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02 / 10 / 2019

Graciano Masauso talks of failure on Ebola as a symptom of dysfunctional healthcare systems in Africa

Four years later, the Ebola epidemic in west Africa is thankfully over but we are now more than a year into the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Despite the new tools at our disposal—vaccines and antibody treatments that we dreamt about having in Sierra Leone—the global medical community is failing the people of the DRC.

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02 / 10 / 2019

AHO to eliminate the debilitating Guinea worm parasite by 2030

Dracunculiasis is Latin for “affliction with little dragons.” This parasitic infection, more commonly known as Guinea-worm disease, is contracted when a human drinks water contaminated with copepods (water fleas) that contain worm larvae. AHO plans to eliminate the disease by 2030 after failure by WHO and partners to eliminate it by 2020.

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02 / 10 / 2019

Child deaths in Africa could be prevented by family planning

Children under 5 years of age in Africa are much more likely to die than those in wealthy countries as a direct result of poor health outcomes linked to air pollution, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, an increased family size, and environmental degradation, according to the first continent-wide investigation of its kind.

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02 / 10 / 2019

Insectcide-treated mosquito bed nets being misused in Malawi for catching and drying fish

Residents of fishing communities in Malawi are using insecticide-treated bed nets meant for malaria prevention to catch fish and other agricultural purposes, a study suggests.

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02 / 10 / 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa tops maternal deaths globally

While maternal deaths have fallen globally by more than one third since 2000, huge inequalities remain worldwide, the report said, with Sub-Saharan Africa accounting for two thirds of the worldwide total.

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02 / 10 / 2019

Male sexual dysfunction in diabetes

Sexual dysfunction is common in patients with diabetes, and over half of diabetic men have erectile dysfunction (ED). This is defined as failure to obtain and maintain an erection sufficient for sexual activity, or decreased erectile turgidity on 75% of sexual occasions, and lasting for at least six months.

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30 / 09 / 2019

AHO has plan to combat tropical and infectious diseases in Africa

More than a billion people across the world, mostly in low and lower- Middle income countries, are affected by neglected tropical diseases. Africa bears the most highest burden of these debilitating infections and at least one neglected tropical disease is endemic in most countries. AHO talks to Graciano Masauso, President of Africa Health Organisation (AHO).

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20 / 09 / 2019

AHO recommends improvement in gestational diabetes screening as tests are carried out too late

Current screening programmes for gestational diabetes are being carried out too late to adequately prevent health issues in mother and baby, researchers have said. A team from South Korea have found that excessive growth of a baby in the womb, a common complication of diabetes during pregnancy, starts weeks before the expecting mother is tested

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18 / 09 / 2019

AHO very concerned about rape, HIV transmission and sexual violence against women and girls in South Sudan conflict

Africa Health Organisation (AHO) is very concerned about incidents of women contracting HIV from sexualised violence in South Sudan civil war. AHO is seriously concerned that the rampant sexual violence carried out by both South Sudanese Government forces and armed opposition groups since December, 2013, has contributed to survivors contracting HIV. The situation is made worse by the lack of available medical services and the shame and stigma surrounding sexual violence, which often dissuades survivors from seeking the medical assistance.

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18 / 09 / 2019

AHO to implement artificial intelligence to combat diseases in Africa

Africa Health Organisation (AHO) is exploring Artificial Intelligence (AI) for tackling the burden of diseases in Africa. AHO has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with African Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AIAI), to explore the application of cutting-edge AI technology in its fight against diseases in Africa.

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