About a third of children exposed to the Zika virus in utero suffered from neurological problems, according to follow-up study published yesterday in Nature Medicine.  

The Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is “definitely a public health emergency,” the UK’s international development chief Rory Stewart told The Guardian. A declaration would make it easier to fill a $100 million funding gap, Stewart noted.  

A Chinese philanthropist and Chinese researchers have embraced a bold goal: Eliminating malaria from Kenya using mass drug administration. By giving antimalarials to every Kenyan, New South CEO Zhu Layi and team hope to eliminate Kenya’s human malaria reservoir—leading to…

In the poorest states in the US with the worst health outcomes, the Trump Administration’s plan to end HIV by 2030 could create new opportunities—particularly among African Americans most affected.  

In Malawi, it’s standard practice for women to sell fish caught by men and pay them later—but if the numbers don’t add up, transactional sex offers another form of payment, Marc Silver reports.   While “fish for sex” is common in sub-Saharan Africa, it also comes with heavy…

A swell in opioid-related bacterial and viral infections is further compounding the crisis.  Upticks in HIV, hepatitis and bacterial infections—including antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus—are alarming public health officials. Most result from unsanitary injections…

The Zika virus has fallen off the global radar since Brazil's 2016 outbreak triggered anxiety about the birth defects brought on by Zika-related microcephaly.  

The death toll from viral hepatitis now outpaces that of HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. Approaching World Hepatitis Day on July 28th, a recent WHO progress report illuminates the disease’s impact in Africa.     Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the highest hepatitis B numbers with…

Key donors are kick-starting a “total reset” for Ebola response efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Devex reports.   The change in tack from the US, the UK, the EU and the World Bank comes amid a need to take the reins from the WHO’s faltering leadership,…

A 21-month-old girl in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province became the country’s 10th polio case this year.   The girl, whose parents refused her vaccination, was left partially paralyzed.     Of ~9 million children eligible for vaccination in the country, around 860,000 did not…