It is the beginning of the endgame for Ebola

2015-01-29 17:00

The end may be in sight against Ebola as the number of new confirmed cases fall to its lowest since June last year, says the World Health Organisation.

It is the beginning of the endgame for Ebola

2015-01-29 12:44

The end may be in sight against Ebola as the number of new confirmed cases fall to its lowest since June last year, says the World Health Organisation.

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.

IMF to give millions to Ebola-hit nations

2015-01-09 14:00

The IMF is preparing $150m in additional support to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the countries at the heart of the Ebola epidemic.

Hollow tree source of Ebola epidemic, scientists say

2015-01-06 09:28

The likely origin of the current Ebola epidemic scourging West Africa is a hollow tree in south-eastern Guinea that housed a colony of bats, an international team of scientists says.

UN: Victory against Ebola 'within our reach'

2015-01-04 11:29

Ending the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history is a difficult task, but it is "within our reach", the UN's new mission chief on the disease says.

Ebola death toll surpasses 7 900, WHO says

2015-01-01 07:10

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak that has ravaged West Africa for more than a year has risen to at least 7 905, the World Health Organisation says.

Liberia reports dozens of new Ebola cases

2014-12-29 14:36

Authorities in Liberia say there have been dozens of new Ebola cases erupting elong the border with Sierra Leone.

UK bans ‘sultry’ e-cigarette ads

2014-12-25 11:10

The UK has banned television advertisements for electronic cigarettes, two months after changing the rules to allow them.

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.


It is the beginning of the endgame for Ebola

2015-01-29 12:45

The end may be in sight against Ebola as the number of new confirmed cases fall to its lowest since June last year, says the World Health Organisation.

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.

Tanzanian girls return after escaping genital mutilation

2015-01-12 13:02

Hundreds of Tanzanian schoolgirls have returned home after spending three months hiding in safe houses to escape genital mutilation, a report says.

Ebola countries miss treatment, burial targets - WHO

2015-01-08 08:37

The west African countries ravaged by Ebola have made great strides to stem the spread of the deadly virus but missed key 1 January targets towards halting the epidemic, the WHO says.

Ebola deaths top 8 000

2015-01-05 22:36

More than 8 000 people have died of Ebola in the three worst-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

South Korean flown to Germany for Ebola treatment

2015-01-03 18:09

A member of a South Korean medical team treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has been flown to Germany after an injury with a hypodermic needle.

First Ebola diagnosis in Britain

2014-12-30 07:55

A healthcare worker has been diagnosed with Ebola by doctors in Scotland's largest city, the first diagnosis of the deadly virus in Britain during the current outbreak.

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.

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