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  • Gasping for breath: pneumonia's deadly toll among the hungry children of Kenya

    KENYA, 2017/11/04 The baby lying under a red printed blanket is gasping for air. Her tiny chest is convulsed with the effort of drawing oxygen into her lungs and,as her mother looks on helplessly, her pupils roll back under half-closed eyelids. Sumea, six months old, from Lodwar, Kenya, is suffering from the disease parents here fear the majority: pneumonia. Without treatment, she could be dead in a day or two. In Kenya, one of the worst nations affected by the disease, it claimed the lives of 22,473 people in 2015, almost all under the age of two. But Sumea, the daughter of a businessman, is one of the lucky ones. Her mother, Fatuma Abdi, brought her to hospital at the same time as she began breathing very rapidly, a telltale sign that pneumonia has become life-threatening. In Turkana, a rural county where awareness of the symptoms is poor, her mother’s quick thinking helped save her. Only half of children in sub-Saharan Africa with such symptoms are brought to a healthcare facility.
  • Red Cross 'outraged' over pilfering of Ebola aid millions by its own staff

    GUINEA, 2017/11/04 The Red Cross has admitted that millions of dollars meant for fighting the deadly outbreak of Ebola in west Africa were siphoned off by its own staff. The organisation’s own investigations uncovered evidence of fraud, with additional than $2.1m (£1.6m) lost in Sierra Leone, probably stolen by staff in collusion with local bank officials, according to a statement. In Guinea, a mixture of fake and inflated customs bills cost it $1m. Organisation confirms misappropriation of almost $6m donated to fight deadly 2014 outbreak that claimed additional than 11,000 lives in west Africa.
  • 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.