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Vaccine deals a blow to meningitis A in Africa

Dec1

A conjugate vaccine has led to control and near total elimination of meningitis A disease in Africa, according to studies. The findings are from a collection of 29 articles written by guest editors from Public Health England and the former Meningitis Vaccine Project, a partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the international health non-profit PATH.

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Why I am afraid of the African disease of Ebola

Wherever I turn, there is Ebola. In the newspapers and magazines, on television and radio, and across the ubiquitous social media. Ebola. I sweat, shake, and cringe in mortal fear. Such an ugly word, fearsome in its primal sound, so African, so dark, so black. Since Africa is one country, beware of going to Africa, the media screams.

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Mobile phone data ‘could help locate Ebola cases’

Cape Town – Tracking the timely movement of mobile phone users in West Africa could help predict where the next cases of Ebola will emerge, according to researchers.

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African journalists offer to help cut Ebola deaths

Accra – African science journalists are imploring governments to involve them in reporting on the Ebola crisis to help prevent needless deaths caused by inadequate or incorrect information.

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Opinion: Ebola is everybody’s business

‘The 2014 Ebola outbreak needs to become a moment where those who follow will mark it as a turning point where the world rallied; where donors, rich countries and health agencies acted decisively to invest in health systems on which billions of vulnerable people rely’, writes Daily Maverick correspondent Anso Thom.

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Guinea: Pointing microphones against Ebola

Brussels – As the world nervously watches the Ebola outbreak from afar, local media in Guinea work around the clock in precarious environments to make sure the population remains informed. A vital force against the crisis, these journalists need funding and international support to step up against the virus.

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