Vaccine mistrust threatens COVID immunity

02 November 2020

Fewer than three quarters of people around the world say they are likely to use a vaccination against COVID-19 if one is approved by regulatory agencies, falling short of the levels required to achieve collective immunity, a study says. The study, which polled the opinions of over 13,000 people from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas and was published earlier this month (October 20) in the journal Nature Medicine, revealed ... Read more

World sees two million stillbirths annually — report

15 October 2020

    [NEW DELHI] Nearly two million babies are stillborn every year, with 84 per cent of cases occurring in low- and lower middle-income countries, says an 8 October report by WHO, UNICEF and partners.   The report says that a stillbirth occurs every 16 seconds. It defines stillbirth as “a baby born with no signs of life at 28 weeks of pregnancy or more”.  “The tragedy of stillbirth shows how ... Read more

World leaders endorse ‘Pledge for Nature’ to address planetary emergency

29 September 2020

71 world leaders have endorsed the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. Political leaders participating in the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity in September 2020 have committed to reversing biodiversity loss by 2030. By doing so, these leaders are sending a united signal to encourage others to match their collective ambition for nature, climate and people with the scale of the crisis at hand. “I call ... Read more

DRC-Equateur Province: Lotumbe health zone records two recoveries of Ebola

23 September 2020

The Lotumbe health zone, in Equateur province, has recorded two recovering Ebola patients. They left the Ebola Treatment Center (CTE) on Sunday, September 20, reports the daily bulletin of the Ministry of Health on the epidemiological situation of the Ebola virus disease in this part of the country. Currently, twelve health zones are affected by the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Equateur province. These are the health zones of Bikoro, ... Read more

Coronavirus Africa map: Which countries are most at risk?

10 September 2020

A map has been created to illustrate the continent’s most at-risk countries for the coronavirus and those best equipped to fend off the epidemic. People hoped the coronavirus – or COVID-19, as it has been officially renamed by the World Health Organization (WHO) – was contained, stabilised or even on the decline. However, once Chinese authorities adopted a broader definition of coronavirus cases, at the flip of a switch the ... Read more