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President Kenyatta launches Youth Army To fight Malaria in Kenya

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Thursday launched the Kenya Malaria Youth Army, a social movement that brings together young people from all the 47 counties of Kenya to champion malaria control and elimination in the country.  The Kenya Malaria Youth Army will support advocacy, communication, innovation, and community efforts geared towards ending malaria, improving maternal and

COVID-19 deaths in Africa surge more than 40% over previous week

Africa has recorded a 43% week-on-week rise in COVID-19 deaths, as hospital admissions increase rapidly and countries face shortages in oxygen and intensive care beds. Fatalities increased to 6273 in the week ending on 11 July 2021 from 4384 deaths in the previous week. Africa is now less than 1% shy of the weekly peak

33 former African Presidents appeal UK’s withdrawal of neglected tropical disease funding  

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a global success story, with 43 countries having eliminated an NTD. However, the UK government has decided to withdraw £150 million in funding to tackle these diseases – funding that would have delivered over 250 million treatments this year alone. In response, 33 former heads of state have called upon

Busia launches Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign

By Checky Abuje   The Kenya government in partnership with the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, has rolled out a massive Measles-Rubella diseases vaccination campaign targeting children between 9 and 18 months, starting 25th June through 6th July 2021. The vaccination campaign follows revelation by research carried out by the ministry of health that there

New Non-State Actors Alliance calls for urgent action to set up the African Medicines Agency by the end of 2021

Ministers of Health from four African countries (Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt and Cabo Verde), representatives from international organizations, patient groups and the pharmaceutical industry reiterated today at a high-level roundtable event the urgency of establishing a regulatory authority across Africa, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current fragmented regulatory systems