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Funding short falls impeding war against Malaria, Malaria Report 2016 disclose

By Henry Opondo Funding shortfalls and fragile health systems are undermining war against malaria in sub Saharan Africa, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Malaria Report 2016 reveals. Sub-Saharan Africa carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2015, the region was home to 90% of malaria cases and 92% of malaria

SMS for Life 2.0 Nigeria launch to help improve essential medicine access

Novartis (www.Novartis.com) has announced in Kaduna State, Nigeria the launch of an innovative technology-based healthcare program called SMS for Life 2.0. The program aims to increase the availability of essential medicines and improve care for patients across the region by using simple, available, and affordable technology. SMS for Life 2.0 is a joint public-private partnership

How Women in Kitui County Cope with Aftershocks of Climate Change

By Clifford Akumu   The journey from Kitui town to Mutomo is full of surprises; If it’s not the bumpy road, it is the generosity exhibited by the inhabitants-occasionally punctuated by the ‘singing acacia trees’ that dot the 80 kilometres stretch. But what is not generous in this village of Mutalani is the vagaries of

Winners of Merck Diabetes Award across Africa, Asia announced

Merck, a leading science and technology company has Thursday announced the winners of its Merck Diabetes Award from African and Asian Universities to mark the World Diabetes Day- WDD themed ‘Eyes on Diabetes’. The award as part of the Merck Capacity Advancement Program was launched in April 2016 across African and Asian universities with the

18.2 million people on antiretroviral therapy, UNAIDS

By Henry Opondo A new report by UNAIDS shows that countries are getting on the Fast-Track, with an additional one million people accessing treatment in just six months (January to June 2016). By June 2016, around 18.2 million [16.1 million–19.0 million] people had access to the life-saving medicines, including 910 000 children, double the number

Malaria: First vaccine to pilot in sub Saharan Africa

The WHO has confirmed that the world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot projects in sub-Saharan Africa after securing funding for the initial phase of the programme. Vaccinations are due to begin in 2018. The vaccine, known as RTS,S, acts against P. falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally, and the most

Kingdom of Morocco to host Africa’s coordinating office on Desertification and Drought

The Kingdom of Morocco will host the Africa Regional coordination Unit of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), a Press statement from the body said yesterday. This will provide the secretariat with vital support services that the Parties to the Convention need to effectively implement the Convention in Africa. The announcement was made

Climate Change: Deal brokered in Paris comes into force

The Paris Climate Change Agreement – the result of the most complex, comprehensive and critical international climate negotiation ever attempted – has officially come into force starting November 4. The Agreement is undoubtedly a turning point in the history of common human endeavor, capturing the combined political, economic and social will of governments, cities, regions,

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