PrEP Uptake Still Very Low

USE of daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), is not expanding enough as was anticipated. HealthTimes Reporter According to the the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) weekly report, the COVID-19 also had a negative impact on the uptake of the drug. “It has been more than a decade since the first evidence of the efficacy of daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was published. PrEP is now a valuable additional option for people who are at higher risk of acquiring HIV, and its global uptake has continued to increase, despite…

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COVAX delivers its 1 billionth COVID-19 vaccine dose

On 15 January 2022, a shipment of 1.1 million COVID-19 vaccines to Rwanda included the billionth dose supplied via COVAX. Own Correspondent Together with our partners, COVAX is leading the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history, with deliveries to 144 countries to date. But the work that has gone into this milestone is only a reminder of the work that remains. As of 13 January 2022, out of 194 Member States, 36 WHO Member States have vaccinated less than 10% of their population, and 88 less than 40%.…

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Hope For Children With Hydrocephalus In Zimbabwe

THE joys of expectant parents are shuttered upon hearing these words, “Your child has a bigger head than any normal child and you have to go through a caesarian section to give birth.’’ What! a big head? What could have caused the head to grow big, is it a normal child then, is it natural or spiritual, is it…? There are some of the unanswered questions, which go through the minds of heavily pregnant women. Own Correspondent Hydrocephalus is a very popular disease but seems to be wreaking havoc in…

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‘Gender-bending’ chemicals found to ‘feminise’ boys

“Gender-bending” chemicals mimicking the female hormone oestrogen can disrupt the development of baby boys, suggests the first evidence linking certain chemicals in everyday plastics to effects in humans. By Andy Coghlan The chemicals implicated are phthalates, which make plastics more pliable in many cosmetics, toys, baby-feeding bottles and paints and can leak into water and food. All previous studies suggesting these chemicals blunt the influence of the male hormone testosterone on healthy development of males have been in animals. “This research highlights the need for tougher controls of gender-bending chemicals,”…

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Zimbabweans Go Fund To Raise Money To Repatriate Nurse Who Died In The UK

A Go-fund me initiative to raise funds to facilitate the repatriation of Divine Mupoperi, a young nurse who died in the United Kingdom has kicked off. Staff Reporter Divine relocated to the UK in Nov 2021,. However, information at hand indicates that she died in her sleep on January 9, 2022 from suspected seizure. She is survived by her 12 year old daughter & twins who are 16 months old. To donate funds for Divine’s repatriation, Click the Go-Fund me link HERE  

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Innovative Insurance Policy Purchased To Protect Up To 800,000 People In Zimbabwe From Drought Risk

A global network of humanitarian agencies has today announced the purchase of an innovative insurance policy in partnership with African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the Government of Zimbabwe. The policy is to protect more than 800,000 people in Zimbabwe from drought risk during the 2021/2022 agricultural season. Own Correspondent The $2.5 million USD policy purchased by Start Network and provided by African Risk Capacity, is built on parametric insurance. This means it pays out before a crisis, according to pre-agreed scientific triggers, based for example on rainfall data. Unlike the…

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Man With Terminal Heart Disease Gets A Transplant Of Genetically Modified Pig Heart

(CNN) A 57-year-old Maryland man is doing well three days after receiving a genetically modified pig heart in a first-of-its-kind transplant surgery, University of Maryland Medicine said in a news release Monday. David Bennett had terminal heart disease, and the pig heart was “the only currently available option,” according to the release. Bennett was deemed ineligible for a conventional heart transplant or an artificial heart pump after reviews of his medical records. It was either die or do this transplant. I want to live. I know it’s a shot in…

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Hybrid Variant, The DeltaCron Discovered In Cyprus

A strain of Covid-19 that combines delta and omicron was found in Cyprus, according to Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus and head of the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology. SOURCE: Bloomberg There are currently omicron and delta co-infections and we found this strain that is a combination of these two,” Kostrikis said in an interview with Sigma TV Friday. The discovery was named “deltacron” due to the identification of omicron-like genetic signatures within the delta genomes,” he said. Kostrikis and his team have…

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How Threatening Is The New ‘IHU’ Variant Of Coronavirus?

This strain of the SARS-CoV-2 carries the N501Y mutation While the world is pulling in resources to fight back against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, scientists have detected a relatively new strain. Called the IHU variant, or B.1.640.2, it was first detected in southern France last month but has now begun catching the attention of global experts. Detected by researchers at the Marseille-based Mediterranee Infection University Hospital Institute (IHU), the variant has 46 mutations. This is leading to the fear that IHU could be more resistant to existing vaccines.…

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NHS struggles as sickness takes out 1 in 10 staff

More than 110,000 NHS staff — nearly one in 10 — were absent on New Year’s Eve, according to figures showing that Covid is hitting healthcare far harder than previously thought. SOURCE: The Times Uk Of them, almost 50,000 were at home sick or self-isolating because of Covid-19 while patients faced 40-hour waits at A&E, late operations, closed wards and long ambulance delays. Boris Johnson has told ministers to test emergency contingency plans to minimise the disruption to services such as hospitals, schools and social care. Public sector leaders have…

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