South Africa: Center Offers Hope For Abandoned Babies

Outside an old house in a battered Johannesburg neighborhood, a hatch door slams shut and an alarm signals the arrival of an abandoned baby. A new infant is joining the ranks of toddlers being raised in the center. In this periodic ritual, Francinah Phago, manager of the Door of Hope sanctuary in Berea, washes her...

Guinea Bissau: UN Health Agency Confirms 3 Zika Cases

The U.N. health agency says it and national authorities are investigating whether three cases of the Zika virus discovered in Guinea Bissau are of the same strain as the one behind outbreaks linked to head and brain abnormalities in Brazil and elsewhere. Three of 12 samples sent to a reference laboratory in...

More Africans Are Accessing Health Care – But States Still Have Work To Do

(iStock) People across Africa rank health as the second most important national problem they believe that governments should address. Only unemployment outranks it as an issue among ordinary citizens, and only education outstrips it as a funding priority. These are the findings of a survey, “Despite Gains,...

It’ll Take Ghana 500 Years To Stop Open Defecation – Unicef

(GhanaWeb) It will take Ghana 500 years to bring an end to ‘free ranging’ or open defecation, UNICEF’s Country Director of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, David Duncan, has said.An estimated 1.1 billion people in developing countries, including Ghana, ease themselves outdoors, though the practice is considered the...

450 Million Africans Threatened By Spinal Meningitis

(iStock) Abidjan – Spinal meningitis, which can kill in 24 hours, poses a threat to 450 million Africans this year, according to medical experts from eight of the continent’s countries. Meningococcal meningitis is a global burden that affects 1.2 million people every year and causes the death of 135 000 of...

A record 5 million AIDS Patients Going Untreated In West, Central Africa, Says Leading Medical Charity

A man holds anti-retroviral drugs at the Medecins Sans Frontieres pharmacy in the town of Lingala, on November 30, 2015. (Photo/AFP). Around 21% of people who contract the virus every year and around half of children born with the disease live in western and central Africa. FIive million AIDS sufferers in central...

WHO: Yellow Fever Toll Rising In Angola

An Aedes Aegypti mosquito is photographed on human skin in a lab in Cali, Colombia. (Luis Lobayo, AFP) Johannesburg – The World Health Organisation says the worst yellow fever outbreak in decades has killed 178 people in Angola. The organisation said on Thursday that more than 450 people have been infected...

Thanks To Vaccines, Meningitis A Is Nearly Eliminated In Africa

(PATH) Today I was humbled and honored to be among global vaccine experts and officials from all 26 African “meningitis belt” countries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to celebrate one of Africa’s biggest public health achievements — the introduction of a vaccine, MenAfriVac®. This vaccine was...

Key Institutes Keep Keen Watch On Zika For Africa

(Reuters) The Ebola outbreak on the continent showed how countries with poor health systems are unfit to fight epidemics. If the outbreak in Brazil is not significantly contained by August when the country is set to host the Olympic Games, “there will be legitimate concern that Zika may be spread globally...