17 Jan 2019

The World’s Health Organization’s Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a list of the leading 10 threats to global health in 2019. The first listed threat is “Air Pollution and Climate Change,” where 9/10 people breathe polluted air daily leading to around 7 million premature deaths per year. Climate change also threatens to

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12 Dec 2018

Ebola vaccine is having ‘major impact’ but worries about Congo outbreak grow

“As an Ebola outbreak in a conflict-plagued region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to spread after 4 months, there’s a glimmer of hope: An experimental Ebola vaccine appears to be helping the communities it reaches. More than 40,000 people have received the vaccine, by far the

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17 Oct 2018

WHO considering global health emergency over DRC Ebola outbreak

“WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has convened ‘an emergency committee’ on the current outbreak in DRC’s violence-torn North Kivu region, which has killed 135 people since August, the UN health agency said in a statement. ‘The committee will meet on October 17 in Geneva to ascertain whether the outbreak constitutes

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15 Oct 2018

Cote d’Ivoire seizes tonnes of fake medicines as global counterfeit pharmacetucals market grows

Underscoring the extent of the problem in the Ivory Coast and sub-Saharan Africa in general, almost 400 tons of counterfeit medicine were seized in a two year span. In Africa, up to 7 out of 10 medicines are estimated to be fake according to the WHO, with the number shrinking

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03 Oct 2018

DRC Ebola outbreak: WHO warns of “perfect storm”

The WHO has increased its risk assessment of the DRC’s ongoing ebola outbreak, and one that is now the seventh largest ebola outbreak in the history of the virus. 150 confirmed cases and 104 deaths have been reported, with health officials calling the situation a “perfect storm” that could spill

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20 Aug 2018

Ebola outbreak is most dangerous test of world’s ability to respond since global crisis

The most recent Ebola outbreak in the eastern DRC highlights a number of obstacles faced by health specialists in their efforts to prevent the spread of one of the world’s deadliest and most contagious diseases. The North Kivu province of the DRC is home to numerous militant groups, over 1

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13 Jun 2018

Improved Ebola tests help contain Africa’s latest outbreak

Improvements in the Ebola testing capabilities of the international community has helped to contain the most recent Ebola outbreak in the DRC. The tests have reduced the wait time for tests from several days to a number of hours.  Source: Speedy Ebola tests help contain Africa’s latest outbreak

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