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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
    • Baby Elian, first baby to be vaccinated with mom Noreen and a nurse
    • Mary Hamel, WHO malaria technical lead (centre) with MOH and Path partners
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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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Malaria vaccine launched in Kenya: Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to roll out landmark vaccine in pilot introduction

The vaccine, known as RTS,S, will be available to children from 6 months of age in selected areas of the country in a phased pilot introduction

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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Ghana Health Service and Partners launch polio vaccination campaigns in Ghana

The Service intends to carry out round one of the campaign from September 25 to 28 in all districts in the Northern, North East, Savanna, Upper East and Greater Accra Regions

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has launched series of vaccination campaigns against polio outbreak to prevent the spread of the virus in high risk areas among children under five. The first phase which is termed ‘round zero’ would ensure that children in all districts in Greater Accra who are eligible,…

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Erasmus+: EU boosts participation of African students and staff in 2019

The results of the 2019 Erasmus+ call bring the total number of exchanges between Africa and Europe to 26,247 since the beginning of the programme in 2014

The EU has invested an additional €17.6 million to support over 8,500 newly selected African students and staff to participate in Erasmus+ in 2019. This increase in Erasmus+ funding is one more step towards the commitment announced by President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union speech in September 2018 to have supported…

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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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Secretary Azar to Lead U.S. Delegation to Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda Regarding Ebola Outbreak

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the DRC shows that deadly infectious diseases have the potential to endanger lives and disrupt economies, travel, and livelihoods

In the coming days, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will lead a delegation on behalf of the Trump administration to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, and Uganda regarding one of the most serious global health challenges facing the world right now: the Ebola outbreak in…

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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…