A young woman reacts as a health worker injects her with the Ebola vaccine, in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, on August 5th. Photograph:   Baz Ratner/Reuters

New drugs have drastically increased the chances of survival for people infected with Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever responsible for more than 12,000 deat(...)

A Congolese health worker administers ebola vaccine to a child at the Himbi Health Centre in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: Reuters

The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo a public health emergency of international c(...)

 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(...)

The World Health Organisation  said that globally, 93 per cent of all children live in environments with air pollution levels above its guidelines. Photograph: Getty Images

More than nine in 10 children around the world are living in areas of toxic air pollution, global health leaders have warned. The World Health Organi(...)

The appointment of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe as WHO “goodwill ambassador” has been widely criticised. Photograph: Reuters

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has been removed as a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador after his appointment was greeted with outrage (...)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that growing resistance to antibiotics is a “global health emergency”. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Antibiotics: a global emergency

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) latest warning that “antimicrobial resistance is a global health emergency” is one of the starkest it has ever i(...)

Ngisti Beyane (26) and her 10-month-old son Biniam Tesfay after walking 8km to the Concern-supported nutrition programme and screening clinic at Sasie Tseda Emba near Kebele in eastern Tigray, Ethiopia. Photograph: Ed Carty/PA Wire

From a dirt road overlooking the valley the landscape looks more like an abandoned quarry than what it is: the single source of sustenance for a commu(...)

UN special envoy for El Niño and climate change Mary Robinson meeting Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros A Ghebreyesus during her visit to Ethiopia. Photograph: PA

Former president Mary Robinson has urged world leaders to turn their focus to the severe drought, brought about by shifting weather patterns, that has(...)

President Higgins: “all of us are concerned in addressing the issue of the latest, greatest dreadful challenge to the continent of Africa”

It is important that those countries among the poorest and with the least capacity to deal with the Ebola crisis should be assisted in doing so, Pre(...)