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Nigeria, South Africa immensely contribute to global TB disease burden

By Henry Opondo Nigeria and South Africa in combination with Asian countries of Indonesia, China and Pakistan contributed to 60% of all tuberculosis disease burden in 2015, a new WHO report on TB reveals. According to the report, there were an estimated 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide and that the burden is higher than

US$ 10 M new commitment to fight cervical cancer in developing world

By Henry Opondo As the world marks the fourth International Day of the Girl Child, Girl Effect and Gavi Tuesday announced a ground-breaking partnership to protect girls from contracting cervical cancer in developing countries. The number of deaths from cervical cancer is on the rise and, without intervention, it is set to overtake maternal mortality

Taking the steps needed for a TB-free future

By Dr Jackson Kioko Mabel* is a 52-year-old grandmother and farmer from one of Kenya’s coastal counties and lives with her daughter and several grandchildren. She took care of her husband when he had tuberculosis (TB) about ten years ago and is currently caring for one of her grandchildren who is ill with TB at

Child-Friendly Tuberculosis Medicines Now Available in Kenya

By Eric Akasa The Kenya Ministry of Health together with TB Alliance and other partners Tuesday announced the launch of appropriately dosed, child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medicines, making Kenya the first country in the world to roll out these products nationally. The improved medicines are easier for caregivers to give and for children to take, and

World Leaders Commit to Act on Antimicrobial Resistance

Collective effort to address a challenge to health, food security, and development World leaders today signalled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) happens when bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi develop resistance against medicines that were previously able to cure them. For

Maternal Health: New Lancet Series challenges African governments to do more

Although Africa recorded reduced rates of deaths in pregnancy and childbirth by 45 per cent between 1990 when the MDGs were enacted and 2015 when they ended, there is however still much to do across Sub Saharan Africa to improve the health and survival of mothers – and their babies, a new Series published by the Lancet this week reveals.

Yellow fever vaccination campaign: DRC vaccinates more than 10 M people

The largest emergency vaccination campaign against yellow fever ever attempted in Africa, came to an end on 5 September 2016 with more than 10.6 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) vaccinated against the lethal disease. In just ten days, 7 807 653 people were vaccinated in the capital city of Kinshasa, most

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