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Drought exacerbates malnutrition among Children in the Horn of Africa

By George Okore Experts warn that the prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa may aggravate nutrition and food-related challenges including vitamin and mineral deficiencies, obesity and non-communicable diseases. World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that over 8.5 million people in the Horn of Africa, mostly children, are facing crisis food security conditions, with more than

Cassava Initiative makes good progress, sets up trials in Nigeria and Tanzania

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative in 2016 established 563 trials across Nigeria and Tanzania to help unlock the agronomy of cassava. The trials were part of the broader initiative by the research community led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with its international and national partners to increase the productivity of cassava and

New initiative forged to eliminate malaria in Zambia

A new partnership to support the Zambian government’s ambitious campaign to eliminate malaria by 2020 has been announced. The initiative is spearheaded by the EXASOL, a high-performance in-memory analytic database developer, and PATH, an international nonprofit organization and global leader in health and innovation. “Data analytics is often discussed as a way for business to

Hope for Africa as AU Summit launches Centre for Disease Control

The African Union Heads of State on Tuesday launched the African Centre for Disease Control in a bid to curb emerging and reemerging disease threats. According to an advisory from the African Union, the CDC will provide early warning and response surveillance systems, respond to emergencies, build capacity, and provide technical expertise to address health

Rasha Kelej Merck’s Chief Social Officer : I am proud to work for Merck

    Merck takes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) very seriously, they have demonstrated a long term commitment to Africa’s social and economic development, they have engaged with communities to understand the challenges and explore solutions and develop the appropriate programs with appropriate engagement of local stakeholders and partners.   We spoke with Dr. Rasha Kelej

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

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