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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’

Vaccine: Gavi seeks to support innovative solutions

To ensure vaccines reach all the world’s children, Gavi, is inviting entrepreneurs and businesses to identify innovations in vaccine delivery by applying to its INFUSE initiative. With global immunisation coverage stalled at around 80% for several years and 19 million children missing out on a full course of basic vaccines, Gavi launched INFUSE – Innovation

Malawi commits to halve maternal, neonatal deaths over next five years

By Gondwe M. The Governments of Malawi and eight other countries from Africa and South East Asia have committed to halve maternal, new-born and stillborn births. The commitment comes at a time Malawi and eight other countries launch the Network on the improvement of quality of care for maternal, neonatal and child health. Through the

Cancer: Nigeria to launch strategic plan

By Henry Opondo Focus on cancer detection, prevention and treatment will form the bulk of the Nigeria’s five-year national strategic plan for control of cervical cancer, a senior ministry official has disclosed. Dr Ramatu Hassan, the National Coordinator, National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), is quoted by the Press as saying the ministry was working with

African Heads of State commit to immunisation

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, outgoing African Union Commission Chairperson Tuesday led African Heads of State to commit to advance the goal of universal access to immunisation by 2020 by endorsing the Addis Declaration on Immunization (ADI), a landmark commitment supporting and prioritising immunisation at the continental scale. Zuma noted that universal access to immunization is achievable. “The

World Cancer Day: Union for International Cancer Control, the Movember Foundation join forces to support fight against cancer

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) today welcomed the Movember Foundation as a Visionary Partner of World Cancer Day, a global movement that unites the world to reduce the global cancer burden under the one banner. World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the single initiative under which the

Hope for Africans as the Medicines Patent Pool Announces First Licence for Tuberculosis Treatment

The Medicines Patent Pool has announced signing a licence with Johns Hopkins University to facilitate the clinical development of tuberculosis (TB) drug candidate sutezolid. Long considered a promising investigational treatment, its further development in combination with other drugs, could offer hope to millions of African suffering from TB particularly those that are both drug-sensitive and

Deutsche Post DHL Group and Gavi forge global partnership to improve delivery of life-saving vaccines

Deutsche Post DHL Group, the leading global mail and logistics company, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, today announced a global partnership to help improve vaccine supply chains in developing countries. As immunisation programmes expand to deliver new, life-saving vaccines to more people, often in remote areas, they are increasingly constrained by outdated supply chains. With

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