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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.
South Sudanese refugee children in northern Uganda

Could this country be among the world’s best for refugees?

Many Ugandans were once refugees themselves. Now, they are 'paying back the good' and making their country one of the best in the world for refugees.
Palm weevil larvae are a source of protein and iron while many Ghanaian children aged under two are anaemic.

Bugs on the menu as palm weevil protein hits the pan

Larvae may not be to everyone's taste but they could be key to easing food shortages and boosting farmers' incomes.
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.
Medication for drug-resistant tuberculosis can have serious side-effects like deafness and psychosis.

TB drug priced out of reach

A promising new TB drug is now on the market but doctors say it's been priced out of reach.
Dr Llewellyn Volmink grew up in the township of Nkqubela in Robertson and is now a medical doctor working in the local hospital.

The rural doctor who came home to serve his people in their own language

This doctor returned to his home town to live, love and heal.
Feeling the heat: Passengers are screened with thermal imaging cameras for illness at Bangkok’s ?Suvarnabhumi Airport in a bid to avert the spread of Ebola.

Ebola flight risk fears ungrounded

There is little reason to worry even if a fellow passenger has contracted the disease.
No man’s land: People gather behind a barbed wire fence in a temporary settlement on the Myanmar border. When governments fail, aid organisations step in. But who should they report to? (Ye Aung Thu, AFP)

The price of aid: Who is watching whom?

When governments fail and health systems falter, aid agencies take over. But who holds them accountable?