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Empowering Communities to Reduce Household Air Pollution

Exposure to air pollution is responsible for a staggering number of preventable illnesses and deaths across the globe

The journey towards realizing universal access to modern cooking methods received a boost on Friday following the launch of the first edition of a facilitators training manual on household air pollution. The 136-page document themed “Household Air Pollution: A Silent Threat to Health and Environment. Let’s Act Together to Save…

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WHO Urges Caution over Travel Bans linked to New COVID-19 variant

WHO Urges Caution over Travel Bans linked to New COVID-19 variant

The development on Friday came as a World Health Organization (WHO) panel prepared to meet to assess the potential impact of a new coronavirus variant identified as B 1.1.529. According to WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the information is still limited. “There are fewer than 100 whole genome sequences that are…

Source: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention |

Coronavirus: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Statement regarding the new SARS-COV-2 virus variant B.1.1.529

Many of the other identified mutations are not yet well characterized and have not been identified in other currently circulating variants

On 25 November 2021, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa announced the detection of a new variant of the SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, following genomic sequencing. This variant is currently labelled as lineage B.1.1.529. The emergence of this new variant coincides with a sudden…

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US Commits to Support Tanzania’s Youth as USAID Turns 60

USAID Mission Director, Ms. Veeraya Somvongsiri pointed out that the United States and Tanzania have had a long partnership

The United States has affirmed its commitment to continue collaborating with Tanzania to support the youth to advance the country's long-term prosperity and self-reliance. The Ambassador of the United States to Tanzania, Dr. Donald Wright, disclosed this in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday at a reception to commemorate 60 years since…

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Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC’s Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative delivers first tranche of over 15 million vaccines

Through Saving Lives and Livelihoods, the Mastercard Foundation is purchasing vaccines for more than 65 million people

The Mastercard Foundation (www.MastercardFdn.org) and Africa CDC jointly announced that 15.2 million vaccines purchased under the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative are currently being distributed across Africa. Through Saving Lives and Livelihoods, the Mastercard Foundation is purchasing vaccines for more than 65 million people. This is the first tranche of…

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United States Donates 398,970 More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to Madagascar

Part of President Biden’s commitment to purchase 500 million vaccine doses for low- and lower-middle-income countries, these Pfizer vaccines have been proven safe and effective against COVID-19 and all known variants

Today, 398,970 doses of the safe and effective Pfizer COVID-19 arrived in Madagascar.  These vaccines were delivered via the COVAX facility and are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global effort to rapidly increase vaccine coverage and end this pandemic. “Widespread vaccination is the most important step we can take to…

Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

Only 1 in 4 African health workers fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The majority of Africa’s health workers are still missing out on vaccines and remain dangerously exposed to severe COVID-19 infection

Only 27% of health workers in Africa have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, leaving the bulk of the workforce on the frontlines against the pandemic unprotected, a preliminary analysis by World Health Organization (WHO) shows. Analysis of data reported from 25 countries finds that since March 2021, 1.3 million health…

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Coronavirus: Tanzania Broadens Choice for COVID - 19 Vaccines

The government has so far approved five vaccines to be used in the country, which have also been endorsed by WHO as Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sinopharm and Sinovac

Tanzania on Tuesday received 499,590 doses of Pfizer-Biotech vaccine from the United States under COVAX Facility, a move that provides multiple options for Tanzanians on the types of vaccines they should go for. Pfizer is a third COVID-19 vaccine that has been received in the country; others are Johnson &…

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Taraba State flags-off integrated Yellow fever, measles and meningitis vaccination campaign

The campaign targets to reach over 4 million people in the state with the three antigens

 The National Primary Health Care and Development Agency (NPHCDA), World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, Gavi, the global vaccine alliance, and partners are working to boost population immunity against measles, meningitis, and yellow fever in 13 high-risk states. Along this line, the Taraba State Government, on 17 November 2021, flagged off…