DRC measles outbreak kills 6 000 in a year: WHO

2020-01-07 21:00

Measles has killed more than 6 000 people in the DRC since January, the world's worst outbreak and nearly triple the toll in the country's Ebola epidemic, the World Health Organisation says.

WHO accused of rationing Ebola vaccine in DR Congo

2019-09-23 10:38

Aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has accused the World Health Organisation of rationing the Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo where more than 2 100 people have died of the deadly virus.

WATCH | Scientists hail promise of first effective Ebola treatments

2019-08-13 06:25

Scientists have said they are a step closer to finding the first effective treatments for the Ebola virus after two potential drugs showed survival rates of as much as 90% in a clinical trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo. WATCH NOW.

DRC Ebola outbreak an 'emergency of international concern': WHO

2019-07-17 20:30

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a "public health emergency of international concern," a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics.

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.


Insecurity threatens chance to end DRC Ebola outbreak: WHO

2019-11-22 19:26

The opportunity to quickly end the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo could be lost due to violence in the country's east, the United Nations says.

WATCH | Health risk of microplastics in drinking water is low - WHO

2019-08-22 10:42

Microplastics contained in drinking water pose a "low" risk to human health at current levels but more research is needed to reassure consumers, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Ebola in DRC: Three medics arrested over killing of WHO doctor

2019-08-09 07:39

A local doctors association has threatened to strike if their colleagues are not released within 48 hours.

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.

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