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Zuri Health launched to help provide affordable, accessible healthcare solutions
Zuri Health launched to help provide affordable, accessible healthcare solutions

Launched in February 2020, Play Zuri Health Limited is a mobile health service that delivers first level medical services to its users through their mobile devices via apps, WAP, and SMS...

Papama NyatiBy Papama Nyati 1 day ago

The rise of commercial milk formulas and why it matters for the world's women and children
The rise of commercial milk formulas and why it matters for the world's women and children

Our recent study shows that global commercial milk formula sales are booming. Between 2005 and 2019, world milk formula sales more than doubled from 3.5kg to 7.4kg per child...

By David McCoy, Julie P. Smith and Phillip Baker 5 Jan 2021

Here's where efforts to end HIV in eastern and southern Africa must focus
Here's where efforts to end HIV in eastern and southern Africa must focus

The World Aids Day commemoration of 2020 took place in the midst of a global pandemic. It served as another reminder that people are not only susceptible to pathogens...

By Kaymarlin Govender, Janet Seeley, Mitzy Gafos, Roselyn Kanyemba 24 Dec 2020

Researchers analyse initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa
Researchers analyse initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa

Professor Ralph Hamann from UCT's Graduate School of Business is among a group of researchers analysing the initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa...

24 Dec 2020

Severe Covid may be caused by 'autoantibodies' - here is what that means
Severe Covid may be caused by 'autoantibodies' - here is what that means

Whether or not a person with COVID-19 develops severe disease depends a lot on how their immune system reacts to the coronavirus...

By Rebecca Aicheler 17 Dec 2020

#BestofBiz 2020: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2020: Healthcare

What a year 2020 has been! So, we've curated the year's most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views on Bizcommunity's Healthcare platform into our #BestofBiz2020 list

14 Dec 2020

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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 2 Dec 2020

Antimicrobial resistance is a real threat.
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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

A response led by scientists and researchers must be central to any current and future threats. Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
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

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

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, regional head, Africa, World Health Organisation
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

Spatial applications show where the Covid-19 vulnerable populations and active cases are, where to find care, and where there are resource gaps. Bushko Oleksandr/Shutterstock
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
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

During the Covid-19 pandemic, WHO is supporting the Ghana Health Service in their efforts to continue providing essential medical services to the population at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ghana. Photo: WHO / Blink Media - Nana Kofi Acquah
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

People wait for care at a Kenyan clinic. Photo by Wendy Stone/Corbis via Getty Images
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

Mathari Hospital is the only psychiatric hospital in Kenya. Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images
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

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

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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

Majority of tobacco giants failing to advance harm reduction
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

Dr Janet Byaruhanga
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

Investment health-related research is not adequate. GettyImages
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
#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...

Evan-Lee CourieBy Evan-Lee Courie 21 Aug 2020

A nurse participates in the drill to test their system capabilities for the Covid-19 coronavirus mass patients influx at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.
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

Researchers are central to any country’s science preparedness, especially in the face of pandemics.
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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

Nurses attend the 2015 International Nurses’ Day celebrations in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Beyond Florence Nightingale: how African nurses have decolonised the profession

This year - 2020 - marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. It's therefore understandable that it's being marked as the year of the nurse and midwife...

By Timothy A Carey, Agnes Binagwaho & Judy Khanyola 10 Jul 2020

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Breakthrough: microbe found to block the transmission of malaria

Malaria has been a terrible human disease from before the neolithic period up to present day. It has likely caused more human deaths than any other infectious agent...

By Jeremy Herren 9 Jun 2020

People observing social distancing as they queue for mass testing for the Covid-19 coronavirus in a Nairobi suburb. (Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images)
What Kenya must look out for before easing Covid-19 restrictions

Kenya's initial response to was highly praised as effective in suppressing the spread of infections. There is cautious optimism as the country prepares for reopening of schools and economy due to a daily spike in cases and fatalities...

By Mark Nanyingi 2 Jun 2020

Healthcare workers testing people in Nairobi, Kenya during a mass testing exercise for Covid-19. Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images
Sub-Saharan Africa needs to plug local knowledge gap to up its anti-Covid-19 game

Africa remains one of the regions least affected by Covid-19, although evidence suggests it is an evolving and growing pandemic. It is now present in all African countries and territories...

By Alex Ezeh & Sharon Fonn 28 May 2020

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IATA: Governments to reconsider air travel quarantine measures

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) latest analysis shows that the damage to air travel from Covid-19 extends into the medium-term, with long-haul and international travel being the most severely impacted...

14 May 2020

A man being tested as he takes part in an ophthalmological study and examination. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images
How African genetic studies offer hope for preventing a common cause of blindness

Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness in the world. It's estimated that by 2040 there will be about 112-million people in the world with glaucoma - mostly in Africa and Asia. The best that medical science can do at present is identify it early and slow or halt its progression...

By Susan Williams 22 Apr 2020



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