Cholera outbreak in southern Africa: a multinational fight
8/2/2024: A cholera crisis has engulfed southern Africa with the disease spreading rapidly in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and the DRC. In Zimbabwe, the situation is critical with suspected and confirmed cases reported in 61 out of 64 districts. Leaders of the intergovernmental Southern African Development Community have pledged to increase investment in water and sanitation infrastructure in the region.
Cameroon rolls out world’s first malaria vaccine
22/1/2024: Following a pilot phase in which more than two million children have been jabbed in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, the RTS,S vaccine is being rolled out at scale across Africa, starting in Cameroon. Burkina Faso, Liberia, Niger and Sierra Leone are set to follow with large-scale vaccination programmes.
Source: The East African
Why Bill Gates wants a COP for global health
16/1/2024: Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the billionaire defended the need to keep health funding levels high. He expressed concern that issues such as maternal health, nutrition and vaccines lack the media coverage enjoyed by environmental threats such as climate change.
New UN resolution aims to fix health facilities worldwide
19/12/2023: Water, waste disposal, and electricity are the basic services a functioning health care center requires – yet thousands are forced to operate without, impacting health workers’ ability to save lives. A new U.N. resolution hopes to change that.
Rising malaria cases heighten concern about global warming
1/12/2023: Implementation of global malaria strategy is off-track and health experts are concerned that climate change could further increase incidence of the disease. Malaria cases and deaths have still not returned to pre-pandemic levels.
Health needs to be embedded in national climate change plans
23/11/2023: Ahead of COP-28, the World Health Organization has published its 2023 review of actions needed to ensure that people’s health is fully integrated into national plans to fight climate change. 91% of countries' nationally determined contributions now include health considerations, compared to 70% of those reporting in 2019.
Source: World Health Organization
Mass emigration is leaving huge gaps in Africa’s health sector
15/6/2023: According to the World Health Organization Africa has a ratio of 1.55 health workers — physicians, nurses, and midwives — per 1,000 people, barely a third of the recommended ratio needed to deliver essential health services. Some African countries are working to ban the emigration of health practitioners.
Maternal mortality: why has progress stalled?
10/5/2023: A new report by UN agencies shows that, from 2016 to 2020, the global rate of maternal mortality barely changed. If that pace of progress continues, the rate in 2030 will be 222 per 100,000 live births – over three times the target of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Source: Inter Press Service
Global endeavour to restore child immunization progress
24/4/2023: The pandemic saw essential immunization levels decrease in over 100 countries, leading to outbreaks of measles, diphtheria, polio and yellow fever. Global and national health partners have joined forces to boost vaccination among children.
Source: World Health Organization
New mRNA vaccine hub launched in Cape Town
21/4/2023: The World Health Organization's new mRNA vaccine technology facility in Cape Town plans to offer equitable access to COVID-19, malaria and HIV/AIDs vaccines in low- and middle-income countries. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted major disparities in access to health care in different parts of the world.