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Volunteers arrive to pick up bodies of people who died of Ebola in the 2014-2015 outbreak.

Ebola and Zika epidemics are driven by pathologies of society, not just a virus

Economic exploitation in the developing world has resulted in under-resourced and weak health systems that could not contain the spread of viruses.
At least one in four children in Africa is still not receiving the vaccinations they need.

Measles threat puts Ebola to shame

The disease is outfoxing prevention efforts, thanks in part to vaccination myths.
Deluge: Caught in an afternoon rainstorm

Ebola thrives on the scraps of war and blight

Personal accounts from Liberia and Sierra Leone bring home the devastation wrought by the virus.
Preliminary figures from Unicef estimate that more than 3 700 children in the three countries hardest hit by the outbreak have lost one or both parents to Ebola since March.

Rise in number of Ebola orphans

Restrictions hit the movement of a million or more Sierra Leone citizens living in five districts worst affected by the disease.
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.
The World Health Organisation has been sharply criticised for its handling of the Ebola outbreak.

MSF: More have died from Ebola than estimated

Medecins Sans Frontieres says that amid collapsing health systems, people in the countries worst affected are too afraid to report all Ebola cases.
Healthcare workers wearing protective Ebola suits

Ebola ‘hysteria’ causes discrimination against patients – health dept

Panic surrounding the Ebola virus has affected healthcare workers and has led to the discrimination against patients suspected of being infected.
In order to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus to South Africa

Ebola: SA bans travel to and from high risk countries

The government has banned travel between South Africa and 'high risk' countries to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus to the country.
A team from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases has arrived in Sierra Leone to assist in 'containing the ebola virus disease in that region'.

SA man tests negative for ebola

A health and safety officer working in Liberia - who is on home leave in SA - is in a stable condition, according to a health department statement.

From hunger to abuse: Seven women tell us how COVID has devastated their lives

Experts fear the COVID-19 pandemic may set gender equality back decades. Here, seven women explain the struggles it has brought and...
Thermal screening

The dubious value of fever screening: Why measuring for surface temperature won’t help curb...

Apart from being unreliable, fever screening can create a false sense of security and pose an infection risk to thermometer operators.

What if you could report gender-based violence at… your local supermarket?

In the time of COVID-19, social distancing measures can make it harder to report and screen for gender-based violence (SGBV). In...
medical workers

South Africa could see 40 000 COVID-19 deaths by November

South Africa won’t have enough hospital beds to treat COVID-19 patients as symptomatic cases of COVID-19 could surpass a million by...

If we invested in this today, South Africa could save billions — and fight...

Community healthcare workers have become what some have called our “heroes on the ground” during COVID-19. By keeping more people healthier...

The lockdown women planning their escape from abusive homes

Cases of domestic violence tick up while shelters lose their income and scramble to get ready for the silent, second crisis...

Home sweet hell: Calls for help surge from women locked down with abusers

Research from previous crises suggests violence against women and children will only get worse as the pandemic rages on.