Ugandan hospital marks one year of no maternal deaths

In Uganda, one general hospital outside Kampala recorded zero maternal deaths for 2019. Mothers dying during childbirth is a huge issue in Uganda, with statistics indicating that 16 women die every day as they attempt to become mothers. Reason include not being attended to for hours while in labour, insufficient volumes of blood for transfusions, and a lack of ‘mama kits’ – essentials for the delivery to be conducted. However, General Hospital was able to achieve this milestone of…

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Sierra Leone sends a woman to master drones in Malawi

Rakie Sesay, a 24-year-old mechanical engineer from Freetown is the first person from Sierra Leone to attend the Africa Data and Drone Academy’s (ADDA) drone certification program at Malawi University of Science and Technology.   UNICEF Sierra Leone and the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI) made a joint call for application to the ADDA program after the launch of the Drone Corridor at Njala University, Sesay answered that call.  She and others from the continent have enrolled at the UNICEF-sponsored African…

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Newly licensed vaccine, ‘milestone in the fight’ against Ebola in Africa, UN health agency

Health Four countries in Africa have licensed an Ebola vaccine to “cement hard-fought progress” in keeping their people safe from the deadly disease, the UN health agency said on Friday. For the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, Ghana and Zambia, the vaccine licensing means that the manufacturer can stockpile and widely distribute it to those nations at risk of Ebola virus outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). And once licensed doses are available, use of the vaccine…

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How mobile money is rebuilding lives in Sudan

Migrants and Refugees When Mohammed Ahmed left Sudan in search of better life, he couldn’t have imagined that he would find financial security back home. But, some four years later, he now runs a thriving business, thanks to an innovative scheme involving the UN migration agency (IOM), based on the use of mobile money. Five months of detention In 2016, facing financial hardship, Mr. Ahmed decided to leave his home town in Sudan, and travel to Libya in search…

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A backyard farm defies Zimbabwe’s drought

In a backyard in Zimbabwe’s capital, a 50-year-old mother of two is using hydroponics to grow vegetables for some of Harare’s top restaurants, defying drought and an economic crisis that have left millions needing food aid. Venensia Mukarati, whose day job is an accountant, always had a passion for farming, but no land on which to plant. Just over two years ago she did a web search on how to grow vegetables on the deck of her Harare house,…

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WHO supports measles campaign targeting millions of children in Nigeria

More than 28 million children in northern Nigeria will be protected against measles and meningitis through an immunization campaign  carried out by the authorities alongside international partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO). The campaign got underway on Saturday and is being implemented by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and WHO, with the support of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Despite the availability of a vaccine, measles continues to be a leading killer of children globally, according to WHO. “The measles…

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UN AGENCIES RAMP UP SOMALIA MEASLES AND POLIO CAMPAIGN
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has scaled up their cholera vigilance in Khartoum, Sudan.

Children under the age of five are being targeted with polio vaccines, and measles vaccines will be administered to children aged between 6 and 59 months. The campaign also includes a vitamin A supplement for children under 5 to boost their immunity as well as de-worming tablets. Over five days, until November 29, health workers will focus their efforts in the regions of  Benaadir, Galguduud, Hirshabelle, Jubaland and South West State, and on children in districts with high concentrations…

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Ebola on the run in DR Congo, ‘now we have to kill the virus’: UN health agency

In an update to journalists in Geneva, the emergencies chief leading the World Health Organization’s campaign against the highly contagious virus said that while he could not say that it was beaten, it had been largely driven away from towns into rural areas. Virus now pushed back into remote zones Crediting cooperation with the DRC authorities and other health partners in DRC as one of the factors responsible for WHO’s relatively upbeat assessment, Dr Ryan explained that the virus has…

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