Africa Featured World 

Threat of flu-like illness that could kill 80m people in 36 hours

A flu-like illness could travel around the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, experts have warned. A century ago the Spanish flu pandemic infected a third of the world’s population and killed 50million people. If a similar outbreak were to happen with today’s constantly-traveling population, the effects could be even worse, a report has suggested. The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), a team of health experts led by a former chief of the World Health Organization, has produced the report to try and spur world leaders into action.…

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Africa World 

Every 40 seconds one person dies from Suicide globally

The World Health Organization has said that every 40 seconds one person dies from suicide globally. The WHO’s latest report was released on Monday as part of activities to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. The global body however said the number of countries with “national suicide prevention strategies has increased in the five years since the publication of WHO’s first global report on suicide.” It said “the total number of countries with strategies, at just 38, is still far too few and governments need to commit…

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Africa Central Africa World 

DR Congo: Death toll from Ebola outbreak hits over 2,000

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say the country’s year-long Ebola outbreak has led to the death of at least 2,000. According to government data published on Friday, the number of confirmed and probable cases has also hit a milestone of more than 3,000. The government data showed Ebola deaths reaching 2,006 and cases at 3,004. The current Ebola outbreak is the second-worst in history. In the DR Congo the current outbreak is the 10th Ebola to be recorded. The worst epidemic was recorded between 2013-2016 in West Africa.…

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WHO revises guidance for contraceptive use for women

The World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its guidance on contraceptive use to reflect new evidence that women at high risk of HIV can use any form of reversible contraception. That includes progestogen-only injectables, implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs), without an increased risk of HIV infection. However, as these contraceptive methods do not protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the guideline emphasizes that correct and consistent use of condoms should be used where there is a risk of STIs, including HIV. WHO also recommends considering offering pre-exposure…

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Africa East Africa World 

Ebola vaccine trial begins in Uganda as virus spreads

A trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine has started in Uganda as efforts continue to prevent spread of the virus. Health officials in Uganda said the trial started on Monday to deal with a disease that has killed more than 1,800 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. The MVA-BN vaccine was developed by Johnson&Johnson and will last for two years, Uganda’s Medical Research Council (MRC) said. The MRC statement revealed that the vaccine will be administered to up to 800 health professionals and frontline workers. These workers will include…

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Africa East Africa World 

One dead as Crimean Congo Fever hits Uganda

Ugandan officials have confirmed the death of one person following an outbreak of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in the country’s Lyantonde District. 49 others currently are isolated according to health officials as efforts continue to contain the spread of the disease. The Lyantonde District Health Officer, Dr Moses Nkanika, revealed that the person who died was a 42 year old businessman dealing in cattle. Vincent Bayinda succumbed to the deadly disease on Wednesday, Daily Monitor reported. 49 residents who got in close contact with the deceased are those currently isolated to…

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