EAST AFRICAN NEWS

KENYA: Rift Valley Fever Vaccine Heads for Human Trials

March 2016 SciDevNet; A new single-dose vaccine against Rift Valley fever has shown promising results in livestock, paving the way for human trials later this year, researchers say. Rift Valley fever – a mosquito-borne viral disease present in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula – mostly affects animals, but can also …

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SUDAN: North Darfur Wants to Fill Midwive Shortage

March 2016 RadioDabanga; The Governor of North Darfur, Abdul Wahed Yousif acknowledged that there is a shortage of cadres and an increase in maternal mortality and malnutrition among children in the state. He addressed the graduation of midwives and assistant cadres in North Darfur on Monday. In order to reduce …

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NIGERIA: GE Partners with USAID and Ministry of Health to Launch Antenatal Care Program for 2 Million Expectant Nigerian Mothers

March 2016 AllAfrica; The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), the National Primary Health Care Development Agency of Nigeria (NPHCDA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and GE today marked the launch of the new Healthymagination Mother & Child Initiative (HMCI), a collaboration that is expected to expand …

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MALAWI: Low Funding the Backbone of Health Service Problems

March 2016 manaonline; The ministry of health has acknowledged that poor funding is affecting the ministry’s operations resulting in poor service delivery. The ministry’s chief of health services director, Dr Charles Mwansambo revealed this on Tuesday during a media and ministry of health interface meeting in Blantyre where top ministry …

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Plea for Treaty On Drug Research

March 2016 SciDevNet; Health activists are demanding an international treaty on medical research and development (R&D) to speed up the creation of cheap medicines. Outdated intellectual property (IP) regimes and market distortions hold back research on new medicines, activists said at a meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on …

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SOUTH AFRICA: Antiretrovirals for All Sex Workers

March 2016 groundup; We are “affirming the right of all South Africans to life, to dignity, to health” – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa The state will provide a once-daily pill to sex workers that will reduce their risk of contracting HIV. The intervention, known as Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), was announced …

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KENYA: No certificate no entry, Health director says

March 2016 DailyNation; Foreigners coming into Kenya from Angola and other countries affected with Yellow fever will be denied entry unless they have a valid vaccination certificate. In a range of measures announced on Friday evening to curb the possible spread of the deadly virus, the Ministry of Health also …

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