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Congolese health ministry officials bearing the first batch of experimental Ebola vaccine are seen in Kinshasa

The testing ground: Could an experimental vaccine save the DRC from Ebola?

The virus’ resurgence, this time in a city of more than one-million people could set the scene for a fast-spreading disaster.
Rape survivors from war torn countries need healthcare and support in South Africa

DRC to SA: No escape from rape’s war

Abused women from war-torn countries who have fled to SA for safety often face more maltreatment here.

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.

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...

‘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.
Zambia Kabwe

Lead in the blood: The poisoning of a generation

By 1927, Anglo American had obtained a controlling interest in a decades’ old lead mine north of Lusaka. Today, the mine...
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...
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...
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.
People queue in makeshift camps following past threats of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Today

‘If climate change goes on as is, people will need to be relocated –...

Few governments are prepared to care for the people forced to leave their countries as a result of conflict or climate change. Here's why.
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.
Africa is doing well to immunise against diseases. But the continent still needs support for healthcare.

What can we learn from Angola’s yellow fever outbreak?

The country's yellow fever outbreak is a timely reminder that African countries can't get complacent with their vaccination efforts.