News August 2019
AHO warns of the dangers of trachoma
Trachoma is among the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), which are a group of parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases that affect 1.5 billion people, and 40 percent live in Africa.
NTDs affect the poorest, most vulnerable people who live in hard to reach parts of Africa.
The diseases, disfigure and disable, keep children out of school and parents out of work, limiting their potential in communities stuck in poverty.
NTDs rank among the four most devastating groups of communicable diseases.
AHO warns about type 2 diabetes one unsettling complication: Retinopathy
Type 2 diabetes is a life-long condition and can pose grave health risks if left untreated. It is widely understood that the chronic condition can cause life-threatening complications, but it can also have a debilitating impact on another part of the body tooRead More
AHO to tackle measles in Africa as the disease claims over 2500 lives in the DRC
A measles epidemic has caused more than 2,700 deaths between January and early August in the DRC, killing more people in seven months than Ebola in one year, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reported in a tweet read on Saturday.Read More
AHO establishes regulator Africa Care Quality and Accountability Commission ACQAC to register and monitor health care in Africa and avoid Renee Bach fiasco
Africa Health Organisation (AHO) has established a regulator called Africa Care Quality and Accountability Commission (ACQAC) to register and monitor health care in Africa. This will help avoid the Renee Bach scenario in which Renee, an unqualified US missionary is allegedly practiced medicine at her Serving His Children NGO clinic in Uganda where over 100 children are said to have died.
Renee Bach was still a teenager when she left her small hometown in rural Virginia in USA and moved halfway across the world to Uganda, after spending just 10 months there on a mission trip. and set up her NGO Serving His Children.Read More
AHO adopts a strategy and plan of action to eliminate eye disease Trachoma in Africa by 2025
Trachoma is a disease that can cause blindness and visual impairment in about 1.9 million people every year. Poor communities in rural areas of countries in Africa are most affected. It is a bilateral eye disease ranked as the leading cause of preventable blindness of infectious origin in the world. It is caused by the vector borne Chlamydia Trachomatis bacteria.Read More
AHO to tackle corruption in health care as 1 in 4 Africans had to pay a bribe to access public services last year
Having to pay a bribe for life-saving medicine and official documents like passports and driver’s licences would for many people seem unthinkable.
But it’s the reality for more than a quarter of African citizens, according to the results of a new survey into corruption on the continent.Read More
AHO to develop new system for detecting and recording malaria as Burundi disputes UN malaria stats
The government of Burundi on Thursday officially disputed recent reports that close to half of its population were affected by malaria. Burundi Health Minister Thaddée Ndikumana told journalists the figures were lower – 4.3 million recorded cases (not 5.7 million), and that 1,400 not 1,800deaths had been recorded this year.Read More
AHO committed to tackle climate change as malaria prevalence surges in Uganda
The ministry of health said in a statement its data showed malaria cases recorded in June this year jumped 40% to 1.4 million from the same month last year.Read More