Health in East Africa

  • Rwanda: Medical Drone Delivery System Wins Prestigious Global Award

    RWANDA, 2017/09/11 Medical drone delivery company Zipline's joint initiative with the government of Rwanda was on Friday awarded the 2017 Index Award, Body Category, in the Danish capital Copenhagen. The Index Awards-often referred to as the Nobel Prize for Design- are the majority prestigious awards in the field of design with previous winners inclunding icons such as Apple's Itunes and electric car giant Tesla. The Awards, in five categories, have prize money of up to €500,000.
  • Healthcare Property holds benefits for Africa

    CANADA, 2017/08/20 As Africa tries to build up a listed real estate industry, healthcare real estate investment trust (REITs) become additional attractive on the continent. They would formalise an industry with much potential, advises Ortneil Kutama, Africa Property News Media Director. “REITs are well structured and provide investors with tax benefits and regular gain in theory as long as they make consistent profits,” Kutama said. Nations like South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Morocco and Nigeria, which have growing populations, improving hospitals and healthcare industries, could gain capital boost. If the hospitals in these nations were listed, investors could bring that major capital boost.
  • Buhari Among African Presidents Who Lack Faith in Own Health Systems

    ANGOLA, 2017/08/18 The Presidency, yesterday, drew back from joining the fray next President Muhammadu Buhari was listed by the BBC part African presidents who have "an apparent lack of faith in the health systems at home." The other presidents listed included Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Patrice Talon (Benin), Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Algeria), and Jose Eduardo dos Santos (Angola).
  • WHO lauds Africa’s progress in malaria, HIV control

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 The World Health Organisation (WHO), has commended the African region for making significant evolution in malaria control in the last five years. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said malaria incidence and mortality rates had declined by 42 % and 66 % respectively between 2000 and 2015. Moeti made the commendation in Kigali, Rwanda, while speaking at the Initial Africa Health Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the Government of Rwanda.
  • WHO Africa Health Forum App Leads the Way

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/16 You can meet the majority interesting people at conferences. If you can make your way through the sea of people to get to them. The initial Africa Health Forum organised by the World Health Organisation African region was no different - hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic participants filling the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, determined to find their way to universal healthcare (UHC) on the continent. The forum promised to examine WHO AFRO's vision for health and development across the continent, explore concrete ways for partners to contribute to the work of the organization, meet the challenges that young people face, and provide a platform to talk about innovative strategies for the public health challenges that Africa just can't seem to shake.
  • Malaria drug could cut women’s risk of other infections

    NIGERIA, 2017/04/30 A drug used to combat malaria in pregnant women could as well treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a study shows. Results of the study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, a medicine recommended during antenatal care visit for intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) of malaria in pregnant women in malaria-endemic areas could cut the risk of getting STIs such as gonorrhoea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and bacterial vaginosis.
  • Johnson & Johnson Launches New East Africa Regional Operations in Kenya

    KENYA, 2017/03/12 Working with local healthcare providers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Johnson & Johnson strengthens its operations to continue addressing the health issues that matter most to the people of Kenya Following the opening of its West Africa office in Ghana before this week, Johnson & Johnson today announced the further expansion of its operations in Africa with the launch of a new office in Nairobi, Kenya. The company’s new presence will bring together multiple teams representing Johnson & Johnson consumer, medical device, pharmaceutical, world public health (GPH) and world community impact (GCI) organizations to deliver an integrated approach to improving health outcomes in the region.
  • Johnson & Johnson Launches New East Africa Regional Operations in Kenya

    KENYA, 2017/03/12 Working with local healthcare providers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Johnson & Johnson strengthens its operations to continue addressing the health issues that matter most to the people of Kenya Following the opening of its West Africa office in Ghana before this week, Johnson & Johnson today announced the further expansion of its operations in Africa with the launch of a new office in Nairobi, Kenya. The company’s new presence will bring together multiple teams representing Johnson & Johnson consumer, medical device, pharmaceutical, world public health (GPH) and world community impact (GCI) organizations to deliver an integrated approach to improving health outcomes in the region.
  • New Zanzibar hospital funded by China

    TANZANIA, 2016/09/04 The final touches are being made to a new hospital in Zanzibar with Chinese government investment of additional than 100 million yuan ($15 million). The Abdulla Mzee Hospital in Pemba is due to open in September. The facility has been built on the site of a hospital that was as well funded by the Chinese government in 1970. The new hospital has 160 beds, compared with 61 at the old one.
  • AIDS still number one cause of death in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2016/07/20 The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that despite successes chalked in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a lot additional needed to be done particularly in Africa. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, revealed that adolescents were generally dying of AIDS at an alarming rate and that the disease remained the leading cause of death in Africa.