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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

HIV Data leaving out elderly

Salome Wanjiru aged 72 is HIV positive but unlike most old people aged above 50, she has accepted her status and she is living with a positive attitude towards life. She tested positive just three years ago in an incident involving blood contact while taking care of her then HIV positive daughter who eventually succumbed

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