Malawi Opinions 

Opinion: Keeping Malawi’s Tripartite Elections Calendar Inviolable

By Maxwell Chisala Although Malawi’s constitutional-experiment survived its biggest test arising from the now-confirmed bungled 2019 Presidential election, Malawi’s ballot-box democracy experiment will continue smarting from Parliament’s self-serving legislative decision to extend its current tenure beyond the constitutionally prescribed five-year term, long after books on ‘widespread, systematic and grave’ irregularities and anomalies that seriously compromised the integrity of the results of Malawi’s sixth ballot box democracy-experiment are closed and a new chapter on managing elections has opened up.  Parliament’s self-serving legislative action was a selfish and ill-considered response to a…

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Development Health Advice 

Step up HIV fight, to end AIDS ‘epidemic of inequalities’ by 2030 

“They are at greatest risk of being left behind as AIDS remains not just a health issue, but a broader development challenge”, said Volkan Bozkir, kicking off a three-day High-Level Meeting on the continuing epidemic.  The road well-travelled  While acknowledging that AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by 61 per cent since the peak in 2004, Mr. Bozkir warned that under-investment has caused many countries to “fall short of the global targets set out five years ago”, to fast-track the international response.   Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict and humanitarian emergencies have…

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Health Advice Lifestyle 

COVAX Joint Statement: Call to action to equip COVAX to deliver 2 billion doses in 2021

Countries that are advanced in their vaccination programmes are seeing cases of COVID-19 decline, hospitalisations decrease and early signs of some kind of normality resume. However, the global picture is far more concerning. At no point in this pandemic have we seen such an acute need to look to the future challenges and not rest on the patchy achievements made so far. We are seeing the traumatic effects of the terrible surge of COVID-19 in South Asia – a surge which has also severely impacted global vaccine supplies. We are…

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Health Advice Lifestyle 

Update from the Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly – 27 May 2021

New resolutions on diabetes, health for people with disabilities; malaria; oral health Decisions on eye care; HIV, Hepatitis and STIs; neglected tropical diseases, noncommunicable diseases WHO programme budget approved 2022-2023 RESOLUTIONS Diabetes A new  resolution urges Member States to raise the priority given to the prevention, diagnosis and control of diabetes as well as prevention and management of risk factors such as obesity. It recommends action in a number of areas including: the development of pathways for achieving targets for the prevention and control of diabetes, including access to insulin;…

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Development Health Advice 

UNICEF and celebrities appeal to G7 countries: Donate COVID vaccinations ‘now’  

“We’re asking you to make these urgent donations by August and to set out a roadmap to scale up donations as supplies increase”, wrote the celebrities, influencers and activists.  Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Billie Eilish were among those highlighting that the Summit provides a vital opportunity for the G7 intergovernmental group of leading countries to agree actions that will get COVID-19 vaccines “where they are most needed, fast”.   Threatening variants  Despite spending a year and a half battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus continues to spread in many countries, producing…

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Health Advice Lifestyle 

Update from the Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly – 28 May 2021

New resolutions on the health and care workforce and strategic directions for nursing and midwifery Decisions on patient safety; health, environment and climate change; chemicals management; coordination of work on noncommunicable diseases Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Wellbeing for All Prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment Protect, safeguard and invest in the health and care workforce The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the critical role of all health and care workers at the forefront of the pandemic, who have faced multiple risks related to their health, well-being and…

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Health Advice Lifestyle 

Update from the Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly – 29 May 2021

New resolutions on: Local production of medicines Ending violence against children Addressing social determinants of health   Strengthening local production of medicines and other health technologies to improve access Member State requests for WHO’s support in strengthening local production have been increasing in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic has only served to highlight even more the urgent need for enhancing quality manufacturing capacity in all regions of the world, including for innovative, highly effective health products such as mRNA technologies. Such capacity is necessary to address or even avert future…

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Health Advice Lifestyle 

The Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly closes

More than 30 resolutions and decisions were adopted at this year’s World Health Assembly in different areas of public health: decisions on diabetes, disabilities, ending violence against children, eye care, HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, local production of medicines, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, noncommunicable diseases, nursing and midwifery, oral health, social determinants of health and strategic directions for the health and care workforce. In his closing remarks, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reminded delegates that the theme of this Assembly was “Ending this pandemic, preventing the next: building…

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Health Advice Lifestyle 

New US$50 billion health, trade and finance roadmap to end the pandemic and secure a global recovery

Heads of International Monetary Fund (IMT), World Bank Group (WB), World Health Organization (WHO) and World Trade Organization (WTO) issue extraordinary call for financing actions by government leaders to accelerate end to COVID-19 pandemic. IMF, WB, WHO and WTO principals call for US$50 billion investment to generate US$9 trillion in global economic returns by 2025 and boost manufacturing capacity, supply, trade flows and the equitable distribution of diagnostics, oxygen, treatments, medical supplies and vaccines. Call to action by this quadrilateral grouping comes at a perilous point in the pandemic and…

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Development Health Advice 

WHO warns of ‘two-track pandemic’ as cases decline but vaccine inequity persists

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said unequal distribution of vaccines has allowed the virus to continue spreading, thus increasing odds of a variant emerging that could render these treatments ineffective.  Increasingly, we see a two-track #COVID19 pandemic: many countries still face an extremely dangerous situation, while some of those with the highest vaccination rates are starting to talk about ending restrictions. Inequitable vaccination is a threat to all nations. #VaccinEquity pic.twitter.com/CGECPQVbhc — Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) June 7, 2021 “Inequitable vaccination is a threat…

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