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Moving from huge fears to busloads of visitors: A Guinean doctor remembers overcoming community mistrust to treat Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Many doctors and epidemiologists from Guinea have offered their skills and experience, through World Health Organization (WHO) teams, to other nations

Marie Claire Lamah is a doctor from the West Africa country of Guinea, whose people experienced a serious Ebola epidemic in 2014–2016. Many doctors and epidemiologists from Guinea have offered their skills and experience, through World Health Organization (WHO) teams, to other nations battling outbreaks of contagious disease. Many of…

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835 000 people to receive second dose of the cholera vaccine in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

While North Kivu has been struggling with an outbreak of Ebola virus disease for more than a year, this north-eastern province is also endemic for cholera

The second phase of an oral vaccination campaign to protect more than 835 000 people from cholera in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) begins today. While North Kivu has been struggling with an outbreak of Ebola virus disease for more than a year, this…

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Strengthening regional cooperation for promoting urban health in Africa

Ten African cities came together in the city of Addis Ababa from the 27-29 August 2019, for the first Africa Regional workshop

With over half of the global population now living in urban settings, cities and their leaders play a critical role in developing, implementing and enforcing policies to create healthy environments for populations. Their engagement is especially critical for tackling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries, which together kill almost 46 million…

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Ethiopia launches investment case for noncommunicable diseases

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are presumed to be significant threats to the national health and economic development of Ethiopia

On 5 September 2019, Ethiopia disseminates the results of a case report for Investment in prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs): a cost-benefit analysis including considerations on the impact of khat. The dissemination workshop took place at Jupiter International Hotel, Addis Ababa with the presence H.E Dr. Amir Aman,…

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Protecting devotion from cholera in pilgrimage sites in Ethiopia

A case of cholera was first reported on 25 April 2019 in the Amhara Region, in the north-western part of the country

The pilgrims come in droves. They come by foot, by vehicle and by air to the many churches and monasteries scattered around the once ancient Christian kingdom of Ethiopia. They seek piety in their communing, but it is in the very density of their shared pilgrimage that dangerous diseases like…

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Strategic plan to reduce malnutrition in Africa adopted by WHO Member States

The number of undernourished people in sub-Saharan Africa rose from 181 million in 2010 to almost 222 million in 2016

A strategic plan to reduce the double burden of malnutrition in the African Region was adopted at the 69th Regional Committee meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the African Region today. “The plan outlines the urgent and accelerated action that we must take if we are to meet…

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Nigeria moves to end Communicable Diseases among people who use drugs

Nigeria, with her huge population continues to experience an untold effect of drug use especially among youth

“I have been injecting drugs for a long time and we share syringes,” says Ali who lives in the suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and recently diagnosed to be co-infected with Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. Consequent to difficulties of life in the streets, Ali was exposed to drug…

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Africa’s first-ever mass typhoid fever vaccination campaign ends in Zimbabwe

Typhoid fever, caused by a bacteria called Salmonella Typhi that is spread through contaminated food and water and poor sanitation, is endemic in Harare

It was the third day of the first-ever vaccination campaign in Africa against typhoid fever. Twenty-seven-year-old Sarah Nyamande was one of many mothers lining up in the unique outreach post – a shopping mall in a Harare suburb. Health officials were offering children and others vulnerable to the disease what…