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Malaria-free world is achievable, says RBM Partnership

The RBM Partnership to End Malaria Monday termed the latest research from The Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication – Malaria Eradication within a generation as ambitious, achievable, and necessary. Authored by 41 of the world’s leading experts, the new academic report shows that eradication is possible and could be achieved within a generation, and proposes... (

Africa: Kenya Joins Ghana and Malawi to Roll Out Landmark Malaria Vaccine

[Capital FM] Homa Bay -The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the Government of Kenya for launching the world's first malaria vaccine today in Homa Bay County, western Kenya. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Reforms Needed to Achieve Universal Health Coverage in Africa

[East African] Achieving Universal Health Coverage remains a challenge and many countries in Africa may not meet the 2030 goals unless targeted reforms and policy shifts are undertaken, experts have warned. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Millions of Donated Malaria Drugs Diverted in Nigeria - Federal Govt

[Premium Times] The Federal Government says it will engage law enforcement agencies against parties whose actions or inactions lead to diversion of anti-malaria drugs (ACT) supplied to Nigeria by Global Fund. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone: Comprehensive 5-Year National Action Plan for Health Security in Compliance With International Health Regulations

[WHO] Sierra Leone launches a comprehensive five-year National Action Plan for Health Security in compliance with International Health Regulations. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Ghana Celebrates 17th African Traditional Medicine Day

[WHO] The Seventeenth African Traditional Medicine day was observed in Ghana on the 3rdSeptember 2019. The theme for the commemoration day focused on: "Integrating traditional Medicine in Health Sciences curricula in universities in the African Region" as part of mechanisms to integrate African Traditional Medicine in the national health system to achieve Universal Health Coverage. The 20th anniversary of traditional medicine week celebration in Ghana was also launched. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Patients, Staff Evacuated As Fire Guts Parts of Mitchells Plain Day Hospital

[News24Wire] Patients and staff at the Mitchells Plain Day Hospital were evacuated on Friday morning after a fire broke out, the City of Cape Town's fire and rescue services said. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Malaria Vaccine Launched in Kenya - Kenya Joins Ghana and Malawi to Roll Out Landmark Vaccine in Pilot Introduction

[WHO] The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the Government of Kenya for launching the world's first malaria vaccine today in Homa Bay County, western Kenya. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Obesity in Africa - a Looming Health Catastrophe

[Deutsche Welle] There is a silent epidemic sweeping through Africa and it's worse than HIV. Out of the 20 fastest rising countries with obesity, nearly half of them are in Africa. The health burden on the continent is rising. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: MPs Want Department of Nutrition Back in OPC

[Nyasa Times] Members of Parliament (MPs) under HIV/ Aids and Nutrition Committee have asked government to revert the Department of Nutrition, HIV and Aids (DNHA) back to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) if the department is to stay relevant. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Why Obstetric Fistula Must Be Stopped

[Daily Trust] Obstetric Fistula is a medical condition whose leading etiology is "obstructed and prolonged" labor and is a medical condition in which a hole forms between the bladder and the womb ( VesicoVaginal Fistula - VVF) leading to the loss of urine control ability, or between the womb and the rectum (RectoVaginal Fistula - RVF) leading to the loss of stool control ability or even both; thereby rendering her to stool or urine (or both) leakages at all times. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: 'Trust and Empower Us' - Young Ugandans On Their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

[UNFPA] Kampala -Young people in Uganda are experiencing a pushback and backlash regarding their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), particularly in regards to sexuality education, contraception and gender equality. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Bad Habits Drive Health Risks Among Kenya's Urban Poor

[The Conversation Africa] There's a rise of cardiovascular diseases in developing countries which is linked to changes in diet, physical activity and obesity. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Why Knowing What Black Mamba Venom Does to the Human Body Is Crucial

[The Conversation Africa] Black mambas are extremely dangerous reptiles - in fact, many consider the species to be one of the world's deadliest snakes. They are found in southern and eastern Africa, and are shy, evasive creatures. They won't seek out human interaction. But if cornered or confronted, they will strike. And their venom is lethal. (AllAfrica)

Southern Africa: 9,2 Million in Region Acutely Food Insecure - UN

[The Herald] Over nine million people in Southern Africa could face severe hunger following a harsh drought that hit the entire sub-continent in the 2018-19 cropping season, according to the United Nations. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Health Status Unclear for Journalist Arrested for Sedition

[VOA] A Tanzanian journalist arrested in July after criticizing the president in print appeared in court Thursday, looking weak and having trouble walking. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: MPs New Move to Eliminate Malaria

[Citizen] Dodoma -Tanzania Parliamentarians Against Malaria (Tapama) on Wednesday commenced a major initiative to enhance political will and support legislators engagement to eliminate malaria come 2030. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: UHAS Holds 3rd 'White Coat' Ceremony for 73 Medical Students

[Ghanaian Times] Ho -THE third 'White Coat Ceremony' of the School of Medicine of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho, took place on the main campus here on Wednesday. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: Pharmacies Challenge Govt Restriction On Codeine

[Namibian] THE Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia is suing the government for restricting public access to vital medicine such as painkillers and cough syrup because they contain codeine. (AllAfrica)

Sudan: Workshop On Glaucoma Disease to Be Held in Medani Friday

[SNA] Medani -The Sudanese Glaucoma Society is due to organize an educational workshop on Glaucoma Disease at internal conference hall in Gezira university and to be attended by numerous specialists and deputy specialists from neighboring states and in presence of members of the society in capital Khartoum. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Health Service and Partners Conduct First Round Poilo Immunization Campaign in 6 Districts

[WHO] Following confirmation of circulating vaccine derived polio virus type 2 (cVDPV2) in the environmental sample from Tamale Metropolis and also detection of Polio in a two (2) years, (9) nine months old child from Chereponi district of the North East Region, the Ministry of Health /Ghana Health Service declared the event a Public Health Emergency of National Concern. Again on 25th August 2019, the National Polio Laboratory further notified the Ghana Health Service of confirmation of Polio in environmental su (AllAfrica)

Sudan: Sit-in Against Toxic Mining Continues in South Kordofan

[Radio Dabanga] Talodi -Activist and residents of Talodi in Sudan's South Kordofan have reiterated their demands that all companies working in the field of gold exploration should be expelled, as their protest sit-in, entered its third day on Wednesday. (AllAfrica)

Sudan: Cholera Cases Rise in Sudan's Blue Nile - Who Responds

[Radio Dabanga] Blue Nile State -The number of cholera cases in Blue Nile State has risen to 57 in various hospitals in various localities on Tuesday and Wednesday. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Mugabe Dies Miles Away From Zimbabwe's Dilapidated Death Traps

[Zimbabwe Independent] THE death of former president Robert Mugabe -- some 8 260 kilometres away from home in far-flung Singapore -- is a terrible indictment on his legacy and the state of the country's healthcare institutions. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Missed Opportunity Amidst Successful Demographic Health Survey

[Premium Times] A review of the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) for 2018 indicates that a crucial opportunity has been missed. While the survey has seen some improvements since the year it started, once again, data on non-communicable disease (NCD) is absent from this all-important document. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Health and Education Collapsing in Eswatini

[New Frame] A government directive preventing departments from hiring or creating new posts is leaving them understaffed and overworked to the point that children aren't being taught and people are dying. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: KZN Health Dept Does U-Turn On Hiring of Foreign Doctors

[News24Wire] The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health has done an about-turn on a circular that went out stating that the hiring of foreign doctors would be halted. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Govt Considers Expunging Marijuana-Related Criminal Records

[allAfrica] Cape Town -The Department of Justice is working on new laws around the legalisation of marijuana in South Africa, and is considering amendments to expunge the criminal records of people who have been caught using the substance in the past, according to Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Ronald Lamola, who was speaking at a parliamentary Q&A session. (AllAfrica)

Africa: What Works to Stop Gender-Based Violence and What Doesn't

[The Conversation Africa] Globally, one in three adolescent girls and young women experience physical, psychological or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner. Boys and young men experience gender-based violence too, but global data on this phenomenon are scarce. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Parirenyatwa Doctors Remove Largest Cyst in the World

[The Herald] Surgeons at Parirenyatwa Hospital have conducted a world record operation after successfully removing a 12,3kg 11-year-old kidney cyst from a patient, a feat that speaks volumes of the country's medical expertise and services. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Lifesaving Drones - Govt to Showcase Drone Potential

[New Times] When the Government entered into a partnership with Zipline in 2016, an American logistics startup, Rwanda became the first country in the world to use drones to deliver blood. (AllAfrica)

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