Africa Health

FILE - A nurse draws a blood sample during a testing campaign to prevent HIV infection in Bangkok, Sept. 20, 2014.

Cancer Drug Shows Promise in Flushing Out Reservoirs of HIV

Researcher believes compound like PEP005, which awakens AIDS virus so it can be killed, has potential to cure the disease More

Red Cross worker Joseph Garber talks to people in the east part of Freetown about Ebola prevention. July 28, 2015 (N. deVries/VOA)

UN Ebola Emergency Response Mission Ends in Sierra Leone

Mission winds down at week's end amid concern about a cluster of possible new cases in the region More

A Liberian Red Cross employee disinfects after removing a body suspected of having Ebola, Monrovia, September 2014. (Credit: International Alert)

Report: Ebola Fueled by Distrust

International Alert says lack of trust between Liberians and government made outbreak worse More

FILE - A child receives a meningitis vaccination at the community center in Al Neem camp for Internally Displaced People in El Daein, East Darfur, Oct. 8, 2012.

Africa Faces Acute Shortage of Meningitis C Vaccines

World Health Organization says Africa is at risk of a large outbreak next year in the 25 countries that constitute Africa’s meningitis belt More

Pupils play during their lunch break at Mariakani Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, July 27, 2015. Mr. Obama announced during his visit to Kenya Sunday that Kenya would be part of PEPFAR's DREAMS project to protect adolescent girls from HIV.  (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

Kenya Joins HIV DREAMS Project

President Obama announced Sunday, July 26, that Kenya would receive funds to help protect adolescent girls and young women from HIV. More


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