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Risk of coronavirus importation in Africa

The map shows the global distribution of importation risk over human population density. Credit: Vittoria Colizza and colleagues Egypt, Algeria and Republic of South Africa are the African countries most at risk for coronavirus COVID-19 importation in the continent, due to high air traffic with the contaminated Chinese provinces. But …

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Egypt confirms first coronavirus case in Africa

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Egypt’s health ministry on Friday announced the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Africa. The sufferer was not Egyptian, the ministry said in a statement, without specifying the nationality. “The ministry has taken preventative measures and is monitoring the patient… who is stable,” said …

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Africa braces for new virus

In this Feb. 6, 2020, photo, a security guard stands outside of the Sino-Zambia Friendship Hospital in Kitwe, Zambia. The coronavirus that has spread through much of China has yet to be diagnosed in Africa, but global health authorities are increasingly worried about the threat as health workers on the …

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Africa struggles to stem deadly flood of fake medicine

Credit: CC0 Public Domain After he was struck down by malaria and typhoid, Togolese tailor Ayawo Hievi thought he was set to recover when he started taking drugs prescribed by his doctor. But far from curing him, the medication he was given at the neighbourhood clinic made him far worse—eventually …

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US Feed the Future program reduces stunting of children in Africa, study finds

Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative, has prevented 2.2 million children from experiencing malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found. The researchers, led by Tess Ryckman, a Stanford Health Policy graduate student, compared children‘s health in 33 …

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Telling the complex story of ‘medical xenophobia’ in South Africa

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The phrase “medical xenophobia” is often used to describe the negative attitudes and practices of South African health care professionals towards refugees and migrants. It is used whenever foreign nationals are denied access to any medical treatment or care. Research on migration and health in South …

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Supermarkets and child nutrition in Africa

Malnourished: Malnutrition is a widespread problem in Africa. Credit: E M Meemken Malnourished: Malnutrition is a widespread problem in Africa. Credit: E M Meemken Hunger and undernutrition are still widespread problems in Africa. At the same time, overweight, obesity, and related chronic diseases are also on the rise. Recent research …

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Complacency a key concern as HIV epidemic persists in Africa

In this Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, HIV-counseling and prevention course facilitators Evelyn Ojwang, center, and Henry Owino, right, conduct an HIV prevention session entitled “Healthy Choices for a Better Future” to a group comprised of children, adolescents and adults who are either HIV-positive or at high risk of …

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