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  • Congo-Kinshasa: Congo Is Ebola Virus Free, Says Minister

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/07/02 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.
  • 我援几内亚比绍卡松果医院药械交接仪式顺利举行

    几内亚比绍, 2017/06/02 我援几内亚比绍卡松果医院药械交接仪式在卡松果市顺利召开。驻几比大使金红军、卡松果市市长佩雷拉、卡谢乌地区酋长费雷拉、经商参赞何建民、地区卫生局长因洽拉、我援几比卡松果医疗队员、卡松果医院医护人员和当地各界人士等60余人参加仪式,当地主流媒体对此次活动进行现场报道。 金大使在捐赠仪式上高度肯定了两国在卫生领域的合作成果还有援外医疗队为地区医疗卫生事业发展做出的积极贡献,强调中方愿与几比方携手并肩,共同为深化中几比在医疗卫生领域合作而不懈努力,让合作成果切实造福两国人民。
  • US Healthcare Inefficiency: Evidence From International Prescription Drug Data

    UNITED STATES, 2017/05/29 Despite higher per capita healthcare spending, US health outcomes compare poorly with other developed nations. One potential reason is that the US healthcare system creates incentives that promote the faster adoption of medical technologies with minimal benefits. This column tests this claim using data on the quality and diffusion of new pharmaceuticals in the US and four other nations. The results suggest that compared to Australia, Canada, Switzerland, and the UK, low-quality drugs diffuse additional quickly in the US relative to high-quality drugs.
  • Discover #YellowSunday, the campaign to support, train and empower women in Democratic Republic of the Congo

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/05/18 #YellowSunday, a Congolese–led initiative, is hoping to raise funds to enable 1,000 women living in conflict and post-conflict zones in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to train as nurses. The Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations, which labelled the DRC as the worse place to be a woman, in 2015 found that additional than 60% of Congolese women aged 15-49 had experienced violence. Several million women and girls have been subjected to rape, which is used as a weapon of war. In a country that is the size of Western Europe, there are only 28,789 nurses for an estimated people of 77 million – one of the lowest ratios in the world.
  • 南苏丹政府为第四批中国援南医疗队颁发荣誉证书

    中国, 2017/05/13 南苏丹卫生部为第四、第五批中国援南医疗队召开隆重的轮换交接仪式,并为第四批中国援南苏丹医疗队全体队员和部分中国赴南(瓦乌)维和医疗分队代表颁发荣誉证书。南卫生部长库克、中国驻南大使何向东,使馆经商参赞张翼、武官林伟,安徽省卫计委工作组、朱巴教学医院代表,中国第四、五批援南医疗队全体队员,中国维和医疗分队代表等50余人参加活动。
  • Virulent bird flu strain threatens to spill out of China

    CHINA, 2017/04/30 A new strain of avian influenza that has high pathogenicity in poultry, and which can be deadly for humans, has resurfaced in China with pandemic potential -- prompting calls for a quick and thorough response to halt its advance and contain the changing H7N9 virus. Until recently, H7N9 has shown low pathogenicity, meaning that it may cause mild or no illness in poultry. Evidence from China’s Guangdong province suggests that the new strain has shifted to high pathogenicity in poultry while retaining its capacity to cause severe problems in humans. This is said to be a genetic change that could lead to high mortality for birds within 48 hours of infection and cause high economic losses for those engaged in poultry production and sales.
  • 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.
  • Brazilian scientists break genetic code of Zika protein

    BRAZIL, 2017/04/30 Brazilian researchers have described the three-dimensional structure of the NS5 protein responsible for the replication of Zika virus in infected cells — an significant step towards developing an antiviral drug. To do this, they stimulated a bacterium to produce large quantities of the NS5 protein, which were again purified and separated from the other substances produced by the bacteria. The researchers again transformed copies of the protein into crystals and mapped the spatial location of the 9,600 atoms that form its structure.
  • Pioneering Japanese technology New applications developed for ostrich antibody technology

    JAPAN, 2017/04/19 With less than 7 years of history, Zeal Cosmetics has developed not just a good range of skin care products using the revolutionary ostrich antibody technology, but as well applied the benefits of it to an air-linen spray and a dietary supplement for people with diabetes. In partnership with renowned research institutions and professionals, Zeal President and CEO Osamu Maeda is committed to keep providing innovative products that can improve people’s lives. What’s incomparable about Ostrich antibodies and Zeal’s technology?
  • Big changes ahead for Saudi Arabia’s health care sector

    SAUDI ARABIA, 2017/04/16 Rising consumer request and an increased role for the private sector look set to drive expansion and open new doors for investors in Saudi Arabia’s health care industry. In its “2016 World Medical Trend Rates” statement, US-based consultancy Aon Hewitt predicts the Kingdom’s health care sector will grow at a compound annual increase rate of 12.3% through to 2020, reaching a price of $71.2bn. Last year the average net “trend rate” for the industry in Saudi Arabia rose by 9.5%, according to Aon, well above the MENA average of 5.3%.