- Kenya: Alarm as 60 Babies Die at Kiambu Level Five Hospital
[Nation] On January 28 at around 9am, Ms Naomi Gathoni from Ikinu village in Githunguri was rushed to the Kiambu Level Five Hospital by her mother in-law, Rose Wangari, after she developed labour pains.
- Zimbabwe: African Swine Fever Outbreak Hits Zimbabwe
[The Herald] The country has been hit by African Swine Fever (ASF) which has already caused the death of 156 pigs in Nyakomba and Nyamaropa areas in Manicaland.
- Africa: Africa Pioneers New Ways of Thinking On Medicine, Art & Humanities
[The Conversation Africa] Imagine bringing the best of all academic disciplines, artistic creations, activist experience and health care knowledge to bear on understanding and addressing current health care concerns. Rather than silos of people working in their specific areas of interest, imagine collaborations committed to listening and learning from all participants.
- Namibia: Govt to Decriminalise Baby Dumping
[Namibian] The government, through the ministry of gender equality, has decriminalised baby dumping to allow mothers to leave their unwanted newborn babies at safe places without the risk of prosecution.
- Kenya: Kenya Acquires New Diagnostic Tools to Boost War on HIV
[Capital FM] Nairobi -Kenya has acquired the new diagnostic tools to boost the fight against HIV in East and Southern Africa.
- Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola - I Was So Afraid to Die and Be Put in a Body Bag, Just Like My Parents Were
[UNFPA] Beni -When Jémima Masika, 26, lost her parents to the deadly Ebola virus in August last year, she thought the disease was a myth. Then her worst nightmare came true: she contracted the disease while taking care of her sick aunt in hospital.
- Kenya: Maasai Mark Milestone in Move to End Female Genital Cutting
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] I'm on my way home through a dismal February-London, and it already feels as if the exuberance, gravity and joy of the gathering I have just been privileged to witness in the Loita Hills of Kenya is far behind me.
- Tanzania: Dodoma Residents Assured of Safe Meat
[Daily News] THE Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries has said it is well-prepared to ensure the meat consumed by Dodoma residents has the highest quality as required by law.
- South Africa: Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections - Why South Africa Isn't Winning
[The Conversation Africa] Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a serious public health issue. It's estimated that globally, more than a million people are diagnosed with one or more sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhoea, chlamydia or syphilis every day. What's more concerning is that the prevalence of infection with chlamydia for example, have remained unchanged over the past 10 years despite better screening in developed countries.
- Zimbabwe: Distributors Urge Scrapping of Vat and Duty On Condoms
[New Zimbabwe] Condom distributors have called on government to scrap VAT and duty on contraception to make them more affordable to ordinary Zimbabweans.
- Ethiopia: U.S Launches U.S.$40 Million to Support Universal Health Coverage Goal
[ENA] Addis Ababa -The United States have launched a new five-year 40 million USD Health Financing Improvement Program to support Ethiopia's capacity to provide quality affordable healthcare for citizens across the country, according to USA Embassy in Ethiopia.
- Nigeria: Focus Is 'Economic Development', Not 'Economic Growth' - Presidential Candidate Moghalu
[allAfrica] In response to a question about achieving such health goals as reducing high death rates from pregnancy and childbirth and from malaria, Nigerian Presidential candidate Kingsley Moghalu said this:
- Congo-Kinshasa: Hundred Children Die Measles Outbreak
[East African] More than a hundred children in Democratic Republic of Congo have died of measles since the start of the year, an outbreak that has added to deadly epidemics of cholera and Ebola, the UN said on Wednesday.
- South Sudan: $18.3 Million Needed for Health, Protection of Women Affected By Crisis in South Sudan
[UNFPA] South Sudan -UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has launched its global Humanitarian Action Overview 2019 to appeal for $536 million to reach 35 million women, girls and young people in 64 countries, including South Sudan.
- Nigeria: Abia Doctors Go On Warning Strike Over Salary Arrears
[Guardian] Umuahia -Abia State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has embarked on a three-day warning strike with effect from Thursday, February 14.NMA, in a statement yesterday, noted that the warning strike became inevitable as the state government refused to pay the 11 months salaries owed doctors at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) and eight months arrears at State Hospitals Management Board (SHMB).
- Malawi: Chakwera Declares War on Criminal Syndicate Attacking People With Albinism
[Malawi Congress Party] Fellow Malawians,
- Ethiopia: U.S. Announces U.S.$40 Million to Support Goal of Universal Health Coverage
[Addis Standard] Over the next five years, the new program will focus on mobilizing increased domestic resources and streamlining medical insurance schemes
- Swaziland: Swaziland Health Crisis Getting Worse As Budgets Cut. Rural Areas Worse Affected
[Swazi Media] The Government of Swaziland / eSwatini has cut budgets for public health services across the kingdom and rural areas in particular are suffering, according to the latest report from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
- Liberia: World Bank Promises to Strengthen Liberia's Health Sector
[Observer] Madam Leshchenko, World Bank-Liberia Country Manager.
- Gambia: 'China, Gambia Committed to Equip Medical Students' Dr. Jianmin
[Foroyaa] Chinese Doctor Li Jianmin, has disclosed to this medium that China and the Gambia intend to equip Gambia Medical Students studying radiology; that giant steps have been taken by the two nations to meet this targeted goal. Dr Jianmin disclosed this in an interview on Sunday January 26th 2019.
- Nigeria: Lagos Seeks Private Partnership in Health Insurance Scheme
[Guardian] Lagos State Government has sought partnership with private sector operators in implementing the recently unveiled mandatory health insurance scheme in the state.
- Gambia: NA Health Committee Engage Officials of the Sector
[Foroyaa] The National Assembly Select Committee on Health, has engaged officials of the health sector to update them on their level of implementation of the Committees' Health Report for the year 2018.
- Kenya: Resume Work or Face Contempt Charges, Sicily Kariuki Tells Nurses
[Nation] Striking nurses face contempt of court charges if they do not resume work by Friday 8am, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has said.
- Uganda: Government Opens Cancer Centre in Arua
[Monitor] Arua -Ms Neria Driwaru, 70, a resident of Awupi Village in Ayivuni Sub-county in Arua District, has since 2015 been living with cancer of the liver.
- South Africa: Breaking Bad - Cancer Patients Turn Drug Smugglers As Treatment Prices Soar
[Bhekisisa] When a few months of treatment costs as much as a house, some patients are taking their lives and the law into their own hands to survive.
- Kenya: Boinnet Warns Striking Nurses Who Frustrate Return-to-Work Order
[Capital FM] Nairobi -National Police Service Inspector General Joseph Boinnet has assured nurses willing to resume work of their safety, vowing to crack the whip on protesting nurses with intent to obstruct colleagues reporting back to work on Friday.
- Tanzania: Maternal, Child Mortality Going Down, Govt Says
[Daily News] WHILE some members of the House of Representatives say that little success has been achieved in decreasing maternal and infant mortality, the Ministry of Health says the opposite.
- Gambia: Gambian Girl Working On Device That Can Detect Diseases Including Malaria
[The Point] A Gambian civil engineering student in Canada is working on a 3-D printed device that can transform a smartphone into a microscope for disease detection, What's On Gambia reported on Wednesday.
- Uganda: Heart Treatment and its Massive Potential
[Observer] There are approximately 1.5 million babies born in Uganda every year. That isn't news since Uganda has one of the fastest-growing populations in the world.
- Algeria: France Urged to Take Responsibility for Waste From 1960s Sahara Desert Nuclear Tests
[Algerie Presse Service] Algiers -Participants in a conference organized Wednesday in Algiers called upon the French authorities to assume their responsibility in the "gathering of waste resulted from the nuclear tests they conducted in the Algerian Sahara desert during the 1960s".