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Uganda Receives Three Generators to Power Oxygen Plants at Three Regional Referral Hospitals

The generators provided are a response to the need observed in the country during the peak of COVID-19 pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) has handed over three generators worth UGX 571,220,522 purchased with financial support from the Government of Denmark through Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) to the Ministry of Health to ensure steady supply of power for the oxygen plants and medical response in Gulu, Jinja, and…

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine approved in the EU as third dose booster against COVID-19

Approval follows CHMP recommendation for use in patients previously vaccinated with AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or an EU-approved mRNA COVID-19 vaccine

AstraZeneca's (www.AstraZeneca.com) COVID-19 vaccine has been granted approval in the European Union (EU) by the European Medicine Agency (EMA) as a third dose booster in adults. Healthcare professionals can now use AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a third dose booster in patients previously given a primary vaccine schedule of either AstraZeneca…

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States expand vaccination to underserved communities, close immunization gaps

The week is an important opportunity to address the importance of immunization as a life-saving innovation

At the Akindeko market in downtown Osogbo, the capital of Osun State located in South-West Nigeria, the female head of the market (Iya-oloja) Mrs Kabiru, has taken it upon herself to raise awareness on the importance of immunization among the community.  Using her leadership position in the market, Mrs Kabiru…

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ECA's Economic Report on Africa Addresses Continent's Vulnerability during COVID-19

An estimated 12.6 per cent more people are likely to be pushed into poverty in one year alone more than the combined total of the additional poor since 1999

The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic pushed an estimated 55 million Africans into extreme poverty in 2020 and reversed more than two decades of progress in poverty reduction on the continent. This is according to the Economic Report on Africa 2021(ERA2021) launched today on the margins of the Economic Commission for…

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Coronavirus: Southern Africa faces uptick in COVID-19 cases

The sub-region recorded 46 271 cases in the week ending on 8 May 2022, marking a 32% increase over the week before

Southern Africa is facing an upsurge in COVID-19 cases for the third consecutive week as the winter season in the region approaches. The uptick has broken a two-month-long decline in overall infections recorded across the continent. The sub-region recorded 46 271 cases in the week ending on 8 May 2022,…

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The pandemic has reversed decades of progress in closing the gender divide (By Mme Bineta Diop)

Women have borne the brunt of the pandemic and the economic downturn caused by the spread of the virus and measures to combat it

By Mme Bineta Diop, African Union Special Envoy on Women Peace and Security With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging across the world, a few affluent nations have got transmission under control, and we are beginning to dream of better days. However economic recovery will be pointless, if it does not…

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University of Southern California (USC) Africa Hub Promotes Global Health and Human Rights

The USC Africa Hub is part of a new consortium that’s looking at zoonotic diseases — diseases that jump from animals to humans — in Uganda

The University of Southern California (USC) (https://www.USC.edu) Africa Hub brings professors and students together with experts and organizations in Africa to tackle some of the region’s most pressing health issues, addressing inequalities through innovative use of human rights-based approaches. “We did a lot of COVID-related work in the past two…

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East Africa steps up health emergency readiness, response

The East Africa region faces recurrent outbreaks and disasters

Five East African countries have held their first simulation exercise since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to improve preparedness and bolster response to health emergencies. The East Africa region faces recurrent outbreaks and disasters. In the past three years alone the region faced outbreaks of diseases including cholera, Ebola,…

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Vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks on the rise in Africa

Twenty-four countries confirmed outbreaks of a variant of polio in 2021, which is four more than in 2020

Africa is witnessing a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases over the past year. Almost 17 500 cases of measles were recorded in the African region between January and March 2022, marking a 400% increase compared with the same period in 2021. Twenty African countries reported measles outbreaks in the…