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    Top hospital in Rwanda accredited for 4 years
    Top hospital in Rwanda accredited for 4 years

    King Faisal Hospital Kigali has become the first hospital in Rwanda to receive a four-year accreditation award from The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (Cohsasa). The occasion was celebrated at a ceremony on 29 October 2020 held at the Marriott Hotel in Kigali...

    Issued by COHSASA 26 Nov 2020

    Antimicrobial resistance is a real threat.
    East African countries should prioritise their essential medicines for drug registration

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) introduced an essential medicine list in 1977. The aim was to help countries prioritise which medicines to make available for public use...

    By Allyson M Pollock, Moses Ocan & Petra Sevcikova 19 Nov 2020

    A response led by scientists and researchers must be central to any current and future threats. Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
    Strong leadership fought Covid-19 in Africa: the next step is to harness research

    African countries are still reeling from the effect of measures, such as lockdowns, taken to contain the spread of Covid-19...

    By Monique Wasunna 12 Nov 2020

    How The Plane Project is improving basic healthcare for thousands of Africans
    How The Plane Project is improving basic healthcare for thousands of Africans

    Using aviation as a tool to empower, enrich and enhance the lives of the underprivileged, non-profit organisation, The Plane Project is ensuring continued access to essential healthcare services and basic needs items, against the backdrop of the global Covid-19 pandemic...

    9 Nov 2020

    Dr Matshidiso Moeti, regional head, Africa, World Health Organisation
    Africa's fragile health system hit hard by Covid-19

    A sharp decline in five key essential services in 14 African countries between January and September 2020 is indicative of how the Covid-19 pandemic could deepen the continent's health services crisis...

    9 Nov 2020

    Spatial applications show where the Covid-19 vulnerable populations and active cases are, where to find care, and where there are resource gaps. Bushko Oleksandr/Shutterstock
    The 'science of where', or GIS, fortified Kenya's response to Covid-19. Here's how

    The value and potential of geographic information system - or GIS, "the science of where" - has become even more obvious this year as the world responds to the Covid-19 pandemic...

    By Peter Macharia 6 Nov 2020

    Mosquitoes and parasites do not respect country borders. CDC/James Gathan
    As the malaria season begins in southern Africa, Covid-19 complicates the picture

    Two of the nine global public health awareness days are associated with malaria: World Malaria Day, observed on 25 April, and World Mosquito Day on 20 August...

    By Jaishree Raman & Shüné Oliver 6 Nov 2020

    850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature - UN report
    850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature - UN report

    Human damage to biodiversity is leading us into a pandemic era. The virus that causes Covid-19, for example, is linked to similar viruses in bats, which may have been passed to humans via pangolins or another species...

    By Katie Woolaston and Judith Lorraine Fisher 30 Oct 2020

    Professor Christian Happi, director of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, displays one of the most advanced automated acid extractors being used in the laboratory. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
    Nigeria needs innovation and science investment to help control Covid-19

    Nigeria, like other African countries, wasn't spared from the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. To overcome this challenge, countries have been advised to keep testing, treating and isolating to reduce infections...

    By Christian Happi & Ifeyinwa Aniebo 28 Oct 2020

    Bizcommunity and NSP Consultants congratulate BizListing winners!
    Bizcommunity and NSP Consultants congratulate BizListing winners!

    Congratulations to the SME companies who have won full-page BizListing entries in Bizcommunity's business directory...

    Issued by 26 Oct 2020

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, WHO is supporting the Ghana Health Service in their efforts to continue providing essential medical services to the population at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ghana. Photo: WHO / Blink Media - Nana Kofi Acquah
    5 quick wins to re-invent Africa's health systems

    Since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed on the continent in February 2020, the response, led by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has been commendable. Governments moved quickly to institute public health measures to curb its spread...

    By Rachel Ndirangu & Rosemarie Muganda-Onyando 23 Oct 2020

    People wait for care at a Kenyan clinic. Photo by Wendy Stone/Corbis via Getty Images
    Why Kenya's pro-poor health financing reforms miss their mark

    Kenya has made several reforms in recent years intended to expand health service coverage to a wider population, and with a specific focus on the poor, and to reduce financial hardship due to healthcare costs...

    By Edwine Barasa & Evelyn Kabia 23 Oct 2020

    Health providers need to practise in error-proof environments as much as possible. GettyImages
    Training can improve patient and health worker safety in sub-Saharan Africa

    Medical technology has made great advances. Yet, patients are often harmed while receiving medical care. Globally four out of 10 patients are harmed in primary and outpatient care...

    By Paul Kadetz, Abebe Bekele & Agnes Binagwaho 15 Oct 2020

    Mathari Hospital is the only psychiatric hospital in Kenya. Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images
    Why Africa needs to invest in mental health

    More than 13% of the global burden of disease is due to disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and substance abuse. Almost three-quarters of this burden lies in low- and middle-income countries, because of extremely scarce health resources and investment...

    By Benedict Weobong & Justice Nonvignon 13 Oct 2020

    Getting real about virtual events
    Getting real about virtual events

    2020 sure has been event-ful. Online platforms have proven increasingly valuable, especially in the business-to-business space, enabling more knowledge sharing, wider audience reach and networking opportunities than ever before!..

    Issued by 9 Oct 2020

    Covid-19: Examining theories for Africa's low death rates
    Covid-19: Examining theories for Africa's low death rates

    As the threat of a Covid-19 pandemic emerged earlier this year, many felt a sense of apprehension about what would happen when it reached Africa.

    By Kevin Mars & Moses Alobo 8 Oct 2020

    Child mortality rates in the country are high. John Fredricks/NurPhoto via Getty Images
    How smartphones could help improve child health in Malawi

    Many low- and middle-income countries, such as Malawi, continue to experience high child mortality rates. Most of these deaths are caused by preventable and treatable diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia...

    By Griphin Baxter Chirambo et al 6 Oct 2020

    Many factors influence how consistently women take their HIV medicine. GettyImages
    Zambian study points to why some mothers don't carry on taking HIV drugs

    There are more than living with HIV in Zambia. The primary source of infection is from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding...

    By Jerry John Nutor 30 Sep 2020

    Shanon Jensen/AFP via Getty Images
    How changing vaccine schedules can save costs and lives: findings from South Africa

    In 2005, before most low- and middle-income countries started vaccinating children routinely for pneumococcal disease, it caused approximately 1.5 million deaths worldwide annually...

    By Jeffrey Dorfman 29 Sep 2020

    Majority of tobacco giants failing to advance harm reduction
    Majority of tobacco giants failing to advance harm reduction

    The first Tobacco Transformation Index finds that the majority of the 15 largest tobacco companies are not making substantive progress in phasing out cigarettes...

    28 Sep 2020

    Dr Janet Byaruhanga
    Why can't Africa manufacture the medicines it needs?

    The Covid-19 pandemic exposed Africa's inadequate capabilities and capacity to manufacture and supply essential drugs and personal protective equipment (PPEs) needed to curb the disease...

    By Janet Byaruhanga 28 Sep 2020

    Drone tech helps boost healthcare supply chains
    Drone tech helps boost healthcare supply chains

    Health workers serving remote communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must often undertake a six-day return journey to collect vaccines...

    22 Sep 2020

    Drone technology helps boost healthcare supply chains in Africa
    Drone technology helps boost healthcare supply chains in Africa

    Drone technology is offering a lifesaving solution to the challenges, including helping to ensure that cold chains are maintained, and vaccine quality is not compromised...

    21 Sep 2020

    Cardiovascular risk factors are high in Sierra Leone. Steven Rubin
    Why Sierra Leone needs to focus on cardiovascular health

    Cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, are major causes of death and disability globally.

    By Maria Odland & Justine Ina Davies 10 Sep 2020

    Young entrepreneur fills medical supply gap in rural Africa
    Young entrepreneur fills medical supply gap in rural Africa

    After identifying a need for medical consumables and disposables to difficult-to-deliver regions and rural communities across Africa, Tony McPherson launched McPherson Trading, a tender based procurement consultancy to help fill this gap...

    9 Sep 2020

    Nigerian scientists are working to better understand coronavirus. African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease
    Nigerian scientists have identified seven lineages of SARS-CoV-2: why it matters

    By the first week of August 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic had caused about 654,000 deaths worldwide...

    By Christian Happi 7 Sep 2020

    Investment health-related research is not adequate. GettyImages
    African health research needs support: here's one programme that's working

    African countries bear a disproportionate burden of infectious and noncommunicable diseases. More than two thirds of people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa...

    By Jude Igumbor 1 Sep 2020

    Sub-Saharan Africans increase healthy habits to beat the virus
    Sub-Saharan Africans increase healthy habits to beat the virus

    Covid-19 has prompted many of us to examine our health, with 63% of people around the world reporting that coronavirus has encouraged them to seriously consider their levels of health and fitness...

    Issued by Borderless Access 31 Aug 2020

    A woman gets her blood pressure checked at a camp for internally displaced people in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria. Stefan Heunis/AFP via Getty Images
    How Nigeria can break the culture of silence around women's reproductive illnesses

    Talking about the reproductive system has always been difficult among women in low- and middle-income countries of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa...

    By Oludoyinmola Omobolade Ojifinni 31 Aug 2020

    #WorldEntrepreneursDay: Teheca is connecting expectant mothers to nurses in Uganda
    #WorldEntrepreneursDay: Teheca is connecting expectant mothers to nurses in Uganda

    This year, Bizcommunity, in partnership with Seedstars, is acknowledging African startups on World Entrepreneurs' Day 2020...

    By Evan-Lee Courie 21 Aug 2020

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