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Man in Ebola protection suit.

‘Most complex health crisis in history’: Congo struggles to contain Ebola

Political, security and cultural complications – not least a refusal to believe that Ebola exists – have thwarted efforts to overcome...
More than 60% of the world’s cobalt comes from the south-eastern provinces of DRC.

Is your phone tainted by the misery of the 35 000 children in Congo’s...

Our computers and phones keep us connected but a key ingredient in them keeps children as young as six locked in a vicious cycle for about R26 a day.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescents Societies has launched a $1.4-million appeal for funding to help halt the outbreak.

​Almost 400 000 Congolese have been vaccinated against yellow fever in just a few...

After the outbreak of the virus in Angola, medical teams are frantically working in the Democratic Republic of Congo to halt its spread.
Lake Chad

Is one of Africa’s most important lakes really shrinking?

Our two-year study shows the lake has been stable since the 1990s. Costly ‘solutions’ shift focus from the complex causes of the...

‘Most renewable energy companies’ linked with claims of abuses in mines

Corporate watchdog urges clean-up of supply chains as analysis finds weak regulation and enforcement has led to lack of scrutiny.
Doctor holding tweezers

Crisis of confidence: How much does the public really trust scientists, doctors and nurses?

Trust isn't only important when it comes to relationships. It's the difference between life or death when it comes to vaccines.
A man looks out over a newly cleared area of forest at Kahuzi-Biéga national park near Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Kate Holt, The Guardian)

Pandas or people? When the fight to save the planet pits conservation against indigenous...

A deadly conflict simmers between the autochthon people forced out of Kahuzi-Biéga national park, and the rangers protecting the land.
Damage to the Ebola treatment centre in Katwa in February

Conflict and insecurity driving spread of diseases like Ebola, WHO chief warns

Deadly outbreak is ‘global wake-up call’, WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says. The head...
A health worker prepares to administer Ebola vaccine outside a house in the village of Mangina

Sex for vaccines: Violence may mar the rollout of new experimental Ebola jab

Women in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo are allegedly being asked for sexual favours in exchange for Ebola treatment.
A World Health Organization official looks on as health workers in Conakry receive training during the 2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Why money earmarked to fight Ebola may have financed one man’s love life

The World Health Organization launches an inquiry after claims of ‘legendary’ corruption, including racism and sexism.
Campaigners are calling on the global health community to take immediate action against medical detentions.

Women forced into sex to pay hospital bills, study says

Patients too poor to settle medical debts are chained to drain pipes, starved and abused in health centres across parts of Africa.
Eleven-month-old Akalapatan Kebo

Gasping for breath: Pneumonia’s deadly toll

A disease that claims the lives of two children under five a minute worldwide has hit drought-stricken Kenya hard, its spread driven by malnutrition.
Tens of thousands of men crisscross Zimbabwe as long-haul truck drivers and the risks they face aren't just on the road.

[From our archives] Go inside the trucker craze fuelling a blackmarket in dangerous ‘sex...

The products themselves could be dangerous and are likely to encourage high-risk sexual behaviour.
The community of Mbyo

‘My neighbour murdered nearly all of my family, but now we are friends’

Thanks to a pioneering project survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide now live side by side in 'reconciliation villages'.
Dire working conditions pit doctors' rights against those of patients

Will strikes pit the rights of doctors against those of their patients?

The quest for better working conditions leaves striking doctors with a tough decision but they might not have to choose.
Cynthia

As if HIV treatment never happened and time stood still

In SA, HIV infection is no longer a death sentence but in countries like the Democratic Republic Congo, it's as if treatment never happened.