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Roche Diagnostics, nonprofit (RED) to raise awareness about the importance of testing in the fight against AIDS

By Herman Opondo Roche and non-profit (RED) have jointly announced joining forces on Wednesday to raise awareness of the importance of diagnostic testing in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. (RED) is a division of the ONE Campaign, a global movement to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030 so that everyone, everywhere can lead... (

WHO, UNICEF warn of a decline in vaccinations during COVID-19

  The World Health Organization and UNICEF warned Wednesday of an alarming decline in the number of children receiving life-saving vaccines around the world. This is due to disruptions in the delivery and uptake of immunization services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to new data by WHO and UNICEF, these disruptions threaten to reverse... (

COVID-19: Social services for mothers, newborns, young children and adolescents badly hit

Mothers, newborns, young children and adolescents are losing 20 per cent of their health and social services due to the COVID-19 pandemic says a Panel of senior global health experts. “Health systems in both rich and poor nations are massively struggling and the services for mothers, newborns, young children and adolescents are crumbling,” says Elizabeth... (

COVID-19: AU receives 10 M EUR from the EU

The African Union has received EUR 10 million funding from the European Union (EU) to implement a joint int Continental Strategy for COVID-19. The funding is the initial contribution by Team Europe to the continental action against COVID-19. H.E. Ambassador Ranieri Sabatucci, Head of the EU Delegation to the African Union, and Dr John Nkengasong,... (

Wary as COViD-19 cases sharply rise in Africa

COVID-19 continues to spread in Africa since the virus was first detected on the continent in mid-February 2020. More than 200 000 cases have been confirmed so far, with more than 5600 deaths. The pandemic is accelerating – it took 98 days to reach 100 000 cases and only 18 days to move to 200... (

Three African countries pledge for Vaccines body for the first time

Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Uganda made their first-ever pledge to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance joining world leaders to pledge US$ 8.8 billion for a public-private partnership that helps vaccinate half the world’s children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. The funding will help immunise 300 million more children in the world’s poorest countries against... (

COVID-19: South Africa National Defense Force (SANDF) receive masks

Paramount Group, the global aerospace and technology company, has today donated 1,000 facial-masks to the South Africa National Defense Force (SANDF) in their continued effort to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to those on the country’s front lines of what has become a global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The donation arrives on the heels of aeronautical engineers from... (

COVID-19: Grim predictions by WHO AFRO

The modification of the risk of transmission of COVID-19 predicts close to 190,000 people in Africa could die from the disease and 29 million to 44 million could get infected in the first year of the pandemic if containment measures fail, a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa finds.... (

COVID-19: Immunisation programmes in Africa at risk, threatens more disease outbreaks

Immunisations programmes in Africa are at risk thanks to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new analysis by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Measles outbreaks are currently ongoing in several countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. The DRC outbreak is currently the world’s largest, affecting over 300,000... (

COVID-19 in Kenya: Focus on screening and testing

By Henry Opondo Kenya will roll out mass random screening of members of the public for COVID-19 beginning this coming Saturday. Mutahi Kagwe Health Cabinet Secretary told the press that at the moment, the country has restricted its screening at the point of entries, mostly the airports. “We have screed over 600,000 people who have... (

Rwanda launches Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign

Today, Rwanda joins the Zero Malaria Starts with Me movement, in a drive to accelerate malaria elimination across the African continent. The Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign, launched in 2018 by H.E. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda in his role as Chair of the African Union, seeks to build community ownership of malaria efforts... (

South Africa: Over 300 People Tested for Coronavirus With 18 Quarantined - Zweli Mkhize

[News24Wire] More than 300 people have been tested for the coronavirus, while another 18, who were in contact with the only diagnosed South African, have been quarantined, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Friday. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Coronavirus - Govt Engages Local Firms On Mass Production of Hand Sanitiser

[Vanguard] Abuja -The federal government has engaged local contractors for mass production of hand sanitiser as part of the country's measures at controlling the Coronavirus disease in the country. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Atupele Justifies Donation of Medical Products to China

[Nyasa Times] United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi has defended his decision to make a donation of medical products to the People's Republic of China, which has been hit by the fatal coronavirus, saying the super power was Malawi's major development partner. (AllAfrica)

Angola: Government Reduces Country Entry Ban

[ANGOP] Luanda -Citizens from Egypt, Algeria and Nigeria are allowed to enter Angolan soil, after the Ministry of Health announced the ban because of Covid19 cases in the respective countries. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: 'No South African in China Is Infected With Coronavirus'

[News24Wire] China's ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songitan, has confirmed that none of those waiting to be repatriated are positive with coronavirus. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Govt Denies Army Unwilling to Participate in Wuhan Repatriation

[] Government has dismissed reports contained in a Mail & Guardian article that South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers are not willing to travel to Wuhan, China, to repatriate citizens. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Coronavirus - SA Teacher Quarantined in South Korean Hospital After Testing Positive

[News24Wire] A South African English teacher based in Daegu, South Korea, is in quarantine after testing positive for the Covid-19 virus. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Inoculating Against the 'Infodemic' in Africa

[WHO] On entering Uganda's Entebbe International Airport, visitors are greeted by posters on how to prevent COVID-19 transmission, even before having their temperatures taken by medical staff. Video messages play in the departure and arrival lounges. So far, the number of people in Africa confirmed to have the virus is much smaller than other parts of the world. But as more health ministries in Africa have confirmed the presence of the virus in their countries, what was once a distant threat is now much closer. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Zanzibar Halts Flights From Italy

[Daily News] Zanzibar -Zanzibar has temporarily suspended direct flights from Italy as the revolutionary government intensifies preventive measures against the deadly Coronavirus. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Coronavirus - 3 Quarantined Patients Tested Negative, Lagos Commissioner

[This Day] As Coronavirus continues to spread in countries around the world, three suspected patients quarantined in Lagos have tested negative to the deadly disease. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Coronavirus Patient Stable, Family Unaffected

[] South Africa's first confirmed Coronavirus patient is in a stable condition at Grey's Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, where he is being treated. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Release Information On Corona Virus Health Minister Urged

[263Chat] The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) through their lawyer Mupanga Bhatasara have petitioned the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr. Obadiah Moyo with regards to information on health threats posed by the corona virus in the country. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Coronavirus - Who Urges Speedy Response

[] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on Coronavirus affected countries to work with speed in dealing with the virus. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Fear and Uncertainty in Neighbourhood of SA's First Coronavirus Patient

[News24Wire] Residents of Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal have expressed fear and uncertainty after a member of the community contracted the deadly coronavirus. But they have different views about how to handle the news and what to expect from the government. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: HIV/Aids - New Power, Old Problems

[Daily Maverick] UNAIDS takes stock 25 years on from the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for advancing the rights of women and girls and gender equality. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: The Public Health System and Individual Hygiene Practices Must Be Primed to Deal With the Coronavirus

[Daily Maverick] Parliament also needs to take the initiative and appoint a Standing Commission on Health Security to provide oversight of government measures in preventing, detecting, mitigating, responding to and assisting community recovery from all catastrophic events. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Death Toll Rises At Phebe Hospital Due to Lack of Fuel to Provide Vital Emergency Services

[FrontPageAfrica] Suakoko -The government-run Phebe Hospital, a 75-bedroom medical facility in Suakoko, Bong County, is under a cloud after two persons died Thursday and the medical staff blamed lack of electricity to run the generators for their deaths. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: President Weah Appoints Ebola 'Hero' to Ministry of Health Post

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -President George Manneh Weah has appointed as Assistant Minister for Curative Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Gabriel Gorbee Logan, who is considered as an Ebola hero. Dr. Logan was one of those Liberian medical doctors, who were on the frontline combating the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD). (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Medical Mission Rollup Sleeves to Provide Free Healthcare to Underserved Communities

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -For the next two weeks, more than 25 health practitioners from abroad would be providing free treatment at several hospitals and clinics in five of Liberia's 15 counties. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Experts Commend Travel Restrictions

[The Herald] The travel ban for civil servants by Government and an appeal to other Zimbabweans to minimise travel as a response to Covid-19 have received thumbs up from public health experts who further commended Government for showing commitment to combating the international outbreak. (AllAfrica)

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