South Africa marked World AIDS Day yesterday by rolling out a “game-changing” HIV drug that is cheaper and has fewer side effects than its predecessors, the Guardian reports.   The plan is to get some 8 million South Africans onto the new treatment regimen by 2021—including…

Well-intentioned aid organizations can miss the mark when trying to engage African communities in disease prevention.   For example: Giving written pamphlets to illiterate communities; videos featuring people cleaning themselves with their right hands post-toilet (highly…

During the Zika virus outbreak in 2015-2016, scientists eager to study the mysterious virus were hampered by the low abundance of virus particles in any given sick patient. The process was “like fishing for a minnow in an ocean,” writes Leah Eisenstadt.

A new Nature Genetics study has revealed nearly a million genes in parasitic worms never before identified.  

Dirty socks donated by Gambian children tested for malaria and springer spaniels in England added up to an advance in the quest for noninvasive malaria tests.   Steven Lindsay, a Durham University public health entomologist, put the socks to the sniff test by trained dogs,…

Remarkable strides in the 2-decade fight against trachoma show workaday public health practices trump miracle medicines, reports Donald McNeil. The strategy behind the victories includes a 20-minute operation, and preventive efforts such as annual antibiotic administration…

What discourages some women in sub-Saharan Africa from pursuing malaria prevention and treatment? According to a new study led by Matilda Aberese-Ako at Ghana’s University of Health and Allied Sciences, a lack of education about the disease and a belief that the disease is…

Last week, Southern African countries met to kick off the opening of the Africa CDC’s Regional Collaborating Centers (RCC) in Lusaka, Zambia, to enhance surveillance, emergency responses and infectious and non-infectious disease prevention. The RCC will work closely with…

Aid agencies have helped to provide nearly 500 million free insecticide-treated bed nets in Africa, campaigns that have been instrumental in saving an estimated 6.8 million lives from malaria since 2000. However nets now can be hard to come by because retailers have had…