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National Institute for Communicable Diseases

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is the national public health insitute for South Africa. It provides reference microbiology,virology,epidemiology, surveillance and public health research to support the government’s response to communicable disease threats.

The NICD is organised into functional Centres, bringing together expertise in both reference microbiology and epidemiology to enable an intergrated public health response to communicable disease threats.

The NICD primarily supports the programmes of the National and Provincial Departments of Health. As well as national support, the NICD also provides public health services such as collaborating laboratory or regional reference laboratory functions for global programmes of the World Health Organisation (WHO)

The NICD has established co-operatives agreements with partner national public health institutions such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and NIH/NIAID of the USA, the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and the Health Protection Agency (HPA) of the United Kingdom, as well as other internationally recognised public health insitutions.


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Two new malaria vaccines are being rolled out across Africa: how they work and what they promise

Forty million children are born in malaria areas across Africa each year. Two new vaccines are important weapons in the fight against the disease.
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Comment la modification génétique des moustiques pourrait renforcer la lutte mondiale contre le paludisme

Des méthodes ne faisant pas appel aux insecticides sont nécessaires pour renforcer la lutte contre les maladies transmises par les moustiques.
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África se aferra a la esperanza de un futuro sin malaria

Los programas nacionales de control de la malaria en el continente africano han demostrado una gran resiliencia a pesar de los retos económicos y la competencia con otros objetivos sanitarios. En la actualidad, se enfrentan a nuevos desafíos.
Une usine produisant des moustiquaires imprégnées à Arusha, en Tanzanie. Photo : Charles Ommanney/Getty Images

Afrique sans paludisme : l'espoir se profile à l'horizon

Malgré les perturbations, les programmes nationaux de lutte contre le paludisme ont fait preuve d'une résistance impressionnante.
A factory producing insecticidal bed nets in Arusha, Tanzania. Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images

Hope is on the horizon for a malaria-free Africa

There have been disruptions. But national malaria control programmes have shown impressive resilience.
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What is sepsis? How to spot, manage and prevent it

Many infections, including bacterial, fungal and viral infections can lead to sepsis and septic shock.
Global climate is changing rapidly. This has a range of public health implications. CDC/ James Gathany

Climate change affects mosquito behaviour. This may make it harder to end malaria in South Africa

As the Earth warms up the malaria vector will develop faster, allowing them to breed faster, bite more frequently and expand into formerly unsuitable habitats.
It is critical that the affected communities have access to safe drinking water. Phill Magakoe /AFP via Getty Images

Floods create health risks: what to look out for and how to avoid them

The displacement of people and overcrowding that often results from flooding provide optimal conditions for outbreaks of respiratory and gastrointestinal illness.


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