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COVID-19: Pan-Africanism at an all-time high for continent’s youth, a new survey finds

While Africa Day (May 25th), the official day of the African Union (AU) marking intercontinental unity, takes place solemnly in 2020 on the backdrop of the continued outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), a recent study of Africa’s youth has showcased continent-wide resiliency, institutional trust, cohesion and collective ‘Afro-Optimism’ in facing the challenges ahead. The results of

New crop varieties to address drought, malnutrition

By Angela Phiri Chimwemwe Elifala, 29, is a farmer from Madimbo Village in Mchinji District, Malawi. For several years, he has been inspiring the farming community in Madimbo and surrounding villages to adopt new agricultural technologies that he often showcases. “I believe in knowledge sharing and farming is one area where knowledge has power. If

COVID-19:  Hope for African countries as GAVI, UNICEF pact to secure PPEs, diagnostics

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance has urgently made US$ 40 million available to UNICEF to secure personal protective equipment (PPE), diagnostic tests and other vital supplies on behalf of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Sudan, and Togo among others as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PPE delivered will help these

Kenya begins to nationally vaccinate girls with Cervical Cancer Vaccine

Kenya has Friday launched the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine into the country’s routine immunisation programme. Around 800,000 girls across Kenya will be protected against cervical cancer annually, Sicily Karuiki Cabinet Secretary for Health announced. The vaccines, provided through support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, will aim to reach all girls aged 10 in two doses administered six

HIV response: Pathway to success revealed

By Henry Opondo Campaigns to encourage HIV testing, particularly among groups that are most affected, free and easy access to treatment at the time of diagnosis with HIV and scale-up of evidence-based HIV prevention, such as voluntary medical male circumcision, pre-exposure prophylaxis and harm reduction have been attributed to lowering of HIV incidences and mortalities

After Malawi, Kenya and Ghana set to launch Malaria Vaccine pilot

Malawi became the first country to launch the first Malaria vaccine pilots and thus providing a potentially valuable new tool in the fight against the disease. Kenya and Ghana will follow next with a combined target of vaccinating around 360,000 children per year in the three countries to evaluate the feasibility of delivering the required

Scale-up of TB prevention among people living with HIV possible, reveals new study

In an important moment for tuberculosis (TB) control, a new study finds that a shorter regimen to prevent TB can be safely co-administered with dolutegravir (DTG)—the first-line drug to treat HIV in many high-burden TB countries. Presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), the study found that weekly administration of rifapentine and

SADC Heads commit to ending malaria by 2030

Sixteen Heads of State across southern African countries are stepping up commitments to eliminate the malaria disease by 2030. Meeting at the 38th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Heads of State signed the “Windhoek Declaration on Eliminating Malaria in the SADC Region” that

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