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    • The Go.Data makes tracing people possibly exposed to Ebola more discreet and faster, says Léa Kanyere, a contact tracer in Goma
    • Léa Kanyere and Kavira Kasomo talk like old friends when actually the contact tracer (left) is checking for any potential exposure
    • Léa Kanyere, a contact tracer, from Mabolio District of Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo, is one of the first to be trained to use the Go.Data app
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Speeding up detection to slow down Ebola: Smartphone app is game-changer for contact tracing in hotspots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Go.Data is a major innovation in outbreak investigation tools for field data collection

Standing in front of her house, Kavira Kasomo chats with Léa Kanyere as if they are old friends. Kanyere shows Kasomo something on her mobile phone that makes her smile. Then Kanyere lends a hand as Kasomo hangs out her laundry. No one around them seems suspicious of Kanyere. The…

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“SHORRT” drug-resistant Tuberculosis (TB) treatment on cards

Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a form of TB caused by bacteria that do not respond to isoniazid and rifampicin

Zimbabwe is set to roll out a Shorter, Highly-effective, Oral Regimen for Rifampicin-resistant Tuberculosis (SHORRT therapy) which reduces the length of treatment for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) from nearly two years, to, nine to 12 months and brings a major improvement in treatment outcomes and quality of life of patients.…

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    • Mothers and children at the Malaria vaccine roll-out in Homa Bay Kenya
    • Wr Dr Rudi Eggers and Homa Bay Deputy Governor Hamilton Orata among guests at the malaria vaccine unveiling
    • Cabinet Secretary Hon Sicily Kariuki, right, joins other dignitaries to celebrate malaria vaccine roll-out
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Kenya rolls out landmark malaria vaccine introduction

The malaria vaccine pilot programme is now fully underway in Africa, as Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to introduce the landmark vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the Government of Kenya for launching the world’s first malaria vaccine today in Homa Bay County, western Kenya. The malaria vaccine pilot programme is now fully underway in Africa, as Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to introduce the landmark vaccine as a tool against…

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    • Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa City giving opening remarks
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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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Use Data and Information for Public Health Action – Dr Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam

Uganda is the first country in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region to host the Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative (SORT IT)

One of the public health challenges in low-medium income countries is lack of capacity to process data into information to support evidence-based decision making. This was pointed out by Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam the World Health Organization Country Representative in Uganda while opening the on-going two weeks training on antimicrobial…

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Eritrea success story in the areas of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria programs

The HIV, TB and Malaria programs are among the successful programs in the Ministry of Health, Eritrea

Government of the state of Eritrea has made a profound progress on the three programs of communicable diseases control program namely HIV, TB and Malaria, which emphasizes the value they place on ensuring health for all populations. The HIV, TB and Malaria programs are among the successful programs in the…

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Cabo Verde bets on preparedness to face emergencies

A workshop is being held from 2nd to 6th September, organized by the Ministry of Health and Social Security of Cabo Verde, with the technical and financial assistance of the World Health Organization

Cabo Verde began the process of conducting its Joint External Evaluation (JEE) to assess its capacity to implement the International Health Regulations (IHR - 2005). This exercise will enable the identification of good practices and opportunities for continuous improvement aiming at strengthening the essential capacities needed for the country to…

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World Health Organization (WHO) conducts an Emergency Medical Teams awareness and Capacity Building Workshop for Zambia

One of the outputs of the workshop was an action plan for the development of Zambia’s Emergency Medical Teams Initiative (EMT)

Zambia is in the process of joining other countries in the world by establishing the Emergency Medical Teams Initiative (EMT), a global programme which was created by the World Health Organization to enhance preparedness and promote the rapid deployment and efficient coordination of Emergency medical teams during disasters, outbreaks and…

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    • Hon. Minister of Health Mrs Amina Nurhussein addressing the participants of the training
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    • Mr Ezra trever, NHA consultant facilitating the training
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Eritrea: National Health Account training

The National Health Accounts is a process through which countries monitor the flow of money in their health sector

Over 34 participants were trained on national health account from 26 to 30 August 2019 at the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers’ Hall. The National Health Accounts is a process through which countries monitor the flow of money in their health sector. Honorable Minster of Health, Mrs Amina Nurhussein congratulated…