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DOH to create hotline for mental health assistance

Jul 11, 2016 - 7:47 PM

HOPELINE Project a 24 7 crisis support hotline for depression and suicide prevention aims to connect people experiencing deep emotional crisis to counselors and psychologists who can provide mental health first aid

What goes on in a sperm bank?

Jun 13, 2016 - 1:49 PM

In Denmark the typical sperm donor is 26 years old single and a student About 20 of the donors are already fathers

WHO eyes Ebola vaccine by Nov; death toll passes 2,000

Sep 06, 2014 - 7:39 AM

If proven safe a vaccine could be available in November 2014 for priority use in health care workers says the WHO

IN YOUR FACE. Photo made available 27 July 2014 of an Ebola poster being placed above a street in downtown Monrovia as Liberia marked its 167th Independence anniversary on 26 July 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Evidence that Ebola outbreak 'vastly' underestimated – WHO

Aug 15, 2014 - 11:00 AM

The toll has climbed to 1 069 according to the WHO with Sierra Leone Liberia and Guinea at the epicenter of the outbreak

MONITORING THE SPREAD. Dr. Stephan Monroe, deputy director of the national center for emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases, points out areas of Liberia in West Africa that have been affected by Ebola in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Operations Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 07 August 2014. Branden Camp/EPA

Ebola sparks states of emergency across west Africa

Aug 07, 2014 - 6:18 PM

Since breaking out earlier this year the epidemic is said to claim 932 lives and infect more than 1 700 people across west Africa

A view of the building of the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, 27 April 2009. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Saudi suspects case of Ebola infection

Aug 05, 2014 - 6:55 PM

The Saudi man was admitted to hospital in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after showing symptoms of haemorrhagic fever upon his return from Sierra Leone

Ebola-hit west Africa launches emergency plan

Aug 01, 2014 - 1:26 PM

The leaders of Guinea Sierra Leone Liberia and the Ivory Coast are launching a US 100 million joint plan to tackle the Ebola epidemic

EBOLA IS REAL. Liberian men walk past an Ebola banner at the Monrovia City Hall in Liberia, 31 July 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

EU offers extra 2M euros to fight West Africa Ebola crisis

Jul 30, 2014 - 7:13 PM

The level of contamination on the ground is extremely worrying and we need to scale up our action before many more lives are lost says EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva

EBOLA IS REAL. Photo made available 27 July 2014 of an Ebola poster being placed above a street in downtown Monrovia as Liberia marked its 167th Independence anniversary on 26 July 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

South Africa to host 2016 AIDS conference

Jul 25, 2014 - 2:32 PM

The 2016 conference is returning to a venue that saw a watershed in the history of AIDS

AIDS 2014. Professor Sharon Lewin, Victorian Health Minister David Davis and New South Wales Health Minister Jillian Skinner hold a copy of the Aids Legacy document during a press conference at the Aids 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia, 20 July 2014. David Crosling/EPA

Philippines, Indonesia among countries at risk of H7N9 flu

Jun 18, 2014 - 11:38 AM

H7N9 which has already claimed about a hundred lives is more difficult to detect than H5N1 because it can be asymptomatic in birds

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES. A Filipino vendor lays out chicken parts for sale at her stall at a public market in Quezon City in this April 2013 file photo. The Philippines has implemented a ban on poultry and related products from China as a precaution against the entry of the H7N9 strain of avian flu. Photo by Rolex dela Pena/EPA

MERS death toll hits 81 in Saudi

Apr 22, 2014 - 4:00 PM

A 73 year old Saudi who suffered from chronic illnesses and a compatriot diagnosed with the virus aged 54 die from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

MERS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

Polluted Paris forces thousands of cars off the road

Mar 17, 2014 - 11:53 AM

Paris will set alternating driving days to curb its air pollution which has grown to be more than double the safe limit

DOUBLE THE SAFE LIMIT. This picture taken on March 13, 2014 shows cars driving on the Champs Elysee in Paris. Photo by Pierre Andrieu/AFP

H7N9 bird flu cases set to climb, but no pandemic: WHO

Apr 03, 2013 - 10:28 PM

A lack of human to human transmission means a pandemic is not on the cards

BIRD FLU. China's commercial hub Shanghai is stepping up monitoring after a new strain of bird flu killed two people, state media said on April 1, as Taiwan announced it would screen travellers from the mainland. Photo by AFP