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  • Great strides have been made against disease and poverty

    WORLD, 2017/09/24 IF YOU look beyond the rich West, most of which has been in a funk ever since the financial crisis of 2007-08, the world has had an amazing run. Fully 6m fewer children under the age of five died in 2016 than in 1990. At no time before have so a lot of people been free of grinding poverty and ill health. At no time have women been so unlikely to die as a result of giving birth, or to lose a baby to illness. But the possibility that from presently on long winning streak humanity could be about to trip and fall is preoccupying Bill and Melinda Gates, a pair of self-described “impatient optimists” who run a foundation dedicated to solving the world’s problems. A statement from the foundation published on September 13th suggests that evolution on several fronts may be starting to falter. For a variety of reasons, from demography to American and European politics, Mr Gates fears that campaigns to eradicate extreme poverty, HIV and malaria are going awry. He as well believes that the rich world has not noticed. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has hitherto been characterised by confidence, particularly about the potential for technological innovation to solve the world’s knottiest problems. So the change of mood is significant. Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, describes the statement as “a wake-up call”.
  • 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.
  • Doctors in DRC suspend strike after deal with government

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/09/09 Congolese doctors suspended a two week strike over better pay in public hospitals on Wednesday (September 06), the major medical union has said. SYNAMED, Congo’s major doctors union said the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government had agreed to their demands for a fee increase. Currently, Congo’s doctors working in public hospitals earn about 350 USD a month, and want their pay increased to 1,000 USD a month, to help them adjust to the high rate of inflation.
  • 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.
  • Hospital Ship Decks in Douala Cameroon

    CAMEROON, 2017/08/18 The medical mission is placed under the supervision of the Initial Lady, Mrs. Chantal Biya, and under the auspices of the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang. Over 4500 patients begin receiving medical care today through an operation that will end June 2018. The major non-government hospital ship, Mercy Ships, arrived in Douala at about mid day yesterday. On hand to welcome the medical team was Cyrus Ngo'o, General Manager of the seaport. A brief moment of exchange between the seaport authority and the captain of the mobile hospital, John Borrow, during which both men harped on their remain , took place in the watchful eyes of media men and women.
  • 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.
  • Congo is Ebola virus free, says minister

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2017/07/29 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared its month Ebola outbreak over on Saturday next 42 days without recording a new case of the virus. “I declare on this day, at midnight, the end of the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever of the Ebola virus in DRC,’’ Minister of Health in the country, Mr Oly Ilunga, said in a statement. Health officials say Congolese health authorities approved the use of a new experimental vaccine but from presently on declined to deploy it due to the small scale of the outbreak and logistical challenges.
  • 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.
  • Gambia: The Country On Funding Drive to Become First Sub-Saharan Nation Free of Malaria

    GAMBIA, 2017/07/14 "This last mile is the majority difficult - we need additional support to sustain the gains we have made from presently on donors often turn their attention elsewhere as cases drop" Gambia could become the initial country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate malaria on its track record of combating the mosquito-borne disease but additional donor funds are needed for the "last mile" of the drive, health experts said on Wednesday. The prevalence of the malaria parasite in children under five has plunged to 0.2 % from 4 % in 2011, according to the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP).