, a hospital official says, the impoverished kingdom's third confirmed fatality - all children - from the illness this year.

Air purifier rush as smog blankets China

2014-02-24 08:49

Dangerous smog which has blighted swathes of northern China has prompted a spike in air purifier sales, local media report, as pollution continues to shroud Beijing.

Gunmen kill 3 polio workers in Pakistan

2014-01-21 12:02

Gunmen have killed three health workers taking part in a polio vaccination drive in Karachi, police say, in the latest blow to efforts to stamp out the disease in Pakistan.

Children new targets in CAR conflict

2014-01-04 10:36

In the latest violence to rock the crisis-prone Central African Republic, children have become deliberate targets of armed gangs, mainly because of their family's faith, aid workers say.

'Father of Taliban' backs polio vaccines

2013-12-10 20:50

A radical Pakistani religious scholar known as the "Father of the Taliban" has issued a fatwa urging parents to immunise their children against polio and other fatal diseases.

Mass vaccinations for children hit by Haiyan

2013-11-27 13:31

A mass vaccination programme has been launched in Philippine communities that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan to protect children against measles and polio UN agencies say.

Haiyan survivors face daily battle

2013-11-14 12:47

People who have survived the apocalyptic storm that blew through the Philippines may have thought they were lucky to live, but for many, the struggle to survive has only just begun.

 
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