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Global immunization annual coverage data “check-up”. What can we learn?

September 6, 2018

Last year, nearly 20 million infants worldwide did not receive all their basic childhood vaccines. Half of them live in just five countries: Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Annual check-ups are part of normal prevention, helping your doctor to identify and address potentially worrisome conditions before they become serious. As a patient, you benefit […]

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The 3rd annual NCDC/NFELTP Scientific Conference; Strengthening Health Security Through Field Epidemiology

September 3, 2018

In the wake of the Ebola and Lassa Fever outbreaks in Nigeria and the larger West African region, the work of “public health disease detectives” more formally called field epidemiologists, has increasingly come to light. Field epidemiologists are the foot soldiers in tracking and analyzing disease outbreaks before they become widespread, and their work provides […]

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African Health Ministers Pledge to End Cholera in Africa by 2030

August 31, 2018

African Health Ministers have pledged to implement key strategies for ending cholera outbreaks in the African region by 2030. Forty-seven African countries adopted the Regional Framework for the Implementation of the Global Strategy for Cholera Prevention and Control today (28 August) at the 68th session of the World Health Organization’s Regional Committee for Africa, which […]

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DRC Ebola Outbreak: An active conflict zone and rising infections among health care workers are helping to spread the deadly disease

August 30, 2018

Four weeks into the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 75 people have died ― making this eruption among the nine largest Ebola outbreaks since the deadly hemorrhagic fever was first identified in the 1970s. And global health experts are concerned this may be just the beginning of the fight in an […]

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The systems that Identify, Treat and Prevent STDs are strained to near-breaking point; A call for new resources

August 29, 2018

The U.S. saw a record number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in 2017, marking the fourth straight year of sharp increases in gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The trend is exacerbated by the fact that gonorrhea could soon become resistant to antibiotic […]

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Dramatic fall in infant deaths prompts calls for wider use of Rotavirus vaccine

August 16, 2018

Globally, rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhea, which claims the lives of an estimated 1,300 children daily, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Highly contagious, particularly among babies and young children, rotavirus can be spread by contaminated hands, objects such as toys and surfaces, and water and food. Diarrhea is the second largest cause of […]

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WHO calls for end to fighting in Congo to halt Ebola spread

August 16, 2018

The director general of the World Health Organization has appealed for an end to fighting in the north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo to allow humanitarian groups to tackle the Ebola outbreak there. On his return from a trip to North Kivu where there have been 57 probable cases and 41 deaths so far, a […]

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Ebola returns to the DRC for the 10th time: here’s what we know

August 10, 2018

Barely a week after declaring the end of the ninth Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials announced another in the North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, in the eastern part of the country. The Conversation Africa’s Ozayr Patel spoke to Jacqueline Weyer to found out more about the 10th Ebola outbreak […]

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DRC declares new Ebola outbreak, a week after earlier one declared over

August 3, 2018

A week after the most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared over, the country has confirmed it has found more cases of the disease in North Kivu province. The announcement was issued little more than a week after the Ministry of Health declared the end of an outbreak in Equateur […]

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Early initiation of breastfeeding: the best start for every newborn

August 1, 2018

An estimated 78 million babies – or three in five – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding, say UNICEF and WHO in a new report. Most of these babies are born in low- and middle-income countries. […]

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