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#BizTrends2021: African demands for post-Covid healthcare align impact with investor opportunity in 2021

The Covid-19 emergency has focused minds on the urgent need for improved healthcare across Africa, aligning unprecedented opportunity for positive social impact with competitive returns...

By Jason Mitchell 11 Jan 2021

Fighting HIV and Aids in times of Covid-19
Fighting HIV and Aids in times of Covid-19

World Aids Day is marked on 1st December every year to raise awareness about the disease. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) is the UN entity tasked with fighting HIV infections, discrimination and Aids-related deaths...

31 Dec 2020

New research examines impact of climate change on health effects related to pesticide exposure
New research examines impact of climate change on health effects related to pesticide exposure

According to research by Dr Cliff Zinyemba, climate change may lead to an increase in health effects associated with exposure to endocrine disrupting pesticides...

28 Dec 2020

Researchers analyse initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa
Researchers analyse initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa

Professor Ralph Hamann from UCT's Graduate School of Business is among a group of researchers analysing the initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa...

24 Dec 2020

Severe Covid may be caused by 'autoantibodies' - here is what that means
Severe Covid may be caused by 'autoantibodies' - here is what that means

Whether or not a person with COVID-19 develops severe disease depends a lot on how their immune system reacts to the coronavirus...

By Rebecca Aicheler 17 Dec 2020

#BestofBiz 2020: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2020: Healthcare

What a year 2020 has been! So, we've curated the year's most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views on Bizcommunity's Healthcare platform into our #BestofBiz2020 list

14 Dec 2020

High levels of bureaucratic corruption prevail in Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. Shutterstock/Pro-Stock studio
Social norms and poor services drive petty corruption in East Africa's health sector

In East Africa, there are concerns over widespread petty corruption in some of the countries' health and medical services...

By Saba Kassa, Claudia Baez Camargo & Jacopo Costa 7 Dec 2020

Antimicrobial resistance is a real threat.
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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

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

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

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 Bizcommunity.com 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

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

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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

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

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 laboratory technician prepares a sample at the government-run Ifakara Health Institute north of Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam. PHOTO Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images
Tanzania study shows critical need to address infection control in health facilities

It has become increasingly apparent that the spread of Covid19 infection within healthcare settings has played a large role in some of the worst affected countries...

By Jessica JC King 22 Jul 2020



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