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Kenya unveils better HIV/AIDS treatment

By George Okore Kenya has become the first African country in Africa to offer a new first-line drug for people living with HIV, thus accelerating access to better antiretroviral (ARV) drugs The debut of generic version of Dolutegravir (DTG) is a relief people living with HIV in Africa, where it’s needed most. Today’s launch also

Kenya introduces better treatment for people living with HIV

Herman Opndo The Government of Kenya and Unitaid announced Wednesday in Nairobi the introduction of Dolutegravir (DTG), a new first-line drug for people living with HIV, making Kenya the first African country to introduce the generic version of this new drug for routine use. Dolutegravir (DTG) has been the drug of choice for the last

Malaria: Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi first countries to receive RTS, S malaria vaccine

Herman Opondo Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi were on Monday picked to take part in a WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP) that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018. The injectable vaccine, RTS,S, was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria caused by

TB Alliance Sublicenses Promising Anti-Tuberculosis Drug from the Medicines Patent Pool

Herman Opondo On World Tuberculosis Day, TB Alliance and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) announced a licensing agreement for the clinical development of sutezolid, an antibiotic drug candidate which demonstrated encouraging results in early studies. The sublicense pertains to the development of sutezolid in combination with other TB drugs and follows the MPP’s license for

Hope for Africans as the Medicines Patent Pool Announces First Licence for Tuberculosis Treatment

The Medicines Patent Pool has announced signing a licence with Johns Hopkins University to facilitate the clinical development of tuberculosis (TB) drug candidate sutezolid. Long considered a promising investigational treatment, its further development in combination with other drugs, could offer hope to millions of African suffering from TB particularly those that are both drug-sensitive and

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

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

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