Africa: USD$7.4 Mn Initiative for Health Systems, COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake

Africa: USD$7.4 Mn Initiative for Health Systems, COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake By Joyce Ojanji The Rockefeller foundation has launched the Vaccine Action Network (VAN), a USD$7.4 million locally-led, peer to peer learning initiative to strengthen health systems while scaling up COVID-19 vaccine demand strategies across sub-Saharan Africa. While more than 60 percent of people have been […]
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Marburg Virus Outbreak Highly Unlikely to become a Global Pandemic, Expert Says

Marburg Virus Outbreak Highly Unlikely to become a Global Pandemic, Expert Says By Mary Hearty The Marburg disease outbreak currently in Ghana is highly unlikely to evolve into a global pandemic like COVID-19 disease because the root cause of transmission is limited. This is according to Dr Michael Owusu, Clinical Microbiologist and a lecturer at the Department […]
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Improved Health Systems Increase Africa’s Life Expectancy

Improved Health Systems Increase Africa’s Life Expectancy By Mary Hearty Africa’s life expectancy has increased from 46 years to 56 years in almost ten years, according to World Health Organization (WHO) assessment report titled: Tracking Universal Health Coverage in the WHO African Region. The WHO reports that the extended healthy life expectancy in the continent […]
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New Agreements to Lower Prices of TB Prevention Treatment

New Agreements to Lower Prices of TB Prevention Treatment By Willy Ngumbi Two new pricing agreements that will drastically lower the price of tuberculosis (TB) prevention treatments in 138 low- and middle-income countries have been launched. The new agreements led by Unitaid, MedAccess, Aurum Institute and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) aim to make rifapentine-based TB prevention treatment […]
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Kenya: Market Centre Providing Safe Breastfeeding Space for Traders

Kenya: Market Centre Providing Safe Breastfeeding Space for Traders By Peter Oliver Ochieng  Until about two years ago, Kibuye, the largest market place in Kisumu, a lake-side city located about 355km from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital was an open air market. Thanks to an urban modernization program being implemented by the county government, blue-iron-roofed structures are sprouting up. […]
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‘We have no time to waste,’ Water Activist Urges Urgent Action to Preserve Water Resources

‘We have no time to waste,’ Water Activist Urges Urgent Action to Preserve Water Resources By Fredrick Mugira Water advocate, ultra-marathon runner, and businesswoman Mina Guli has been running in various African countries since mid-June as part of the African leg of the RUN BLUE Campaign, which will see her completing 200 marathons around the […]
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Africa: Increased Efforts Needed towards Acute Kidney Injury in Children

Africa: Increased Efforts Needed towards Acute Kidney Injury in Children By Gift Briton With acute kidney injury (AKI), an emerging public health concern causing suffering and death in almost 6 out of 10 African children having severe malaria, more action is needed to alleviate this suffering. AKI is a kidney complication mostly common in critically ill children and is […]
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WHO Endorses Injectable PrEP for HIV Prevention

WHO Endorses Injectable PrEP for HIV Prevention By Winniecynthia Awuor With the weakening progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries to use long-acting injectable cabotegravir (CAB-LA) as an additional pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) option basing on its effectiveness in HIV prevention. CAB-LA is an intramuscular injectable, a long-acting form […]
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Global Alliance to End AIDS in Children Launched

Global Alliance to End AIDS in Children Launched By Joyce Ojanji To bridge the gap between HIV/AIDS treatment  coverage in children and adults, a new global alliance to end AIDS in children by 2030 has been formed. The alliance, launched during the international AIDS Conference, is a collaboration between World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations programme […]
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