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Bill Gates to deliver remarks at the AU Summit 2019

Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will deliver remarks at the African Union Summit 2019 and the first annual Africa Leadership Meeting set for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Speaking to an audience of Heads of State and Government, representatives of the African Union and business leaders, Gates will highlight the remarkable progress

HelpAge International launches project to strengthen health systems for older people in Africa

The Governments of Kenya and Mozambique jointly with HelpAge International have launched a three-year project in Nairobi that will seek to make health systems in Africa more responsive to the health and care needs of older persons. The Better Health for Older Persons in Africa (BHOPA) project is funded by the Maxwell Harvey Legacy Grant,

Ghana’s First Lady picked Nutrition Champion

Ghana’s first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has been made a Nutrition Champion by the African Leaders for Nutrition on Monday in acknowledgement of her work and commitment to sound nutrition and the wellbeing of mothers and infants. The ALN initiative is a platform for high-level advocacy and engagement to advance nutrition in Africa, endorsed by the

Kenya: NCDs leading cause of death of older people, Global AgeWatch Insights report reveals

The number of deaths attributable to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Kenya is on the rise, according to the Kenya findings of Global AgeWatch Insights 2018, a new report from HelpAge International and AARP. Kenya has seen an increase of cases of non-communicable diseases, with the Ministry of Health reporting they are responsible for over 55%

NCDs Debilitating Africans over 60, Global AgeWatch Insights reveals

By Adlyne Wangusi Africans are more likely to live with disabilities caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in their later years than any other health problem, a new joint report by the HelpAge International and AARP reveals. According to Global AgeWatch Insights, studies from around the world show that NCDs, like Cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases (like

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

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