Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues…

Trending on kff Subsidies Marketplaces Enrollment

Africa

  • your selections
Clear Search

Filter Results

date

Tags

  • results
President Clinton, Daughter Traveling Through Africa To Promote Health

President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton “are currently traveling through Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, and South Africa to advance various Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) goals,” the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog reports. “After helping to promote malaria awareness and HIV testing, the high-profile duo visited Cyugaro…

Clinical Trials Test Combination Treatments For Visceral Leishmaniasis

Researchers at a hospital in Kenya are testing an experimental combination therapy to treat visceral leishmaniasis, also known as kala azar or black fever, Think Africa Press reports. “[D]espite the spread of the disease and fatalities related to it, a long-standing lack of interest from pharmaceutical companies has meant that…

Zambia Faces ‘Critical Shortage’ Of ARVs

“A critical shortage of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) has hit most health facilities around” Zambia, the Lusaka Times reports. “Ministry of Health spokesperson Reuben Kamoto Mbewe confirmed that some clinics had run low on Truvada and neviripine while some had completely run out of the drugs,” the newspaper writes, noting, “As…

Researchers Testing Nitric Oxide As Treatment For Cerebral Malaria In Uganda

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines how physicians in Uganda are using nitric oxide gas as an experimental treatment for cerebral malaria, “a severe form of the disease in which malaria parasites clog the blood vessels of the brain.” In Mbarara, Uganda, researchers from Epicentre, the research arm of Médecins Sans Frontières,…

New Regulatory Agency In Africa Aims To Facilitate Approval Of CD4 Diagnostic Tests

Noting the WHO has called for 15 million people living with HIV to be receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) by 2015 and new WHO HIV treatment guidelines say ART should be prescribed when patients’ CD4 cell counts reach 500 cells/mm3, a higher threshold than previously recommended, The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals…

World Bank Report Says Africa Needs To Address Road Traffic Injuries, NCDs

A new report from the World Bank shows that an increasing number of road traffic injuries (RTIs) and rising rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) “both represent largely hidden epidemics in Africa,” according to the paper’s authors, The Guardian reports (Balch, 8/5). The report’s summary states “[t]he data show that action…

USAID Blog Profiles Birth Attendant Working In South Sudan Since 1997

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Victor Lugala, development outreach and communications specialist in South Sudan, reports from the field about 38-year-old Mary Konyo, a mother of nine and a traditional birth attendant since 1997, noting Konyo “has helped 23 women deliver children safely women in the last 16 years.”…

IPS Profiles Malawi President Joyce Banda

Inter Press Service profiles Malawi’s President Joyce Banda, the first female southern African head of state, briefly recounting her work since “taking over from her predecessor Bingu wa Mutharika who died in office on Apr. 5, 2012.” The news service provides excerpts from an interview with Banda about women’s empowerment.…

Japan, Britain Donate Funds To Help U.N. Provide Polio Vaccinations In Somalia, Kenya

“An emergency contribution from Japan will enable the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners to tackle a polio outbreak in Somalia that has already paralyzed nearly 100 children and threatens hundreds of thousands more who are not vaccinated,” the U.N. News Centre reports (8/5). “With a growing number…

Ethiopian Health Journalism Competition Results In Effective Vaccination Messages

Noting “Ethiopian journalists produced dozens of stories about the effectiveness of vaccines in response to an international story contest organized by the International Center for Journalists in collaboration with the African Health Journalists Association and the Arab Media Forum,” Elsabet Samuel Tadesse, a broadcast journalist and media trainer based in…