A humanitarian crisis is developing as cholera spreads in Zimbabwe. More than 16,000 are now infected and 800 are dead. The Takeaway talks with Dr. Eric Mintz, a cholera expert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In Zimbabwe, the water taps are dry. The country's water system is old and broken. Many Zimbabweans are forced to dig their own wells and use water that's not clean. That's exposing people to disease. We have this report from Harare.
Today, children across Asia are taking a few minutes of their time to wash their hands. It's the highlight of a campaign organised by the United Nations children agency UNICEF to promote one of the most cost-effective forms of preventive healthcare.
Chinese state media report that police arrested 22 people accused of involvement in a network that produced, sold and added the industrial chemical melamine to milk. British chocolate manufacturers in Hong Kong have also recalled some China-made products.
The 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico City runs August 3 to 8, 2008. This year's conference coincided with the startling revelation that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had underestimated new HIV cases by 40 percent. Guests: Dr. Ernest Darkoh, Public Health Doctor, 17th International AIDS Conference attendee.
A new CDC study finds that the annual HIV infection rate is higher than previously estimated. The country had roughly 56,300 new HIV infections in 2006 ? about a 40 percent increase from the 40,000 annual estimate used for the past dozen years. What do these new numbers mean for how the community handles AIDS prevention?
Among developed nations, the US has the highest rate of infant mortality despite pumping huge amounts of money into healthcare. That may be down to the lack of support for low-income families, where death rates among children are much higher.
Health workers are contracting Ebola, leading many people to take a look at the facilities that treat Ebola patients. Here's how one treatment center in Liberia tries to move its workers and patients through to cut down on the risks of transmission.
Dr. Adam Levine just returned from Liberia, where he spent more than a month helping to treat Ebola patients. Now that he's back and waiting to see if he's officially clear of the disease, he's feeling the same isolation many West Africans feel — and he says the panic in the US isn't helping anti-Ebola efforts.
A brand-new ambulance service in Haiti, the country's first, is working remarkably well. But it's a lonely moment of progress in the country's slow rebuilding process, and the rest of the health care system is still lagging behind.
It may not be deadly, but the chikungunya virus has swept across the Caribbean and led Jamaica to declare a national state of emergency. The painful illness has infected thousands, and the island's government is hoping to clamp down on the disease with new information campaigns.
After the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria, the rise of Ebola seemed to be another threat too big for the country's government. But the WHO now says Nigeria has defeated Ebola thanks to the government's rapid response, which gives some Nigerians renewed hope.
Jill Andrews is a Baltimore-based designer who specializes in custom bridal and evening gowns. But this past weekend, she participated in the Emergency Ebola Design Challenge, where she was tasked with designing improved protective gear for health workers on the frontlines of the Ebola crisis.
It's been 21 days since registered nurse Deborah Wilson worked with Ebola patients in Liberia. That means she's Ebola-free. She's proud of the work she did with Ebola patients, but it's made life difficult — not because of illness, but because of stigmatization from even her closest friends.
In 2003, when SARS broke out in Toronto, many doctors and nurses got sick and died from the disease. “I think we lost control of it in Canada," says one Canadian nurse. "We should learn from that moment and be prepared.”
While it may seem as though media attention surrounding the Ebola outbreak has dwindled, President Barack Obama has said that "we are nowhere near out of the woods yet in West Africa" — meaning volunteers are still needed. Physician and epidemiologist Sharon McDonnell is one of those volunteers, and she says her experience working during the AIDS crisis offers her some perspective.