WHO sees 'realistic chance' of stopping virus outbreak

2020-02-11 22:00

The World Health Organisation says there is a "realistic chance" of stopping a deadly virus originating from China that has killed more than 1 000 people.

WHO to hold emergency meeting as SARS-like virus spreads in Asia

2020-01-20 20:54

The World Health Organization sayd that a key emergency committee would meet this week to discuss a new SARS-like virus spreading across China after it reached three other Asian countries.

Breakthrough: Another 1 of 3 strains of polio 'eradicated worldwide', says WHO

2019-10-24 22:25

As countries around the world mark World Polio Day, the World Health Organisation has announced that another strain of polio been ''eradicated worldwide''.

Ramaphosa to brief world leaders on NHI

2019-09-01 14:05

President Cyril Ramaphosa will meet with the group, known as The Elders on Tuesday in Cape Town to discuss South Africa's plans to introduce its controversial National Health Insurance.

S Leone ban on initiation rites sparks rampage

2019-01-25 15:56

Members of a secret society in Sierra Leone went on a rampage in the southeast of the country to protest a new ban on initiation rites prompted by deadly unrest, police have said.

UN: 2 polio cases in Mozambique caused by virus from vaccine

2019-01-22 17:28

Global health officials say they have identified two cases of polio in Mozambique caused by a mutated virus in the vaccine, marking another setback for attempts to eradicate the crippling disease.

Bustling Ugandan border town on high alert for Ebola

2018-12-19 21:01

Stormwater from the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains swells the muddy Lhubiriha River that marks the often porous border between western Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Top Africa stories: Zimbabwe's currency crisis, Boko Haram

2018-12-11 08:15

The holiday mood is not catching on in Zimbabwe where a currency crisis has forced people not to talk about Christmas anymore, and Boko Haram has killed two soldiers in Nigeria attack.

WHO: US experts not needed to fight Ebola outbreak in DRC

2018-12-04 08:02

The head of the World Health Organisation says it doeasn't need experts from the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention or any other US government agency to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in the DRC, insisting: "We can cover it".

Ebola in DRC now infecting newborn babies, UN says

2018-11-23 16:03

The World Health Organisation says a worrying number of the newest Ebola cases amid Democratic Republic Congo's ongoing outbreak are in patients not usually known to catch the disease: babies.


WHO 'encouraged' by improved Ebola situation in DRC

2020-02-11 22:00

The World Health Organisation says it is "encouraged" by an improvement in the Ebola situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo but urged caution.

SEE | 6 great tips to keep you from drinking and driving this merry season

2019-12-26 08:00

With the festive season fast approaching, drunk driving is again under the spotlight. Dialdirect urges South Africans to be responsible about their alcohol use this year by following these tips.

DRC: Roll-out of second Ebola vaccine confirmed amid criticism

2019-09-23 20:03

The WHO has confirmed the DRC will begin using a second Ebola vaccine as part of efforts to curtail the epidemic that has killed more than 2 000 people in the last 13 months.

Experts call for emergency declaration on DRC's Ebola

2019-02-05 09:22

An international group of public health experts has called on The World Health Organization to convene an emergency committee and consider declaring Congo's Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency.

Nigeria's new outbreak of Lassa fever kills 16

2019-01-23 13:03

Nigerian health authorities have declared a new outbreak of Lassa fever that has killed 16 people since early January, despite successfully containing the disease last year.

DRC Ebola death toll tops 400

2019-01-16 19:11

The death toll from the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has passed the 400 mark in the east and northeast, health authorities have said.

DRC to vote in end-of-an-era poll

2018-12-17 20:33

Democratic Republic of Congo goes to the polls this week in elections which could see the country emerge from 17 years of conflict-ridden rule under controversial President Joseph Kabila.

Top Africa stories: Shortages force men in Kenya to 'use recycled condoms', Mozambique jihadists

2018-12-05 08:00

Condom shortage in a Kenyan town has reportedly forced residents to recycle used condoms, and Mozambique anti-jihadist forces are involved in rights abuses, says Human Rights Watch.

WATCH: US urged to send Ebola experts in as DRC outbreak worsens

2018-11-30 17:22

Global health experts are urging the Trump administration to allow US government health experts to return to northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo to help fight the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history

DRC Ebola response effort suspended in Beni after clashes

2018-11-18 12:58

Efforts to fight an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo's restive eastern Beni region were suspended after clashes just a "few metres" from a local emergency centre and the hotels of several response teams, the health ministry has said.

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