Eliminating Prosopis juliflora—an invasive, shrub-like tree that gives mosquitoes the sugar they need to survive—may reduce mosquito populations and malaria transmission, say researchers in Mali, West Africa.Researchers examined 9 villages in the Bandiagara district of Mali…

Cholera cases in East Africa surge by nearly 50,000 during El Niño, according to a recent JHSPH study published in PNAS.   The El Niño weather occurrence typically brings higher precipitation that can cause sewage overflow, affecting water sources. It can also create drier…

3% of the people in West Africa’s Ebola 2014-2015 epidemic contributed to nearly 2/3rds of the cases, according to a new PNAS study.   The superspreaders were often children under 15 or adults 40-55 who were in the community rather than health care facilities, according to…

In early 2014, the Ebola virus picked up a mutation that made it better at infecting human cells—a change that may have helped ignite West Africa’s devastating outbreak that left more than 11,000 dead.   It’s too early to definitively blame the mutation for the outbreak’s…

A study of health care workers who responded to the West African Ebola outbreak suggests that better volunteer preparedness, oversight and follow-up support could improve future response efforts. In semi-structured interviews with 16 US volunteers, most described feeling a…

In a rare treat for the global health community, Peter Piot reviews not 1 but 2 books about Ebola.   The first (Ebola: How a People's Science Helped End an Epidemic, by Paul Richards), which Piot calls a must-read, explores through an anthropologist’s lens how villages in…

Packed West African cities bore the brunt of the 2014 Ebola pandemic, showing the outsize role that cities will play in future outbreaks infectious and noncommunicable. Calling cities “crucial laboratories of innovation in public health,” Ashish Jha, director of the…

Determined to improve Nigeria’s maternal health care, Aminu Gamawa, a lawyer in Nigeria, recognized the importance of allying Islamic scholars—particularly in the country’s Muslim North.  

While partisan bickering about funding drags on in the US, one of the options on the table is to pull $107 million slated for rebuilding health systems in West Africa after the Ebola epidemic.

Even when Liberia was experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak in history during 2014-2015, health care workers knew they still needed to worry about malaria, the main killer of children under 5 in the country.