Africa

Zimbabwe cholera outbreak: State of emergency declared

At least 20 people have died in a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, and two thousand have been infected, with the number of cases growing daily.

Latin America

When will the chronic malnutrition of Guatemala’s children end?

Almost half of all children in Guatemala under the age of five are chronically malnourished.

Tanzania

Tanzanian president advises against contraception

President tells couples it is 'important to reproduce', warning them against bad advice by outsiders.

Tanzania's John Magufuli advises against birth control

Chad

'Never seen a child like this': Hunger takes toll on Chad's young

Doctors in Chad working long hours to deal with growing malnutrition cases, exacerbated by country's economic crisis.

'Never seen a child like this': Hunger takes toll on Chad's young

Algeria

Anger in Algeria over comment on deadly scorpion sting

Health minister criticised for suggesting woman who was fatally stung by scorpion must have provoked the arachnid.

Algeria minister slammed for comment on deadly scorpion sting

Malawi

Why are women's wombs being removed to stop infection?

In Malawi, women's wombs are removed to stop infection, a life-changing operation that doesn't always work.

Poor maternal care leads to hysterectomies, antibiotic resistance

Asia

Traditional Rohingya midwives helping pregnant refugees

In Bangladesh, 130 community healthcare workers have been recruited by UNFPA from among the Rohingya.

United States

Emirates flight quarantined in New York after passengers fall ill

At least 19 passengers become sick on 14-hour flight from Dubai with 10 hospitalised after landing at JFK airport.

Africa

DR Congo: Ebola fears keeping kids home from school

The Health Ministry says the death toll from the disease has risen to 75 since the epidemic was declared in August.

DR Congo: Ebola fears keeping kids home from school

Africa

UN: 11 million people in urgent need in Lake Chad region

Three years after the discovery of the first cases of famine, thousands are suffering from acute and severe malnutrition in Nigeria's northeast.

India

'Rat fever' threatens thousands after Indian state's worst floods

Surge in disease comes after torrential rains that began in May killed nearly 500 people in beleaguered Kerala state.

'Rat fever' threatens thousands after Indian state's worst floods

Asia Pacific

Thailand government reconsiders pesticide use

Thailand’s government is reconsidering the use of three toxic weed killers, one of which, paraquat, is already banned in more than 30 countries.

Iran

Iran's Jewish hospital faces fallout of US sanctions

As access to life-saving medicines becomes restricted, hospitals worry about future of their most vulnerable patients.

Iran's only Jewish hospital grapples with fallout of US sanctions

Middle East

Iran doctors: US sanctions endangering patients' lives

Physicians are worried they will not have enough drugs to treat patients as banking restrictions and the fear of doing business with Tehran makes it more difficult to get supplies.

Algeria

Algeria says second person dies in cholera outbreak

Authorities say the disease's rapid spread is linked to poor hygiene but many believe government's reaction was slow.

Algeria says second person dies in cholera outbreak