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‘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.

South Africa is ‘extremely unlikely’ to have COVID vaccine results before next year

One of South Africa’s three COVID-19 vaccine trials was recently put on hold after a participant in the United Kingdom developed...

‘I had to kill so many people’: The battle to protect children in conflicts

25,000 grave violations were committed against children in conflict in 2019, says the UN, which hopes to highlight issue with new international day.
Epidemiology 101: free online course for Africa-based journalists

Want to do a crash course in epidemiology? Here you go

The COVID-19 crisis has changed a lot about the world — including the scientific knowledge production process. This free course gives...

‘No bed for people like me’: When the old are left to die

Despite clear evidence they are most at risk, older people are seen as dispensable as younger patients are prioritised in the...

Seizures of illicit chloroquine skyrocket during COVID-19 outbreak — Interpol

With substandard medicines already in wide circulation, fears are growing that coronavirus could create a lethal ‘parallel crisis’.

Africa’s COVID-19 coronavirus research must be tailored to its realities – by its own...

Trust is essential in the pandemic and scientists here can set the priorities that make the most sense for our people.

Coronavirus: World Bank’s pandemic bonds scheme accused of ‘waiting for people to die’

Bonds designed to provide fast funding for poor countries branded ‘obscene’ because of complex payout criteria.

What do coronavirus and Ebola have in common? They always get a head start

A passenger wearing a protective mask enters Beijing West railway station following the outbreak of coronavirus. (Nicolas Asfouri, Getty)
Ebola healthcare worker protective gear

The world finally has an Ebola vaccine. This is why it’s not enough

The World Health Organisation prequalified Merck's vaccine for widespread use in November but regulatory hoops are just a small part of...
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.