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...

WHO: Africa, Asia Vulnerable To Spread Of Zika Virus

Head of the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health at the World Health Organization(WHO) Dr Anthony Costello attends a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, February 2, 2016 (Reuters) The Zika virus linked to a microcephaly outbreak in Latin America could spread to Africa and Asia, with the...

In Guinea: Ebola Battle Nears Landmark

People walk past a billboard reading ‘Ebola must go’ in Monrovia.(Abbas Dulleh, AP) Conakry – A key moment in the battle against the world’s deadliest outbreak of Ebola will be reached on Tuesday when Guinea, the first of three west African states struck by the epidemic, is set to be...

Malawi Suspends 63 Civil Servants Over Stolen US Donor Funds Sent To Fight HIV/AIDS

(AFP) Prosecutors have in the past said one third of Malawi’s government revenue is lost through fraud. MALAWI has suspended 63 civil servants who allegedly stole millions of dollars of US funds sent for fighting HIV and AIDS, local media reported on Friday. Health Minister Peter Kumpalume told the Dail...

Prince Harry Honours Most Important Women In His Life

Johannesburg – Prince Harry has named the buildings of a new children’s center in Lesotho after the two most important women in his life – his mother and his nanny. Britain’s Press Association said Harry opened the Mamohato Children’s Centre on Thursday, along with Lesotho’s...

Simple Tech Has Stopped 660m Cases Of Malaria In Africa Since 2000

A new report from Oxford University describes that the overall rate of malaria infections in Africa has fallen by 50 percent since 2000. The researchers claim that’s largely the result of a very simple technology indeed: bed nets. The new study, published in Nature, combines a database of 30,000 malaria field...

How Can Sub-Saharan Africa Reduce Child Mortality?

Child mortality rates throughout the Motherland have plummeted since the turn of the century, falling below the 6 million mark for the first time since the World Health Organization (WHO) started collecting data, a new report shows. However, global health officials say there’s more to be done to meet long-term...

DR Congo Battles Measles Outbreak, But Africa Has Made Big Gains In Beating The Disease

Since 2000, deaths from measles in Africa have fallen sharply, by 92% from 395,000 to just 28,000 in 2008, according to latest WHO data. REPORTS from southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo indicate that a measles outbreak in the province of Katanga has killed at least 300 people and infected more than 20,000,...

Africa Is Within Reach Of Being Declared A Polio Free Region

More than 20 years after North and South America eliminated the threat of polio, sub-Saharan Africa is finally on the brink of being declared polio-free. Last month the region marked one year without a new polio case following the last case in Nigeria on 24 July 2014. If no new cases are reported for another three...