What is a Patient Zero?

The expression patient zero comes from epidemiology. In medicine it describes the first person infected in an epidemic or a pandemic.  The expression patient zero comes from epidemiology (the study of the spread of disease.) Epidemiologists are kind of medical detectives. It is important to now where diseases start in order to control them. The term was first used widely in…… Continue reading What is a Patient Zero?

What is a Pandemic?

A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease, usually a virus.  A pandemic happens when a new virus spreads around the world, and most people do not have immunity, that is, their bodies cannot fight it. Viruses that have caused pandemics have normally come from animal influenza viruses.  It’s just the Flu, isn’t…… Continue reading What is a Pandemic?

Wash your hands to save your life

The word Hygiene comes from the Latin word hygieina which means healthy. Hygiene is all of the things we do to protect our health through cleanliness. The current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first reported from Wuhan, China. It has become an emergency for the world and the World Health Organisation (WHO) is…… Continue reading Wash your hands to save your life

Afronauts assemble!

Afronaut is a new publishing project from Alanna Max featuring books about and for African children, the Afronauts. Many have yet to see themselves in a book, despite the millions of folktales and stories from each culture on the continent. It’s been a dream of mine to play back all the wonderful ‘nganos’, or stories…… Continue reading Afronauts assemble!

What is Child Mortality?

Child mortality, also known as child death, refers to the death of children under the age of 14. It includes neonatal mortality, under-5 mortality, and mortality of children aged 5–14. Child mortality is a scientific way to talk about death. In real everyday language, though, it is about families and how they manage to survive day after day. There are still too many children under five…… Continue reading What is Child Mortality?