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When done properly, a simulation exercise is a useful tool for evaluating preparedness for a public health emergency.
Hospital workers wearing biohazard suits scrub down a man in a decontamination drill.
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Talk of bioterrorism might provoke fears of smallpox and anthrax, but mundane threats like salmonella may pose greater danger. And experts say that the U.S. is not prepared for an attack.
UNICEF carers at a creche for children whose parents are being treated for Ebola. Building health infrastructure is crucial to stopping the next outbreak.
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The emergency in the DRC shows that despite all these positive changes, the global response to containing Ebola outbreaks is undermined by the lack of health care and public health infrastructure.
During almost all outbreaks, women provide the majority of care to the ill voluntarily in their homes at great risk and cost to themselves.
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The current outbreak refuses to give in to efforts by an international team of health care workers, armed with vaccines and treatment that did not even exist during previous episodes.
A health worker spreading disinfectant at a health checkpoint in Goma, DRC.
Nearly everything known about Ebola virus persistence in the reproductive system has resulted from testing semen of West African Ebola virus disease survivors.
African researchers are on the front line of the fight to find a vaccine that will protect people against Ebola.
A health team begins to disinfect a clinic in Ngongolio, Beni, DRC.
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Two deadly viruses are ravaging the DRC. Why are we only hearing about one of them?
Millions of young children get malaria. These two got it in 2010.
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There's a big market for new treatments for TB, malaria and other ailments. But most of these diseases afflict low-income people unable to pay for medicine.
Congolese National Army solider escorts health workers to the grave of an Ebola victim, in Beni, North Kivu province.
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Local communities are wary of the sudden arrival of outsiders and of their interest in regions where there's been violence for years
A health worker checks people’s temperatures in Goma, DRC.
Epidemics can have massive social ramifications where prohibitions are imposed on travel, socio-cultural events and schooling.
Timing is everything when it comes to making a decision about declaring a disease outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.
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The Ebola vaccine alone is not enough to deal with the outbreak in the DRC.
The current Ebola outbreak in the DRC is incredibly difficult to manage.
DRC President Felix Tshisekedi during the inauguration ceremony.
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The DRC president's direct involvement can rally people who have previously doubted the reality of the outbreak.
A man walk pass an Ebola awareness painting in downtown Monrovia, Liberia.
Do African decision-makers and leaders approach crises differently from counterparts elsewhere in the world?
A health worker prepares to administer Ebola vaccination in the north-western Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Uganda is the testing ground for a new vaccine that could work on more strains of the Ebola virus and other haemorrhagic fevers.
Health Workers treat a patient who is suspected of being infected by Ebola,
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What happens when you have Ebola?
The vaccine coverage needed for herd immunity varies from disease to disease.
When a certain percentage of a population has been vaccinated, it prevents an infectious disease from spreading. But that threshold depends on the disease.
Dr Joseph Sempa of SACEMA presenting at the 2019 Clinic on Meaningful Modelling of Epidemiological Data.
Applied Epidemiological Modelling has enormous potential to improve how decisions are made about public health in African countries.