Museveni focuses on health care at EAC summit

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…

Kenya’s health ministry bans shisha smoking

Kenya on Thursday became the latest African nation to ban the use of shisha, an addictive and sweetly flavored tobacco smoked while using a water or hookah pipe. Dr. Cleopa Mailu of the country’s Ministry of Health issued the new control measures, which cover both the use and sale of…