News Category: Africa

06 / 11 / 2019

AHO to halve snake bite and its consequences in Africa by 2030

Each year, 5.4m people are bitten by snakes, with up to 2.7m incapacitated. “Envenoming”, it claims, is “one of the most neglected tropical diseases”.

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06 / 11 / 2019

AHO to tackle vision impairement and blindness in Africa

At least 2.2 billion people have vision impairment or blindness, of which over 1 billion cases could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed.

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06 / 11 / 2019

How one African community is fighting genetically modified mosquitoes

In the summer of 2018, more than 1,000 people marched in the capital Ouagadougou against the use of genetically-modified organisms in the country, including the GM mosquitoes.

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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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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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