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Entrepreneurship and Waste Management in Sierra Leone to fight Unemployment and Clean Cities

The youth groups will move from door to door to collect household waste including plastic, water sachets, empty bottles and miscellaneous garbage, getting less than a US $1 per bag collected

With a 60 percent rate of youth unemployment, Sierra Leone suffers among West Africa’s highest levels of joblessness. One result: youth migrate, often irregularly. To address this, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Sierra Leone, in partnership with the Freetown City Council, organized a 5-day training on entrepreneurship and sustainable waste…

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Major milestone for WHO-supported Ebola vaccine

A randomized trial for the vaccine began during the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2015

The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announcement recommending a conditional marketing authorization for the rVSV-ZEBOV-GP vaccine, which has been shown to be effective in protecting people from the Ebola virus. Today’s announcement by EMA, the European agency responsible for the scientific evaluation of medicines developed by…

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WHO and the Nigerian government collaborate to curtail child mortality in the country

Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) and iCCM are the key child survival thrust being used by the Nigerian Government

In Njediko community of Niger state, Mrs Aishatu Usman says, “Without this care, where would we go to when our children are sick since there is no hospital nearby?”. Mrs Usman is one of the caregivers that recently benefited from the WHO-Federal Government integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) project that…

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Hope Restored in the Kingdom of Eswatini as Tuberculosis Incidence Reduced by More Than Half

Tuberculosis (TB) has been a frequent visitor not just in Bhembe’s family but across the Kingdom of Eswatini

Twana Bhembe witnessed the devastating effects of tuberculosis (TB) when her sister died from the disease in 2011. That was before she and her husband were each diagnosed with the disease, a year apart. TB has been a frequent visitor not just in Bhembe’s family but across the Kingdom of…

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Cholera – Republic of the Sudan

Cholera outbreak in four localities in the Blue Nile State (BNS), south-eastern Sudan, bordering Ethiopia and South Sudan

On 8 September, Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) notified WHO about a cholera outbreak in four localities in the Blue Nile State (BNS), south-eastern Sudan, bordering Ethiopia and South Sudan. The first case was detected on 28 of August 2019. From 28 August through 12 October 2019, a total…

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Poor diets destroying children’s health, warns UNICEF

The Government of South Sudan to produce a multisectoral strategic plan for nutrition

An alarmingly high number of children under five years of age are suffering from the physical consequences of poor diets and a food system that is failing them, UNICEF warned today in a new report on children and nutrition. The State of the World’s Children 2019 report finds that in…

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Vaccination campaign against cholera kicks off in Sudan

Attributable to the Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan, WHO and UNICEF

"Sudan has launched an oral cholera vaccination campaign in response to the ongoing outbreak of cholera. More than 1.6 million people aged one year and above in the Blue Nile and Sinnar states will be vaccinated over the coming five days. “The announcement of the Federal Ministry of Health in…

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Merck Foundation provides their first ‘Health Media Training’ in partnership with the First Lady of the Kingdom of Lesotho

Merck Foundation partners with The First Lady of the Kingdom of Lesotho to underscore their commitment to build healthcare capacity in the country

Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com) Calls for Applications for Media Recognition Awards to break infertility stigma; Merck Foundation partners with The First Lady of the Kingdom of Lesotho to underscore their commitment to build healthcare capacity in the country Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany organized their first “Merck Foundation Health…

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Dr Priya Agrawal appointed Managing Director for MSD - South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa Cluster

Dr Agrawal brings a wealth of public health experience with a strong track record for advancing successful public health initiatives within both the private and public sectors

MSD (www.MSD.co.za), known as Merck & Co., Inc., in the United States and Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Priya Agrawal as Managing Director for the South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa Cluster. Dr Agrawal trained as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in the United Kingdom. After receiving her…

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Second Ebola vaccine to complement “ring vaccination” given green light in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will complement the current vaccine (rVSV-ZEBOV-GP, manufactured by Merck), which has proven highly effective and safe, and which has helped protect thousands of lives

The health authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have announced plans to introduce a second experimental Ebola vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, from mid- October. This vaccine, which is given as a 2-dose course, 56 days apart, will be provided under approved protocols to targeted at-risk…