U.S. study suggests breast cancer, hair products link

U.S. study suggests breast cancer, hair products link

Researchers in the United States say they’ve found a link between breast cancer risk and the use of hair dyes and straighteners, especially among African American women. The National Institutes of Health study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, was drawn from data on 46,709 women enrolled in the Sister…

UN agencies warn of dire conditions in DRC Ebola zone

UN agencies warn of dire conditions in DRC Ebola zone

The United Nations said Friday that the situation in Democratic Republic of Congo, where more Ebola response workers were killed in attacks this week in and around Beni, has become untenable for civilians and the health and humanitarian aid workers seeking to help them. Armed groups have been targeting civilians…

How Africa is slowly turning the healthcare tide

How Africa is slowly turning the healthcare tide

Last week brought a landmark agreement between the World Health Organisation and the African Union, designed to help the continent push towards the goal of universal healthcare. Under the terms of the agreement, inked at the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, the international organisation will provide specialist support to Africa’s medical…

Fragile security of eastern DR Congo threatens Ebola response

Fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo has interfered again with response to the Ebola crisis in affected regions in the country’s east, with World Health Organization (WHO) officials warning that the violence compromises the progress made in recent months. “Following another senseless attack on civilians in eastern DRC on…

Lesotho Ebola drill leads to scare in South Africa

South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) assured the public Thursday that there are no cases of Ebola within the nation and it is not testing for any cases in neighboring countries, following miscommunication over an Ebola drill at a Lesotho border crossing. “The NICD houses the only biosafety…

Scientists confirm new HIV strain from DR Congo

Scientists working with Abbott Laboratories in the United States say they’ve discovered a new strain of HIV, one that took nearly four decades to confirm. That’s because researchers needed to verify three occurrences of the unusual strain before they were able to report that it was, indeed, a separate HIV…

Somali aid workers warn of flood-related health crisis

Recent flooding has brought disaster to parts of Somalia, with heavy Deyr-season rains sending the Shabelle and Juba rivers over their banks and forcing some 273,000 people from their homes in the southern part of the nation. That’s raised fears of malaria and other disease outbreaks in the affected regions….

Uganda’s Byanyima takes the helm at UNAIDS

Uganda’s Winnie Byanyima begins her role today as the new executive director for UNAIDS, overseeing the efforts of some 11 different United Nations agencies and their global partners united in the fight to end HIV/AIDS. Byanyima said she’s pleased to accept the position at such a critical time for UNAIDS,…

Three Ebola workers are dead – this time, in South Sudan

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says three of its aid workers were killed earlier this week in South Sudan, where they were assisting with Ebola health screenings in the border area with Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. The three volunteers, two men and a woman, were caught in…

DRC: Arson attack at Lwembe is latest against Ebola workers

There’s been another attack on a health facility in Democratic Republic of Congo, the latest in a series of such incidents targeting health and humanitarian aid workers who are responding to the 14-month Ebola outbreak in the country’s east. This time a health center in Lwembe, in the Mandima health…

Ebola workers attacked in area of new DR Congo cases

Ebola health workers were attacked again in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, after people in the Lolwa community blamed them for the death of a 3-year-old child who was under care with a different diagnosis. The military restored order Sunday after youths vandalized the medical facility, according to Radio Okapi,…

Global Fund sees $14 billion committed to HIV, malaria fight

Donors at the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference pledged US$14 billion for the next three years to continue the fight to end HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030. The conference hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France appealed to governments and individual donors to ensure the necessary funding to combat…