Ebola drug trial starts in Liberia

2015-02-27 21:12

Liberia has started a clinical trial of an experimental Ebola drug and about 1 000 adults and children infected with the virus are taking part in the trial.

WHO calls for $1 per person health investment

2015-02-20 12:13

The World Health Organisation has called on developing countries to invest $1 per person per year to tackle 17 neglected tropical diseases to improve people's health.

Ebola cases on the rise for 2nd month - WHO

2015-02-12 13:49

The number of new Ebola cases in West Africa rose for the second week running after a previous falls, including a 'sharp increase' in Guinea, the World Health Organisation says.

Only 40% of Ebola funds have reached targets

2015-02-04 06:09

Researchers say almost $2.9bn was pledged in donations to fight West Africa's Ebola epidemic by the end of 2014, yet only around 40% has actually reached affected countries.

Swine flu kills over 100 across India

2015-01-28 17:39

Swine flu has caused more than 100 deaths and infected hundreds more people in India this year, officials say.

WHO runs low on cash for Ebola

2015-01-23 18:15

The World Health Organisation is set to run out of cash in mid-February, a senior official says, as the organisation prepares to mobilise before the rainy season hits in April.

Ebola ebbing in West Africa but vigilance needed – WHO

2015-01-22 14:47

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be ebbing, with fewer than 150 cases reported in the past week, but efforts must be pursued to stamp out the deadly disease, the WHO says.

Mali govt, UN declare country Ebola-free

2015-01-19 11:02

The Malian government and the UN have declared the country free of Ebola after 42 days without any new cases of the deadly virus.

Smog lifts over Beijing

2015-01-16 10:18

Residents in Beijing are breathing more freely as the worst smog of the winter was lifted by overnight wind and rain.

Ebola spread slowing

2015-01-16 05:00

The World Health Organisation has expressed optimism after fresh figures showed the three west African countries ravaged by Ebola had all seen a clear drop in new cases.


Liberia will end Ebola curfew, reopen borders - president

2015-02-21 14:05

Liberia plans to lift a night curfew imposed six months ago and reopen borders closed to contain the spread of Ebola, as the threat from the virus recedes, the president says.

Sierra Leone hunts infected as Ebola crisis hits 'turning point'

2015-02-19 07:44

Sierra Leone has launched a door-to-door search for "hidden" Ebola patients as the head of the UN announced the world is at a "critical turning point" in the crisis.

UN: Secret burials thwarting efforts to stamp out Ebola

2015-02-06 10:20

Efforts to stamp out West Africa's Ebola epidemic are being thwarted by villagers touching and washing the infectious bodies of dead victims at secret burials and difficulty in tracing those exposed to the virus, UN officials say.

Pollution kills 1.2 million people

2015-02-03 15:10

Air pollution caused 1.2 million premature deaths in China in 2010, according to the Global Burden of Disease report released by British medical study.

Plans to halt Ebola thwarted - WHO

2015-01-26 12:30

Halting the spread of Ebola in West Africa will depend on mobilising funds and aid workers before the rainy season hits, warns the World Health Organisation.

After Ebola, flu and drug resistance top pandemic threats

2015-01-23 15:22

The worst-ever Ebola epidemic is waning, but after ravaging three west African nations, it has hammered home the message that the world needs a better detective system for emerging diseases.

Chronic disease deaths hit China economy - WHO

2015-01-19 15:30

Over 3 million Chinese die prematurely each year of chronic non-communicable diseases which is a blow to productivity, the World Health Organisation says.

Schools in Guinea closed amid Ebola to reopen

2015-01-16 14:51

All schools in Guinea are set to open after being closed amid the deadly Ebola outbreak, Guinea’s health minister says.

UN: At least 50 Ebola hotspots remain

2015-01-16 09:23

At least 50 Ebola hotspots remain in the three hardest-hit West African countries but new cases are declining and the deadly disease will be defeated, the UN’s Ebola chief says.

Ethiopian city bans smoking in public places

2015-01-13 16:16

An Ethiopian city has banned smoking in public places with fines more than an average monthly wage, the first city in the country to do so.

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