​Six African Nations Could be Malaria-Free by 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that six countries in Africa, the continent where malaria is most widespread, could be free of the disease by 2020.

In a report published to mark World Malaria Day, WHO says that one of the goals of its 2016-2030 programme against malaria is to wipe out the disease in at least 10 countries by the end of this decade.

In a press statement, the Geneva-based organisation estimates that 21 countries are in a position to achieve this goal, including six countries in the African Region, where the burden of the disease is heaviest.

​SA Recognised for Winning Fight Against Malaria

The African Leaders Malaria Alliance presented South Africa with the 2016 Award for Excellence in recognition of progress made in fighting malaria, as well as meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target for malaria reduction.
South Africa is one of the eight countries to meet the MDG target and one of 13 overall recognised for their progress in the fight against malaria.
Confirmed malaria cases in South Africa dropped from an annual average of over 36 000 during the period of 2000-2005 to just under 14 000 cases in 2014.

​Global Health Emergency Declaration Over Zika

The World Health Organisation’s emergency committee will debate whether a Zika virus outbreak suspected of causing a surge in serious birth defects in South America should be considered a global health emergency.
The UN health agency warns that the mosquito-borne virus is ‘spreading explosively’ in the Americas, with the region expected to see up to four million cases this year.
The WHO is under pressure to act quickly in the fight against Zika, after admitting it was slow to respond to the recent Ebola outbreak that ravaged parts of West Africa.

TB at Crisis Level – World Bank

The World Bank says tuberculosis (TB) in the mining sector in Southern Africa has reached crisis proportions and needs all relevant stakeholders to work together.
The World Bank, which has put aside over R1.6 billion to assist different governments in the region, address this pandemic, maintains that the current infection rate is at 10 times the level classified as an emergency.

In addition, it says that the number of TB patients and those at the risk of contracting it in the mining sector is growing at an alarming rate.

WHO Beefs Up Response to Health Emergencies

The United Nation’s Special Envoy on Ebola says he has made sweeping recommendations to help fortify the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) response to global health emergencies.

Dr David Nabarro, who serve as Chair of an Advisory Group on Reform at the WHO, presented his recommendations seeking to strengthen the global health organisations abilities in the face of an emergency similar to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 

While the current outbreak in the region is nearing zero, Nabarro has warned against getting too excited at the prospect for now.

17m Saved by Measles Vaccine‚ Says WHO

The United Nations’ Whole Health Organisation (WHO) says the number of measles-related deaths has decreased 79 percent from 546 800 at the beginning of the century to 114 900 in 2014.

New data released by the WHO for the Measles & Rubella Initiative‚ estimates that 17.1 million lives have been saved since 2000‚ largely due to increased vaccination coverage against this highly contagious viral disease.

Researchers Call for TB Testing

Tuberculosis (TB) researchers in KwaZulu-Natal have expressed concern that many people are still not tested for the disease, which is the leading cause of death in South Africa.

It is estimated that 9 000 people around the globe miss out on being tested for TB daily. 

The eThekwini region has one of the highest rates of infection – with 50 000 infections last year – and the infections are made worse by the rising co-infection rate of HIV.

WHO Urges Govt to Raise Tobacco Taxes

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says governments around the world should increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products to save lives and generate funds for stronger health services.

In a report entitled ‘The Global Tobacco Epidemic 2015’, the United Nations health agency states that too few governments make full use of tobacco taxes to dissuade people from smoking or help them to cut down and quit.
It recommends that at least 75 percent of the price of a pack of cigarettes should be tax.

Multiple Sclerosis Society Inland Branch: Senior Social Worker

The Multiple Sclerosis Society Inland Branch (MSSA) is a nonprofit organisation that seeks to meet the needs of the multiple sclerosis community, which includes those with multiple sclerosis, as well as their loved ones, that are affected by the condition.

MSSA seeks to appoint a Senior Social Worker, based in Johannesburg.


Global Response to TB, Diabetes, Too Slow

New research has bad news for millions of South Africans with high blood sugar: they are three times more likely to develop active tuberculosis (TB).

The World Diabetes Foundation and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease warns that diabetes is ‘quietly fuelling the spread of tuberculosis’ and this ‘looming co-epidemic’ threatens to undo the gains made in controlling TB over the past decade.


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