Amref Appointed as New CSO for Strengthening Health Systems in Africa

Amref Appointed as New CSO for Strengthening Health Systems in Africa By Mary Hearty Amref Health Africa has been appointed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance as the new Civil Society Organization (CSO) to mobilize and support civil society organizations working to strengthen health systems and deliver immunization services to undeserved communities. The announcement builds on […]
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Paradigm Shift in Industrial Livestock Systems Crucial

Paradigm Shift in Industrial Livestock Systems Crucial By Sharon Atieno With over seventy percent of the 80 billion land animals farmed globally being raised and slaughtered within cruel industrial livestock production systems annually, the growing demand for meat will likely worsen the negative health impacts of food systems, a new report reveals. The World Animal […]
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Rising Cases of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Africa

Rising Cases of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Africa Africa is witnessing a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases over the past year. Almost 17 500 cases of measles were recorded in the African region between January and March 2022, marking a 400% increase compared with the same period in 2021. Twenty African countries reported measles outbreaks […]
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Tool to Improve Surveillance of Anti-malaria Resistance in the Offing

Tool to Improve Surveillance of Anti-malaria Resistance in the Offing By Sharon Atieno Though malaria poses a serious health burden in the African continent, resistance to anti-malarials is an emerging threat that could worsen the situation. In 2020, there were an estimated 241 million cases of malaria worldwide. The World Health Organization(WHO) African region accounted […]
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Act Now before Ukraine War Plunges Millions into Malnutrition

Act Now before Ukraine War Plunges Millions into Malnutrition Governments, donors and others must step up to protect current and future generations from the devastating effects of malnutrition, as well as to prevent acute food insecurity. By Saskia Osendarp , Gerda Verburg , Zulfiqar Bhutta , Robert E. Black , Saskia de Pee , Cecilia Fabrizio , Derek Headey , Rebecca Heidkamp , David Laborde & Marie T. Ruel As the devastation in […]
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Insight into the War against Drug Resistant Malaria Parasites

Insight into the War against Drug Resistant Malaria Parasites By Mary Hearty (Interview with Dr Daniel Kiboi, African Academy of Sciences Fellow) At the moment, the World Health Organization (WHO)ranks antimicrobial resistance as one of the top 10 global public health threats as microbes are increasingly developing resistance to even the last lines of drugs used […]
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WHO Calls for Routine COVID-19 Testing, Surveillance

WHO Calls for Routine COVID-19 Testing, Surveillance By Mary Hearty African countries have been urged to scale up sustained levels of routine testing, contact tracing and surveillance as they continue to relax social protection measures, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. This comes after a recent analysis by WHO revealed that available data is likely only scratching the surface of […]
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icipe’s Insect-Fortified Porridge to Boost Africa’s Food, Nutritional Security

icipe’s Insect-Fortified Porridge to Boost Africa’s Food, Nutritional Security By Mary Hearty Scientists from the International Centre of Insect Physiology (icipe) have transformed Africa’s popular porridge using edible insect nutrients, a game-changer for improving food and nutritional security in Africa. The scientists observe that although the predominant African porridge cereals, like sorghum and finger millet, […]
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GAVI’s Commitment to Buy Africa Manufactured Vaccine Critical for Success

GAVI’s Commitment to Buy Africa Manufactured Vaccine Critical for Success GAVI Must Commit to Buy Africa Manufactured Vaccines or the Africa Vaccine Manufacturing Plan will FailBy Dr. Githinji Gitahi African governments, with strong support from Africa Union’s Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and WHO have engaged in high gear in an agenda to […]
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