Feature Stories

Diabetes is a family affair in Kenya

Alara Amin was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In the five years since, she has become actively involved in managing her condition, which is also a family and school affair. Even her 4-year-old brother understands that she must have insulin injections three times a day.

A Senegalese doctor reflects on what he’s learned from Congolese communities in the...

Dr Elhadji Mamadou Mbaye, from the West African country of Senegal, leads the Risk Communications and Community Engagement team for the World Health Organization’s Ebola outbreak response in Butembo in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A graduate in political science, he went on to complete a PhD in health policies related to AIDS and migration before heading up the West African Task Force for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases and the Social Science and Global Health Research Unit for the Government of Senegal.

Fighting polio, one SMS at a time!

Health workers and community volunteers in remote and security-compromised areas across 10 African countries now rely on an SMS-based application to ferret out any possible poliovirus hiding in their midst.

Blandine Kazade: The nurse who saved a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In the Ebola epidemiological zones in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, health care workers must stay alert, vigilant and careful. An Ebola infection could find them before they realize it is circulating within a patient who just came for treatment. Of the 162 health workers infected since the start of this tenth outbreak in August 2018, 65 died; 63%, or 102 of them, were nurses.