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.

Ebola vaccine shows 'promising' results - WHO

2015-07-31 16:11

Preliminary results of tests on an Ebola vaccine set to be published in a British science magazine have shown "promising" results, the World Health Organisation says.

Millions in Yemen on brink of starvation - Oxfam

2015-07-28 22:30

More than 6 million people in Yemen are on the verge of starvation, Oxfam has warned.

S Sudan cholera outbreak spreads, deaths rise

2015-07-21 10:11

Cholera in war-torn South Sudan has spread to another state, with at least 39 dead since an outbreak was declared last month, the World Health Organisation says.

Ebola-hit countries seek billions for recovery at UN

2015-07-10 15:24

The presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will attend the conference at the UN, hoping to raise $3.2bn to put their countries firmly on course for recovery from Ebola.

Call for immediate WHO reform after Ebola failure

2015-07-08 05:17

Experts have called for urgent, root-and-branch changes to the World Health Organisation after an inadequate response to West Africa's vast and deadly Ebola outbreak.

Superbug threat prompts superchomp research

2015-07-02 20:00

Alarmed by rising resistance to antibiotics, the main line of defence against bacterial infections, scientists and governments are taking a fresh look at bacteria-chomping viruses.

World's poorest gain access to water, but not toilets

2015-07-01 16:30

The poor's lack of access to sanitation threatens to undermine the health benefits they have gained from access to clean water, the United Nations says.


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.

Vaccine offers 100% Ebola protection

2015-07-31 14:38

An Ebola vaccine provided 100-percent protection in a field trial in hard-hit Guinea, researchers and officials said Friday, mooting "the beginning of the end" of the killer West African outbreak.

EU approves the world's first malaria vaccine

2015-07-24 08:25

The world's first malaria vaccine, called Mosquirix, got a green light from the European Medicines Agency. who have recommended that it be licensed for use in babies in Africa at risk of the mosquito-borne disease.

Ebola patients' escape spreads alarm

2015-07-13 22:00

Sierra Leone has launched an emergency operation to prevent a serious spread of Ebola after two patients escaped for several hours from a treatment centre.

Foreigner with MERS in Philippines now free of the virus

2015-07-10 12:22

Officials say a foreigner who tested positive for MERS after arriving in the Philippines from the Middle East is now free of the virus and will leave the hospital this weekend.

WHO urges governments to raise tobacco taxes

2015-07-07 09:30

Governments around the world should increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products to save lives, says the World Health Organisation.

Countries must deal with health risks of more frequent heatwaves - UN

2015-07-01 18:44

The UN has urged countries to create preparedness systems to counter the health risks of heatwaves, as they become ever more frequent and intense, and dangerous, due to climate change.

Beware of animal diseases used as biological weapons

2015-07-01 10:55

The World Health Organisation, animal health and national defense officers called for wider international cooperation to avoid the spread of animal diseases that could be used as biological weapons.

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