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Zeroing in on unvaccinated children: it is time for Africa to reach every child

By H.E. Amira Elfadil Mohammed Commissioner, for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Africa Union Commission Routine vaccinations are an important component of strong and functional health systems. Beginning at birth, routine vaccinations against diseases like tetanus, polio, and measles by the child’s first birthday are advised and advocated for. These vaccines save children and

Nigerian Youth Call for Action to Improve Adolescents’ Health

By Adelyn Wangusi   Marking World Health Day, youth leaders and civil society groups from across Nigeria urged the Nigerian government to invest in equity enhancing strategies to restore crumbling services for women, newborns, children, and adolescents. This year’s annual celebration is being held against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to threaten

WHO pauses Ivermectin use to treat COVID-19

A WHO panel has declared that the current evidence on the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients is inconclusive. Instead, the WHO says until more data is available, the drug only is used within clinical trials. Ivermectin is a broad-spectrum anti-parasitic agent, included in WHO essential medicines list for several parasitic diseases. It is used in

 COVID-19 wipes out gains progress in the global fight against Tuberculosis

The COVID-19 pandemic saw a drastic decline in diagnosis and treatment of TB infections in 2020, ranging from 16%-41% (with an average of 23%) representing 60% of the global TB burden, the Stop TB Partnership has disclosed. The drop brought the overall number of people diagnosed and treated for TB in those countries to 2008

Africa Science News ranked top among Africa’s websites

Africa Science News Service has been placed 8th best website among 30 others for its continued and persistent coverage of science and its related disciplines in Africa. Breaking the news to the management of Africa Science news, Anuj Agarwal, the Founder of Feedspot noted Africa Science News’ contribution to this world. “I would like to

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund donated money, but health workers still have no PPEs

One year ago, WHO created the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to respond to the unprecedented show of support by individuals and companies to help WHO in the fight against COVID-19. Powered by the UN Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, it was developed as an innovative platform to enable private companies, individuals, and other organizations

With vaccine deliveries to Accra and Abidjan, the race for equity begins 

By Dr. Solomon Zewdu    On February 24, 600,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Accra, Ghana. Two days later, another 504,000 doses arrived in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. On Tuesday, 3.92 million vaccine doses arrived in Abuja, Nigeria and a further 324,000 arrived in Dakar, Senegal the following day. These were the first international deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX Facility, and—with the first doses administered in both countries just days later—the

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