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Heal and Soothe Back Pain, Arthritis and Fibromyalgia

  Having chronic conditions in your back, joints, and other parts of your body is a pain literally and figuratively. It can be hard to feel at ease going anywhere when you have back pain, arthritis or fibromyalgia. Rather than let others know what a struggle it is to get dressed, perform household chores, drive

A clinical trial to find a new treatment for visceral leishmaniasis begins in eastern Africa

A new study to find a safer, efficacious and more patient-friendly treatment and improved diagnostic tools for people living with visceral leishmaniasis (VL) begun in eastern Africa. The study is within the new wider Afri-KA-DIA Consortium that got funding from The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). VL is a neglected tropical disease

Public vs Private: Massive investments in the former still fail to attract Patients

Despite a significant proportion of the population qualifying for free care, patients in South Africa still prefer to attend private sector facilities. This is according to Statistics South Africa’s General Household Survey (GHS) of 2015, in which user satisfaction surveys revealed that only 57.6% of patients in the public sector were satisfied with the services

New management training for immunisation leaders kicks-off in Kigali

Yale’s Global Health Leadership Initiative (GHLI), the Rwanda-based University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), PATH, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance have joined forces to strengthen national leadership and management of immunisation programmes in Gavi-supported countries. The Expanded Programme on Immunization Leadership and Management Programme (EPI LAMP) is an innovative management training course for immunisation leaders

WHO urges action to tackle malnutrition, Universal Health Coverage

Undernutrition, obesity and diet-related noncommunicable diseases are leading to catastrophic costs to individuals, to communities and to national healthcare systems in Africa, experts attending a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on nutritional status said Wednesday. Every year, they said, it is estimated that 11 million Africans fall into poverty due to high out-of-pocket payments for healthcare.

Kenya Pledges Support for Harm Reduction in Africa

By George Okore Kenya is committed to fund interventions that fight the menace of drug misuse, Health Minister Sicily Kariuki said. Speaking at the First Eastern Africa Harm Reduction Conference (1st EAHRC), Ms Kariuki (see photo) said the Ministry of Health will continue to provide financial resources for these interventions. She noted that research shows

African Universities join forces to expand the continent’s Paediatric workforce

Since 2008, the University of Cape Town has trained 151 pediatricians, paediatric sub-specialists, and paediatric nurses from across Africa through the African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP). The addition of the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UZKN) to the APFP training network will enable 150 more paediatric specialists to be trained in

Can digital disruption tackle local healthcare challenges? Africa Health Exhibition & Congress 2018

  The African region is seen to be one of the most sought-after markets globally for healthcare investments, having experienced stellar growth over the last decade and showing no sign of slowing down in the near future. According to a report by the IFC, the private-sector arm of the World Bank, it is estimated that

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