Africa World 

WHO says COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by end of 2020

– – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that a vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by end of this year. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who gave the signal did not elaborate further though. He said “We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There… Read More
Africa World 

WHO estimates 1 in 10 people globally infected with COVID-19

– – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that its “best estimates” suggest 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus. The figure represents more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases, which currently stands at more than 35 million. “Our current best estimates tell us about 10% of the global population may… Read More
Africa Featured World 

Covid-19: Africa’s young population, hot climate slowed infections

– – The World Health Organization has said that it has identified some factors that potentially played a role in slowing down the Coronavirus infection rate in Africa. There have been over 1.4 million confirmed COVID19 cases on the African continent – with more than 1.1 million recoveries & 34,000 deaths cumulatively. In a publication by the WHO’s Africa region,… Read More
Africa World 

European drugs regulators approve world’s first Ebola vaccine

The world’s first Ebola vaccine was approved by European drugs regulators on Friday in a move hailed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “triumph for public health” that would save many lives. The vaccine, developed by U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co, is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to protect people against the spread of a… Read More
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How women in Ghana, Nigeria are slapped during childbirth

A new study by the World Health Organization has revealed that many women suffer mistreatment during childbirth especially in lower-income countries. A new evidence from the study, published in the Lancet, showed that over one-third of women in four lower-income countries experienced mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities. Three of the countries where the study was conducted were in Africa,… Read More
Africa Central Africa World 

W.H.O accused of ‘rationing Ebola vaccines’ in DR Congo

A medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières is accusing the World Health Organization (WHO) of rationing the Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The group said the global health body is not being transparent in its dealings when it comes to making vaccines accessible to people. Dr. Natalie Roberts, MSF emergency coordinator said in a statement that “Every day… Read More
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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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
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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… Read More