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Nigeria’s hospital doctors embark on ‘indefinite strike’

Doctors in Nigeria's government hospitals began a strike over pay, insurance benefits and poor facilities on Monday, union leaders said, with the country facing...

Africa's black market in vaccinations, test results and certificates

Ahead of the roll out of South Africa’s mass COVID-19 vaccination programme, security experts have warned of a thriving black market for vaccine certificates,...

A 'variant of concern' discovered in Tanzanians visiting Angola

The Kwazulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp) team has discovered the most mutated COVID-19 variant, yet, in Angola on travellers from Tanzania, a...

New Tanzanian president's reversal on COVID-19 denialism

Tanzania’s new president announced plans to appoint a panel of experts to advise her on how best to curb the spread of the coronavirus,...

Arrests for posts questioning Tanzania president's health

Police in Tanzania have arrested four people on suspicion of spreading rumours on social media that President John Magufuli is ill, reports BBC News....

Zimbabwe senior doctors stop work as public hospital strike spreads

Senior doctors at Zimbabwe's public hospitals have gone on strike to protest against the dismissal of junior colleagues who have boycotted work over pay...

Zimbabwe fires 211 striking doctors

211 junior and middle level doctors at Zimbabwe state hospitals who had been striking for two months to press for higher pay have been...

Lesotho and Namibia hit by disease outbreaks

South Africa’s neighbours, Lesotho and Namibia, have been hit by disease outbreaks, says a Cape Times report. Lesotho has reported measles in the Qacha’s...

Zimbabwean ministers spar over starving hospital patients

Reports of Zimbabwe patients starving while in hospital came to light in parliament after Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri asked Labour and Social Welfare Minister...

Zimbabwe achieves betterTB treatment coverage than SA

Zimbabwe is among the countries with high tuberculosis (TB) burdens that achieved treatment coverage levels of more than 80%, in 2018, the World Health...

Zambia's first local polio case since 1995, from vaccine

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Zambia has reported its first local case of polio since 1995, in a 2-year-old boy paralysed by a...

DRC's Ebola epidemic contained in a 'smaller geographical area'

Efforts to halt an Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo have made "significant progress", with the virus now contained to a far...

Harvard scrambles to distance itself from honour to Zimbabwe's first lady

The Global Health Catalyst (GHC) group has “clarified” its honouring of Zimbabwe’s first lady Auxillia Mnangagwa hours after several US diplomats wrote to ask...

Zimbabwean doctors protest ZHDA president's abduction

A group of Zimbabwean doctors marched at the country's biggest hospital Sunday, demanding the release of one of their leaders who they say was...

Burundi starts Ebola vaccinations for health workers — WHO

The Burundian Ministry of Public Health and AIDS Control has kicked off the vaccination campaign for front-line staff against the Ebola virus disease. The...

Two Ebola treatment trials show promise of a cure

A trial of four experimental Ebola treatments carried out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been stopped early after two of...

Congo doctors arrested for murder of WHO medic

Three Congolese doctors have been arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the killing of a World Health Organisation (WHO) medic, BBC News...

More Ebola cases in eastern DRC 'cross-roads' city

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo are racing to contain an Ebola epidemic, after a gold miner with a large family contaminated several...

Concern over contraceptive solutions for women at high risk of HIV

Over the past three days, the World Health Organisation guideline development group has been meeting to discuss its recommendations for the use of contraceptive...

Lesotho opens 'lowest cost in world' cannabis processing plant

Lesotho, long home to an illicit cannabis farming industry, is poised to become one of the world's biggest producers of medicinal cannabis oil with...

Death toll in the DRC Ebola outbreak passes 1,500

More than 1,500 people have died in a nearly 10-month-old outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the DRC Health Ministry is...

Bafflement as WHO says DRC Ebola crisis 'not an international health emergency'

Controversially, the World Health Organisation has decided that while the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo - with new cases this week...

85 health workers killed or injured in DRC as epidemic pass 2,000

A mob killed an Ebola health worker and looted a clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, underscoring a breakdown in public trust that...

WHO issues new Ebola vaccine recommendations

The World Health Organisation’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) has issued new recommendations to address vaccination challenges in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in...

Madagascar's devastating measles epidemic takes 1,200 lives

As Madagascar faces its largest measles outbreak in history and cases soar well beyond 115,000, an IoL report says that resistance to vaccinating children...

Hospital reports a jump in cholera cases in Kenyan capital

The Kenyan capital of Nairobi has experienced a jump in cholera cases, one of the city's top hospitals has announced, adding that eight of...

Merck Foundation to train specialist Zimbabwean doctors in India

Merck Foundation has announced that it will train medical personnel from Zimbabwe in various specialities in India starting this year, says an African Daily...

Disease costs continent almost $2.4trn a year — WHO

Disease is causing an “astounding” drain on Africa’s economy, costing the continent almost $2.4trn each year. The Daily Telegraph reports that this is according...

DRC Ebola outbreak spreading at its fastest rate yet

Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola outbreak is spreading at its fastest rate yet, eight months after it was first detected, The Times reports the...

Zim doctors protest over shortages upping mortality risk

Picketing doctors say that patients in Zimbabwe's biggest state hospital are dying due to a lack of medicines and basic supplies, brought on by...

Efforts to curb DRC's Ebola outbreak are failing — MSF

The international president of Medécins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) has issued a scathing analysis of the efforts to control the 7-month-old Ebola...

Tunisia's health minister resigns over new-born baby deaths

Tunisia's Health Minister Abderraouf Cherif has resigned following the deaths of 11 new-born babies at a hospital in the capital, Tunis. BBC News reports...

Poorer African nations rank high in disease-fighting league table, but SA languishes

African countries with modest national incomes are outperforming some richer nations on the continent in the fight against diseases of poverty known as neglected...

Zimbabwean doctors's strike collapses

Zimbabwean doctors have ended a 40-day strike for better pay and conditions that crippled public hospitals without a deal on salary increases, their union...

Zimbabwe fires 550 doctors and radiographers over 'unlawful' strike

A month-long impasse between government and doctors over pay and conditions has left Zimbabwe’s health care system in a critical state, after the government...

Zimbabwe doctors strike, demanding pay in hard currency

Doctors in Zimbabwe have gone on strike in protest over poor working conditions and have also demanded that the government pay their salaries in...

Kenya bans Marie Stopes from offering abortion services

Kenya has banned the international charity Marie Stopes from offering abortion services to women and girls after complaints it was promoting the termination of...

DRC Ebola outbreak worst in the country's history

The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the most severe in the country’s history with 319 confirmed and probable cases,...

Partnership to tackle African health challenges

A 'transformative partnership' to support African investigators to tackle African health challenges in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for health, has been...

Healthcare crisis forces Zimbabwe ministers to seek treatment in SA

Zimbabwe's vice-president, Constantino Chiwenga and foreign affairs minister, Sibusiso Moyo, who both have been reported to be seriously ill, are receiving treatment in South...