Did You Know…

Did you know that ; •approximately 15 million people die every year from infectious diseases? •Most of the people dying from infectious diseases live in developing countries? •over 300 emerging infectious diseases have been reported between 1940-2004 Infectious Diseases and Rural Livelihood is a book which looks at the effects of rural livelihood and theContinue reading “Did You Know…”

Planning A Trip to the Tropics, Four Things You need to Know

Traveling to new places is exciting and sometimes adventurous but there is always the lingering fear when the destination are tropical countries. Tropical countries are located between the Tropic of Cancer to the north approximately 23°26′ (23.5°) N and the Tropic of Capricorn to the south 23°26′ (23.5°) S. Tropical countries are host to variousContinue reading “Planning A Trip to the Tropics, Four Things You need to Know”

Cholera, Small-Scale Businesses and Livelihood

Sporadic cholera outbreaks are not unusual in most developing countries. The current outbreaks in Zambia and Malawi are a reminder of some of the challenges posed by infectious diseases in urban and semi-urban areas as well as rural communities. So, how does cholera come about? Cholera is an infectious disease caused by bacteria, vibrio cholerae.Continue reading “Cholera, Small-Scale Businesses and Livelihood”

When Does an Outbreak Become a Threat?

Since August various outbreaks have made headlines, including the plague outbreak in Madagascar, the monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria, and the Marburg virus outbreak in Uganda. During the same period there have been several outbreaks of cholera, dysentery, malaria and diarrhoea some of which have gone unnoticed but are affecting children, and families in many regionsContinue reading “When Does an Outbreak Become a Threat?”

Monkeypox in Nigeria; Effects on Health and Livelihood

Monkeypox a viral disease similar to human smallpox is currently affecting populations in parts of Nigeria. The illness which has no specific cure, is a zoonotic disease, passed on from wild animals to human. The socioeconomic challenges presented by this outbreak are an example of how infectious diseases affect not only health but also theContinue reading “Monkeypox in Nigeria; Effects on Health and Livelihood”

How Simple Everyday Routines Make Us Vulnerable to Dangerous Infectious diseases

Simple everyday routines put us a step closer to contracting infectious diseases. Simple everyday routines put us a step closer to contracting infectious diseases. Infectious diseases contribute to poor health and mortality with a huge impact observed in developing countries. In most of these countries rural and poor populations are the most affected. This isContinue reading “How Simple Everyday Routines Make Us Vulnerable to Dangerous Infectious diseases”

Survival vs Infectious Disease; Who Wins?

In most developing countries, many survive below the international poverty threshold (poverty line). The poverty threshold is the minimum amount of income sufficient for a person’s nutritional, shelter and clothing needs in a particular country. The international poverty line measures poverty in all countries using the same standard. In 2015, the international poverty line was revised toContinue reading “Survival vs Infectious Disease; Who Wins?”

Maternal and Neonatal Health in Sub-Saharan Africa; The choice between losing a life and gaining one

Child birth is supposed to be a beautiful thing, a happy moment as a new life is brought into the world. But in most low and middle income countries, child birth is a matter of life and death both for the mother and the child she is carrying. When a woman goes into labour, theContinue reading “Maternal and Neonatal Health in Sub-Saharan Africa; The choice between losing a life and gaining one”