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Zika Virus Spreading Explosively

January 2016 YahooNews; The World Health Organization has convened an emergency committee to discuss the “explosive” spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Latin America. WHO’s Director General says the virus is “spreading explosively” and “the level of alarm is extremely high.” …

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Woman Develops App to Reduce Mortality Rate in Africa

January 2016 Leadership; Miss Kesandu Nwokolo, a young Nigerian, has developed a mobile phone application to help reduce infant and maternal mortality in Africa. In a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos, the innovative healthcare app would revolutionise the health sector in Nigeria …

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Cancer Soars in Global South

December 2015 SciDevNet; Cancer rates are skyrocketing in parts of the developing world as Southern nations battle to keep infections under control, according to a study published yesterday. The study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, looked at global cancer incidence and mortality rates up until 2012. A team …

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Brain imaging tool seeks signs of infant malnutrition

December 2015 SciDevNet;  An estimated 161 million children around the world are chronically malnourished, or stunted. Lack of food and nutrients severely harm children’s development. This can be obvious, such as when children are much shorter than they should be for their age. But it can also affect hidden parts …

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Largest HIV Self-Testing Project Launches in Africa

December 2015 Keycorrespondents; What do you do if you are worried about your HIV status, but you cannot access a testing service? For people living in rural or semi-urban areas in Africa, this can often be the case. Sex workers, and men who have sex with men are particularly likely …

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Merck to Launch HIV Monitoring System for Africa

December 2015 cio; According to the company, regulatory approval has been granted in Nigeria, Cote d’lvoire, Cameroon and Angola, and is pending in South Africa.  “As a life science leader, we aim to deliver the most innovative, highest quality products and services to help our customers improve human health and …

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