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    Low trust in authorities affects vaccine uptake: evidence from 22 African countries

    In a time when the world is focusing on Covid-19 vaccines, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted the importance of routine immunisations for diseases such as measles, tetanus and polio...

    By Jean-Francois Maystadt, Kalle Hirvonen & Nik Stoop 21 May 2021

    It's possible to build stronger systems to deliver oxygen: here's what it takes

    Covid-19 pneumonia creates breathing difficulties leading to low blood oxygen levels (hypoxaemia). Unable to get enough oxygen to supply vital organs, patients with hypoxaemia are at very high risk of death...

    By Hamish Graham & Adegoke Falade 10 May 2021

    #BizTrends2021: African demands for post-Covid healthcare align impact with investor opportunity in 2021

    The Covid-19 emergency has focused minds on the urgent need for improved healthcare across Africa, aligning unprecedented opportunity for positive social impact with competitive returns...

    By Jason Mitchell 11 Jan 2021

    Researchers analyse initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa

    Professor Ralph Hamann from UCT's Graduate School of Business is among a group of researchers analysing the initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa...

    24 Dec 2020

    Severe Covid may be caused by 'autoantibodies' - here is what that means

    Whether or not a person with COVID-19 develops severe disease depends a lot on how their immune system reacts to the coronavirus...

    By Rebecca Aicheler 17 Dec 2020

    #BestofBiz 2020: Healthcare

    What a year 2020 has been! So, we've curated the year's most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views on Bizcommunity's Healthcare platform into our #BestofBiz2020 list

    14 Dec 2020

    Africa's fragile health system hit hard by Covid-19

    A sharp decline in five key essential services in 14 African countries between January and September 2020 is indicative of how the Covid-19 pandemic could deepen the continent's health services crisis...

    9 Nov 2020

    850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature - UN report

    Human damage to biodiversity is leading us into a pandemic era. The virus that causes Covid-19, for example, is linked to similar viruses in bats, which may have been passed to humans via pangolins or another species...

    By Katie Woolaston and Judith Lorraine Fisher 30 Oct 2020

    5 quick wins to re-invent Africa's health systems

    Since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed on the continent in February 2020, the response, led by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has been commendable. Governments moved quickly to institute public health measures to curb its spread...

    By Rachel Ndirangu & Rosemarie Muganda-Onyando 23 Oct 2020

    How changing vaccine schedules can save costs and lives: findings from South Africa

    In 2005, before most low- and middle-income countries started vaccinating children routinely for pneumococcal disease, it caused approximately 1.5 million deaths worldwide annually...

    By Jeffrey Dorfman 29 Sep 2020

    Majority of tobacco giants failing to advance harm reduction

    The first Tobacco Transformation Index finds that the majority of the 15 largest tobacco companies are not making substantive progress in phasing out cigarettes...

    28 Sep 2020

    Sub-Saharan Africans increase healthy habits to beat the virus

    Covid-19 has prompted many of us to examine our health, with 63% of people around the world reporting that coronavirus has encouraged them to seriously consider their levels of health and fitness...

    Issued by Borderless Access 31 Aug 2020

    Non-medical use of prescription drugs among skilled workers: a pilot study in Nigeria

    More than ever, the world is facing a challenge of non-medical use of prescription drugs among people of all ages, genders and occupations. Evidence show that pharmaceutical opioids, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and amphetamines are the most common types of prescription medication used in a non-medical context...

    By Samson Femi Agberotimi 25 Jun 2020

    How African genetic studies offer hope for preventing a common cause of blindness

    Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness in the world. It's estimated that by 2040 there will be about 112-million people in the world with glaucoma - mostly in Africa and Asia. The best that medical science can do at present is identify it early and slow or halt its progression...

    By Susan Williams 22 Apr 2020



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