Sierra Leone reports rare case of #monkeypox

A rare case of monkeypox has been reported in Western Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In a joint statement issued with Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation on Friday, WHO confirmed that a 35-year-old male remains in hospital in the coastal Pujehun district near the Liberian…

WHO campaign set to reach 13 nations with polio vaccination

A week-long campaign to help end polio is wrapping up in 13 African countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. More than 116 million children are receiving vaccinations in what WHO describes as one of the largest synchronized and simultaneous campaigns ever achieved on the African continent. More than 190,000…

Sudan: Environmental activist questioned by state security

An environmental activist in Sudan was questioned by security services this week in connection with ongoing protests over the use of dangerous cyanide in the gold industry in and around South Kordofan state. Radio Dabanga reports that Ibrahim Naima was taken to the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) offices…

Tuberculosis remains top cause of death in SA

Tuberculosis maintained its rank as the leading cause of death in South Africa in 2015, even as the number of deaths attributable to noncommunicable diseases – notably, diabetes – continued to rise. That’s according to the just-released statistical report issued by the government’s Statistics South Africa agency. Tuberculosis was the…