Illustration of the zika virus.
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Zika is quite different to Ebola – and experts would do well to wait before making recommendations this time.
Africa is the go-to destination for tourists seeking animal safari trips.
Safaris are a major tourist attraction for those travelling to Africa - and visitors are spoiled for choice on the continent.
Military forces outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako where hostages were taken.
The hostage situation at a hotel in the Malian capital Bamako comes after months of sporadic violence.
A deadly meeting? The potentially lethal viper, Echis carinatus.
News that a leading manufacturer will cease making a well-known antivenom is not actually new.
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The communities ravaged by Ebola need mental health support to help people rebuild their lives.
Women should have access to high-level policy positions so that their input and voices are heard.
Despite ongoing efforts, achieving gender equality struggles because it is ignored or compartmentalised rather than interwoven throughout.
Increasing human-wildlife interactions pose threats not only to public health, but also to conservation, and well-being.
Public health is not the only way to manage epidemic outbreaks like the Ebola virus.
Nigeria’s plans for a new modern city need to be boosted so that they deliver a metropolis like the Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi.
Rather than just becoming a financial venture, the Eko Atlantic experiment can be carried further at no extra cost to become the hub to transform good governance in Nigeria and West Africa.
Maternal mortality rates in West Africa is still among the highest the highest in the world.
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One of the reasons maternal mortality in West Africa is still so high is because less than 60% of women give birth under skilled care.
Vaccinations for children and other health services were suspended during the Ebola epidemic.
Ebola has been blamed for a surge in untreated malaria cases in west Africa that could have led to an excess numbers of deaths from malaria, greater than the total caused by the Ebola virus.
Buhari has a lot to prove after landslide election.
Nigeria's new president has set himself the task of cleaning up one of the world's most corrupt states. What are his chances?
Nigeria managed to stem the spread of ebola in Lagos, a densely populated city of 21 million people.
The fast thinking Nigerian government used a tried and tested tracking system and pooled expertise to contain the ebola virus in three months.
Goodluck Jonathan seeks a second term in office as Nigeria votes on March 28.
Nigeria heads to the polls on March 28 to choose between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.
Viral mutation, or ‘genetic drift’, could impact the viability of some drugs being developed to combat Ebola.
Scientists around the world are trying to develop effective treatments for Ebola infection. But a process of viral mutation, known as "genetic drift", could potentially compromise their efforts.
Eradicating Ebola is worth every penny spent.
The Ebola pandemic cutting a swathe through West Africa is thought to have begun in December 2013. A year later the WHO estimates more than 20,000 men, women and children have been infected with the virus…
Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital has past experience with Ebola-like diseases.
It has been confirmed that a healthcare worker who has returned from Sierra Leone has contracted the Ebola virus and is being treated in a Glasgow hospital. The female patient tested positive for the virus…
Gambian beaches are well away from the Ebola zone, but where are all the tourists?
I am writing this from the Gambia and want to appeal to everyone to spread the word: this country is open for business and it is not affected by the Ebola outbreak – otherwise I would not be here. I am…
At least they’re trying.
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I was living and working in Africa at the time of Band Aid 1984. I found the song Do They Know it’s Christmas? cloying, but I recognised that it was mobilising ordinary citizens towards concern and compassion…
Even before the Ebola outbreak, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Libera were among the world’s poorest countries.
Media coverage of the growing Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia has presented world audiences with apocalyptic predictions of ultimate death tolls and grisly imaginings of its spread to…
The densely populated cities like Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, have been the worst hit.
The Ebola outbreak continues to rage, and the immediate need is to control the spread of the disease and to help those infected. But it is time also to plan how to rebuild a post-Ebola West Africa, whose…