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Africa’s health Paradox: Pneumonia is preventable but still kills 16% of children under the age of 5 (by Simon Ateba)

At least 16 percent of all children who die under the age of five, especially in Africa, are killed by pneumonia, a disease that can be prevented by a vaccine

By Simon Ateba Africa remains a continent full of incomprehensible contradictions. Take Pneumonia for instance. It is a preventable disease but still kills more children under the age of 5 than many well known diseases combined.  At least 16 percent of all children who die under the age of five,…

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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation with H.E. REBBECA AKUFO-ADDO, the First Lady of Ghana during the meeting to discuss the selection of the right candidates for the one year online diabetes diploma
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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation with H.E. ESTHER LUNGU, the First Lady of Zambia during the meeting to discuss the selection of the right candidates for the one year online diabetes diploma
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation with H.E. ESTHER LUNGU, the First Lady of Zambia during the meeting to discuss the selection of the right candidates for the one year online diabetes diploma
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation with H.E. Dr. LALLA MALIKA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU, the First Lady of Niger during the meeting to discuss the selection of the right candidates for the one year online diabetes diploma
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Merck Foundation announces the winners for their “Merck Diabetes Award” to mark “World Diabetes Day 2018”

Merck Foundation to provide One Year on-line Post-graduate Diploma in Diabetes Management from UK to the winners of the Merck Diabetes Award 2017

Merck Foundation marked the “World Diabetes Day” themed ‘The Family and Diabetes’ on 14th November 2018. Merck Foundation to provide One Year on-line Post-graduate Diploma in Diabetes Management from UK to the winners of the Merck Diabetes Award 2017. Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marked…

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A Call For Compassion: An Open Letter To Mrs. Chantal Biya

I write to you today, forced into exile and no longer in Cameroon, nearly twenty-four years later with a heavy heart

It is with greatest concern and respect for the future of women, children and people of Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia) that I greet you in this unusual correspondence. It is my hope and certainly my trust that this letter finds you in the best of health. I still recall the excitement…

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World Pneumonia Day: Pneumonia accounts for 16% of all deaths of children under the age of 5 years, despite being preventable and treatable!

To mark the final key date of this campaign, 25 Civil Society Organizations from Africa and Haiti continue to push policymakers through the media to take drastic actions to combat the disease (Cotonou, Douala, Kinshasa, Abidjan, Conakry, Accra, Bamako, Nouakchott, Abuja, Freetown, Kampala, Lusaka, Nairobi, Dakar, Monrovia, Port au Prince)

To mark the World Pneumonia Day, civil society organizations from Africa and Haiti are asking their governments to step-up to eradicate Pneumonia which is responsible for more child mortalities than any other diseases like AIDS, Malaria and Measles combined. Speaking at a conference on how to end Pneumonia in Africa,…

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Honoris United Universities adds a leading health sciences school and pioneering medical simulation centre to its pan-African network

UPSAT Group joins the network and world-class medical simulation centre opens in Tunisia, firmly cementing Honoris as a leading provider of health education in North Africa

Honoris United Universities (www.Honoris.net), the first private pan-African higher education network announces two major developments, with Tunisia’s leading health sciences education Group, UPSAT and its three schools – SUPSAT Tunis, UPSAT Sousse and UPSAT Sfax – joining its network. This coincides with the official opening of Honoris’ cutting edge purpose-built…

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Northeast Nigeria: Urgent need for improved hygiene facilities to combat deadly cholera outbreaks

The number of people who have been affected by cholera in northeast Nigeria has increased to 10,000. The disease is spreading quickly in congested displacement camps with limited access to proper sanitation facilities, warned the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

“One of the major causes of the outbreak is the congestion in the camps that makes it difficult to provide adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services. The rainy season has also worsened the conditions,” said Janet Cherono, NRC’s program manager in Maiduguri. NRC is calling on the local governments in…

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U.S. Investments Strengthen Urban Health in Ethiopia

USAID’s Strengthening Ethiopia’s Urban Health Program trained 2,500 urban health extension workers to help improve the quality of health services for 2.5 million households in 50 cities and towns

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Ministry of Health, is marking the successful end of the five year $20 million Strengthening Ethiopia’s Urban Health Program at a special closing ceremony event. Over the past five years, USAID’s Strengthening Ethiopia’s Urban Health Program trained 2,500…

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    • In 2016, GE inaugurated a Healthcare Training Institute in Kenya designed to train health professionals. Over 1,000 professionals have benefited from the institute since its launch.
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General Electric trains more than 100 radiology professionals on latest medical imaging technologies and techniques

More than 100 radiologists and radiographers from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania attended the sessions on “Interventional Radiology”

Educational sessions exposed practitioners to latest techniques and technologies on medical imaging; More than 100 radiologists and radiographers from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania attended the sessions on “Interventional Radiology”; Leading institutions have recognized the value of intra-operative imaging to help clinicians confidently and more completely resect tumours that previously seemed…

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Ecobank Academy works to enhance Africa’s health systems through financial and leadership trainings

The programme was co-designed by Ecobank Academy and The Global Fund with support from leading organisations in financial management, leadership and execution

Ecobank Academy, a corporate university of the leading independent pan-African banking group in collaboration with Ecobank Foundation (EcobankFoundation.org), has launched an innovative development programme aimed at improving Africa’s health systems through rigorous financial management, effective leadership development and sound implementation capabilities. The programme was co-designed by Ecobank Academy and The…

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President of Senegal leads 9 First Ladies, 12 health ministers and 500 experts to highlight Africa’s healthcare solutions (By Simon Ateba)

The occasion was the 5th edition of the “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” hosted by the President of Senegal Macky Sall and First Lady Marieme Faye Sall

By Simon Ateba Africa is a big continent with big resources but also very big problems, especially in the health sector. With over 1.2 billion people spread across 55 countries, Africa is a diverse place, but the challenges seem to be the same everywhere as you travel from the Horn…