ABUJA, NigeriaAn evaluation carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO), US Center for Disease Control (CDC), and country partners shows that administering monovalent rotavirus vaccine to African infants does not increase the risk of intussusception above base line levels. Intussusception is a form of bowel obstruction in which a part of the intestine folds into the section next to it. Seven countries in the WHO African Region using monovalent rotavirus vaccine participated in the evaluations, which enrolled a total of 1060 infants under one year old with intussusception. “These studies conducted in the African Region can serve as a model for other regions where wide-scale rotavirus vaccine introductions are just beginning and surveillance is ongoing as part of the WHO-
BOR, South Sudan With the gripping water shortage Pervading South Sudan, the United Nations high Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has handed over a water reservoir (Hafir) to the community in Jonglei State to provide safer, accessible and more reliable water to more that 41,000 residents in the six villages surrounding Bor town, the capital of Jonglei. The hafir, the local name for water reservoir, is a small lake constructed in low lying areas to allow water to be stored during rainfall events and used for domestic water supply and for agricultural purposes in rural areas. UNHCR is working closely with different partners and local authorities to make a positive difference Ayen Alier, a resident, and a mother of four children, is happy about the new hafir.
LONDON, United Kingdom Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that the prevention of common diseases including malaria is at the top of Kenya’s goal to achieve universal healthcare. "Universal healthcare is part of the big four pillar agenda to deliver better lives for Kenyans, which the Jubilee Government has committed to."He said The Big Four Pillars at the core of President Kenyatta’s agenda during his second term are food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and affordable healthcare for all Speaking at a Global Malaria Summit in London, the President noted that malaria prevalence rate in Kenya has been reduced from 11 percent to eight percent thanks to continued targeted malaria interventions. “I am committed to beating malaria in Kenya, the Commonwealth and b
NAIROBI, KenyaThe rising number of people fleeing conflict and the arrival of thousands of migrants are overwhelming public health facilities in Niger, putting scores of families at risk including tens of thousands of malnourished children. More than 400,000 people including some 160,000 children suffering from malnutrition are now in need of emergency health services in Niger’s Diffa region. “Migrants living in Niger are very vulnerable and require a lot of support in many areas,” said Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Regional Director for Africa at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) She adds “Unfortunately, they arrive in poverty-stricken areas where communities lack almost everything, increasing the risk of tensions between local peop
Migori,Kenya Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called for concerted efforts to remove barriers that prevent persons with disability from realizing their full potential. She said issues affecting people with disability should be given priority in policy and legislation. “Disability needs to be given higher priority in policy and legislation. But policy and legislation alone will not solve the discrimination that persons with disabilities face every day because what we are doing as individuals is not enough,” she said, adding: “We need to do better. We all, individually, can play a role and ensure Kenya does become an all inclusive nation.” The First Lady was speaking today in Migori where she distributed 140 hand driven mobility carts to persons with disability. Apart fr
BASEL, Switzerland Novartis has announced a five year commitment to the fight against malaria in conjunction with the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Conference and the Malaria Summit of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. The company has released new African research on progress and remaining challenges toward the 2030 malaria elimination targets, together with Elimination 8 and the KEMRI-Well come Trust program. Novartis has devoted to invest more than USD 100 million to advance research and development of next generation treatments to combat emerging resistance to artemisinin and other currently used anti-malarials. The company will also implement an equitable pricing strategy to maximize patient access in malaria endemic countries when these new tre...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA, Germany, in partnership with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), conducted ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ panel at their Regional conference 2018, in Dubai. Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation stated during the panel discussion, “Through ‘Merck More than a Mother’, we want to bring the healthcare providers, policy makers, academia, women leaders, media, and artists together to define the interventions to break the infertility stigma around women and to build fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.” She further emphasized, “Merck Founda
Nairobi, Kenya Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched a Kshs 4.05 billion National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) comprehensive medical cover that will cater for all students in public secondary schools. Through the NHIF cover, the Government will pay a premium of Kshs 1,350 per student for the 3 million students in public secondary schools as part of the efforts to fulfil one pillar of the Big Four Agenda – provision of affordable health care to all. Speaking during the launch at State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta said the negotiated comprehensive cover is unique as it only caters for the specific students, rather than the usual one that caters for families. “This will ensure that our students access quality health services and thereby easing the burden from their parent