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TB Alliance Sublicenses Promising Anti-Tuberculosis Drug from the Medicines Patent Pool

Herman Opondo On World Tuberculosis Day, TB Alliance and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) announced a licensing agreement for the clinical development of sutezolid, an antibiotic drug candidate which demonstrated encouraging results in early studies. The sublicense pertains to the development of sutezolid in combination with other TB drugs and follows the MPP’s license for

Africa unified against threat of polio

More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent. The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest of its kind ever implemented in Africa, is part of urgent

Veteran Diplomat vows to fight drought in the Horn

By George Okore The Action Africa Help International (AAH-I) Board of Directors meeting in Nairobi has appointed veteran diplomat and former United Nations Deputy Secretary General Mr. Abou Moussa as the patron as it seeks to keep strong track record in humanitarian relief and recovery. AAH-I is a Horn of Africa based NGO supporting communities

Cristiana Paşca Palmer assumes position as Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Cristiana Paşca Palmer today assumed office as the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the principal global treaty on biodiversity. Adopted by governments in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro at the same time as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention has near-universal membership, with 196 Parties. The overarching

Merck marks “International Women’s Day” with Africa’s first female president H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Merck marked “International Women’s Day” with the launch of “Merck More than a Mother” and “Merck STEM for Girls and Women” program for the first time in Liberia. “Merck More than a Mother” will empower infertile women in Liberia through improving access to information, health, change of mind-set and economic empowerment. “Merck More than a

International root and tuber crops research body honours IITA researchers and others for great work on root and tuber crops in Africa

The UK-based International Society of Tropical Root Crops- Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB), on Friday presented awards of honour and recognition to 10 researchers working on root and tuber crops in Africa. The awards, which were presented during the close of the 13th symposium of ISTRC-AB in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania were part of efforts by the

Mass Cholera vaccination campaign begins in Somalia

A major vaccination campaign to halt the spread of cholera begins in three drought-ravaged regions of Somalia today. The vaccines were procured, transported and stored at the appropriate temperature by UNICEF. They will be administered by the Government of Somalia with the support of World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF; while UNICEF and others continue

Environmentalist oppose rhino dehorning as a means of protection

A wildlife expert has opposed moves by Zoos to dehorn Rhino as a means to protect them from poachers, calling instead for improved security. “Subjecting rhinos unnecessarily to the dangers of an anaesthetic, and physically distorting their magnificent and unique profiles by dehorning them in a bid to deter poachers is short sighted and frankly

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