Boy dies of Ebola in Uganda as virus spreads from DRC

2019-06-12 20:29

A five-year-old boy in Uganda has died of Ebola, the health minister says, as his grandmother and younger brother also tested positive for the virus after joining the child on a visit to neighbouring DRC.

DRC must unite in Ebola fight amid 'high' risk of spread - WHO chief

2019-05-21 05:12

The World Health Organisation chief urged different political factions in the Democratic Republic of Congo to unite in the battle against Ebola, warning that the risk of spread "remains very high".

WHO says over 200 killed in fighting over Libyan capital

2019-04-19 11:44

The fighting between Libya's rival factions for control of the country's capital this month killed 205 people so far, the World Health Organisation said.

Here's how many premature deaths in SA are linked to Eskom power plants - Greenpeace claim

2019-03-27 16:14

Eskom's pollution has been linked to premature deaths in Mpumalanga and Gauteng, an environmental organisation has charged.

WHO: Children, babies dying from hypothermia at camp in Syria

2019-01-31 19:51

UN agency appeals for unhindered access as 29 children and newborns have died mainly from hypothermia over eight weeks.

14 million 'on brink of famine' in Yemen - charities

2018-11-08 16:15

Thirty-five Yemeni and international NGOs called for an "immediate cessation of hostilities" in Yemen, where they warned 14 million people were now "on the brink of famine".

Indian authorities brace for worst air pollution season

2018-10-28 07:03

With the air quality reduced to "very severe" in the Indian capital region, authorities are bracing for a major Hindu festival of massive fireworks that threatens to cloak the Indian capital region with smog and dust.

Rate of new Ebola cases in DRC has doubled since September

2018-10-11 15:35

Health officials say the rate of new Ebola cases has more than doubled since September after rebel violence in northeastern DRC caused response efforts to be briefly suspended.

UN calls for end to DRC fighting to combat Ebola outbreak

2018-10-04 16:29

The UN Security Council has called for an immediate end to hostilities by all armed groups in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo to combat a deadly Ebola outbreak.

Alcohol responsible for one in 20 deaths worldwide: WHO

2018-09-22 16:30

Alcohol kills 3 million people worldwide each year - more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined, the World Health Organization has said, adding that men are particularly at risk.


One case of Ebola confirmed in Uganda: WHO

2019-06-11 20:57

A five-year-old boy is being treated for Ebola in Uganda, the first case since an outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo 10 months ago, the World Health Organisation says.

WHO warns Ebola could breach DRC's borders unless attacks stop

2019-05-11 10:36

Frequent assaults on health workers, treatment centres threaten efforts to contain the deadly virus, WHO says.

Worldwide measles cases have nearly tripled so far in 2019, says WHO

2019-04-16 08:02

Measles cases reported worldwide, for the first three months of 2019, have jumped by nearly 300% versus the same period in 2018, according to data.

UN warns of 'complacency' as measles cases soar worldwide

2019-03-01 13:28

Measles may be the disease, but all too often the real infection is misinformation, mistrust and complacency, says UNICEF's executive director, amid a major increase in outbreaks of the highly contagious disease.

Road accident deaths swell to 1.35 million each year: WHO

2018-12-07 13:54

Road accidents kill someone every 24 seconds, with a total of 1.35 million traffic deaths around the world each year, the World Health Organisation says, demanding global action.

Revealed: Here's where the worst air pollution is in SA

2018-10-29 15:11

Satellite data from the TROPOMI instrument has shown Mpumalanga to be a global pollution hotspot.

'Game changer' tuberculosis drug cures 9 in 10

2018-10-22 22:10

A new treatment for a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis can cure more than 90 percent of sufferers, according to a trial hailed as a "game changer" in the fight against the global killer.

'Just say no' to drug legalisation - WHO chief

2018-10-10 17:14

With Canada on the verge of becoming the world's second nation to legalise recreational marijuana, the head of the World Health Organisation said that countries should think twice before opening that door.

WHO revises DRC Ebola risk to 'very high'

2018-09-29 09:36

The World Health Organisation has announced it had revised its Ebola risk assessment in the Democratic Republic of Congo from high to "very high".

Chronic diseases cause 70% of deaths worldwide

2018-09-21 10:28

Seven out of 10 deaths worldwide were caused by non-communicable diseases in 2016, particularly cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes.

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