Why is the malaria vaccine so elusive? Because the immune response required to shield someone against the parasite must be sky high.   A novel effort to achieve a mass-produced vaccine involves a rather antique method: beheading. The mozzie massacre has a purpose: enabling…

South Africa is the epicenter of the world’s largest HIV epidemic. 20% of all people living with HIV are in the country, and 20% of the globe’s new infections occur there. Worse, nearly a third of all new infections are among adolescent girls ages 15-24.  

A quarter of people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo don’t believe Ebola is real. That deep mistrust means people are 15X less likely to use Ebola clinics, AP reports.

In 2000, when Misaki Wayengera was a med student during an Ebola outbreak, the Ugandan pathologist—now at Makerere University’s College of Health Sciences—saw first-hand the need for fast Ebola diagnostics. Results were taking weeks to come back. There were rapid tests for…

Surgery might not immediately come to mind as a solution in the fight to end tuberculosis. Certainly, antibiotics are the standard treatment for this infectious disease that affects 10 million people worldwide.

When Ebola breaks out in a conflict zone, health workers can't do their jobs—and neither a promising vaccine. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Ebola fight is also up against militias who, perpetually at war with each other, are now targeting clinics.  The…

The good news is that tuberculosis deaths are declining steadily. The bad news is that we are wildly off track to meet the bold targets set for controlling the world’s #1 lethal infectious disease.

Liberia is not prepared for Ebola’s return, according to the country’s chief medical officer Francis Kateh. A recent Ebola simulation reported cases at health facilities in 3 counties to test resilience and preparedness for another epidemic. Liberia didn’t make the grade,…

Properly administered antiretroviral therapy effectively banishes the risk of transmitting HIV to others, but its power is limited when some 80% of new transmissions are linked to people who don't know they are HIV-positive or aren't getting treatment.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for the country’s treatment of Inuit tuberculosis patients from the 1940s to the 1960s, CBC reported.