News Category: Africa

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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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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18 / 09 / 2019

AHO to address intimate partner violence against women

Women who experience intimate partner violence, including physical, emotional, and controlling abuse, are more likely to suffer material hardship—the inability to purchase food, housing, utilities, medical care or other needs for a healthy life, according to a Rutgers-led study.

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18 / 09 / 2019

AHO to tackle Human Papillomavirus (HPV) to reduce cervical cancer in Africa

The most common infection transmitted during sex is the Human Papillomavirus, also known as HPV. Though many strains are harmless, beware some types can cause cancer.

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18 / 09 / 2019

AHO praises Botswana for considering Free HIV/AIDS Drugs for Migrants

Africa Health Organisation (AHO) has welcomed the decision by the Botswana government to consider free HIV/AIDS Drugs for Migrants. Many HIV positive sex workers from neighboring countries cannot afford life-prolonging anti-retroviral drugs. Botswana’s has an estimated 30,000 HIV positive foreigners but only 7,000 are getting treatment

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