Statistical infrastructure can help improve everything from health care to politics.
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Data science infrastructure is sorely needed in many places. Doctors Without Borders brings medical help to nations in need, but similar efforts are relatively small for statistics.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy president David Mabuza, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize visiting the Aspen Pharmacare sterile manufacturing facility.
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Vaccine manufacturing doesn’t come cheap. It depends heavily on support from developed countries. It also requires much more than relaxing intellectual property rights and a desire for vaccine equity.
Residents and church members gather at the main gate of the Synagogue Church of All Nations headquarters in Lagos to mourn the death of pastor TB Joshua.
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Nigeria’s TB Joshua wasn’t just known for his evangelism and controversies. He was also a beloved philanthropist.
Rigiatu Kamara (R), 38, who has recovered from the Ebola virus disease poses with her husband Baibai Kamara (L), 40, in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on August 26, 2014.
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Ebola survivors use multiple avenues to address their health needs, which presents a management challenge.
Women and girls face increased violence during public health crises.
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A gender perspective on public health is essential to human rights and safety in crisis situations.
A Liberian man reads a newspaper reporting on the Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Guinea at a sidewalk news stand in Monrovia, Liberia.
Ebola seems to be able to lay dormant in people for many years before causing disease again.
Workers at India’s biggest syringe manufacturer ramp up production in September 2020 in race to meet COVID-19 vaccine-driven demand.
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There are three broad sets of health-related opportunities and benefits that may shape the future of India-Africa relations.
Efforts are underway to curb the outbreak.
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The virus is always present in nature and when circumstances allow, it may jump from one species to another.
Medical staff check each others protective suits.
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Countries in the West Africa region are in a very different position to seven years ago. They now have the experience of the past as well as new tools to tackle Ebola.
Until now the U.S. hasn’t coordinated its disaster aid and development spending.
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The Trump White House questioned the value of foreign aid and neglected policies related to helping low-income countries. But US aid had already needed improvement.
Human damage to biodiversity is leading us into a pandemic era. A new report shows we must urgently transform our relationship with the environment.
Illicit endangered wildlife trade in Möng La, Shan, Myanmar.
To better anticipate and manage the emergence of new pandemics, a paradigm shift is needed to take into account the complex interactions between human health, animal health, the environment and the economy.
One approach to figure out what to expect is to look at the experiences of different countries after they closed schools due to previous pandemics, war or industrial action.
An imam leads the prayer during the funeral for COVID-19 coronavirus victims at a mosque in Cape Town.
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It is important that procedures surrounding funerals are developed by public health officials alongside traditional and religious authorities.
Pangolins have been found with covonaviruses that are genetically similar to the one afflicting humans today.
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Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.
A child receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse in Goma on August 7, 2019.
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African governments should shift their attention to strengthening health systems so that they are better placed to respond to any pandemic.
A COVID-19-type pandemic had long been predicted, but our warnings weren’t heeded. We need to start rethinking our approach to health now – even in countries like New Zealand.
Special steps need to be taken to blunt the impact of school closures, particuarly on girls.
Humans can identify asymptomatic cases, build trust and assauge fears. Apps cannot.
A bottle of Covid Organics, a herbal tea that authorities in Madagascar gave to students.
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Authorities around the world can do more to ensure that correct information and messages on the pandemic reach everybody.