Tedros visits C.A.R. after DRC Ebola assessment

Tedros visits C.A.R. after DRC Ebola assessment

Tedros Adhanom, the World Health Organization Director General, returned to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday to check on the progress of Ebola treatment and containment. He then visited Central African Republic, one of nine neighboring countries taking preparedness measures. “We have made great progress in the fight…

DR Congo says 700 have received Ebola vaccine

DR Congo says 700 have received Ebola vaccine

Health officials in Democratic Republic of Congo say almost 700 people have received an experimental Ebola vaccine in the past 10 days as medical teams work to contain the outbreak in the country’s northwest. Dr. Oly Ilunga, the country’s health minister, said Thursday that about 500 of them are in…

Seychelles initiative to address alarming heroin use rates

Officials in Seychelles are ramping up efforts to combat the island nation’s notorious heroin problem, which now effects more than 5 percent of the population age 15 or older. That’s according to survey results released earlier this month by the Agency for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation, which…

DRC: Ebola cases rise as Tedros visits Bikoro

Tedros Adhanom, the World Health Organization Director General, was in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday to personally evaluate the response to the country’s new Ebola outbreak. Tedros met with President Joseph Kabila, Minister of Health Oly Ilunga and other officials before heading out into the field to meet with…

Naomi Campbell helps launch Lesotho HIV initiative

The Deputy Prime Minister of Lesotho, Monyane Moleleki, this week unveiled a new tool to better manage HIV and health programming in the small southern African kingdom – one that’s getting a little star-power energy from activist Naomi Campbell. The Lesotho HIV and health “situation room” platform shows real-time service delivery…

WHO declares new Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

A new outbreak of Ebola virus disease was declared Tuesday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where government officials confirmed two cases in the lakeside town of Bikoro in the country’s northwest. The World Health Organization said it was working closely with the DR Congo’s Ministry of Health, after…

South Africa: More than 1,000 listeriosis cases with 200 deaths

Health officials in South Africa say there are now more than 1,000 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases tied to the Enterprise Foods production facility at Polokwane with 55 of those cases reported after the tainted ready-to-eat processed meats were recalled on March 4. More than half of those cases occurred in Gauteng…

Study finds asthma and allergies are on the rise across Africa

New research from Ain Shams University in Egypt finds that allergies are on the rise in Africa, but with a parallel increase in immune deficiency diseases and not enough specialists to treat people, the findings are worse than anticipated. Across Africa, many communities are faced daily with sewage-contaminated water supplies,…

Research in Kenya leads to promising HIV prevention tool

Scientists with a new tool for preventing HIV infection say they developed the idea after studying the health of sex workers in Kenya – and what they learned may benefit other women. Canadian scientists Emmanuel Ho of the University of Waterloo and Keith Fowke of the University of Manitoba noticed…

A smarter genie in the bottle: technology holds the key to Africa’s counterfeit food crisis

A school just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja became the site of an unforeseen tragedy in February this year when two 14-year-old classmates, Nahima and Yayaya, died after eating tainted biscuits at a school birthday celebration. Several of their classmates were hospitalised in the same incident, and threats from furious parents…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

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…