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New guidelines for malaria launched

The WHO Guidelines for malaria, launched today, bring together the Organization’s most up-to-date recommendations for malaria in one user-friendly and easy-to-navigate online platform. They are designed to support malaria-affected countries in their efforts to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate a disease that continues to claim more than 400 000 lives each year. Users can access the evidence that

UK-Africa pact that tackles antimicrobial resistance in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania mapped out

A new study, led by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Research England, has identified some of the key problems surrounding antimicrobial resistance (AMR) across certain parts of Africa, highlighting the need for an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to the threat of AMR in these areas. AMR occurs when microorganisms (like bacteria, viruses, and parasites) develop or change when

COVID-19 depresses war against HIV in Africa

H.E. Mrs. Amira Elfadil Mohamed, Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union Commission   Each year on World AIDS Day, we take time to reflect upon our worldwide response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic by remembering where we started decades ago, honouring our achievements, and pledging to work harder and smarter, for more inclusive and innovative strategies

COVID-19 pandemic looms large over a malaria-free future

Despite the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world held the line in protecting historic gains against malaria this year, saving hundreds of thousands of lives, preserving fragile health systems, and keeping malaria at bay in countries with zero local cases. However, long-term success in reaching a malaria-free world within a generation

Every move counts towards better health – says WHO

Up to 5 million deaths, a year could be averted if the global population was more active. At a time when many people are homebound due to COVID-19, new WHO Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour, launched today, emphasize that everyone, of all ages and abilities, can be physically active and that every type

Africa’s First Online Clinical Trial Community launched

Africa’s leading research bodies have launched the Clinical Trial Community (CTC), a platform that will provide quick and real-time visibility of African clinical trials sites, capacity, and capability. The first of its kind on the continent, the CTC platform will also link relevant initiatives that support the conduct of trials; enable timely ethics and regulatory review; and

Shaking up the workplace in a matter of days

By Khomotso Molabe Chief Information Officer at Standard Bank South Africa The COVID-19 crisis has shown the business world that it is possible to completely overhaul the way we do things in a matter of weeks or even days. When the severity of the pandemic became more evident and South Africa announced a national lockdown

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