Tag Archives: Africa

Disease has cost Africa 630 million years of ‘healthy life’, according to WHO study

A Ugandan doctor checks a Somali child at an outpatient hospital run by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Diseases, disability and early death, resulting from illness, has cost the economy of the African continent’s 54 nations $ 2.4 trillion in annual workforce productivity losses in… Read More »

Global Health: Marburg Virus, Related to Ebola, Is Found in Bats in West Africa

The Marburg virus, a deadly cousin of Ebola, has been isolated in fruit bats in Sierra Leone, marking the first time it has been found in West Africa. Five bats caught in three health districts tested positive for the virus, according to two teams of scientists. One was led by the Centers for Disease Control… Read More »

Global Health: ‘From Nothing to Gangbusters’: A Treatment for Sickle-Cell Disease Proves Effective in Africa

A drug that protects children in wealthy countries against painful and sometimes lethal bouts of sickle-cell disease has been proven safe for use in Africa, where the condition is far more common, scientists reported on Saturday. More research remains to be done, experts said, but knowing that hydroxyurea — a cheap, effective and easy-to-take pill… Read More »