Ebola strikes West Africa again: key questions and lessons from the past

Medical staff check each others protective suits. Photo by SUMY SADURNI/AFP via Getty Images Ebola in Guinea is indeed distressing. The last in West Africa occurred between 2014 and 2015 and affected Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. It was the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreak, which began in Guinea and in which more than 11,300 p...

By Mosoka Fallah 12 days ago

Ethiopia’s next poll could be more competitive. But big challenges remain

Ethiopia is set to hold general elections for members of the federal parliament and regional councils on June 5, 2021. It will be the sixth such elections, and another chance for Ethiopia to transit to democracy. For many centuries, Ethiopia was ruled by a long line of absolute monarchs . The last emperor was overthrown by a popul...

By Girmachew Alemu 21 days ago

WHO recommends the Dapivirine vaginal ring as a new choice for HIV prevention.

WHO have recommended that the dapivirine vaginal ring (DPV-VR) may be offered as an additional prevention choice for women at substantial risk[1] of HIV infection as part of combination prevention approaches. The DPV-VR is a female-initiated option to reduce the risk of HIV infection. To properly use the ring, it must be worn inside ...

By Phumzile Mavimbela about 1 month ago

Misinformation on social media fuels vaccine hesitancy: a global study shows the link

Vaccine hesitancy is a severe threat to global health, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The term refers to the delay in acceptance or the refusal of vaccines, despite the availability of vaccination services. It’s a serious risk to the people who aren’t getting vaccinated as well as the wider community. Vaccine hesi...

By Joburg Post 3 months ago

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