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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the first African director-general of the World Health Organization

Ethiopian minister is first African to head the World Health Organization

Former Ethiopian health minister Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been chosen as the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO). CD Anderson Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus...

Infographic: 10 things to know about TB

Since the discovery of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB) in 1882, 24 March has been observed as World TB Day. We gather facts...
SA 'taking every precaution' against Ebola

WHO calls for African emergency centre

Lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak need to be applied in setting up regional, national and continental facilities to deal with emergencies quickly and efficiently. At the same time, research and development is needed into combating diseases that affect developing countries.

Positive ageing encourages South Africans to live better

The Second World Conference on Healthy Ageing will be held in Johannesburg at the end of July, focusing on positive ageing, which encourages senior citizens to make the most of growing older with active minds in active bodies It will also look at challenges such as overmedication, caregiving and legal issues.

Healthcare plan puts UCT students in line for Hult Prize

Six students at the University of Cape Town are in the running for the Hult Prize, the world's biggest student competition. At stake is $1-million to get their business off the ground. The benefits are far-reaching, and the system could help underprivileged people across the country.

Beautiful game open to women

A new non-profit organisation, Girls and Football South Africa, promises to kick down gender barriers in football and give more South African women the opportunity to participate in Africa’s biggest sport.

WHO uses Mxit

WHO uses Mxit, JamiiX to tackle disasters

The World Health Organisation's South-East Asia regional office has teamed up with popular mobile social networks MXit and JamiiX - both developed in South Africa - to bring emergency preparedness information to chat users in disaster-prone Indonesia.

‘The end of meningitis in Africa’

A new mass vaccination campaign to be rolled out across West Africa this year promises to eliminate the deadly brain disease meningitis on the continent.

SA on track for Millennium goals

WHO lauds health department

South Africa's Department of Health has received an award from the World Health Organisation for implementing vaccine vial monitors, aimed at reducing vaccine wastage and improving access to immunisation.
WHO follows SA's lead on DDT

WHO follows SA’s lead on DDT

The World Health Organization has done an about-turn on the use of DDT to fight malaria, citing South Africa's successful anti-malaria programme as evidence that controlled indoor spraying of the insecticide is not only safe, but "one of the best tools we have" against the killer disease.


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