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20 new confirmed cases of Ebola reported in DR Congo

In the past week, from 21 to 27 October, 20 new confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases were reported from five health zones in two affected provinces in the Democratic Republic of the...

10 years from now, there will be cure for HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease

The National Institutes of Health plans to invest at least $100 million over the next four years toward an audacious goal: develop affordable, gene-based cures for sickle cell disease (SCD) and HIV. The...

Nigeria’s increased VAT rate to fund health programmes – President

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has revealed that additional resources that the government would generate from the increase in the value-added tax (VAT) rate from its current 5% to 7.5% will be used to...

To achieve universal health coverage, Nigeria turns to primary healthcare

Nigeria’s health minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has disclosed that the government is aiming to achieve universal health coverage by strengthening primary health services in the country. If this is achieved, there will be...

Curbing the scourge of diabetes in the twenty-first century

Diabetes is a major public health issue that is approaching epidemic proportions globally. Its prevalence has been rising more rapidly and significantly particularly in Africa where middle- and low-income countries have become a hotspot...

Climate crisis is biggest threat to the future of global health – report

As part of a major new report, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) asked medical professionals from across the world what they think the next 25 years will hold for global health. This...