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MMV@20: Leaders say innovative tools still needed to conquer malaria

The war against malaria will not be won without increased innovation for new, transformative tools, Dr David Reddy, CEO, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) has said. Speaking while marking the 20th Anniversary of the MMV, Dr Davd noted that those last 20 years have offered this war vital lessons. “Today is a chance for us... (

Tanzania steps war against malaria

Determined to lessen the malaria burden, the United Republic of Tanzania has announced the launch of its national Zero Malaria Starts With Me campaign, becoming the 11th nation to join the ever-growing Pan-African movement. Tanzania is among the highest-burden countries with 93% of the population at risk of malaria The campaign was launched during the... (

Important gene variants found in certain African populations

In the nearly 20 years since the Human Genome Project was completed, experts in genetic variants increasingly have raised concerns about the overemphasis on studying people of European descent when performing large population studies. A study appearing October 31 in the journal Cell aims to address some of this disparity by focusing on populations living in rural... (

Health Foundation lauds approval of Ebola Vaccine  

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has lauded the decision by the WHO to finally recommend the highly effective Merck vaccine against Ebola The vaccine was first used with very positive results in 2015 during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that killed over 11,300 people. Since then it has been administered in multiple outbreaks under... (

SDG: Global Health Progress launched to drive cross-sectoral collaborations  

 The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) has launched Global Health Progress, a knowledge hub aimed at driving new and existing collaborations to support the SDGs, with a particular focus on Sustainable development goal number 17. This knowledge hub collates industry efforts – from individual company programs to initiatives between multiple IFPMA member companies –... (

Ethiopia joins join Zero Malaria Starts with Me Movement

Ethiopia has announced the launch of their own Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign to help accelerate malaria elimination. Launched by His Excellency Mr Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, the nation becomes the 10th nation to join the continent-wide movement. The launch, which took place in Addis Ababa was attended by high-level dignitaries, ambassadors, representatives of... (

African experts named finalists for 2019 Recognizing Excellence around Champions of Health Awards

Two Ugandans, a Kenyan, a Cameroonian and a Congolese were named Monday as finalists among a group of 15 frontline health workers and innovators for 2019 Recognising Excellence around Champions of Health, REACH Awards. The biennial REACH Awards celebrate frontline health workers who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, courage and commitment in the field of disease elimination.... (

New initiatives to fight Schistosomiasis

A leading science and technology company,Merck,  has announced that it is intensifying the Research & Development efforts for developing and providing access to transformative and sustainable health solutions to fight schistosomiasis. Through its Global Health Institute, Merck has established a portfolio of innovative and collaborative projects for new or adapted treatments, sensitive schistosomiasis diagnostics, technologies... (

2.2 billion people suffer vision impairment

At least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment or blindness, of which over 1 billion cases could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed More than 1 billion people worldwide are living with vision impairment because they do not get the care they need for conditions like short and far-sightedness, glaucoma and... (

Africa experiencing rise in Antimicrobial resistance 

 An international team of researchers led by ETH has shown that antimicrobial-resistant infections are rapidly increasing in animals in Africa. They produced the first global of resistance rates and identified regions where interventions are urgently needed.  The world is experiencing unprecedented economic growth in low- and middle-income countries. An increasing number of people in India,... (

Antimicrobial resistance is drastically rising

An international team of researchers led by ETH has shown that antimicrobial-resistant infections are rapidly increasing in animals in low and middle income countries. They produced the first global of resistance rates, and identified regions where interventions are urgently needed. The world is experiencing unprecedented economic growth in low- and middle-income countries. An increasing number... (

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)

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