Nigeria sees progress as Lassa fever outbreak slows

Nigeria sees progress as Lassa fever outbreak slows

As Nigeria deals with the worst outbreak of Lassa fever on record, medical professionals at Irrua in Edo state – the epicenter of the emergency – are dealing with high caseloads and long hours. At least 365 cases of the highly fatal hemorrhagic disease have been recorded across the West…

Kenya’s health ministry bans shisha smoking

Kenya on Thursday became the latest African nation to ban the use of shisha, an addictive and sweetly flavored tobacco smoked while using a water or hookah pipe. Dr. Cleopa Mailu of the country’s Ministry of Health issued the new control measures, which cover both the use and sale of…

Mugabe won’t be WHO ambassador as Tedros withdraws appointment

The World Health Organization director general rescinded his decision to make President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe a WHO goodwill health ambassador on Sunday, following international outcry about Mugabe being an appropriate choice for the role. “Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert…

Mahmoud Fikri, WHO regional director in northern Africa, has died

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, died suddenly while en route to a global health summit in South America. Fikri had served since February as the regional director of a challenging territory that includes Djibouti, Egypt, Libya,…

WHO report sounds alarm over antibiotics and drug resistance

The world is running out of options when it comes to antibiotics and the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the World Health Organization said in a new report released Wednesday in Geneva. There just aren’t enough promising new antibiotics in the pipeline that will beat hard-to-treat infections, including drug-resistant tuberculosis…