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World Cancer Day 2018 will be on Sunday, 4 February

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC),  the largest international cancer-fighting organisation has announed Sunday Februeary 4, 2018 as the World Cancer Day and declared the theme of the event as “We can. I can. The World Cancer Day is the single global initiative that unites and rallies the world’s voices to raise awareness of

KWS new digital radio system for wildlife surveillance

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS),  a state agency in charge of wildlife managemenrt has said that it has put in place a state-of-the- art digital radio system to improve its efficiency in surveillance of wildlife in the country. The project has been accomplished through assistance from the French government which extended a 700-million shillings loan

Crisis of invisibility in Sub-Saharan Africa: Less than 1 in 2 births registered

Ninety-five million children have not had their births registered across Sub Saharan Africa, and if decisive action is not taken, these numbers will soar to 115 million by 2030, UNICEF said today. According to UNICEF, the data has been released so as to prioritise birth registration as a first and critical step to a functional

Caution as Madagascar’s plague epidemic slows down

Although the unprecedented outbreak of pneumonic plague in Madagascar’s is slowing down, the WHO has however cautioned that the response be sustained. “The worst of the outbreak is over, but we must stand ready to detect and respond to new infections until the end of the plague season in April 2018,” said WHO Director-General Dr

Kenya launches Agency to Regulate Veterinary Medicines

  A new agency to oversee the regulation of all veterinary medicinal products in Kenya has officially been launched.   The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is now mandated to oversee the manufacture, importation, exportation, registration, distribution, prescription and dispensing of veterinary medicines. Previously, this role fell under the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) and the

Number of children stunting on the rise in Africa, WHO says

  The number of stunted children in Africa is on the rise, according to the newly released nutrition report by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa. The Africa Nutrition Report, launched this week in Abidjan, Ivory Coast describes the current status in relation to six global nutrition targets that member states have

Nigeria suffers 1M preventable stillbirths and infant deaths annually due to Group B Streptococcus infection

Close to 1 million children in Nigeria die due to Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria infections,  new findings of a new research supplement published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, and launched at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting in Baltimore.   Led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical

Obasanjo and governors highlight gains of Zero Hunger initiative

Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said recently he was impressed with the impact the Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum (NZHF) was making especially in promoting healthy competition among states with a view to achieving food security. Speaking at the NZHF meeting in Ebonyi state, President Obasanjo said he see a healthy competition between states as

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