Health workers take part in the funeral of Kahumbu Ngalyakuthi, a woman who got infected in her home village of Mutwanga, some 40km from Beni in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on May 12th. Photograph: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/EPA

As the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to struggle with the second largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history, officials say poor medical train(...)

A migrant woman reacts inside the Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency detention centre in Tajoura, Libya  after it was hit by  shrapnel from an air strike. Photograph: Hani Amara/Reuters

An air strike hit a migrant detention centre in eastern Tripoli on Tuesday night, as the battle for Libya’s capital city continues to rage. Witnesses(...)

Most Irish men, and 40 per cent of the population overall, are classified as heavy episodic drinkers in a new global study of alcohol consumption. Al(...)

Wholesale farmers from the Aileu area, south of Dili, gather to sell vegetables. Photograph: Daniel J Groshong/Bloomberg

In the Aileu valley, high in the mountains of Timor-Leste, ponies graze on fertile pasture surrounded by plantations of coffee and corn. A wide river (...)

Michael Ryan of WHO’s health emergencies programme says accessing target communities to administer vaccines and treat patients is being hampered by hostility towards medical staff. Photograph: Martial Trezzini

Congo’s Ebola epidemic is expected to continue spreading though the country’s east, where it has killed 1,000 since August and sparked mistrust and fr(...)

A file image from July 21st, 1972 showing emergency crews at the scene of an explosion in Belfast. This day, when a total of 27 bombs were detonated in Northern Ireland, later became known as Bloody Friday. Photograph: PA

The Troubles had a very detrimental impact on the mental health and suicidal behaviours of Northern Ireland citizens, new research by Ulster Universit(...)

Members of rebel commander Khalifa Hafter’s Libyan National Army head out of Benghazi to reinforce troops advancing towards Tripoli, on April 7th. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

The UN envoy for Libya has made his strongest attack yet on the military strongman Khalifa Haftar as his forces intensify their assault on the capital(...)

Among children who get all doses of DTaP vaccine on schedule, effectiveness is very high within the year following the final dose – at least nine out of 10 children are fully protected

Despite having effective vaccines, infectious diseases such as mumps, measles and whooping cough are on the rise globally. And while false news about (...)

Pupils say they receive little information about issues such as consent and sexual orientation. Photograph: iStock

Sex education was officially introduced to Irish schools in the mid-1990s. And if the official guidance is anything to go by, it hasn’t aged well. A (...)

Student nurses Fiona Hanon, UCC/CUH; Sarah Collins, UCC/CUH; and Róisín O’Connell, WIT/UHW, at the Irish launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Nurses are “consistently undervalued”, the president of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. Martina Harkin-Kelly said nurses(...)

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