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It has been confirmed that 11 people have died so far from a cholera outbreak in Ghana’s capital, Accra.
The deaths have been recorded in a number cholera cases reported since the outbreak started in the past two weeks.
In Sierra Leone, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has launched an operation to weed out all female students found pregnant in examination hall.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says for the first time, there will be more people in the world aged over 60 than children aged less than five in the next few years, calling for urgent action to provide adequate health for older people.
Malaria remains a major public health problem in the West African sub-region and across Africa, despite recent progress in combating the illness.
Liberia and Sierra Leone have agreed to jointly mobilize resources and speed up reforms aimed at improving their water and sanitation (WASH) sector, which is in dire need of improvement.
A cholera epidemic in Sierra Leone has left 34 people dead so far, with over 2,000 cases reported in three districts around the country, health authorities confirmed in Freetown on Tuesday.
The World Bank has called on African governments and their development aid donors “to do significantly more to prevent new HIV infections.”
In a new report, the World Bank warned that “without a dramatic reduction in infections, existing national treatment programs for people living with HIV/AIDS could become unsustainable over the coming years.”
A big diplomatic rift has been averted, as South Africa has given an ''unreserved apology’’ to Nigeria on the deportation of 125 Nigerians, who were said to have entered the country with fake yellow fever vaccination cards.
Youth and civil society are the heart of a series of reviews for of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action.
The first global review will be held by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), as part of the 2nd Dialogue and Retreat of the Alliance of Southern Civil Society in Global Health.
Health authorities in Nigeria recently raised alarm about an outbreak of Lassa fever in at least 12 of Nigeria’s 36 states, with 40 deaths and hundreds of cases recorded so far.