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Toilets for $10 or Less are Accelerating Progress Towards A Major World Goal: Sanitation for All

The Water Innovation Engine, a pioneering partnership led by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to stimulate bold new ideas and approaches in the water sector has launched the global “Urban Sanitation Challenge” with the announcement of a multi-million-dollar investment in five projects in Africa, Asia and South America. The financial

Sierra Leone to begin cholera vaccination drive in disaster-affected areas

Half a million people in Sierra Leone will be able to access the life-saving cholera vaccine within weeks, the country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation announced on Tuesday. The vaccines will be received from the Gavi-funded global stockpile and will target areas particularly affected by August’s floods and deadly landslide, which resulted in over 500

Novartis, Medicines for Malaria Venture launch a novel compound against multidrug-resistant malaria

Ahead of the World Malaria Day, Novartis and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) have launched a patient trial for KAF156, a next-generation antimalarial compound with the potential to treat drug-resistant strains of the malaria parasite. The trial will test the efficacy of KAF156 in combination with a new, improved formulation of the existing antimalarial lumefantrine.

GAVI warns that vaccine progress in developing countries ‘in danger of stalling

New WHO/UNICEF figures released this week show that in 68 of the world’s poorest countries, while close to a million more children received the basic diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine in 2016 compared to 2015, the coverage rate has remained at 80% for the past three years. Millions of children remain under-vaccinated in countries torn apart by conflict,

UN-backed initiative greatly improves the health of women, children, adolescents

A new report developed by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), a coalition of more than 800 organizations, and the show that the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents are improving faster than at any point in history, even in the poorest nations The transformation is due in great measure

Kenya unveils better HIV/AIDS treatment

By George Okore Kenya has become the first African country in Africa to offer a new first-line drug for people living with HIV, thus accelerating access to better antiretroviral (ARV) drugs The debut of generic version of Dolutegravir (DTG) is a relief people living with HIV in Africa, where it’s needed most. Today’s launch also

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