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New hope with Ebola drug trial

By the time Kambale Kombi Vianey arrived at the Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Beni in the Democratic Republic of the Congo information late November, he was at death’s door.

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WHO DG concludes New Year visit to Ebola-affected areas in DR Congo

Dr.Tedro interacting with response staff in one of the affected communities. The Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has ended his visit over the New Year to

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Tanzania gets ‘nuclear’ cardiology kit

Tanzania has joined Kenya in setting up nuclear cardiology services for diagnosing and treating complications related to heart conditions. Last week, the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) in Dar es

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South African musician plays guitar during brain surgery

Musa Manzini plays the guitar during brain tumour surgery South African jazz artist Musa Manzini strummed his guitar while surgeons removed tumour from his brain, according to a video of

WHO congratulates Congo DRC as Ebola outbreak ends

• calls for international efforts to stop other deadly outbreaks in the country   The World Health Organisation (WHO) has congratulated the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and all the

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Chinese company sells faulty vaccines

  The Chinese pharmaceuticals industry suffered another blow on Monday (July 23) following reports that hundreds of thousands of children may have been inoculated with faulty vaccines from major drug

Kenya bans HIV drug

James Macharia Kenya’s Health Minister The Kenyan Health ministry has directed officials across the country to stop prescribing a HIV drug linked to birth defects in HIV-positive women. The directive

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WHO study shows drug could save thousands of women’s lives

A new formulation of a drug to prevent excessive bleeding following childbirth could save thousands of women’s lives in low- and lower-middle-income countries, according to a study led by the

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WHO certifies Paraguay malaria-free

The World Health Organization (WHO) has certified Paraguay as having eliminated malaria, the first country in the Americas to be granted this status since Cuba in 1973. “It gives me

Tobacco use is falling, but not fast enough, new WHO report reveals on World No Tobacco Day

Tobacco use has declined markedly since 2000, according to a new WHO report, but the reduction is insufficient to meet globally agreed targets aimed at protecting people from death and

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Tobacco kills 7 million yearly

… says WHO on World No Tobacco Day The World Health Organization (WHO), Wednesday said no fewer than seven million people die, worldwide every year from tobacco-related diseases. WHO Regional

Unlicenced Ebola drugs could soon be used in DR Congo – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO), said Tuesday it was awaiting formal approval from the Democratic Republic of Congo to send in unlicenced Ebola medication to help rein in an outbreak

World Health Assembly delegates seal new 5-year strategic plan

GENEVA – World Health Assembly delegates today, May 23, agreed an ambitious new strategic plan for the next five years. The Organization’s 13th General Programme of Work (GPW) is designed

Ebola: WHO Emergency Committee says international spread risk is high

… Says outbreak not yet international Public Health Emergency The first meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General, on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the

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GE Healthcare collaborates with Kenya Cardiac Society to train cardiac health professionals

(L-R) President, Kenya Cardiac Society Dr. Bernard Gitura and the CEO, GE Healthcare East Africa, Andrew Waititu signing the agreement NAIROBI, KENYA – General Electric (GE) a leading provider of

WHO to deploy 4,000 vaccines in DR Congo Ebola response

All is now set for the use of an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This follows the agreement by the

WHO prequalifies breakthrough vaccine for typhoid

The World Health Organization (WHO) has  prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid, Bharat Biotech’s Typbar-TCV®. Typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCVs) are innovative products that have longer-lasting immunity than older vaccines,

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Reckitt Benckiser partners Zambia on health, hygiene initiatives

Hosts  first Healthcare for Women and Children Conference With a focus on heartburn and acid reflux in pregnancy and fever in children, Zambia’s first Healthcare for Women and Children Conference

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UNAIDS congratulates Swaziland over 73% viral load suppression among adults with HIV

• Also on reduction of HIV incidence between 2011 and 2016 GENEVA – The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has congratulated the Kingdom of Swaziland over findings showing

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World leaders, others raise fresh US$1.2bn for polio eradication

… Fund targets US$450m children yearly Global leaders, including foremost non state actors, have raised fresh US$ 1.2 billion to rev the onslaught against poliomyelitis in the three remaining nations

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Americas eliminate measles

… fifth vaccine-preventable disease to be eliminated from the region The Region of the Americas has become the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can

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Japanese researcher wins 2016 Nobel prize for medicine

Japanese biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi has been declared winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in medicine. According to the announcement by the Nobel Assembly at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute, the biologist was awarded

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Shocking: Nigeria is 5th unhealthiest nation in the world!

Ranks 187 out 190 countries Franc is healthiest as No 1 Latest ranking by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of the health systems of its 191 member states has placed Nigeria among

Polio: EU reiterates commitment to Nigeria’s immunisation programme

The Europe Union, EU, has pledged its full commitment to Nigeria’s immunization programme despite fresh cases of polio recorded recently in Borno State. The Union, working through the European Union

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Zika virus hits Africa

Just few months after containing the dreaded Ebola virus disease, the World Health Organization, WHO, has announced the presence of another rampaging virus, Zika, on the continent. In a statement

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