Improving medical waste management in Nepal works to save lives

Improving medical waste management in Nepal works to save lives

IRIN – UN Humanitarian news & analysis – WNN Science & Health (WNN/IRIN) Kathmandu, NEPAL, SOUTHERN ASIA: Managing waste is one of the most complicated and risky tasks among the many challenges of running a hospital in Nepal. Few health facilities comply with the applicable waste disposal laws, which can jeopardize patient and practitioner health. […]

Rural Malawian women now have access to health advice by phone

Rural Malawian women now have access to health advice by phone

Lameck Masina for VOA – WNN Science and Health (WNN/VOA) Lilongwe, MALAWI, EASTERN AFRICA: Malawian mothers and guardians of young children who live in villages far from health facilities are heaving a sigh of relief, after the introduction of a hotline through which they can access medical advice. VillageReach, a non-profit NGO, is running a […]

Research reveals special protein can blast metastasizing cancer cells

Research reveals special protein can blast metastasizing cancer cells

Jessica Berman for VOA – WNN Science & Health (WNN/VOA) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Some 90 percent of people who die from cancer do so, say experts, because the disease has metastasized, or spread.  Researchers say they believe they can dramatically reduce the mortality rate with a protein combination that kills cancer cells on […]

New Malawi study shows cerebral malaria triggers blood vessel inflammation in children

New Malawi study shows cerebral malaria triggers blood vessel inflammation in children

Joe DeCapua – WNN Science & Health (WNN/VOA) Blantyre, MALAWI, EASTERN AFRICA: Repeated bouts of malaria may leave children vulnerable to other deadly infections and even cardiovascular disease later in life. Now, a new study may explain why. About 200 children in Blantyre, Malawi, took part in the study. It compares kids in one group, […]

Reliability in sourcing online data can cautiously include crowd-sourcing

Reliability in sourcing online data can cautiously include crowd-sourcing

IRIN  Humanitarian News and Analysis  – WNN Science & Health (WNN/IRIN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: As evolving technologies multiply the rate of “big data” in emergencies from crowd-sourcing, to crowd-seeding to social media – humanitarian organizations are now focusing on how to ensure it is accurate and thus usable. There are many plusses to crowd-sourced […]