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Heat waves can be deadly for older adults: An aging global population and rising temperatures mean millions are at risk

Older adults face health risks from high heat for many reasons, including medications. AP Photo/Manu Fernandez     By Deborah Carr, Boston University; Enrica De Cian, Ca' Foscari University of Venice; Giacomo Falchetta, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, and Ian Sue Wing, Boston University     A deadly heat wave gripped large regions of Asia for weeks in April and May 2024. As temperatures climbed past 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43.3 Celsius) […]

todayMay 23, 2024 25


City’s outskirts pose public health crisis

In a recent interview with Future Media News, Community Development Committee member for Windhoek's Khomasdal and 7de Laan areas- Rita Shipanga sheds light on the pressing issues plaguing her community, where the lack of proper sanitation facilities poses a significant threat to public health. Experiencing similar challanges is Community leader Peterstone Thapalo from the Tobias Hainyeko constituency in the city.  

todayMay 22, 2024 23


Thirsty in paradise: Water crises are a growing problem across the Caribbean islands

Public water shortages have left people scrambling for alternatives on many of the islands, including Cuba. Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty Images     By Farah Nibbs, University of Maryland, Baltimore County   In the popular imagination, the Caribbean is paradise, an exotic place to escape to. But behind the images of balmy beaches and lush hotel grounds lies a crisis, the likes of which its residents have never experienced. Caribbean […]

todayMay 17, 2024 11

South Africa

South Africa will be president of the G20 in 2025: two much-needed reforms it should drive

      By Danny Bradlow, University of Pretoria     South Africa will play an important international role in 2025 as president of the G20. The G20 is a group of 19 countries as well as the African Union and the European Union. Between them they represent 85% of global economy, 75% of world trade and 67% of global population. The G20 defines itself as the premier multilateral forum […]

todayMay 15, 2024 13


BGI Genomics launches first African public health initiative to screen cervical cancer.

BGI Genomics have recently launched their first cervical cancer screening program in Africa with Rwanda being being the first beneficiary. The program that was initiated in Ngoma District in the Eastern Province of Rwanda will provide 20,000 Human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA tests for local women, aiming to enhance cervical cancer screening and prevention efforts and improve local precision medical testing capabilities. The launching event was attended by Wang Xuekun, Chinese […]

todayMay 15, 2024 5


African health experts warn of climate change & rising vector-borne diseases

Climate change has become a pressing public health crisis around the world, as disease patterns worsen and emerge in regions where they did not exist before. Health experts are particularly concerned about the role of climate change in the rise of vector-borne diseases in Africa’s low- and middle-income countries. Rising temperatures can expand and extend the life cycle of disease-carrying vectors such as mosquitoes, ticks and parasites. Health experts discussed […]

todayMay 14, 2024 14

Health / Medical

154 million lives saved in 50 years: 5 charts on the global success of vaccines

    By Meru Sheel, University of Sydney and Alexandra Hogan, UNSW Sydney   We know vaccines have been a miracle for public health. Now, new research led by the World Health Organization has found vaccines have saved an estimated 154 million lives in the past 50 years from 14 different diseases. Most of these have been children under five, and around two-thirds children under one year old. In 1974 […]

todayMay 14, 2024 14

Health / Medical

WHO says vaccine patches could revolutionise measles prevention

A vaccine patch could be a safe and effective alternative way to protect young children against measles, a trial by the World Health Organisation in The Gambia has suggested. Dr. Birgit Giersing, team lead at the WHO vaccine product and delivery research unit to UN News that the patches could be a major breakthrough in protecting vulnerable populations from preventable diseases.

todayMay 13, 2024 13


Kenya floods raise cholera risk as WHO records 44 cases

At least 44 cholera cases have been reported in Kenya’s Tana River county, as flooding raises the risk of the spread of water-borne diseases. A statement by the World Health Organisation which cites the numbers, says Kenyan officials supported by WHO and other agencies have been monitoring the health situation and response around the country in the wake of the floods. The flooding, according to BBC Africa has affected more […]

todayMay 9, 2024 2