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Mothers Adopt Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention Drugs to Keep Malaria at Bay in Adamawa State

SMC is administered monthly for four months during the highest malaria transmission periods, using Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine (SP) and Amodiaquine (AQ) (SPAQ) to children aged 3 – 59 months to reduce the cases of malaria outbreaks

Sitting on a wooden stool in front of her house at Dobeli community in Yola North Local Government Area (LGA), Hajara Yusuf, a (27 years old mother of three) was coaxing her sons to take the seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) drugs. “I usually look forward to when they administer the…

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The BEAC and CEMAC’s Monetary and Economic Harakiri (By Leoncio Amada NZE)

Despite potentially being an important market of approximately 59 million inhabitants and abundant natural resources, the CEMAC zone continues to be the least developed with the worst fiscal and monetary policies on the African continent

By Leoncio Amada NZE, Executive President of the African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) CEMAC zone, President of APEX INDUSTRIES SA The global health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the economic foundations of the CEMAC zone in an unprecedented way due to the limited integration and economic diversification…

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Africa Calls for New Public Health Order

Leaders urge greater investment in Africa’s health institutions, health workforce, and medical manufacturing capacity, while calling for respectful, action-oriented partnerships across the continent

The African Union Commission and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) (https://AfricaCDC.org) have called on governments, multilateral organizations, philanthropies, the private sector, and civil society organizations, to support the full implementation of Africa’s New Public Health Order to drive global health security. The request for support was made…

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World Health Organization (WHO) Launches New Initiative to Stop the Spread of Invasive Malaria Vector in Africa

An. stephensi has been expanding its range over the last decade, with detections reported in Djibouti (2012), Ethiopia and Sudan (2016), Somalia (2019) and Nigeria (2020)

In a 2019 vector alert, WHO identified the spread of Anopheles stephensi as a significant threat to malaria control and elimination – particularly in Africa, where the disease hits hardest. A new WHO initiative, launched today, aims to stop the further spread of this invasive mosquito species in the region. Originally native to parts…

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Committed Partnerships Are the Best Way to Ensure all Africans Have Access to Life-Saving Surgical Procedures

The challenge of equity and the integration of surgical and anesthesia care into national health systems are prerequisites for achieving Universal Health Coverage in Africa

As Mercy Ships (www.MercyShips.Africa) marks 30 years of service on the continent, providing free surgical care, training, and support from its hospital ships to local development projects in Africa, its Africa Bureau Director Dr. Pierre M’Pele calls for continued vigilance and tireless pursuit in the efforts to improve the level…

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Health in Africa: the tree that hides the forest (By Pierre M'Pelé)

Africa has only 2% of the world's total number of physicians and less than 1 surgical specialists per 100,000 inhabitants

By Pierre M'Pelé, Director, Mercy Ships Africa Bureau (www.MercyShips.Africa) In August, WHO's Monitoring Report on Universal Health Coverage in Africa revealed a 10-year rise in life expectancy between 2000 and 2019. This drastic increase is a consequence of the 37% drop in mortality between 2000 and 2015 following the implementation…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo Ebola outbreak declared over, Uganda boosts response

The Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been caused by the Zaire ebolavirus – one of the six species of the Ebola genus

The Democratic Republic of the Congo today declared the end of an Ebola outbreak that re-emerged six weeks ago in the country’s North Kivu Province. The announcement came as neighbouring Uganda races to curb an unrelated outbreak declared last week. With only one case confirmed, the just-ended outbreak was one…

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Health Development Partners Mobilized to End the Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

Health Development and implementing partners discussed the situation of the outbreak and engaged in their various capacities to support the response

The leadership of the Ugandan Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other health partners visited the Ebola-affected areas of Mubende district on 24 September to assess the health situation, understand the gaps and strengthen the response to the Ebola outbreak in the country. The delegation was led…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Thousands affected by inter-communal violence in Maï-Ndombe province

Besides people’s immediate medical needs, the violent events have also left many people psychologically traumatised

Over recent weeks, an upsurge of inter-communal violence in the territory of Kwamouth, Mai-Ndombe province, Democratic Republic of Congo, has seen people being chased and killed, houses and villages burnt to the ground, roadblocks set up to intercept perceived enemies. Thousands of people have fled their homes to the forest or crossed the…

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Ebola Disease caused by Sudan virus - Uganda

As of 25 September 2022, a cumulative number of 18 confirmed and 18 probable cases have been reported from Mubende, Kyegegwa and Kassanda districts

Outbreak at a glance On 20 September 2022, Uganda health authorities declared an outbreak of Ebola disease, caused by Sudan virus, following laboratory confirmation of a patient from a village in Madudu sub-county, Mubende district, central Uganda. As of 25 September 2022, a cumulative number of 18 confirmed and 18…