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WHO pushes for Malaria prevention on World Malaria Day, 25th April

Herman Opondo At an event on the eve of World Malaria Day in Nairobi, WHO called on Monday for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria and save lives. WHO data show that in sub-Saharan Africa, which shoulders 90% of the global malaria burden, more than 663 million cases have been averted since 2001. Insecticide-treated

Malaria: Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi first countries to receive RTS, S malaria vaccine

Herman Opondo Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi were on Monday picked to take part in a WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP) that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018. The injectable vaccine, RTS,S, was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria caused by

Leaders Recommit fight to End Neglected Tropical Diseases

Leaders from governments, pharmaceutical companies and charitable organizations convened at a five-day summit in Geneva to pledge new commitments to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The summit coincided with the launch of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Fourth Report on NTDs, showing transformational progress against these debilitating diseases, and a commitment by the

Public Health expert gives talk at Kenyan exhibition

A Robert Gordon University (RGU) lecturer has given a presentation on public health as part of a wider tour to promote the university in East Africa. Anne Whitcombe, from RGU’s School of Health Sciences, has been overseas with a number of fellow academics from across the university, showing prospective applicants what they can expect from

GHIT Fund Invests in Late-stage Trial for Child-friendly “Snail Fever” Medicines

Harman Opondo Completion of Phase 3 trial for treatment of “Snail Fever” (aka schistosomiasis) is final step before regulatory and WHO submission; GHIT also announces new investment in novel malaria vaccine and therapeutic for dengue, continued support for innovative tools to tackle malaria and neglected tropical diseases The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund),

Outdated Vaccine Delivery Systems impede their impact, Researchers Say

Four in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are impacted by vaccine stockouts leading to 89 percent probability that immunization delivery services will be compromised, a collection of new articles published today in Vaccine journal shows. According to the collection, outdated vaccine supply and distribution systems are delaying and limiting the impact that vaccines have on

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

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