Africa: Meningitis Outbreak Threatens Over 50 Million Children

Africa: Meningitis Outbreak Threatens Over 50 Million Children By Mary Hearty In Africa, meningitis type A, one of the deadliest and most disabling illness season is particularly long, stretching from January to June, according to World Health Organization (WHO). With the COVID-19 pandemic delaying meningitis vaccination campaigns for more than 50 million children in Africa, […]
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Malaria : Booster Doses Needed to Sustain Protection in Children

Malaria : Booster Doses Needed to Sustain Protection in Children By Mary Hearty A new study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases suggests that malaria booster vaccine doses are likely needed to sustain protection in children in Africa, especially those living in areas of highly seasonal malaria transmission. Speaking during a media briefing held by the Science […]
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Urgent Assistance Needed to Avert Acute Hunger Crisis in Somalia

Urgent Assistance Needed to Avert Acute Hunger Crisis in Somalia By Mary Hearty An estimated 20.5 million people across the Horn of Africa are reportedly facing a dire and entirely avoidable hunger crisis, with Somalia being hit hardest. According to a statement by the principals of Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) of the World Health Organization […]
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New Executive Director for Drugs for Neglected Tropical Diseases initiative

New Executive Director for Drugs for Neglected Tropical Diseases initiative By Mary Hearty Dr Luiz Pizarro, a medical doctor and global health expert is the new Executive Director of the Drugs for Neglected Tropical Diseases initiative (DNDi), an international non-profit medical research organization. The global health expert succeeds Dr Bernard Pécoul, who founded the organization […]
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River Nile, a Freeway of Plastics from African Great Lakes to Mediterranean Sea

River Nile, a Freeway of Plastics from African Great Lakes to Mediterranean Sea Fredrick Mugira, Bertha Fellow Two small rivers in western Uganda: Mpanga, and Rwizi, are choking on plastic waste, carrying it to lakes that drain into the River Nile. Once in the Nile, this plastic debris may flow into the Mediterranean Sea. Mpanga […]
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Honoring Journalists Reporting on Innovations for Improved Health in Africa

Honoring Journalists Reporting on Innovations for Improved Health in Africa By Mary Hearty In an effort to promote the emerging health technologies being developed in Africa, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) through the Health Tech Platform has launched the Emerging Health Technologies (EHTs) Media Award of Excellence to honor African journalists reporting on […]
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How Telementoring Programme Aided Sudan’s Fight against COVID-19

How Telementoring Programme Aided Sudan’s Fight against COVID-19 By Sharon Atieno Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sudan’s health system was weak and vulnerable due to decades of underfunding as a result of the economic crisis, the ever-increasing inflation rates coupled with political unrest. Thus when COVID-19 hit, the health system was more than overwhelmed. The […]
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Monitoring of Clinical Trials on COVID-19 Herbal Remedies in Africa Ongoing

Monitoring of Clinical Trials on COVID-19 Herbal Remedies in Africa Ongoing By Joyce Ojanji The world health organization (WHO) is currently working with eight African countries to monitor clinical trials of traditional medicine –based therapeutics proposed for COVID-19. The countries include Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Madagascar, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC). It stated that […]
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