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COVID-19: Grim predictions by WHO AFRO  

The modification of the risk of transmission of COVID-19 predicts close to 190,000 people in Africa could die from the disease and 29 million to 44 million could get infected in the first year of the pandemic if containment measures fail, a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa finds.

COVID-19: Immunisation programmes in Africa at risk, threatens more disease outbreaks

Immunisations programmes in Africa are at risk thanks to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new analysis by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Measles outbreaks are currently ongoing in several countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. The DRC outbreak is currently the world’s largest, affecting over 300,000

COVID-19 in Kenya: Focus on screening and testing

By Henry Opondo Kenya will roll out mass random screening of members of the public for COVID-19 beginning this coming Saturday. Mutahi Kagwe Health Cabinet Secretary told the press that at the moment, the country has restricted its screening at the point of entries, mostly the airports. “We have screed over 600,000 people who have

President Kenyatta picked to Chair the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA)

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced his four priorities for his two-year term as Chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA). His overall aim is to eliminate malaria from the continent by 2030. The game-changing agenda addresses major challenges in the battle against malaria. These challenges include the insufficient engagement of women, children and

Rwanda launches Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign

Today, Rwanda joins the Zero Malaria Starts with Me movement, in a drive to accelerate malaria elimination across the African continent. The Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign, launched in 2018 by H.E. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda in his role as Chair of the African Union, seeks to build community ownership of malaria efforts

MMV@20: Leaders say innovative tools still needed to conquer malaria

The war against malaria will not be won without increased innovation for new, transformative tools, Dr David Reddy, CEO, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) has said. Speaking while marking the 20th Anniversary of the MMV, Dr Davd noted that those last 20 years have offered this war vital lessons. “Today is a chance for us

Tanzania steps war against malaria

Determined to lessen the malaria burden, the United Republic of Tanzania has announced the launch of its national Zero Malaria Starts With Me campaign, becoming the 11th nation to join the ever-growing Pan-African movement. Tanzania is among the highest-burden countries with 93% of the population at risk of malaria The campaign was launched during the

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