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The pandemic and a health workers’ strike disrupted essential health services. Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

COVID and health workers’ strike: how Kenya’s health services coped in times of crisis

Outpatient visits, screening and diagnostic services, and child immunisation were particularly negatively affected.
Sindhi cattle near Amazon rainforest: flexitarian diets could feed the growing world population without further encroaching onto wild habitat. Lucas Ninno via GettyImages

Eating less food from animal sources is key to reducing the risk of wildlife-origin diseases and global warming

Infectious diseases originating in wild animals are high and may be increasing. This is a sign that ecosystem degradation is undermining the planet’s capacity to sustain human wellbeing.
COVID-19 will not be the last infectious disease event of our time. We need to prepare for the next challenge with evidence and knowledge. (Shutterstock)

Future infectious diseases: Recent history shows we can never again be complacent about pathogens

Before COVID-19, clean water, antibiotics and vaccines had made us complacent about infectious disease. Infection control can no longer be taken for granted. We must be prepared for future pandemics.
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Leçons tirées de la 10ème épidémie de la maladie à virus Ebola en RDC: la population serait mieux informée qu'on le pense

La gestion internationale des épidémies, consiste parfois à céder leur contrôle à un groupe d'experts étrangers qui possèdent une compréhension superficielle d’une région très complexe.
The large public health apparatus assembled to fight Ebola created more problems. Alexis Huguet/AFP via Getty Images

Lessons from the DRC’s 10th Ebola epidemic: the people may know best

International epidemic management involves ceding to foreign experts who possess, at best, a surface-level understanding of a very complex region.
Disturbing the habitats of horseshoe bats, like these in Borneo, increases the risk of virus spillover. Mike Prince/Flickr

Preventing future pandemics starts with recognizing links between human and animal health

How can nations prevent more pandemics like COVID-19? One priority is reducing the risk of diseases’ jumping from animals to humans. And that means understanding how human actions fuel that risk.
Liberia and Sierra Leone actively sought international aid to combat Ebola in 2014, Guinea downplayed the extent of the deadly disease. EFE-EPA/Ahmed Jallanzo

Papers show what lay behind Condé regime’s Ebola denialism in Guinea

President Alpha Condé’s pursuit of mining interests during the Ebola crisis may have foreshadowed his demise as he tightened his grip over power and plundered the state’s wealth.

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