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World-first discovery of protein that causes liver disease brings hope for new treatments

The international team, led by Professor Jacob George and Doctor Mohammed Eslam at the Westmead Institute, has unequivocally shown that variations in the interferon lambda 3 (INLF3) protein are responsible for tissue damage in the liver. The research team had previously identified that the common genetic variations associated with liver fibrosis were located on chromosome

Philips Partnership with Kenya and the UN will Advance Healthcare Agenda

Royal Philips announced last week its full support for a new Government of Kenya and United Nations (UN) initiative aimed at strengthening primary and community healthcare in Africa. The leading health technology company is coming on board as the first private sector partner to establish an SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Partnership Platform in Kenya for

New Alliance against Mosquito-borne diseases set to be launched, will save 2.7 M lives annually

A new alliance of citizen-science organizations and UN Environment will be launched, Monday, in an effort to escalate the global fight against mosquito-borne diseases, responsible for killing close to 2.7 million people annually. Overall mosquito borne cases are estimated at 500 million every year, according to figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO). The

WHO pushes for Malaria prevention on World Malaria Day, 25th April

Herman Opondo At an event on the eve of World Malaria Day in Nairobi, WHO called on Monday for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria and save lives. WHO data show that in sub-Saharan Africa, which shoulders 90% of the global malaria burden, more than 663 million cases have been averted since 2001. Insecticide-treated

Malaria: Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi first countries to receive RTS, S malaria vaccine

Herman Opondo Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi were on Monday picked to take part in a WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP) that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018. The injectable vaccine, RTS,S, was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria caused by

Leaders Recommit fight to End Neglected Tropical Diseases

Leaders from governments, pharmaceutical companies and charitable organizations convened at a five-day summit in Geneva to pledge new commitments to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The summit coincided with the launch of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Fourth Report on NTDs, showing transformational progress against these debilitating diseases, and a commitment by the

Public Health expert gives talk at Kenyan exhibition

A Robert Gordon University (RGU) lecturer has given a presentation on public health as part of a wider tour to promote the university in East Africa. Anne Whitcombe, from RGU’s School of Health Sciences, has been overseas with a number of fellow academics from across the university, showing prospective applicants what they can expect from

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