Healthcare in Africa made huge strides in reducing malaria deaths below half a million this year but still faced challenges fighting the elusive Ebola virus which has claimed over 11,000 lives. The outbreak in West Africa has exposed major gaps in development aid, prompting a rethink of the balance between building health systems and tackling specific diseases like AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
The scientists awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine for discoveries in fighting parasitic diseases say teamwork and Chinese medicine are key components behind their successes.
Sierra Leone’s Ebola epidemic is declared over, following 42 days with no new cases.
REUTERS/ MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES HANDOUT/ WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION) – It may soon be possible to protect humans against the deadly Ebola virus.
A new vaccine being tested in Guinea has been 100-percent effective,
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (REUTERS) – These tiny little threads can turn foods a magical marigold color. Now it seems that saffron can also help limit the reproduction of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
WHO admits it failed to respond adequately to the Ebola virus and sets up a $100 million dollar fund to be better prepared next time.
(Next Media) – Health authorities in Liberia believe a woman who last week tested positive for Ebola in the first new case for weeks may have been infected through sexual intercourse with an Ebola survivor, dashing the government’s hopes of declaring the country Ebola-free.
Complacency and traditional beliefs sap fight to eradicate Ebola, warn health officials, as West Africa marks one year anniversary of outbreak that has killed over 10,200 people and infected twice as many.
An agency specialising in North Korean tours says that North Korea has banned foreign runners from participating in an international marathon scheduled to be held in Pyongyang this April, citing fears about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.