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Answering the challenges posed by antimicrobial resistance

Answering the challenges posed by antimicrobial resistance

Pascale Ondoa and Yewande Alimi   Staphylococcus aureus is the source of a skin infection that can turn deadly if drug resistant. Estimates regarding the most common resistant variation, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), exceed 100,000 deaths globally in 2019. But up until recently, we did not have a solid grasp on how much of a

Eradicating polio would eradicate so much tragedy

 Dr Matshidiso Moeti  In the outskirts of Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, just beyond where paved roads transition to dirt, an undiagnosed polio infection paralysed a three-year-old girl. From one day to the next, the child’s life was changed forever. Among Africa’s public health community, we had looked at our successes against wild poliovirus as a cause

Gavi Funding Boosts Yellow Fever Diagnostics Capacity across Africa

An initiative to boost yellow fever diagnostic capacity across Africa has ‘revolutionised’ diagnostics on the continent, one of the programme’s coordinating agencies, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said today. The initiative is part of the implementation of the Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) strategy and brings together different partners including WHO, UNICEF, CDC, the Institut Pasteur

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

COVID-19 Vaccine roll out: Health experts urge Africa to exploit all available routes

By Henry Neondo   Health experts in Africa have urged African countries to exploit any of three available routes to access vaccines to protect citizens from COVID-19. According to the experts, massive advances in vaccine science over the past year offered hope, but the global community needed to learn from its mistakes with inequitable HIV

WHO: access to HIV medicines severely impacted by COVID-19 as AIDS response stalls

By Henry Opondo Seventy-three countries have warned that they face the risk of stock-outs of antiretroviral (ARV) medicines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new WHO survey conducted ahead of the International AIDS Society’s biannual conference. Twenty-four countries reported having either a critically low stock of ARVs or disruptions in the

Is WHO turning around on the herbal tonic?  

Rattled by the growing popularity of a possible treatment for COVID-19 by herbal tonic produced by Madagascar, the World Health Organization (WHO) appears to seek a way around its hardline position against the tonic. In a press statement released on Monday, 04 May 2020 WHO said that it recognizes that traditional, complementary and alternative medicine

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