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Vector Borne Diseases

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Africa

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 16

Africa

History for sale: what does South Africa’s struggle heritage mean after 30 years of democracy?

      By Duane Jethro, University of Cape Town   One of my favourite statues is the one of Nelson Mandela at the Sandton City shopping centre in Johannesburg. Larger than life, its oversized bronze shoes shimmer in the evening light, polished by the hands of many passersby who crowd around to take pictures with it. At the entrance of a square in the mall, it’s a jovial image […]

todayApril 24, 2024 7

Africa

Africa’s megacities threatened by heat, floods and disease – urgent action is needed to start greening and adapt to climate change

    By Meelan Thondoo, University of Cambridge   Cities cover just 3% of the planet. But they emit 78% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, absorb 80% of final global energy (what consumers use) and consume 60% of clean drinking water. African megacities like Lagos, Nigeria (with 21 million residents) and Cairo, Egypt (with 10 million residents) are experiencing significant temperature increases due to the urban heat island effect […]

todayApril 24, 2024 7

Africa

Resistant mosquito threatens malaria fight

A new species of mosquito is driving up malaria infections in Africa, fuelling a growing public health concern. The Anopheles stephensi mosquito, shortened by some entomologists to "steve", has so far been detected in seven African countries. According to the World Health Organization, the mosquito, which originated in South Asia, was first detected in Djibouti in 2012, since then, the new species has since spread to Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana.

todayJanuary 18, 2024 8

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