WHO issues ethics guidance to protect rights of TB patients

WHO issues ethics guidance to protect rights of TB patients

Dibie Ike Michael with REUTERS The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched new ethics guidance meant to meet specific standards on the way people affected by tuberculosis are treated. Countries already implementing the WHO ‘End TB Strategy’, a blueprint to...
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Kenya to roll out HIV prevention drugs

Kenya to roll out HIV prevention drugs

with AGENCIES The Kenyan Government will soon rolled out a drug that will be taken by HIV negative people who are mostly at risk of HIV infection. The drug, known as Pre-exposure Prophylaxis will be administered daily by those at...
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Panic as hospitals run out of BCG vaccine for infants

Panic as hospitals run out of BCG vaccine for infants

HARARE – Thousands of newly-born babies face significant health risks after it emerged that the Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine, which prevents infants from contracting tuberculosis (TB), is now also in short supply. Although authorities denied yes...
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HIV vaccine therapy leaves five patients virus free

HIV vaccine therapy leaves five patients virus free

Michael Oduor with New Scientist Five HIV patients are currently free from detectable virus after undergoing a vaccine therapy for seven months, according to a study published in New Scientist. The research required the patients to stop taking regular antiretr...
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Health situation remains dire as strike by health workers continues

Health situation remains dire as strike by health workers continues

THE downing of tools by overwhelmed midwives at Parirenyatwa Hospital has put lives of women and their babies in mortal danger as they are now going through childbirth without expert care. BY PHYLLIS MBANJE The adverse consequences are already being...
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Self-injectable contraceptive tested in Uganda

Self-injectable contraceptive tested in Uganda

with Reuters Access to birth control can be a challenge for women across the world. In Uganda unintended pregnancies are common. According to the 2011 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey, more than four in 10 births are unplanned. “Women face...
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Eight African countries honoured for effective fight against malaria

Eight African countries honoured for effective fight against malaria

Ismail Akwei Ethiopia, Swaziland, Uganda, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Comoros, DRC and Chad have been honoured for their significant progress in the fight against malaria. The eight countries were awarded on Monday by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) at t...
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Cameroon’s web doctor seeks to bridge gap in country’s health sector

Cameroon’s web doctor seeks to bridge gap in country’s health sector

Cameroon’s health sector has had its share of challenges over the years. According to statistics there are only two doctors for every 10,000 people. Furthermore, a large number of citizens cannot afford healthcare. To address these challenges, a medical doct...
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E-Health takes shape

E-Health takes shape

Emmanuel Kafe — A local company has engaged TechMedic International from the Netherlands to come up with a tele-monitoring system called Dyna-Vision. The device monitors a patient’s skin temperature, blood pressure, oxygen saturation (SPo2), respiration an...
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Bulawayo councillors fume over ‘fake’ HIV statistics

Bulawayo councillors fume over ‘fake’ HIV statistics

Bulawayo city councillors, on Tuesday fumed over media reports that the city had become the country’s HIV hotspot, saying the claims were false and likely to scare away potential investors. BY KHANYILE MLOTSHWA According to a Zimbabwe Population-Based HIV Im...
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