Sub-Saharan Africa

Understanding the HIV challenge in South Africa

The quest to reduce the HIV burden in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) involves a multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary approach. While detailed understanding of the pathogenesis, virology, immunology and epidemiology as it relates to HIV/AIDS is crucial, ways to curb the disease require constant attention and innovation, as do the socio-economic implications. Working in partnership is critical, given […]

The contribution of Type 2 diabetes to the disease burden in South Africa

In South Africa, 1,826,100 cases of diabetes were reported in 2017, corresponding to a prevalence of 5.4%. Overall, numbers are reported to be increasing over time. Diabetes also ranked high among the top 10 leading natural causes of death, accounting for 5.4% of deaths (year 2015). Approximately 14% of ischemic heart disease, 10% of stroke, […]

The latest plague outbreak in Sub-Saharan Africa

There is currently an outbreak of both pneumonic and bubonic plague in Madagascar. This crisis situation was the focus of a November 6 report affirming the countrywide spread of the plague epidemic, with disease cases growing by 37% over five days, from 1,309 to 1,801, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  As Madagascar enters […]

Key steps forward in disease control in Sub-Saharan Africa

The author, Shyama Ghosh, recently completed a detailed study of the disease landscape in Sub-Saharan Africa. Titled “Disease control in Sub-Saharan Africa: Are we doing enough?”, the following is an excerpt.   Amid the many challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), there are signs of progress, as well. The RB Group, in India, noting the growth […]