Malawi Records Viral Conjunctivitis Outbreak

By Staff Reporter Kalonga District in the northern parts of Malawi has recorded several cases of Viral Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye, a common, self-limiting condition that typically is caused by adenovirus. According  to Medscape, other viruses that can be responsible for conjunctival infection include herpes simplex virus (HSV), varicella-zoster virus (VZV), picornavirus (enterovirus 70, Coxsackie A24), poxvirus (molluscum contagiosum, vaccinia), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). David Sibale, Director of Health Services Kalonga District Council said a total 109 cases have already been recorded in the district since February 1, 2024.…

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Scientists Test Travel Vaccine Against Malaria

Following the successful rollout of a Malaria Vaccine, scientists are now testing the efficacy of a vaccine that protects travelers against malaria in other groups first. This also comes in the wake of field trials in older age groups – including people who are thinking of becoming pregnant – are in the works, while vaccines against other types of malaria are also under development. Although the focus is still on people who live in malaria-endemic countries for now, a travel vaccine could become available in the coming years, researchers say.…

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The untapped potential of stem cells in menstrual blood

Long overlooked, menstrual stem cells could have important medical applications, including diagnosing endometriosis. by Sneha Khedkar ,   Knowable magazine Roughly 20 years ago, a biologist named Caroline Gargett went in search of some remarkable cells in tissue that had been removed during hysterectomy surgeries. The cells came from the endometrium, which lines the inside of the uterus. When Gargett cultured the cells in a petri dish, they looked like round clumps surrounded by a clear, pink medium. But examining them with a microscope, she saw what she was looking…

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Madagascar approves new law to remove testicles of paedophiles

Madagascar’s parliament recently passed a new law authorising the surgical castration of paedophiles convicted of their crimes. This move mirrors a similar law recently enacted in Kazakhstan, where the most egregious child sex offenders will undergo surgical genital removal. On February 2, the National Assembly of Madagascar approved the legislation, which permits the castration of individuals convicted of raping minors. However, the new law specifies that those found guilty of raping a child under the age of ten will undergo surgical castration and receive a life sentence, according to Mail…

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Zimbabwe: MSF teams help tackle cholera in Buhera district

It’s swelteringly hot under the midday sun in Chapanduka village in Buhera, a district of Manicaland province in south-eastern Zimbabwe, where a cholera outbreak has been raging since October 2023. A vehicle belonging to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is navigating the bumpy road, heading to a local clinic to help treat patients and support local health staff in the management of the deadly waterborne disease. Suddenly the MSF vehicle draws to a halt. A man is lying on the roadside, drawing a crowd of onlookers, many of whom…

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A Glossary of Terms for a New World of HIV Care

poz.com Scientific progress often means a slew of new vocabulary words. Novel treatments like long-acting injectables to treat HIV are no exception. Some of the terms below are highly technical; others will sound familiar but with a modern twist. Having a proactive conversation with your clinician about HIV treatment isn’t always easy. Brushing up on the terminology—old and new—can be empowering and help you better manage an important conversation about self-care. Antiretroviral therapy (also known as ART) is another, fancier name for your HIV medications. If you’re on HIV meds,…

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WHO certifies Cabo Verde as malaria-free, marking a historic milestone in the fight against malaria

A total of 43 countries and 1 territory have now been certified as malaria-free The World Health Organization (WHO) has certified Cabo Verde as a malaria-free country, marking a significant achievement in global health. With this announcement, Cabo Verde joins the ranks of 43 countries and 1 territory that WHO has awarded this certification. Cabo Verde is the third country to be certified in the WHO African region, joining Mauritius and Algeria which were certified in 1973 and 2019 respectively. Malaria burden is the highest on the African continent, which…

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Zambia Postpones School Opening Due to Cholera Surge

Lusaka Times In response to a surge in cholera cases, the Zambian government has announced the deferment of the 2024 Term One school opening from the initially scheduled date of January 8th to January 29th. Education Minister Hon. Douglas Syakalima made the official announcement today in Lusaka, emphasizing the need to prevent and mitigate the spread of the disease. Minister Syakalima clarified that this postponement applies to all public, private, aided, and community learning institutions, including Early Childhood Education (ECE) centers, primary, and secondary schools. Learners at all levels are…

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#JUSTIN: Young Zim Medical Doctor Killed By Dislodged Truck Tyre

By Staff Reporter A 30 year old Medical Doctor stationed at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital in Mashonaland West, Dr Tinotenda Madzima has died after being fatally hit by a trye which had dislodged from a moving truck, the Zimbabwe Republic Police has confirmed. The fatal road traffic accident occurred on January 3, 2024 at about 0700 hours at the 116 kilometre peg along Harare-Chirundu Road. The doctor was walking along the road when he was hit on the back by a wheel which had dislodged from a Scania haulage truck which…

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Zimbabwe’s Top 10 Exceptional Public Health Interventions and Innovations For 2023

Even though Zimbabwe’s healthcare sector is facing challenges, there remains some extraordinary work that the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), development partners, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and individuals are doing to enhance the quality care and services in Zimbabwe’s healthcare sector. Zimbabwe just like the rest of the world, is recovering from the effects of COVID-19, which to a greater extent disrupted public health interventions such as National Immunisation programs, vaccinations, and health promotion amongst a host of other interventions. Despite these challenges, Zimbabwe has innovated and come…

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