$2.54 Billion Required to Tackle Health Needs in 2023

$2.54 Billion Required to Tackle Health Needs in 2023 By Joyce Ojanji With a staggering 339 million people needing humanitarian assistance globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched its 2023 health emergency appeal for US$ 2.54 billion. This is in response to the unprecedented number of intersecting health emergencies like climate change-related disasters such […]
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Five Billion People at Risk of Heart Disease

Five Billion People at Risk of Heart Disease Mary Hearty Five billion people globally remain unprotected from harmful trans-fat, increasing their risk of heart disease and death. This is according to an annual status report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and  Resolve to Save Lives dubbed Countdown to 2023 – WHO report on global trans-fat elimination 2022. Industrially […]
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Tunisia to Produce Natural Supplement to Fight Antibiotic Misuse in Poultry

Tunisia to Produce Natural Supplement to Fight Antibiotic Misuse in Poultry By Sharon Atieno Despite poultry farming being a strategic sector in Tunisia, accounting for 33% of animal production and 59% of meat consumed in the country, antibiotic misuse continues to be a major challenge. Of 76 countries ranked in the 2018 report titled Global […]
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New 100-Day Target for Vaccine Deployment during Pandemic

New 100-Day Target for Vaccine Deployment during Pandemic By Joyce Ojanji The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI) has set a new  100-day goal for the deployment of new vaccines for future pandemics. The announcement was made during the 53rd World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland to discuss what key lessons had been […]
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African Countries Urged to Submit Real-Time Sequenced Data

African Countries Urged to Submit Real-Time Sequenced Data By Sharon Atieno With COVID-19 variants still posing a global public health threat, African countries have been urged to submit real-time sequenced data of the virus to global databases. Racheal Achila, Technical Officer, Laboratory Emergency Preparedness and Response Program, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa […]
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WHO to Establish a Council for Accelerating Development of TB Vaccine

WHO to Establish a Council for Accelerating Development of TB Vaccine By Gift Briton The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to establish Tuberculosis (TB) Vaccine Accelerator Council to speed up the licensing and use of effective novel vaccines against the disease. Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General announced during a high-level panel at the World Economic […]
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Countries Urged to Share COVID-19 Virus Sequences

Countries Urged to Share COVID-19 Virus Sequences By Joyce Ojanji Although virus sequencing is vital to detect and track new variants in the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing this information must be stepped up globally to help in enabling the development of tests, and vaccines against the disease, World Health Organization (WHO) says. According to the organziation, […]
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Reduced Price for Multidrug-resistant TB Treatment

Reduced Price for Multidrug-resistant TB Treatment A new agreement has been signed between Viatris, a global healthcare company, MedAccess, and TB Alliance to reduce the price of pretomanid, a drug used to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) by 34%. Pretomanid is part of two new treatment regimens with high efficacy and shorter treatment durations recently recommended […]
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