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  • Hong Kong steps up safety for bamboo scaffoldings

    For years, bamboo scaffoldings have been used to build Hong Kong's teeming skyscrapers, which have led to many casualties. The government now says accidents and work-related deaths are falling, thanks to new safety awareness programs.

    Hong Kong steps up safety for bamboo scaffoldings
    Hong Kong steps up safety for bamboo scaffoldings

    For years, bamboo scaffoldings have been used to build Hong Kong's teeming skyscrapers, which have led to many casualties. The government now says accidents and work-related deaths are falling, thanks to new safety awareness programs.

    02:27Feb 26, 2017

  • UK: Care for elderly in crisis as nursing homes run out of funds

    Doctors and politicians in Britain are warning the system for providing care to the elderly is close to collapse. New figures show more nursing homes are closing because of a lack of funds. Al Jazeera's UK correspondent Barnaby Phillips reports

    UK: Care for elderly in crisis as nursing homes run out of funds
  • UN: $4.4bn needed to prevent famine 'catastrophe'

    The UN is warning of a humanitarian disaster in four countries, saying millions of people are barely surviving in conditions close to famine.

    UN: $4.4bn needed to prevent famine 'catastrophe'
  • Life expectancy to surpass 90 years by 2030

    According to a new study, the future is looking longer and healthier for people in developed nations. Research shows average life expectancy in South Korea could surpass 90 years, something previously thought impossible.

    Life expectancy to surpass 90 years by 2030
  • South Sudan famine: Millions suffering food shortages

    South Sudan is officially in the grip of a famine. Both the government and United Nations have declared famine conditions in the rural north of the country. Around 100,000 people are currently affected.

    South Sudan famine: Millions suffering food shortages
  • Senegal: Treatment woes for the country’s cancer patients

    Thousands of people die from cancer-related diseases every year in Senegal. Now the country's only cancer radiotherapy machine has broken down, leaving hundreds of patients without vital treatment. Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports from Dakar.

    Senegal: Treatment woes for the country’s cancer patients
  • S Africa doctors train traditional healers to diagnose childhood cancer

    Healers using traditional medicine in South Africa are being trained to recognise early warning signs of cancer. Many parents first consult traditional healers, which means valuable time may be lost in diagnosing the illness.

    S Africa doctors train traditional healers to diagnose childhood cancer
    S Africa doctors train traditional healers to diagnose childhood cancer

    Healers using traditional medicine in South Africa are being trained to recognise early warning signs of cancer. Many parents first consult traditional healers, which means valuable time may be lost in diagnosing the illness.

    02:15Feb 15, 2017

  • Refugees suffering from serious illness in Syrian camp

    Refugees from Iraq and Syria have told Al Jazeera that they have ended up in a virtual prison, leading to serious health issues.

    Refugees suffering from serious illness in Syrian camp
  • ICRC suspends work in Afghanistan over slain aid workers

    The International Red Cross and Red Crescent has partially suspended work in Afghanistan after six of its staff were shot dead.

    ICRC suspends work in Afghanistan over slain aid workers
  • Alarming child mortality rate in Pakistan's Sindh province

    Thar is the most populated desert in the world, lying along the India-Pakistan border. But most people live below the poverty line, and the mortality rate is high. Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder reports from Tharparkar, Sindh province.

    Alarming child mortality rate in Pakistan's Sindh province
  • Patients worried as uncertainty looms over Obamacare

    Millions of Americans are continuing to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act this year, despite President Donald Trump taking steps to repeal and replace it.

    Patients worried as uncertainty looms over Obamacare
  • Nearly 100 mentally ill patients die in South Africa

    Cost-cutting is being blamed for the deaths of nearly 100 psychiatric patients in a province in South Africa. A government report found that patients were transferred from specialist hospitals to unlicensed facilities, described as sub-standard.

    Nearly 100 mentally ill patients die in South Africa