Uganda: Yellow fever claims 10 lives

Photo©Felipe Dana/AP/SIPAAt least 10 people have died from yellow fever in central Uganda's Masaka district, 120 kilometres west of the capital, Kampala, since the outbreak of the disease six weeks ago.

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Health: New malaria threats call for extra vigilance

As Guinea entered the final countdown to be classed Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in late 2015, scientists were already warning of new threats to the continent's fragile healthcare systems.

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Democracy: Vote and vote again but forget the term limits

altBack in January, 2015 was being hyped as the year of African elections – not because of any great democratic dispensation but because of the neatness of the five in 2015 coinciding with the end of one term of office or another.

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Health: Malaria kills 162 in northern Uganda

A number of free mosquito net recipients either sell them off or use them as fishing-nets. Photo©ReutersA malaria outbreak in 10 of Uganda's northern districts has killed a total of 162 people in the last three months alone, the East African country's health ministry has announced.

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Health gap narrows between developed and poor states

Medical personnel working with Medecin de Monde conduct HIV tests at Ouidah's hospital near Cotonou November 28, 2007/Photo©ReutersSignificant progress has been made in improving health in the poorest countries, narrowing the gap between nations with the best and worst health status in the past two decades, World Health Organisation (WHO) 2013 statistics indicate.

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Damage in Mozambique and Malawi

Torrential rains in January devasted parts of Mozambique/Photo©THEANA BREUGEM/AP/SIPAJanuary's floods in Mozambique were the worst in more than a decade, killing 91 people and displacing more than 150,000.

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Health at your fingertips via mobile

Photo©ReutersA message telling you when and how to take your diabetes medication. Or a voice mail reminding you of your next mammogram. That's what two UN agencies are hoping to do with mobile technology to save lives, reduce illness and disability and bring down healthcare costs.

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Global health funding in stalemate

Many developing countries with the highest disease burdens did not receive the most funding and when comparing disease-specific funding and disease burden certain countries received much less funding/Photo©ReutersDespite gloomy forecasts, in the wake of global economic crisis, funds to health projects in developing countries appear to be holding steady, recent report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington has said.

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Don't mind the mosquito in 2013

Scientists across the world and in Africa are making vast advances on vaccinations and treatments for diseases like malaria and tuberculosis.

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Nigeria, DRC and India most vulnerable as fight against world's biggest killer disease slows

The WHO report says that households will be unable to replace existing bed nets when required, exposing more people to the potentially deadly diseaseThe latest World Health Organisation (WHO) report has shown a global slowdown in the fight against malaria eradication, which it says can reverse recent gains in the fight against the disease.

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Discovery of new malaria-transmitting mosquito poses threat, Study

The new mosquito was found to be active outdoors and bites people earlier in the evening soon after sunset/Photo©ReutersBed nets and insecticides that are used to control malaria, could fail to fully protect the population, scientists have warned following the discovery of a potentially dangerous new malaria-transmitting mosquito in Kenya.

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There are no risk-free actions - Michel Kazatchkine

Michel Kazatchkine recently resigned as executive director of the Global Fund/Photo/Vincent Fournier for JAAs the Global Fund recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, its Executive Director, Michael Kazatchkine, resigned from his functions on March 16.

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Africa's hidden hunger

A new report from Save the Children assesses the state of malnutriton across the world

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Mosquito nets as wedding gowns and fishing nets in Uganda

When Uganda's ministry of health came up with a programme meant to eradicate malaria by giving out free mosquito nets to its citizens, little did its officials

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Towards zero malaria deaths in Ghana

Experts argue that it is possible for Ghana to eradicate malaria since countries like the United Arab Emirates and Morocco have succeeded in doing so/Photo/ReutersAlthough Ghana's road towards achieving a near zero death rate from and elimination of malaria by the year 2015 under the MDGs appears to be a long and winding one, a local health expert believes it is still possible.

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Ethiopia and Botswana in banned DDT pesticide deal

Some countries still use DDT, according to WHO/Photo/ReutersEthiopia is set to export about 15 tonnes of the banned pesticide, DDT, to Botswana, it has been revealed.

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Book: Lifeblood

How to Change the World One Dead Mosquito at a Time, by Alex Perry Hurst.

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Malaria: Trying To Tame A Killer

Malawi’s tropical rainforests is a perfect breeding ground for the deadly anopheles mosquito/Photo/ReutersIf seven Boeing 747s full of children crashed into a mountain every day, would the world take measures to prevent it? That was the grim analogy offered by Tanzania's leading malaria researcher Wen Kilama, several years ago. If you did the maths, that would account for nearly 3,000 children killed each day by malaria – over a million deaths each year in Africa.

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Ethiopia to give 10 million children pneumonia vaccine

Ethiopia is preparing to vaccinate more than 10 million children against pneumonia, the leading cause of death in children worldwide.

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Nigeria people's manifesto: Health

altAs election season continues in Nigeria, we canvassed Nigerians from across the country for their top priorities. They want their children to protected and their clinics properly funded.

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