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Nearly half a million people die as resistance to anti-biotic medicines rise in Africa

Nearly half a million people in Sub-Saharan Africa died in 2019 due to rising resistance to anti-biotic medicines, a report published in Lancet reveals. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread,

The Changing Battlefront In the Fight Against Malaria in Africa

By Grey Frandsen In 2012, malaria was regarded as a relatively minor and declining threat to the people of Djibouti, a small country of 900,000 people in the Horn of Africa suffering only a few hundred cases each year. Then something changed. The following six years saw year-on-year increases in reported malaria cases and a

Africa records lowest COVID-19 deaths this year

An 83% surge in new COVID-19 cases during the past week in Africa, driven by the Delta and the Omicron variants, is causing fewer deaths than previous surges—but more waves could be building as updated forecasts warn that the continent may not reach 70% vaccine coverage until August 2024, a new World Health Organization (WHO)

African scientists call for urgent investment in public health research and development  

Today, during the 4th Galien Forum Africa held in Dakar, Senegal, prominent African scientists demanded increased regional scientific cooperation and investment in healthcare research, in response to a concerning increase in misinformation on the continent. The scientists, including Professors Awa Marie Coll-Seck and Samba Sow, are all members of the ‘African Voices of Science’ initiative, launched by Senegalese advocacy and action tank Speak

Mass COVID-19 vaccination along Kenyan borders

By Checky Abuje TradeMark East Africa  jointly with the  Government of Kenya through the Ministries of Health (MOH) and the East African Community (MEAC) have launched a massive vaccination drive targeting cross border women traders and long-distance truck drivers along four border entry points in Kenya, dubbed “the Northern Corridor”. The vaccination exercise funded by

PATH welcomes commitment by Gavi board to finance wider rollout of the world’s first malaria vaccine, RTS,S

PATH welcomes the decision by the board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), to approve a malaria vaccine program to support the broader rollout of RTS,S/AS01E (RTS,S). The malaria vaccine program will provide funding for vaccine procurement, technical assistance for vaccine introduction, and other activities that will enable interested countries to apply for support to introduce