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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

Governments Meet to Fast Forward Implementation of Paris Agreement’s Goals

The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference opens on Monday, with the aim of launching nations towards the next level of ambition needed to tackle global warming and put the world on a safer and more prosperous development path. The Conference, coming just two years after the landmark adoption of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, will also

Tech used to prevent spread of Zika and Ebola to tackle “forest fire” wheat rust epidemics

By Clifford Akumu The same device that helped control the Zika and Ebola viruses, could soon be used to tackle devastating wheat rust epidemics that are threatening global food security, thanks in part to a US$100k research grant awarded by the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture. The “laptop lab” technology will be used

Nsima cooker innovator develop black wing

By Luciano Milala A 27 years old Mchinji boy popularly  known as Nsima cooker innovator has once again broken another record after innovating un equipment known as black wing which will easy water scarcity among Malawians especially those in rural areas. A local Malawian from Mchinji, Zack Mwale has developed a black wing which is

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