Study finds drug-resistant malaria a looming threat

Study finds drug-resistant malaria a looming threat

Resistance to malaria treatment drugs that began with a strain of malaria in Cambodia has quickly spread to other Southeast Asian nations, according to authors of a new study that may have implications for the African continent. The researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, University of Oxford, and Thailand’s Mahidol…

WHO upgrades DRC Ebola crisis to an international concern

WHO upgrades DRC Ebola crisis to an international concern

The World Health Organization declared an international emergency over the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, elevating its status while nonetheless maintaining that the global risk of outbreak remains low. The International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee said it was concerned that a year into an…

Tedros: Ebola case in Goma may be ‘game-changer’

The report of an Ebola patient in the busy travel hub of Goma heightened the sense of urgency during a high-level meeting in Geneva on Monday, where global response leaders met to evaluate the crisis. It also spurred the decision to meet for a fourth time to reassess the level…

DR Congo: First Ebola case confirmed in Goma

The first case of Ebola to reach the city of Goma – involving a pastor on a missionary trip that took him through several cities – was reported on Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The patient, a 46-year-old man, traveled between Bukavu and Butembo on July 4 through…

High-level Ebola meeting set for Monday in Geneva

With the Ebola crisis continuing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and amid global calls for a “reset” on the international response, top officials will gather in Geneva on Monday for a high-level meeting organized jointly by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of…

WHO focuses on food safety to reduce preventable deaths

The World Health Organization is promoting the first-ever World Food Safety Day, a United Nations initiative rooted in the theme that “food safety is everyone’s business.” Every year, an estimated 600 million people become ill after eating food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances. Unsafe food also hinders…

WHO adds Ebola coordinator to strengthen DR Congo response

The World Health Organization has appointed an Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as it continues a fight against an Ebola outbreak that has shown no signs of abating. David Gressly, the UN’s deputy special representative serving with MINUSCO, will focus on improving access to communities…

Nigeria to co-host WHO snakebite strategy launch

Nigeria will co-host a meeting in Geneva on snakebites later this week, as part of a World Health Organization rollout of a global strategy to reduce by 50 percent the deaths and disabilities associated with snake venom. West Africa sees up to 5,350 such deaths annually across 16 countries, according…

Ebola response on hold with at least 9 dead in Butembo fighting

The Ebola response in the city of Butembo, in the eastern North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo, was interrupted by violence again on Wednesday. Congolese media outlets report at least nine people dead following clashes between armed rebel groups and security forces, with some accounts putting the death…

Ebola deaths reach 900 amid DR Congo security crisis

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has reached a new milestone, with the number of fatalities reaching 900, according to the Congolese Ministry of Health on Friday. More than a third of those deaths are in Katwa, where controlling the outbreak has proven difficult and the fatalities rose to…

Children’s malaria vaccine program launches in Malawi

Malawi on Tuesday became the first African nation to launch a pilot program to administer the world’s first malaria vaccine to children ages 2 and under, according to the World Health Organization. The vaccine known as RTS,S has taken 30 years to develop and so far is the only vaccine…

DR Congo: Good news, bad news on Ebola outbreak

As of Saturday, the number of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo had risen to 1,240 cases – a troubling jump of more than 100 in one week – with 1,174 of them confirmed and 66 probable. The Congolese Ministry of Health reported 792 deaths, on the rise especially in…