Antibiotic-resistant infections are killing newborns at an alarming pace in Malawi, and the situation has scarcely improved since 2000 despite stronger health systems. Sepsis killed 20% of newborns in Malawi in 2016, compared to just 2% in the UK. A rare study of resistance…

There’s a growing consensus that sustainable HIV/AIDS programs are built around local systems rather than international NGOs. To that end, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief plans to commit 70% of its funding to host country governments or organizations by 2020…

The WHO called for free and secure access to DRC’s North Kivu for the Ebola response, after global and African regional leaders saw the challenges of the war-zone response up close during weekend visits.  

Our work is based on science and trust, on our ability to communicate reliable information—and on having people believe that information is real. We help Tanzanians change their behaviors to protect themselves from malaria by laying out the advantages of sleeping under…

In its first cholera outbreak since 2008, the disease is sweeping the town of Bida in Nigeria’s Niger state with 267 cases since June 3; 8 people have died. It’s part of a spate of infectious disease outbreaks in Nigeria, spurred by poor sanitation. Cholera has the…

In the past 3 decades, Uganda slashed its HIV infection rate from 15% to 6.5% and halved annual deaths. Now the country's infection rates are expected to rise. Why? “poor planning, lack of donor accountability and chronic budget gaps,” writes Katie G. Nelson.

Since her mother died of tuberculosis 3 years ago, Bernice Clarke has been lobbying the Canadian government to ramp up support for the TB crisis in the Nunavut territory. In her beloved Inuit homeland, Clarke’s children are 300 times more likely to contract TB than children…

Ebola deaths climbed to 33 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu outbreak, including 2 healthcare workers, WHO confirmed over the weekend. An additional 33 suspected cases have also been reported.  

Recent guidance has highlighted the importance of combining effective contraception with antiretroviral treatment (ART) in women living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Studies presented at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) last week highlighted gaps in…

A 9-month course of daily isoniazid has been the go-to drug for latent tuberculosis—but quite often it causes liver damage, a deterrent for many patients who aren’t sick, and will probably never be sick from the condition, writes Helen Branswell.