Source: The State House of Uganda |

Uganda To Partner With Botswana To Manufacture Vaccines

Scientists from the Botswana Vaccine Institute had agreed to partner with the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), to develop a vaccine to combat foot and mouth disease in Uganda

The Botswana Vaccine Institute is to work with Ugandan scientists and the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries to find a solution to foot and mouth disease that has posed a challenge to the nation over the years. This was revealed in a meeting between President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Ethiopia |

World Health Organization (WHO) sets up 17 Standard Cholera Treatment Centers in Ethiopia to Combat Cholera Outbreak

This initiative, which is critical for saving lives, ensures that those affected receive rapid and effective care and treatment

Since the first reported cholera outbreak in Ethiopia on August 26, 2022, the Ministry of Health and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) have continued to respond to the ongoing outbreak with technical and financial support from WHO and other stakeholders. The World Health Organization (WHO) has taken a significant…

African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA)
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Source: African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) |

Africa faces a perfect storm in the fight against malaria: Leaders urge swift action and more resource commitments

While there is strong political will and a strong tool kit of interventions, progress towards malaria elimination has slowed

His Excellency President Umaro Sissoco Embaló, Chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) (www.ALMA2030.org), announced Saturday that Africa is at the centre of a perfect storm that threatens to disrupt essential life-saving malaria services. Africa faces growing threats that increase the risk of malaria cases and deaths. Critical financial…

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Source: FIND |

Testing the tests: Scientists seek out best on-the-spot diagnostics for deadly Nipah and Lassa

In a four-year project funded by CEPI and led by FIND, the team will examine and evaluate all available point-of-care testing options for the two diseases

Scientists who specialize in viral detection are embarking on a search for the most reliable on-the-spot tests for two viral diseases that have the potential to cause deadly epidemics. In a four-year project funded by CEPI and led by FIND, the team will examine and evaluate all available point-of-care testing…

Source: Ministry of Health, Kenya |

Kenya: Household Registration for Mass Net Distribution continues as six counties prepare for rollout

Health authorities are ramping up preparations to ensure thorough registration, focusing on maximizing participation in the upcoming distribution

Household registration for the mass net distribution program is underway in six counties across the country, signaling progress in malaria prevention efforts. Health authorities are ramping up preparations to ensure thorough registration, focusing on maximizing participation in the upcoming distribution. The initiative, targeting communities at risk of mosquito-borne diseases in…

Source: UN News |

Civilians suffer as ‘perfect storm’ of war, disease and displacement grips Sudan

Nearly 7.8 million people have been driven from their homes across Sudan, including 1.6 million forced to flee across its borders

Civilians continue to bear the brunt as the war between rival militaries in Sudan spreads into new areas, driving displacement and hunger while exposing communities to deadly diseases, UN humanitarians warned on Tuesday. Peter Graaff, acting representative of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) in Sudan, warned that displaced people…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - South Sudan |

South Sudan Launches Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign to halt outbreak in Western Equatoria State

Yellow fever, an acute viral hemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes, poses a significant public health threat

In response to the confirmed outbreak of yellow fever on 24 December 2023, with two laboratory-confirmed cases identified in Western Equatoria State, the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and other partners, has initiated a reactive Yellow Fever vaccination campaign as part of preventive…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

As cholera remains a concern in the region, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners are working to support vulnerable children and families

Vaccination, education and resilience part of regional strategy to tackle cholera outbreaks in Eastern and Southern Africa

Thirteen countries in Eastern and Southern Africa are currently responding to cholera, most recently Comoros, Zimbabwe and Zambia. In some countries, 52 per cent of all cases are children under 15 years, with children under 5 accounting for approximately 40 per cent of deaths and 30 per cent of cases. In addition…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Nigeria - Measles-related admissions reach record at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) facilities in Maiduguri

Despite the vaccination efforts, this worrying situation calls for a rapid reinforcement of routine immunization campaigns

Measles admissions to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) facilities in Maiduguri, Northeast Nigeria, spiked between October and December 2023, reaching record numbers. Despite the vaccination efforts, this worrying situation calls for a rapid reinforcement of routine immunization campaigns. In 2023, MSF teams treated a total of 9,618 patients with measles in…

Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

Nearly 10 000 children vaccinated as malaria vaccine rollout in Africa expands

A wider malaria vaccine rollout is underway this year in several African countries, with Cameroon being the first outside the malaria vaccine pilot programme to do so

Nearly 10 000 children in Burkina Faso and Cameroon have now received the RTS,S malaria vaccine since being introduced this year. A wider malaria vaccine rollout is underway this year in several African countries, with Cameroon being the first outside the malaria vaccine pilot programme to do so. Cameroon launched…