News Category: President's Corner

22 / 06 / 2020

AHO Guidance on COVID-19 infection prevention and control for primary care settings in Africa

Africa Health Organisation (AHO) has produced a Guidance and Technical Report on COVID-19 infection prevention and control for primary care, including general practitioner practices, dental clinics and pharmacy settings in Africa.

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21 / 06 / 2020

Graciano Masauso answers key questions on COVID-19

As of 21 June, there were 9,024,672 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 469,389 deaths. Despite these numbers, much is still misunderstood or unknown about the virus which has brought regions of the globe to a standstill and placed huge pressure on the global economy.

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21 / 06 / 2020

Mapping of COVID-19 Across Africa by AHO

Despite growing concern that COVID-19 may have a devastating impact in regions with fragile healthcare systems, case numbers in Africa have not escalated at the same exponential rate seen in other parts of the world. As of June 14th, Africa have almost 170,000 confirmed cases, representing just 2% of the world’s total cases.

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25 / 05 / 2020

Women are disproportionately affected by COVID-19: fight against gender inequality in the face of a pandemic

AHO has long recognised the role of gender in health, not only from a biological standpoint but also in terms of how social, cultural, economic and political gender disparities come to shape overall health outcomes. This is a highly relevant issue in the current climate of a global pandemic. Biologically, studies have shown that COVID-19 seem to affect women to a lesser degree; on average, men have a 60% higher fatality rate than women. However, a closer look at secondary long-term impacts paints a strikingly different picture.

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23 / 05 / 2020

AHO exposes how tobacco and related industries manipulate youth

World No Tobacco Day 2020: Protecting youth from industry and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use. Ahead of World No Tobacco Day (31 May), the Africa Health Organisation is highlighting the damage of tobacco and related industry tactics: tobacco kills up to half its users. AHO is calling on countries and partners to empower youth to stand up to Big Tobacco by dispelling its lies and refusing to use its products.

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06 / 05 / 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 and Mental Health in Africa and monitoring by AHO

With much of the world under lockdown, mental health is a topic of increasing significance. Social distancing, remote working and stay-at-home orders have become the norm, and many are struggling to cope with rapidly changing lifestyles.

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06 / 05 / 2020

Coronavirus in Africa – what are the risks and what is AHO doing

While Africa has not yet seen the level of crisis as Europe and North America have, coronavirus cases and deaths have been rising exponentially across the continent. Following the virus’ arrival in Egypt on February 14th, every country on the continent, with the exception of Comoros and Lesotho, has reported cases.

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06 / 05 / 2020

AHO Response to Petition Calling For No Corona Virus Vaccine Trials in Africa

This past week has seen a global response of outrage and fury to suggestions made by two French scientists that Corona virus vaccine trials should be conducted in Africa. One response to these now infamous comments has been the creation of an online petition calling for no Corona virus vaccine trials in Africa, and it is to this petition that the African Health Organisation wishes to respond.

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27 / 02 / 2020

Graciano Masauso answers questions about Coronavirus

Researchers want to know everything about the latest coronavirus, from its mortality rate to its origins, incubation period and much more, and they still have blanks to fill in

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20 / 02 / 2020

Graciano Masauso talks about everyday things that can lead to high blood pressure

Almost 30 per cent (one in every three adults) people suffer from hypertension. People as young as 25 are getting diagnosed with hypertension and the situation is clearly alarming.

High blood pressure is a lifestyle disease that can lead to not one but many other diseases. With our schedules getting busier and lifestyles getting worse, we really need to be careful in order not to fall prey to this most common health issue. In order to save yourself, you need to know what exactly causes hypertension.

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