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With Dwindling Numbers, Stakeholders Expand Integrated Tuberculosis (TB) and COVID-19 Testing in Communities

Worried about the low turnout of testing against the two deadly diseases, the Kaduna State Government collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to initiate, plan and conduct a two weeks integrated mass TB and COVID-19 screening campaign

When health workers took the Tuberculosis (TB) testing outreach to Rigasa community, Kaduna State, Rabi Umaru, a 37-year-old housewife, did not need much convincing to get tested. She had been coughing for two weeks but had not visited any health facility because of lack of funds.  “I usually hear on…

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National Experts Converge to Review Public Health Surveillance Data in Sierra Leone

The meeting facilitates information sharing among the national and district health authorities and partners

Public health experts in Sierra Leone are meeting to review data of the past three months on trend of priority diseases in the country. Drawn from the technical and administrative levels from the national and districts in the country, as well as partners, the experts will monitor and evaluate the…

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World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health Train 29 Regional Emergency Responders in the Prevention and Management of viral hemorrhagic fevers

Funded by WHO, participants are from Uganda, Zambia, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Tanzania

The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Uganda’s Ministry of Health, has commenced a five-day training for 29 emergency responders from five African countries. The training scheduled for 15th to 19th August 2022 at the Commonwealth Resort Hotel Munyonyo is intended to build regional capacity to respond to…

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African Health Ministers Convene for Region’s Flagship Public Health Meeting

Seventy-second session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa

Health ministers and health representatives from 47 African countries will meet in Lomé, Togo either in person or virtually for the Seventy-second session the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa. The Regional Committee is the WHO decision-making body that convenes once a year to discuss and endorse regional…

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In Mozambique, Household Screening Keeps Families Malaria-Free

This year, WHO marked World Malaria Day under the theme "Harnessing innovation to reduce the burden of malaria and save lives"

Stefina Mocuvele looks on as her grandson Nolege plays happily with his siblings. It’s a far cry from his condition three years ago, when a bout of malaria landed the then six-year-old in hospital, 10 kilometers away from their home in Matuba locality in the Chókwè district of Gaza province,…

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Edo State Intensifies Coordinated Response to Contain Spread of Monkeypox Disease

Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease endemic in Nigeria and some parts of Africa

After four days of complaining of fever, headache, fatigue and cough, 40 years old Mr V Ehosa (not real name), a land seller residing in Benin, Edo State, tested positive for monkeypox. Mr Ehosa got admitted to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Edo State, four days after he…

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Healthy Life Expectancy in Africa Rises by Almost Ten Years

Improvements in the provision of essential health services, gains in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, as well as progress in the fight against infectious diseases

Healthy life expectancy in the African region has increased on average by 10 years per person between 2000 and 2019, a World Health Organization (WHO) assessment reports. This rise is greater than in any other region of the world during the same period. The report also notes that the disruptive…

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WHO recommends long-acting cabotegravir for HIV prevention

New WHO guidelines advise countries to deliver long-acting cabotegravir as part of comprehensive approach to HIV prevention

WHO today released new guidelines for the use of long-acting injectable cabotegravir (CAB-LA) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV and called for countries to consider this safe and highly effective prevention option for people at substantial risk of HIV infection. The guidelines, released ahead of the 24th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2022),…

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91 million Africans infected with Hepatitis B or C

The Viral Hepatitis Scorecard 2021 looks at data from the African region but focuses on Hepatitis B and C, both of which cause liver cirrhosis and cancer

More than 91 million Africans live with Hepatitis B or C, which are the deadliest strains of the virus, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) scorecard that launched today – ahead of tomorrow’s World Hepatitis Day. The Viral Hepatitis Scorecard 2021 looks at data from the African region but…

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Historic Funding to Expand Roll-out of First-ever Malaria Vaccine in Africa

This international support of nearly US$ 160 million from 2022-2025 will facilitate increased vaccine access to children at high risk of illness and death from malaria

The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the launch by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, of the landmark opportunity for countries to apply for funding to introduce, or further roll-out, the RTS,S/AS01 (RTS,S) malaria vaccine. This international support of nearly US$ 160 million from 2022-2025 will facilitate increased vaccine access to children…