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Africa unified against threat of polio

More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent. The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest of its kind ever implemented in Africa, is part of urgent

Merck marks “International Women’s Day” with Africa’s first female president H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Merck marked “International Women’s Day” with the launch of “Merck More than a Mother” and “Merck STEM for Girls and Women” program for the first time in Liberia. “Merck More than a Mother” will empower infertile women in Liberia through improving access to information, health, change of mind-set and economic empowerment. “Merck More than a

Mass Cholera vaccination campaign begins in Somalia

A major vaccination campaign to halt the spread of cholera begins in three drought-ravaged regions of Somalia today. The vaccines were procured, transported and stored at the appropriate temperature by UNICEF. They will be administered by the Government of Somalia with the support of World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF; while UNICEF and others continue

To maximize a child’s development, genetics provide important insight, study shows

A child’s genetic make-up can play a large, hidden role in the success of efforts to maximize his or her development, South African research suggests. The study, published February 28 in PLoS Medicine and supported by the Government of Canada through Grand Challenges Canada’s Saving Brains program, sheds new light on why some children benefit

Tuberculosis Critical Group of Bacteria, needs new Antibiotics ─ TB Alliance tells WHO

By Herman Opondo TB Alliance and the broader TB community urge that The World Health Organization (WHO) was on Wednesday urged to add Mycobacterium tuberculosis to the critical group within the list of drug-resistant bacteria identified as urgent priorities for research and development. “The absence of TB from this list is shocking,” said Mel Spigelman,

Africa: Infertile women still suffer stigma, discrimination

By Herman Opondo Infertile women still suffer discrimination, stigma and ostracism, Sarah Opendi, Minister of State of Health, Uganda noted that in Africa including Uganda has disclosed. Speaking in Kampala at the launch of a programme to empower infertile women, the minister said more often an inability to have a child or to become pregnant

UNAIDS urges everyone to make some noise for zero discrimination

By Henry Opondo Ahead of the March 1, the Zero Discrimination Day, The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has urged people to make some noise around zero discrimination, to speak up and prevent discrimination from standing in the way of achieving ambitions, goals and dreams. Zero discrimination is an integral part of UNAIDS’

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