WHO: Africa on Track to Control COVID-19, Continuous Vigilance Needed

By Mary Hearty Africa should continue being vigilant despite the continent’s possibility of controlling the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022, World Health Organization (WHO) says. Over the last two years, the continent has witnessed four waves of COVID-19, each with higher peaks or more total new cases than the previous one. The surges have been mostly […]
Read more

KEMRI Hosts the 12th KASH  Conference

By Aziza Atieno The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is set to host the 12th KEMRI Annual Scientific and Health (KASH) conference from Tuesday, 15th- Friday, 18th February 2022 at a hotel in Nairobi. The conference theme is “Building a resilient health sector through investments in data science, research evidence, technology and innovations” which is being supported by the […]
Read more

Cervical Cancer Screening Saves Lives

By Daniel Wako Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women globally, as per the World Health Organization (WHO), with an estimated 604 000 new cases and 342 000 deaths in 2020 alone. About 90% of the new cases and deaths worldwide occurred in low- and middle-income countries. In Kenya,  a 2021 report  by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Information Centre says […]
Read more

Africa Lagging behind in Malaria Elimination

By Sharon Atieno Though malaria remains a significant threat to health and  development in Africa, the continent is not on target to eradicate the disease by 2030, World Malaria Report finds. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates for Africa, there were 232 million cases (96% of global total) and 611, 802 (98% of global total) […]
Read more

Commonwealth, WHO Sign MoU to Strengthen Health Cooperation

By Sharon Atieno With the COVID-19 pandemic putting immense pressure on global health systems especially in developing countries, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the World Health Organization (WHO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing to strengthening their collaboration on public health issues affecting Commonwealth member states and governments. Some of the priority issues include […]
Read more

More Investment Needed in African Healthcare, Adesina Says

By Muia Thomas Africa needs to build a defense mechanism against external shocks, especially in healthcare and financial security, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the African Development Bank Group President says. “Investing in health is investing in national security,” he said while addressing the African leaders at the opening of the 35th African Union Assembly in Addis Ababa. “Africa cannot afford […]
Read more

UNEP, WHO-FCTC Partner to Raise Awareness on Microplastics in Cigarettes

By Aziza Atieno The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a partnership with the Secretariat of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) to raise awareness and drive action on the extensive environmental and human health impacts of microplastics in cigarette filter through its Clean Seas campaign. The approach is […]
Read more

COVID-19: Sustainable Healthcare Waste Management Systems is Critical

By Mary Hearty Tens of thousands of tonnes of extra medical waste from the COVID-19 response has put tremendous strain on health care waste management systems around the world, threatening human and environmental health and exposing a dire need to improve waste management practices, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report reveals. The WHO Global analysis […]
Read more

Kenya: MPDSR Unit Reducing Maternal Deaths in Bungoma County

By Treezer Michelle “A healthy pregnancy begins before conception and continues with prenatal care, along with early recognition and management of complications if they arise. Early initiation of prenatal care by pregnant women, and continuous monitoring of pregnancy by health providers, are key to helping prevent and treat severe pregnancy-related complications,” says Christine Naliaka, the Bungoma […]
Read more