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Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

MSF urges SA government & researchers to conduct further research for a promising new TB drug

JHU holds several patents for the drug, sutezolid, and has agreed to a license deal with the MPP

Public health groups, including Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Access Campaign, Treatment Action Group (TAG), the Global TB Community Advisory Board (TB CAB) and Public Citizen, welcomed today’s announcement by Johns Hopkins Uniersity (JHU) and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) of an agreement that could…

Source: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa |

Norwegian Support for Dental Health Service and Training Department in Addis Ababa University

The Ambassador emphasized that Norway and Ethiopia has had a long-term collaboration within the health sector and that the relationship now is a strategic one

The Dental Health Service and Training Department received a donation worth of 50 million NOK dental equipment from the University of Bergen and the Embassy provided financial support for transportation and installation of the equipment, purchase of spare parts, and capacity development of staffs and technicians in the dentistry field.…

Source: Embassy of France to Ghana |

Ambassador of France to Ghana pays a visit to the Maamobi General Hospital to inspect French government funded project aimed at the preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy

A delegation led by the French Ambassador to Ghana Mr François Pujolas visited the Maamobi General Hospital where a medical research program sponsored by France is being undertaken for the preventive treatment of malaria in pregnant women

Ghana is one of many countries benefitting from the “5% initiative” that was launched by France at the end of 2011, as an indirect contribution to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The 5% initiative is a program through which the French government dedicates an amount equivalent…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

The yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo ends

The outbreak, which was first detected in Angola in December 2015, had caused 965 confirmed cases of yellow fever across the two countries, with thousands more cases suspected

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak in that country today following a similar announcement in Angola on 23 December 2016, bringing an end to the outbreak in both countries after no new confirmed cases were reported from both countries for the past…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information |

Government implements Health Ombudsman recommendations

The Department of Health and the Gauteng Provincial government, Office of the Premier have worked together since the release of the report to implement all the recommendations

The Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi and the Gauteng MEC for Health, Dr. Gwen Ramokgopa will today address members of the media on progress made in the implementation of the Health Ombudsman's recommendations.  Earlier this month, the health ombudsman Prof. Malegapuru Makgoba published "the report into circumstances surrounding the…

Source: Embassy of the United States - Accra - Ghana |

USAID Promotes Development in the Volta Region

During the trip, Mr. Karas met with a number of USAID partners and reiterated the U.S. government’s support for promoting opportunity and development in the Volta Region by investing in its people

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Ghana Mission Director Andrew Karas traveled to the Volta Region January 24-27 to visit USAID projects working to increase access to quality healthcare and education. During the trip, Mr. Karas met with a number of USAID partners and reiterated the U.S. government’s support for…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Kenya: MSF welcomes Kenyan High Court ruling declaring closure of Dadaab refugee camps “illegal”

MSF first started working in Dadaab in 1992 and is currently the only provider of medical care in Dagahaley camp

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomes today’s ruling by the Kenyan High Court which has declared the closure of the Dadaab refugee camps illegal, and which has reinstated the Department of Refugee Affairs. This is a very positive step for the lives of the hundreds of thousands of refugees…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Kenya: MSF welcomes High Court ruling declaring closure of Dadaab refugee camp “illegal”

MSF urges the Government of Kenya to uphold the decision and any return of refugees to Somalia must be done on a voluntary basis

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) welcomes today’s ruling by the Kenyan High Court which has declared the closure of the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab, illegal and has since reinstated the Department of Refugee Affairs. The government of Kenya announced in May 2016 that the Dadaab camp would be closed, citing…

Source: Zambia High Commission in the United Kingdom |

Zambian wins the Queen’s Young Leaders Award

The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives

A 25-year-old medical student at the University of Zambia Ridgway Campus, Natasha Salifyanji Kaoma has won the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. And Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom His Excellency Mr. Muyeba Chikonde has commended Natasha for winning the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award saying it is such a…

Source: UNICEF Sierra Leone |

EUR 4.4 million boost to health infrastructure with completion of construction project covering nearly 50 sites

The infrastructure and equipment investments in district hospitals, health centres and health posts will potentially benefit 1.25 million women of child-bearing age and 676,000 children under five

H.E. The President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, has today officially inaugurated 47 newly constructed and rehabilitated health structures across 11 districts in a major boost for child and maternal health in line with the goals of the President’s Recovery Priorities, with support from the European Union.   The infrastructure and…