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Covid-19 vaccine trials in Africa: what's promising, and what's problematic

Scientists are working around the clock to develop and test vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of Covid-19...

By Benjamin Kagina 3 days ago

East African countries should prioritise their essential medicines for drug registration

The World Health Organisation (WHO) introduced an essential medicine list in 1977. The aim was to help countries prioritise which medicines to make available for public use...

By Allyson M Pollock, Moses Ocan & Petra Sevcikova 19 Nov 2020

Strong leadership fought Covid-19 in Africa: the next step is to harness research

African countries are still reeling from the effect of measures, such as lockdowns, taken to contain the spread of Covid-19...

By Monique Wasunna 12 Nov 2020

Africa's fragile health system hit hard by Covid-19

A sharp decline in five key essential services in 14 African countries between January and September 2020 is indicative of how the Covid-19 pandemic could deepen the continent's health services crisis...

9 Nov 2020

How The Plane Project is improving basic healthcare for thousands of Africans

Using aviation as a tool to empower, enrich and enhance the lives of the underprivileged, non-profit organisation, The Plane Project is ensuring continued access to essential healthcare services and basic needs items, against the backdrop of the global Covid-19 pandemic...

9 Nov 2020

The 'science of where', or GIS, fortified Kenya's response to Covid-19. Here's how

The value and potential of geographic information system - or GIS, "the science of where" - has become even more obvious this year as the world responds to the Covid-19 pandemic...

By Peter Macharia 6 Nov 2020

850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature - UN report

Human damage to biodiversity is leading us into a pandemic era. The virus that causes Covid-19, for example, is linked to similar viruses in bats, which may have been passed to humans via pangolins or another species...

By Katie Woolaston and Judith Lorraine Fisher 30 Oct 2020

5 quick wins to re-invent Africa's health systems

Since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed on the continent in February 2020, the response, led by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has been commendable. Governments moved quickly to institute public health measures to curb its spread...

By Rachel Ndirangu & Rosemarie Muganda-Onyando 23 Oct 2020

Why Kenya's pro-poor health financing reforms miss their mark

Kenya has made several reforms in recent years intended to expand health service coverage to a wider population, and with a specific focus on the poor, and to reduce financial hardship due to healthcare costs...

By Edwine Barasa & Evelyn Kabia 23 Oct 2020

Why Africa needs to invest in mental health

More than 13% of the global burden of disease is due to disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and substance abuse. Almost three-quarters of this burden lies in low- and middle-income countries, because of extremely scarce health resources and investment...

By Benedict Weobong & Justice Nonvignon 13 Oct 2020

Getting real about virtual events

2020 sure has been event-ful. Online platforms have proven increasingly valuable, especially in the business-to-business space, enabling more knowledge sharing, wider audience reach and networking opportunities than ever before!..

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 9 Oct 2020

Covid-19: Examining theories for Africa's low death rates

As the threat of a Covid-19 pandemic emerged earlier this year, many felt a sense of apprehension about what would happen when it reached Africa.

By Kevin Mars & Moses Alobo 8 Oct 2020

How changing vaccine schedules can save costs and lives: findings from South Africa

In 2005, before most low- and middle-income countries started vaccinating children routinely for pneumococcal disease, it caused approximately 1.5 million deaths worldwide annually...

By Jeffrey Dorfman 29 Sep 2020

Why can't Africa manufacture the medicines it needs?

The Covid-19 pandemic exposed Africa's inadequate capabilities and capacity to manufacture and supply essential drugs and personal protective equipment (PPEs) needed to curb the disease...

By Janet Byaruhanga 28 Sep 2020

Majority of tobacco giants failing to advance harm reduction

The first Tobacco Transformation Index finds that the majority of the 15 largest tobacco companies are not making substantive progress in phasing out cigarettes...

28 Sep 2020

African health research needs support: here's one programme that's working

African countries bear a disproportionate burden of infectious and noncommunicable diseases. More than two thirds of people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Jude Igumbor 1 Sep 2020

#WorldEntrepreneursDay: Teheca is connecting expectant mothers to nurses in Uganda

This year, Bizcommunity, in partnership with Seedstars, is acknowledging African startups on World Entrepreneurs' Day 2020...

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 Aug 2020

Covid-19 exposes weaknesses in Kenya's healthcare system. And what can be done

There are reports that Kenya's hospital beds are filling up because of a surge in Covid-19 patients. This highlights concerns since the start of the pandemic, that the health systems of many African countries would quickly become overwhelmed...

By Abdu Mohiddin & Marleen Temmerman 29 Jul 2020

Africa's research capacity is growing. That's good news for pandemic response efforts

The Covid-19 pandemic has put global emergency preparedness under sharp scrutiny. It's also placed national health systems' capacity to predict and respond to major emergencies under the microscope...

By Sam Kinyanjui & Sharon Fonn 24 Jul 2020

Tanzania study shows critical need to address infection control in health facilities

It has become increasingly apparent that the spread of Covid19 infection within healthcare settings has played a large role in some of the worst affected countries...

By Jessica JC King 22 Jul 2020

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