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Southern Africa records lowest new TB cases

By Henry Opondo Southern Africa is a region that has witnessed the highest annual declines in new cases of tuberculosis, a new WHO’s 2018 Global TB Report, released in New York Tuesday shows. Countries such as Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are experiencing reduction rates that range between 4-8%, thanks to better

Voluntary medical male circumcision may cost-effectively prevent HIV in Zimbabwe

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) could impact Zimbabwe’s HIV epidemic in the coming years, and this investment may save costs in the longer term. These findings were reported by Jessica McGillen of Imperial College London and colleagues on July 18th in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. Zimbabwe adopted VMMC as a priority HIV prevention strategy

The Gambian study shows that a $20 blood test could help diagnose thousands of hepatitis B patients

Researchers from Imperial College London and Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, collaborating with the Pasteur Institute in Paris and other African and European institutions that a simple $20 blood test could help diagnose thousands of patients with hepatitis B in need of treatment in some

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.

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