Why it’s wrong to compare Zika to Ebola

Clare Wenham, London School of Economics and Political Science A committee of the World Health Organisation has declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency. This designation gives the WHO and member states the ability to recommend limits on travel to prevent the potential spread of disease and to call for emergency measures and …

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Gap in malaria treatment for pregnant women

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] The proportion of pregnant women in Sub-Saharan Africa receiving preventive measures such as intermittent preventive treatment for malaria during pregnancy (IPTp) is low, a study says. According to researchers, pregnant women are at high risk of death from malaria and that about 125 million pregnancies occur annually in malaria-endemic areas, noting …

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Ebola over, but WHO failure pinned on politicians

By Tania Rabesandratana Just as the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates the end of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, an academic paper says governments “bear the bulk of responsibility” for the UN body’s failures during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Yesterday (14 January), the WHO declared the end of the most recent outbreak in Liberia. …

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Can we treat Ebola with plasma? The results are in

Peter Horby, University of Oxford and Catrin Moore, University of Oxford During the Ebola outbreak of 1995 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, eight patients with Ebola were given blood transfusions from people who had recently recovered from Ebola. Seven of them survived. The blood of people who have recently recovered from an infection contains …

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Bed net plan for underfed kids curbs malaria deaths

By Andrea Rinaldi Giving extra bed nets to children weakened by lack of food could significantly curb child deaths from malaria, according to a mathematical model revealed last month. A study published in the Malaria Journal found that distributing insecticide-treated bed nets and supplementary food to undernourished children aged from six months to five years …

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