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WHO Names Anti-Vaxxers As A Top Threat To Global Health In 2019

WHO Names Anti-Vaxxers As A Top Threat To Global Health In 2019

The World Health Organization named vaccine hesitancy — the “reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability” — as one of the top threats to global health in 2019. Each year the World Health Organization, or WHO, publishes a list of the ten biggest threats to world health to set its agenda for the next 12 months. This is […]

Current Ebola Outbreak Is Worst In Congo’s History – Ministry

Current Ebola Outbreak Is Worst In Congo’s History – Ministry

The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the most severe in the country’s history with 319 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said late on Friday. The haemorrhagic fever is believed to have killed 198 people in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, where attacks by armed groups and community resistance […]

Depression: What You Should Know

Depression: What You Should Know

  Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many […]

Tanzania: Cervical Cancer Vaccine For Teens In The Pipeline

Tanzania: Cervical Cancer Vaccine For Teens In The Pipeline

 The government through the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children will start providing Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)-vaccines to girls aged 9-13 years from next year in an effort to scale-up cervical cancer prevention and control strategies in the country. Speaking during the occasion to hand-over cervical cancer screening treatment equipment including 15 […]

Hope For ‘End Of Aids’ Is Disappearing, Experts Warn

Hope For ‘End Of Aids’ Is Disappearing, Experts Warn

Efforts to combat Aids in Africa are seriously faltering, with drugs beginning to lose their power, the number of infections rising and funding declining, raising the prospect of the epidemic once more spiralling out of control, experts have warned. The UN has set a target of 2030 for “the end of Aids”, which has been […]

HIV/Aids Resurgence In Africa Feared As Durban Hosts Conference

HIV/Aids Resurgence In Africa Feared As Durban Hosts Conference

Sixteen years after a groundbreaking conference shocked the world into the realisation that thousands of Africans were dying of Aids because they did not have access to life-saving drugs, campaigners and scientists meeting once again in Durban this week will warn that the progress made since 2000 is not enough to end the epidemic. Although […]

Malaria Vaccine Study Raises Questions About Effectiveness And Dosage

Malaria Vaccine Study Raises Questions About Effectiveness And Dosage

Further doubts about the future of the world’s first malaria vaccine have been raised by research that shows the protection given by three doses declines to almost nothing over seven years. As the vaccine wears off, the study shows that children living in areas where there is high transmission of the disease end up with […]

Very Low Risk of Zika Virus Spreading Internationally After Olympics, WHO Says

Very Low Risk of Zika Virus Spreading Internationally After Olympics, WHO Says

There is a “very low risk” of international spread of the Zika virus as a result of the Rio Olympics, the World Health Organisation’s emergency committee on Zika has concluded. The panel assessed information and research on the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, particularly Zika, spreading through international travel and mass gatherings. Dr David Heymann, chair […]

Can’t Keep Looking At Women As Body Parts Or Diseases’ ~ Katja Iversen

Can’t Keep Looking At Women As Body Parts Or Diseases’ ~ Katja Iversen

Conference in Copenhagen launches Deliver for Good campaign to highlight crucial areas for gender equality, including improving access to technology. A new global campaign that makes the case for investing in women and girls was launched on the opening day of the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen on Monday. The Deliver for Good campaign highlights […]

South Africa now has a confirmed case of Zika virus

South Africa now has a confirmed case of Zika virus

South African health authorities confirmed the country’s first case of Zika virus Saturday, Reuters reports. A Colombian business man visiting Johannesburg had a fever and rash, but fully recovered. The mosquito-borne virus, which the World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency, is thought to be linked to a birth defect called microcephaly. The […]