Category «Infectious Diseases»

Malaria outbreak in Limpopo and Mpumalanga

Malaria outbreak in Limpopo and Mpumalanga Following the malaria outbreaks in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, there has been daily monitoring of the developments through the district outbreak response meetings. However, the overall number of reported malaria cases has declined in the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo over the past two weeks. There have been a …

WHO supports proposed sugar-sweetened beverages tax in South Africa

The World Health Organization supports the consideration of Government of South Africa of introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) to help reduce excessive sugar intake. This is one of interventions proposed in the Strategy for the prevention and control of obesity in South Africa 2015-2020. WHO has supported introduction of such taxes since …

WHO and partners immunized over 155 000 migrant children through special vaccination posts in South Sudan

World Health Organization

In response to the poliomyelitis outbreak associated with type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) and ambiguous vaccine derived polio virus (aVDPVs)  identified in Unity state,  the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with Ministry of Health and partners immunized over 155 000 migrant children under the age of 15 through special vaccination posts. Type 2 …

National World AIDS Day 2016

World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on 1 December. The National Department of Health appeals to all South Africans to remember the importance of this day and support those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Under the theme “It Is In Our Hands To End HIV and TB”, communities are encouraged to care …

World Antibiotic Awareness Week – 14-20 November 2016

World Health Organization

World Antibiotic Awareness Week is being marked 14-20 November 2016. Antibiotics have saved millions of people’s lives from infections that were once deadly. We have come to rely on antibiotics in modern medicine and agriculture, to treat humans and animals that are sick and to prevent others from becoming infected. But they are losing their …

At UN, global leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance Collective effort to address a challenge to health, food security, and development

World Health Organization

World leaders today signalled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) happens when bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi develop resistance against medicines that were previously able to cure them. For the first time, Heads of State committed to taking a broad, coordinated …

WHO – updated Zika situation report – 15 September 2016

World Health Organization

Key updates Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week: None Countries in the Western Pacific Region have been reporting new cases as seen in Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia. Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection …