HEALTH

Hurd: UK aid helping Sierra Leone move beyond Ebola

A brighter future after Ebola During his first visit to Sierra Leone, International Development Minister Nick Hurd stressed the UK’s commitment to helping Sierra Leone build a brighter future after Ebola and reaffirmed the importance of creating jobs, generating investment and putting young people at the centre of the country’s recovery. Minister Hurd’s visit celebrates […]

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MSF response to new WHO recommendations for shortened MDR-TB treatment regimen

 MSF response to new WHO recommendations just released for shortened MDR-TB treatment regimen MSF Response: You may have seen that WHO has just released a selection of their new recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant TB, including recommending the shortened DR-TB regimen (9-12 months, instead of 24 months). See this BBC story just […]

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Philips and UNFPA – Kenya’s second Community Life Centre

Philips and UNFPA collaborate to transform lives in Mandera County, Kenya – announce plans to implement Kenya’s second Community Life Centre Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) (www.Philips.com), in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) (http://www.UNFPA.org) has today revealed its plans to inaugurate a Community Life Center (CLC) in Mandera, a County in North-Eastern […]

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Hunger levels remain “serious” or “alarming” in 52 developing countries

Hunger levels remain “serious” or “alarming” in 52 developing countries   Hunger level down 27 percent since 2000 in developing world Report says conflicts are strongly associated with severe hunger   October 12, 2015—Despite progress in reducing hunger worldwide, hunger levels in 52 of 117 countries in the 2015 Global Hunger Index remain “serious” (44 […]

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Mozambique Targets Miners Returning from South Africa for HIV, TB Tests

GENEVA, Switzerland, December 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — As thousands of Mozambican migrant workers return from South Africa for the holiday season, IOM and partner agencies at the Ressano Garcia border post are this week encouraging returnees to get tested for HIV and TB at temporary clinics to be set up in their communities of origin in early 2015.

From 5-10th January the US-based Elizabeth Glazier Paediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) will set up testing stations in three districts of Gaza Province, with assistance from IOM and South Africa-based TEBA Development, which has offices in southern Mozambique working with migrant mine workers.

This week the team worked at the Ressano Garcia border post from 08:30am to 06:00pm each day to encourage returning mineworkers to visit the testing stations, distributing materials, providing information and recording the details of each migrant interviewed.

These details will be compared to the actual people who utilize testing services in January. There are an estimated 1.5 million Mozambicans in South Africa; up to 60,000 are either informal or formal mine workers.

A range of factors can make migrant mineworkers particularly vulnerable to HIV and TB, and there is a high HIV prevalence in Gaza province – 25 per cent, compared to a Mozambican national average of 11 per cent.

People not knowing their HIV status remains one of the biggest drivers for the spread of both diseases. UNAIDS estimates that only 40 per cent of people living with HIV in Mozambique have been tested for the virus.

This push to increase HIV and TB testing is part of the IOM’s Pfuneka project, which is funded by the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands to improve HIV prevention in migration-affected communities close to the Ressano Garcia-Komatipoort border post.

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Ebola leaves hundreds of thousands facing hunger in three worst-hit countries

The number of people facing food insecurity due to the Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone could top one million by March 2015

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Burkina Faso : Clitoraid and Raëlian Church win their case

Clitoraid and Raëlian Church win their case: obstetrician-gynaecologist Professor Charlemagne Marie Ouédraogo, who opposed the opening of AVFE/CLITORAID’s Kamkaso Hospital, is convicted of defamation OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina-Faso, July 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In its verdict, which was made public on 30 June 2014, the Ouagadougou Regional Court found Professor Charlemagne Marie Ouédraogo guilty of […]

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FAO and WHO urge strong political commitment to tackle malnutrition

  FAO and WHO urge strong political commitment to tackle malnutrition at upcoming high-level international conference / Countries called to action at Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome in November ROME, Italy, June 12, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — As hundreds of millions of people around the world continue to suffer from hunger […]

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Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update 4 June 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update   Guinea Between 29 May and 1 June 2014, 37 new cases and 21 new deaths were reported from the following 5 districts: Conakry, 3 new cases and 0 deaths; Gueckedou, 11 new cases and 13 deaths; Macenta, 4 […]

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Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update   Guinea   Cases and deaths attributable to Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak continue to be reported from new (Telimele and Boffa) and some affected districts (Conakry and Macenta) that did not report cases for more than 42 days. […]

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IOM Screens over 347,000 for TB in Western Ghana

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A landmark health screening project will close today (30/5) in Western Ghana. IOM’s TB REACH project, implemented by the Ghana Health Service and the IOM Migration Health Unit, was launched a year ago to intensify tuberculosis (TB) detection among refugees and host communities, miners and mining […]

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News on the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa and Cholera in South Sudan

WHO Disease Outbreak News on the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa and Cholera in South Sudan GENEVA, Switzerland, May 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Ebola virus disease, West Africa (Situation as of 27 May 2014)     Guinea   From 23 May 2014 to 27 May 2014, four (4) new districts reported 14 […]

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