Baby, maternal deaths soar in Sierra Leone on Ebola fear

2015-10-06 20:31

Maternal and newborn deaths in Sierra Leone have soared since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as fear of being infected and mistrust of health workers deter pregnant women from giving birth in health facilities, researchers say.

Solar motorbikes hit the road in Kenya

2015-10-02 23:09

Taxi motorbikes are a big industry in Kenya, employing thousands of young people.

Global snake bite deaths underestimated

2015-09-30 22:14

Snake bites kill more people than all other so-called Neglected Tropical Diseases combined.

Nigeria revels in removal from list of polio-endemic nations

2015-09-26 18:33

Nigeria celebrated the announcement by the UN health agency that polio is no longer endemic in the country.

Bungling by UN agency hurt Ebola response

2015-09-22 05:20

The World Health agency's bungling hindered Ebola response in Sierra Leone last year.

WHO welcomes fall in global malaria cases

2015-09-17 19:03

The World Health Organisation has reported a 'dramatic downward trend' in global infections and mortality rates from malaria over the past 15 years.

African scientists funded to seek cures

2015-09-11 05:33

An African research fund launched in Kenya aims to raise the quality of Africa's scientific output and tackle diseases such as HIV/Aids, malaria and Ebola.

Sierra Leone awaits countdown to Ebola-free declaration

2015-08-19 16:01

Officials desperately hope they can soon announce the start of the countdown to an Ebola-free declaration from WHO nearly 15 months after the first patient tested positive in Sierra Leone.

Liquor industry counters proposed govt crackdown

2015-08-14 16:53

The liquor industry will help craft stricter alcohol advertising rules in a bid to prevent the government from raising the minimum drinking age to 21 from 18, an industry official says.

Rio waters rife with sewage? WHO seeks virus tests

2015-08-03 11:53

The World Health Organisation want virus testing to be done at all the 2016 Rio Olympic venues after an alarming probe showed a serious health risk to Olympic athletes.


SA hospitals are running out of TB drugs

2015-10-06 12:01

South Africa is running out of an essential medicine for treating very sick patients with tuberculosis (TB) and drug-resistant bacterial infections. Many hospitals are already out of stock. - See more at:

No butts says Paris

2015-10-01 16:54

Flicking your cigarette butt in a Parisian street could net you a stiff €68 fine as the city cracks down on 'incivility' and pollution.

South Africa's elderly population to double by 2050 - WHO

2015-09-30 21:15

South Africa's elderly population is set to double by 2050, according to a World Health Organisation report.

WHO takes Nigeria off list of polio-endemic countries

2015-09-26 11:43

The World Health Organisation took Nigeria off the list of polio-endemic countries, hailing a "historic achievement" more than a year after the last recorded case of the disease in Africa's most populous nation.

Good news: Malaria deaths fall by over half in 15 years

2015-09-17 21:30

Global malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of this century with malaria deaths worldwide have fallen by 60 percent since 2000.

Stop smoking: Making tobacco a thing of the past. WHO taking action!

2015-09-16 17:30

The World Health Organisation is taking action to get people to quite smoking with a roadmap to enforce a series of anti-tobacco measures.

WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free, again

2015-09-03 14:23

The World Health Organisation has once again declared Liberia Ebola-free, after no new case of the deadly virus was detected in the past 42 days.

Niger steps up fight against cancers stalking women

2015-08-17 07:55

Niger has stepped up the fight against breast and cervical cancer, using screening and public awareness campaigns to reverse a scourge affecting more and more women in the prime of life.

Vaccines short as meningitis epidemic erupts in West Africa

2015-08-07 14:17

International health officials are scrambling to find meningitis C vaccines as an outbreak of the child-killing disease threatens to balloon.

Ebola vaccine is a game-changer

2015-08-02 15:00

Scientists have finally developed a vaccine that can protect patients against the deadly Ebola virus.

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