2015 set to be hottest year on record - UN

2015-11-25 13:17

The year 2015 is shaping up to be the hottest on record, the UN's weather agency says, a week ahead of a crucial climate change summit in Paris.

Sierra Leone declared free of Ebola

2015-11-07 22:58

WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, but neighbor Guinea struggles to end virus

Sierra Leone emerges from Ebola nightmare

2015-11-05 07:54

The Ebola epidemic is expected to be declared over in Sierra Leone this weekend, when the west African nation will have gone 42 days without any new infections.

More people are currently dying from TB than HIV

2015-10-29 14:31

The World Health Organisation reports that tuberculosis infections have become the leading cause of death in infectious diseases, even more so than HIV.

European politicians back new pollution law

2015-10-28 22:27

The European Parliament has backed a new draft law to cut toxins in the air and halve the number of premature deaths caused by pollution.

Global road deaths: How does SA compare?

2015-10-19 16:30

The World Health Organisation reports 1.25 million people are killed each year in crashes. Find out how South Africa's road death toll compares to other countries.

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.

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.


Health authorities: 1 confirmed Ebola case in Liberia

2015-11-20 16:04

Health authorities report 1 confirmed Ebola case in Liberia, previously declared Ebola free

WHO to declare end of Ebola in Sierra Leone

2015-11-07 11:28

The World Health Organisation is set to announce that Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone has beaten an epidemic that killed almost 4 000 of its people and plunged the economy into recession.

Power from human waste could light homes

2015-11-03 19:02

Biogas from human waste has the potential to generate electricity for millions of homes while improving health and protecting the environment.

You probably have herpes - WHO

2015-10-29 10:01

Two-thirds of the world's population under 50 have the highly infectious herpes virus that causes cold sores around the mouth, the World Health Organisation says, in its first estimate of global prevalence of the disease.

UN says it mistakenly sent expired biscuits to Syrians

2015-10-24 16:00

UN says it mistakenly sent 320 boxes of expired biscuits to besieged Syrians in Zabadani

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.

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