Telemedicine saves lives in disaster zones

By Imogen Mathers Another year, another record smashed for the number of people forced by war and disaster to flee their homes. On World Refugee Day (20 June), a report by UNHCR (the UN refugee agency) revealed that 65.3 million people were living displaced from their homes in 2015, more than 21 million of them …

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Communicate ‘across borders’ to beat epidemics

By Imogen Mathers In the 18 months since Guinea confirmed its first case of Ebola, those involved in emergency response have faced tough questions. Accusations have been levelled at the WHO and others in the global health sector for their slow response, at national governments and their failing health systems, at journalists for scaremongering and …

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One-dose cholera vaccine better than its two-dose type

By Michael Allen Single doses of oral cholera vaccine (OCV) could prevent more cases and deaths than the recommended double dose when the vaccine is in short supply, according to a study. A single-dose strategy gets as much vaccine into the population as quickly as possible, the authors of the study say, explaining that the …

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Managing rumours and misinformation in West Africa

By Amzath Fassassi[Republished under a Creative Commons license from SciDev.Net.] Rumours about Ebola generated social challenges that were real but surmountable, finds Amzath Fassasi. As the Ebola epidemic was advancing on Guinea’s capital Conakry in April 2014 a powerful rumour started to spread among the people living on the outskirts. Onions and coffee, so the …

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New media could topple ‘helicopter journalism’ in Africa

By Lou Del Bello [Republished under a Creative Commons license from SciDev.Net.] When first I heard the term “helicopter journalism” I thought it referred to the trend of reporting using drones. Actually it refers to a completely different practice, albeit one that shares some characteristics of drone footage. Aerial filming creates striking yet accessible images …

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