Top Global Pharmaceutical Firms Pledge Quality Healthcare For 1.7 Million Africans

JOHNSON &JOHNSON together with other major global pharmaceutical players have joined hands with Last Mile Health and Living Goods to increase access to healthcare to community based primary healthcare for nearly 1.7 million people in not less than six African countries. HealthTimes Repoter The other firms include  Lilly, Novartis (Novartis.com), Pfizer (Pfizer.com), GSK (GSK.com) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (GatesFoundation.org) and the pledge is part of their shared commitment to accelerate universal health coverage. The Health Worker Training Initiative is a three-year investment, generously matched by The Audacious…

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One In Every Four Children Not Registered- UNICEF

DATA released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) indicate that one in four children under the age 5 (166 million), on average, are not registered in the world today. By Michael Gwarisa According to a publication by UNICEF called “Birth Registration for Every Child by 2030: Are we on track?” children under five fail to get registration owing to a plethora of barriers which range from poverty, long distance to health facilities among others. And even when they are, they may not have proof of registration. The reasons are…

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2020: The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

THE World Health Organization has declared that 2020, the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, will be the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. The year represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to celebrate and thank nurses and midwives for all that they do, and to make clear the critical contribution that our professions can make in achieving universal health coverage. It is urgent that we make the most of 2020. By Barbara Stilwell, PhD, RN, FRCN, executive director, Nursing Now, a three-year global campaign seeking to raise the profile of…

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Extreme Mulnutrition Stalks Low &Middle Income Countries

A four year-paper report published in The Lancet reveals that there is increasing undernutrition and obesity in low and middle income countries owing to rapid changes in countries’ food systems. According to the report, more than a third of such countries had overlapping forms of malnutrition (45 of 123 countries in the 1990s, and 48 of 126 countries in the 2010s), particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, and east Asia and the Pacific. Undernutrition and obesity can lead to effects across generations as both maternal undernutrition and obesity are associated…

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Fake Malaria Drugs Kill 158,000 Yearly In Africa

A recent study indicates that at least 158,000 people die as a result of fake malaria drugs in Sub-Saharan Africa every year owing to  lack of a response mechanisms seen in other parts of the world, including supply chain regulation, track-and-trace technology and enforcement regimes. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 42% of detected cases of substandard or falsified pharmaceuticals occurred in Africa. Research findings from a study by the European Union-funded ENACT project on the threat of counterfeight drugs in Africa indicate that Globalisation has made it harder…

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TB Activists Disrupt Global TB Conference Over Exorbitant Prices

DOCTORS Without Borders (MSF) joined tuberculosis (TB) activists to disrupt the opening ceremony of the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad today, urging pharmaceutical corporations to make improved drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) treatment affordable and available for hundreds of thousands of people around the world who desperately need it. For the first time in over half a century, there are three new DR-TB drugs – bedaquiline, delamanid and, most recently, pretomanid – that can offer people a better chance to be cured, but barriers to access including high…

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Global tuberculosis epidemic cannot be ended unless it is eliminated in India

THE 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health taking place in Hyderabad, India, has opened with a call to end the emergency of the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic, now responsible for killing some 1.5 million people each year. “Ending the TB emergency starts right here in India,” said José Luis Castro, Executive Director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), convenor of the Union World Conference, which is being held for the first time in India in half a century. The Indian government led by Prime…

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Scientists Move Closer To Unleashing TB Vaccine

THE Union against Tuberculosis (TB) and Lung Disease Scientific Director, Dr Paula Fujiwara said scientists were a step closer to releasing a vaccine for the deadly disease which has claimed millions of lives globally. By Michael Gwarisa He said this during the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health being held in Hyderabad, India  We are one more cautious, but exciting, step closer to a vaccine for tuberculosis (TB). A vaccine is the ultimate prevention tool and the announcement today is welcome news, but as researchers discuss how to move…

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#GoodNews: If Your Virus Is Undetectable, You Cant Transmit HIV

ACCORDING to 20 years of research and evidence, HIV treatment is highly effective in reducing the transmission of HIV. People living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy who have an undetectable level of HIV in their blood have a negligible risk of transmitting HIV sexually. According to the UNAIDS, three large studies of sexual HIV transmission among thousands of couples, one partner of which was living with HIV and the other was not, were undertaken between 2007 and 2016. In those studies, there was not a single case of sexual transmission…

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Infertility Affects Men As Much As Women, says Zim First Lady

ZIMBABWEANS have been urged to stop the blame game biased towards females being the infertile. By Kudakwashe Pembere Addressing media at a Merck Media Training on Infertility, Zimbabwe’s First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa said it should be made known through media that males can also be sterile. “We want the media to bring out the message that Infertility affects men and women. This cannot be a blame game yet women bear the brunt of this game,” said the First Lady. She said this breeds sexual or physical abuse, abuse or isolation…

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