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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

World Cancer Day 2018 will be on Sunday, 4 February

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC),  the largest international cancer-fighting organisation has announed Sunday Februeary 4, 2018 as the World Cancer Day and declared the theme of the event as “We can. I can. The World Cancer Day is the single global initiative that unites and rallies the world’s voices to raise awareness of

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

Nurses’ union says CoG and Health CS frustrating signing of CBA

By Clifford Akumu Kenyan Nurses have revealed Friday that the Council of Governors and Health Cabinet Secretary are to blame for the ongoing nurses’ strike that has now entered its 135th day, one of the longest industrial action the country has ever witnessed. Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary-General Seth Panyako said that the CoG led

Some 100 nations provide little or no relief for patients in serious pain

  Millions of people who suffer serious physical or psychological suffering and need palliative care and pain relief do not get it, a Lancet study reveals. In the most comprehensive global analysis of palliative care ever conducted, The Lancet Commission of 35 experts shows that out of the 172 countries studied, 25 nations had almost