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Child victims of DRC Ebola outbreak need ‘special attention and care’: UNICEF

Child victims of DRC Ebola outbreak need ‘special attention and care’: UNICEF

An ongoing deadly Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has particularly affected children, the UN’s children agency, UNICEF, said on Friday. The outbreak in North Kivu Province was declared on 1 August and UNICEF reported that so far, two children have died, while six others – who […]

Ebola in DR Congo: conflict zones could constitute ‘hiding places’ for the deadly virus – WHO chief

Ebola in DR Congo: conflict zones could constitute ‘hiding places’ for the deadly virus – WHO chief

Following a two-day mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday repeated his call for warring parties in conflict-riven North Kivu to stop fighting, and allow health teams access to areas affected by the recent Ebola outbreak in the region. Speaking at a press briefing in […]

African Expertise Key to Stopping Ebola – Then and Now

African Expertise Key to Stopping Ebola – Then and Now

An Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is once again straining Africa’s medical resources. Prospects for progress are due in large part to lessons learned from the 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa, which caught global health officials off guard and killed 11,000 people. One lesson that became clear was […]

Ebola Outbreak in Eastern DR Congo Potentially More Dangerous Than West African Epidemic

Ebola Outbreak in Eastern DR Congo Potentially More Dangerous Than West African Epidemic

World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the raging conflict in North Kivu makes the Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo more dangerous than the historic 2014-2015 epidemic in West Africa. More than 11,000 people died from the Ebola virus by the time it was contained in 2016. WHO Director-General Tedros returned Sunday from […]

Rural Namibia Most Unhygienic in SADC

Rural Namibia Most Unhygienic in SADC

Namibia is rated the worst in hygiene in southern Africa, with 75% of the rural population still practising open defecation. This was revealed in a study compiled by WaterAid, an international organisation that strives to improve access to safe water and sanitation in the world’s developing countries. The study report, dated 18 June 2018, looked […]

Free and secure access needed in DR Congo conflict zone to tackle Ebola – WHO

Free and secure access needed in DR Congo conflict zone to tackle Ebola – WHO

After seeing first-hand the complexities of the Ebola response in the conflict-affected region of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) called for “free and secure” access to the disease-affected people. “All of those participating in the response must be able to move freely […]

HIV Transmissions Seen Increasing Among Syringe-Using Drug Users

HIV Transmissions Seen Increasing Among Syringe-Using Drug Users

The way HIV is transmitted is changing in Seychelles from a sexually transmitted virus to one passed on among drug users, an official at the Ministry of Health said. “Before, we considered HIV to be transmitted mainly between men and women. For the past five years, we have found that this is no longer the […]

Police Tear-Gas Striking Health Workers in Nairobi

Police Tear-Gas Striking Health Workers in Nairobi

Police have tear-gassed Kenyatta National Hospital staff who staged a go-slow on Monday morning over non-payment of their health service allowances. The workers allied to Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (Kudheiha) had threatened to go on strike in the first week of August over the allowances that date back […]

Can Ebola Spread to DRC Neighbours?

Can Ebola Spread to DRC Neighbours?

U.N. officials warn the deadly Ebola virus could be spread by refugees leaving the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. Officials are urging neighboring countries to increase surveillance at border crossings. More than 100 armed groups are involved in long-standing conflicts in DR Congo’s North Kivu province. Ongoing fighting and instability in the region […]

Poisonous Haze – Why the Air We Breathe Could Kill Us

Poisonous Haze – Why the Air We Breathe Could Kill Us

Climate change and air pollution could be conspiring against the continent, and fuelling new levels of death and disease. The dark-grey clouds slunk low over the city, like streaks of charcoal smeared across the sky. For more than two years, residents of Port Harcourt, in Nigeria’s south, have woken up nearly every day to this […]

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