How are tests developed for a specific virus and how does a country get the test kits it needs?
Drugs security is a serious issue in Nigeria as Covid-19 rages
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Nigeria's reliance on drug importation is worrisome as COVID-19 pandemic rages.
Millions of poor South Africans rely on social grants, including the child support grant, just to survive.
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To support precarious households that can't access existing relief during lockdown and its aftermath, the government should implement a temporary increase in the value of the child support grant.
Staff members of Local NGO Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) in the Kibera slum, Nairobi, on March 20, 2020.
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Models can predict the risk and spread of diseases and establish the time and place to implement optimal prevention and control mechanisms.
The aviation industry is a key part of Ghana’s economic agenda.
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The coronavirus is stressing the continent's aviation sector.
A visitor sanitises hands before entering a state hospital at Yaba, Lagos. Hospitals like this are likely to suffer power cuts as lock down force Nigerians to stay at home and consume more power.
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Effective public health response to a pandemic, depends on the availability of a stable power supply system.
Iraqi, Iranian and Somali asylum seekers at a tent camp in the Netherlands.
The survival resource of the world’s most vulnerable people – their social networks – may become compromised
The consequences will be far more severe and long lasting in poorer countries.
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The molecular based tests used to detect SARS-CoV-2 are very specific but can take two to three days to process and produce a result.
A National Youth Service Corps member leaves the orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja, following an order by the Nigerian government to curb the spread of the COVID-19.
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What is needed is the calm implementation of a clear and effective strategy.
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Initiatives to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 are under way. But how far away are they?
Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, taking part at a video conference in extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit at the Chigi Palace in Rome.
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Already, we have seen a range of responses globally - from countries that apparently reacted too late, to those who acted relatively early.
Doctors Without Borders supporters march in protest to the American Consulate in Johannesburg in 2012 over lack of funding to fight HIV.
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Very little is known about the relationship between COVID-19 and HIV and TB. What is known is that people's lungs are affected by all three.
Stray cows rest on a New Delhi street during a one-day civil curfew to combat coronavirus. Cattle may have been central to a coronavirus outbreak in 1890.
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Could the 1889-1890 pandemic have been the result of cow coronaviruses jumping to humans?
The immediate need to “track and trace” infections for public health purposes poses an unprecedented challenge to privacy.
Fluorescence microscopy of mycobacteria.
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Scientists need greater understanding of the bacterium's basic biology, as well as more about how it is spread from one individual to the next.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa declaring a national lockdown as a result of COVID-19.
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Epidemiology is only one of the inputs that should be considered in designing public health policy response to COVID-19 pandemic. The wider social and economic contexts must be factored in too.
HIV activists in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa in 2004. Solidarity and organisation were key in fighting HIV stigma.
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The agents causing illness do not care for our assumptions about our alleged superiority on the planet, nor do they discriminate.
Kenya now suffers from serious levels of hunger.
Since 2010 the number of Kenyans going hungry has been growing. The country now suffers from serious levels of hunger
A deserted street in Cairo after the government ordered the closure of shops, restaurants and cafes.
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Social distancing is impossible in much of Africa, and its economic consequences may lead to a famine that is worse than the pandemic. Prevention measures must consider the African context.