Research in Kenya leads to promising HIV prevention tool

Research in Kenya leads to promising HIV prevention tool

Scientists with a new tool for preventing HIV infection say they developed the idea after studying the health of sex workers in Kenya – and what they learned may benefit other women. Canadian scientists Emmanuel Ho of the University of Waterloo and Keith Fowke of the University of Manitoba noticed…

A smarter genie in the bottle: technology holds the key to Africa’s counterfeit food crisis

A smarter genie in the bottle: technology holds the key to Africa’s counterfeit food crisis

A school just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja became the site of an unforeseen tragedy in February this year when two 14-year-old classmates, Nahima and Yayaya, died after eating tainted biscuits at a school birthday celebration. Several of their classmates were hospitalised in the same incident, and threats from furious parents…

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Nigeria sees progress as Lassa fever outbreak slows

As Nigeria deals with the worst outbreak of Lassa fever on record, medical professionals at Irrua in Edo state – the epicenter of the emergency – are dealing with high caseloads and long hours. At least 365 cases of the highly fatal hemorrhagic disease have been recorded across the West…

Museveni focuses on health care at EAC summit

Leaders of the East African Community (EAC) nations continued their focus on infrastructure development and – for the first time – held a retreat on health sector financing and development, as part of a summit hosted by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. The president, with his long advocacy of African…

Togo aid group awarded World Water Grand Prize

A humanitarian organization in Togo has been named winner of the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize, jointly awarded by Water Forum Japan (JWF) and the World Water Council (WWC). Charité Chrétienne pour Personnes en Détresse (CCPD) will receive the USD$18,700 prize after being selected from among 144 projects in 46 countries. “The African organization…

African groups sign Global Fund protest letter on Heineken partners

African health advocacy organizations have joined in a global campaign against the Heineken beverage company’s new partnership with The Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Dutch company’s announcement came during the World Economic Forum in Davos, as Heineken promised to share its expertise in logistics and supply…

New research shows promise in managing lethal Marburg virus

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) say they’ve made promising breakthroughs in understanding how a treatment for the deadly Marburg virus might work. The team led by Erica Ollmann Saphire, a TSRI professor and senior author of the study, mapped the Marburg virus structure using high-resolution imaging to better…