ZAMBIA: Better health comes in containers

LUSAKA, 26 January 2011 (PlusNews) - New technologies are helping Zambia make the most of its scarce health workers and laboratories in the fight...

Nigeria: Donors allot $31m to eliminate river blindness

International donors recently gathered in Abuja and committed US$31 million to support the World Health Organisation (WHO)/Africa Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC)’s efforts to...

WHO calls for global action on malaria resistance

The WHO has launched a worldwide 'call to action' to governments, agencies, researchers and non-governmental organisations over the malaria parasite's growing resistance to the...

Tanzanian study confirms rats’ ability to detect TB

Rats that can smell the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium in a sputum sample could be more effective in detecting TB than expensive laboratory tests, a...

TECHNOLOGY: IRIN’s pick of the year – 2010

NAIROBI, 21 December 2010 (IRIN) - It has been a big year for the uptake of new online technologies in emergencies, especially those using...

More money could halt malaria deaths, says WHO

Malaria deaths could be stopped by 2015 if enough investment in control measures is made, the WHO has said. Over the last decade the number...

AFRICA: New vaccines key to lowering child mortality

KIGALI/NAIROBI, 7 December 2010 (IRIN) - Burkina Faso has become the first country to introduce a meningitis vaccine designed specifically for the African continent,...

Pioneering meningitis vaccine faces funding threat

A meningitis vaccine that costs just US50 cents a dose, and which advocates believe could eliminate epidemics of the disease in Africa, will...

Kenya: Old socks and yeast to lure mosquitoes

A worn sock and a bottle of fermenting yeast could provide a cheap and effective trap for mosquitoes, according to a study. Scientists testing...

Nanotech offers more for health than nanodrugs

Nanotech in hygiene, fake drug detection and remote diagnosis will do more for health than nanodrugs, says Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb. All countries should be planning for...

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