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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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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Kenya Launches Agenda to Harmonize Research in Reproductive Health

Kenya Launches Agenda to Harmonize Research in Reproductive Health By Mary Hearty Kenya has launched a five-year national agenda (2022-2027) to guide all players within the reproductive health research (RHR) space in the country, and improve the coordination of research and programmatic activities. The RHR agenda confirms country’s remarkable effort towards improving citizens’ ability to […]
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Kenya: Decentralize Care in the Fight against Hepatitis

Kenya: Decentralize Care in the Fight against Hepatitis By Elisha Singira In line with the 2022 Hepatitis theme of bringing care closer to people, Kenya has been urged to decentralize healthcare services to reach people living outside urban settings where it is mostly centralized. Leonard Otieno, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative  said during the World […]
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