Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

Diabetes is a Family Affair in Kenya

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin

Alara Amin was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In the five years since, she has become actively involved in managing her condition, which is also a family and school affair. Even her 4-year-old brother understands that she must have insulin injections three times a…

Source: Novartis |

Novartis announces new strategy to provide innovative medicines to more patients in sub-Saharan Africa

A newly formed sub-Saharan Africa unit will deploy innovative approaches to increase patient reach across the full income pyramid

The strategy is aligned with the Novartis Access Principles, which aim to systematically integrate access strategies in how the company researches, develops and delivers medicines globally; a newly formed sub-Saharan Africa unit will deploy innovative approaches to increase patient reach across the full income pyramid; Novartis (Novartis.com) is building on its…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

WHO prequalifies Ebola vaccine, paving the way for its use in high-risk countries

Prequalification means that the vaccine meets WHO standards for quality, safety and efficacy

The World Health Organization (WHO) today prequalified an Ebola vaccine for the first time, a critical step that will help speed up its licensing, access and roll-out in countries most at risk of Ebola outbreaks. This is the fastest vaccine prequalification process ever conducted by WHO. Prequalification means that the…

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Water Systems Completed in Uganda Refugee Settlements with European Union (EU), United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) Support

The two water systems were part of a one-year project aimed at strengthening the water and sanitation infrastructure for refugees and host communities in Uganda

Refugees in Kyaka and Kyangwali settlements in Uganda and their nearby host communities are benefitting from two piped water systems that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently completed, thanks to a EUR 2 million (UGX 8.3 billion) humanitarian aid package from the European Union.  This substantial EU funding was complemented by…

Source: Embassy of the United States - Accra - Ghana |

USA Supports Ghana to Advance and Strengthen Community-level Health Service Delivery

The project expanded evidence-based, high-impact interventions to prevent child and maternal deaths, increased family planning use, reduced malaria-related morbidity and mortality

On November 12, 2019, the United States of America, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), joined dignitaries from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ghana Health Service to celebrate collaborative efforts to improve the health of Ghanaians at the USAID Systems for Health learning event. The…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

Mozambique: Thousands at risk of disease and malnutrition as rainy season begins

The damage wrought on water, sanitation and hygiene facilities by the two cyclones are in part responsible for the increased health risks

More than half a year since cyclones Idai and Kenneth hit Mozambique, thousands of people are at risk of disease outbreaks and worsening food insecurity during the coming rainy season.  Food insecurity is expected to affect 2 million people in Mozambique by early next year and nearly 38,000 children are…

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Nine African Countries Agree to Begin Journey Towards Pooled Procurement to Increase Their Access to Affordable Life-Saving Vaccines

Sharing information and ultimately pooling their orders will better leverage their individual purchasing power

Nine middle-income countries in Africa have agreed to work towards pooled procurement mechanisms by first sharing vital information on their vaccine purchasing practices, including the prices they pay and their suppliers. Sharing information and ultimately pooling their orders will better leverage their individual purchasing power and thus strengthen their vaccine…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

World Health Organization (WHO) scales up cholera vigilance in Khartoum, Sudan

As of 3 November, Sudan’s Ministry of Health reported 332 suspected cases of cholera, concentrated in Blue Nile and Sennar States

To prevent a potential spread of the current cholera outbreak to Khartoum State – including to the country’s capital Khartoum City – and at the request of the Federal Minister of Health Dr Akram Eltoum, WHO is working closely with health partners, nongovernmental organizations, and at-risk communities to ensure that…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

Somalia: Red Crescent fears disease outbreaks in flood aftermath

More than 50 Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) volunteers are in Beledweyne town responding to the immediate aftermath of the floods

As flood rescue and recovery efforts continue in Somalia, the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) fears the floods could trigger deadly outbreaks of malaria, diarrhea, and other infectious diseases. “These floods have already cost lives and our concern is that another fatal disaster is on its way,” said Abdi Abdullahi…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kingdom of Bahrain |

Bahraini Ambassador in Cairo: Kingdom of Bahrain pioneering model in achieving Sustainable Development Goals

The Ambassador showcased how one of the most important goals of sustainable development in the Kingdom is that basic education is free and compulsory, and the illiteracy rate is only 2.5%

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Arab Republic of Egypt and Permanent Representative to the League of Arab States, Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, assured that the Kingdom of Bahrain had presented its first voluntary national report to the High-Level Political Forum in July 2018, which…