World's nations urged to look beyond war on drugs

2016-04-19 20:52

World governments gathered at the UN have been urged to move away from repression in tackling the drug problem, end the use of the death penalty for drug offences and step up treatment.

Namibia treats 8 000 for mental illnesses in 2015

2016-04-13 13:59

Over 8 000 people have been treated for various mental illnesses across Namibia in 2015, reports have said.

New Sierra Leone Ebola alert

2016-04-10 22:49

Sierra Leone has called for increased vigilance to prevent a resurgence of the Ebola virus after new cases in neighbouring Liberia and Guinea.

Number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled since 1980: WHO

2016-04-06 16:01

The number of adults estimated to be living with diabetes has surged to 422 million, the World Health Organisation says in its first-ever global report on the disease.

New Guinea Ebola outbreak

2016-03-31 06:40

A resurgence of Ebola in a rural Guinean community has killed seven people, health officials say.

WHO sends specialists for Guinea Ebola flare-up

2016-03-18 17:59

The World Health Organization is deploying specialists to southeast Guinea and the government is holding an emergency meeting after 2 new Ebola cases were confirmed.

Angola Yellow fever death toll rising

2016-03-15 22:22

A yellow fever epidemic in Angola has killed at least 250 people since the end of December and continues to spread.

Zika crisis to get 'worse before it gets better - WHO

2016-02-25 12:48

The Zika virus, believed to be linked to the serious birth defect microcephaly, presents a 'formidable' challenge that will be hard to stamp out, World Health Organisation chief Margaret Chan warns.

UN: Stopping Zika may require GM insects

2016-02-16 21:15

The WHO says it might be necessary to use controversial methods like genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out the insects that are now spreading Zika across the Americas.

Europe creates Zika drug 'task force'

2016-02-08 16:46

The European Medicines Agency has put together a task force, including specialists in vaccine design and infectious diseases, to aid the development of drugs and vaccines against Zika virus.


India opera troupe bus crash kills 25

2016-04-17 22:45

A bus carrying artists of an opera troupe plunged 76m into a gorge in eastern India killing at least 25 people.

50 states, organisations discuss support for Libya

2016-04-12 20:00

Around 50 countries and international organisations have met in Tunis to discuss 'international support' for a new unity government in neighbouring Libya.

South Sudan rebels move into capital

2016-04-07 22:03

Armed South Sudanese rebels have begun taking up positions in the capital, a risky but crucial step to end two years of war in the world's newest country.

5-year-old becomes latest Ebola victim in Liberia

2016-04-04 13:11

A second case of Ebola has been confirmed in Liberia, just months after the country was declared free of the disease, according to health officials.

Ebola health emergency over

2016-03-29 22:41

The World Health Organization says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constitutes an international emergency.

Saudi-led Yemen market strike killed 33 rebels

2016-03-16 20:10

A Yemeni tribal chief says 33 of the 41 people killed in a Saudi-led air strike on a market in a northern province were rebel fighters, not civilians as first reported.

Sexual transmission of Zika 'more common than thought'

2016-03-09 14:35

Sexual transmission of the Zika virus is more common than previously thought and there is increasing evidence that a spike in disturbing birth defects and neurological problems are caused by Zika, the World Health Organization says.

One in five African children denied access to vaccines

2016-02-24 16:20

One in five children in Africa do not receive basic life-saving vaccines, despite the continent making great strides on immunisation, the World Health Organization says.

Latest Sierra Leone Ebola case cured

2016-02-09 21:40

Sierra Leone's most recent case of Ebola has been cured, but more testing is required before the latest outbreak can be seen as resolved.

South America holds crisis meeting as Zika 'nightmare' spreads

2016-02-04 08:49

South American health ministers have held an emergency meeting on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a "nightmare" by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies.

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