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Canada commits $1.4 billion annually to support women, girls health

Government of Canada has committed $1.4 billion annually, starting in 2023, to support women and girls’ health around the world. Making the historic announcement at the ongoing Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said the investment will support sexual and reproductive health rights and maternal, newborn, and child health – with $700

Women Deliver Conference opens in Vancouver

By Gitonga Njeru in Vancouver The Women Deliver Conference opened Tuesday in the coastal seaport city of Vancouver. The conference brings the largest gathering of women leaders from around the world specializing in different professional fields. Over 3,000 delegates have converged in one of North Americas most cosmopolitans’ cities to discuss issues and challenges facing

DR CONGO: Major cholera vaccination campaign kick off 

A  vaccination campaign against cholera in North Kivu in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that targets over 800,000 people has on Monday been launched. The campaign is being implemented by the DRC Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners and funded by Gavi,

Ebola outbreak response gets new funding

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance on Monday provided an extra US$ 9.2 million to support Ebola vaccinations in Eastern DRC, where the Ebola outbreak has now claimed over 1,100 lives. The new funding for the WHO will support operational costs for the vaccination effort, funding the vaccination teams, transportation, syringes and other vaccine supplies, as well

Strengthening health systems to better fight infectious diseases in Africa

The WHO reports that 13 million people die from infectious diseases each year. In some countries, one in every two deaths is a result of an infectious disease; while in Africa, diseases like HIV/Aids, TB, malaria and hepatitis account for the majority of these deaths. Dr Izukanji Sikazwe, CEO of the Centre of Infectious Disease

Resurgent measles outbreaks: Partners call for renewed efforts to vaccinate all children

The global measles crisis is an urgent wake-up call to the need for countries to ensure that all children – no matter where they live – receive life-saving vaccines. Countries in the African Region have also experienced a resurgence of measles, including outbreaks reported in at least 9 countries (Chad, Cameroon, DR Congo, Liberia, Guinea,

After Malawi, Kenya and Ghana set to launch Malaria Vaccine pilot

Malawi became the first country to launch the first Malaria vaccine pilots and thus providing a potentially valuable new tool in the fight against the disease. Kenya and Ghana will follow next with a combined target of vaccinating around 360,000 children per year in the three countries to evaluate the feasibility of delivering the required

Addressing the Healthcare challenges for expats living in Africa: Steps they can take themselves

Africa is one of the top expat destinations in the world. In 2017, the Expat Insider survey revealed several African countries such as Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa ranking. One common thing was noted to be of concern to those living and working in these locations: they worried about their personal safety and quality of

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