HEALTH

Kenya’s First Lady distributes mobility carts in Migori, roots for persons with disability

Kenya’s First Lady distributes mobility carts in Migori, roots for persons with disability

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, KENYA
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
Novartis renews commitment to malaria elimination

Novartis renews commitment to malaria elimination

AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
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...
Uganda’s Minister Opendi credits Merck Foundation for Capacity Building at FIGO 2018

Uganda’s Minister Opendi credits Merck Foundation for Capacity Building at FIGO 2018

HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
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
Kenya’s President  Uhuru Kenyatta launches Kshs 4billion NHIF cover for students in public secondary schools

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta launches Kshs 4billion NHIF cover for students in public secondary schools

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, KENYA
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
President Museveni commissions Kiryandongo Hospital

President Museveni commissions Kiryandongo Hospital

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
Kiryandongo, Uganda Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned Restoration Gateway Hospital in Bedmot village near Karuma Town in Kiryandongo District in the Bunyoro Sub-Region. The 180-bed full service facility offers in and outpatient medical care. The facility that was established by Dr. David Tim McCall and his wife Janice employs both local and foreign medical personnel. President Museveni, who was accompanied by the 1st Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Museveni, commended the hospital for the services and noted that with the right support, the facility will have the capacity to handle and treat critical surgeries of the heart, kidneys and brain as the facility operates in partnership with Baylor Scott and White Health Care System, one of the t...
Merck Foundation Announce the Call for Application for Merck Hypertension and Diabetes Awards 2018

Merck Foundation Announce the Call for Application for Merck Hypertension and Diabetes Awards 2018

AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
NAIROBI, KenyaMerck Foundation , the Philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, has announced the Call for application for Merck Diabetes and Hypertension awards 2018, across the African and Asian Universities through its Merck Capacity Advancement Program with the aim to building a platform for diabetes and hypertension experts across the globe. “I am very proud to see our newly established platform of Diabetes and Hypertension Experts has grown in one year. This encourages us to continue and expand 2018 Merck Diabetes and Hypertension Awards to universities in more countries in Africa and Asia such as Senegal, Cameroon, Gabon, Guinea, Niger, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam to join our mission to improve access to quality Diabetes and hypertension care in the two continents."Th
Nearly one billion people in Africa to be protected against Yellow fever by 2026

Nearly one billion people in Africa to be protected against Yellow fever by 2026

AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
ABUJA, Nigeria, April Nearly one billion people will be vaccinated against yellow fever in 27 high-risk African countries by 2026 with support from WHO, Gavi  the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and more than 50 health partners. The commitment is part of the Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE) in Africa strategy, which was launched by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Nigeria’s Minister of Health and partners at a regional meeting in Abuja, Nigeria 10th April. "The world is facing an increased risk of Yellow fever outbreaks and Africa is particularly vulnerable," said Dr Tedros. "With one injection we can protect a person for life against this dangerous pathogen. This unprecedented commitment by countries w
MSF staff Travel 37,000 Miles on Desert Roads to Vaccinate 10,000 Children

MSF staff Travel 37,000 Miles on Desert Roads to Vaccinate 10,000 Children

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
BAMAKO, Mali Being vaccinated against potentially fatal diseases like diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, yellow fever, and others is a rite of passage for many children around the world. But in northern Mali’s vast desert region of Kidal, where insecurity, isolation, and limited health infrastructure hinder access to care for many communities, protecting children from these illnesses can be difficult. After opening projects in the area in 2015, teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began to notice that many children from the region’s nomadic communities had not been immunized against common illnesses for several years. In response, in January 2018 MSF launched a campaign in cooperation with local authorities and the Ma
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