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Rwanda to start using drones to supply vaccines, blood in August

President Paul Kagame said on Friday Rwanda was keen on plans to use drones to deliver blood supplies and vaccines, and was working with U.S.-based firm Zipline to launch the service by August. International delivery company UPS is backing...

5 dead in renewed Ebola scourge in Guinea

Ebola has likely killed five people in Guinea after re-emerging in the country's south, health authorities said Tuesday, as Liberia announced it was closing their shared border to guard against the spread of the virus. "Since the re-emergence of...

Russia Ebola vaccine ‘effective’ in initial tests – Health minister

Russia's health minister said Monday that an Ebola vaccine developed by the country over the last 15 months had shown encouraging results and would undergo further testing in West Africa. "Phases one and two of testing were managed in...

Health expert say, you can apply malaria preventive measures for Zika virus

On Feb 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) described Zika as having potentially "explosive pandemic potential" and declared it a global public health emergency. The virus relatively harmless has a massive outbreak that started last year in Brazil becoming...

Hospital hit in deadly air strike in eastern Libya

An air strike hit a hospital in Derna in eastern Libya on Sunday, killing four people including a woman and her child and two anti-government fighters, a doctor said. "There are four dead -- a nurse, her 10-year-old son...

55 leave Ebola quarantine in Sierra Leone, officials hunt for another 48

Only four people remained in quarantine in Sierra Leone on Wednesday after 55 others were declared free of the Ebola virus and released from hospital, officials and medical sources said. But medics were urgently seeking to contact around 50...

Health workers battle malaria in northern Uganda

Uganda dispatched a team of more than 370 health workers to the northern part of the country on Monday where a malaria epidemic ravaging the region since July has killed about 658 people. Uganda reported an unusual outbreak of...

Zambia get $30 m boost from donors to reduce HIV/AIDS infections

Zambia will receive 30 million U.S. dollars from international organizations to help it reduce new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women over the period of two years, a senior official said Friday. The funds will go towards...

Dead Sierra Leonean tested positive for Ebola hours after WHO said it is over

A body has tested positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone, a spokesman for the Health Ministry said, just hours after the World Health Organization said transmission of the virus in West Africa had ended. Two swab tests carried out...

South Africa turns to breast milk banks to tackle high infant mortality

Patrick, a premature baby weighing a minuscule 1.2 kilos (2.65 pounds), was "saved" by a breast milk bank in South Africa, where child mortality is high despite being the continent's most developed economy. "It was a question of life and...
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Pirates attack Turkish ship off W. Africa; kill 1, kidnap 15

Pirates attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the West African coast, kidnapping 15 sailors and killing one of them,...
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