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Yemen's cholera outbreak now the worst in history as millionth case looms

October 12, 2017 - The cholera epidemic in Yemen has become the largest and fastest-spreading outbreak of the disease in modern history, with a million cases expected by the end of the year and at least 600,000 children likely to be affected. Read more – The Guardian

After Ebola, West Africa must brace for more deadly fevers

October 11, 2017 - West Africa is most at risk of fatal hemorrhagic fever epidemics, including Ebola, researchers said on Wednesday, calling for greater preparedness to save lives. A study in The Lancet medical journal assessed the likelihood of four viruses - Ebola, Lassa, Marburg and Crimean-Congo - spreading on the continent, charting progress from a first human case through to a potential pandemic. Read More – Reuters

Kuwaiti Health Ministry supports efforts to eradicate polio

October 10, 2017 - Kuwait's Ministry of Health expressed its support for efforts to eradicate polio from the region in the near future. According to WHO's recommendations, Kuwait has switched from the use of oral vaccine triphosphate to oral vaccine bivalent. Read More - KUNA

Cholera outbreak in Zambia's capital

October 10, 2017 - Lusaka has been hit by a cholera outbreak with merely the first signs of rain. The cholera incidences have reached 17 with two more cases reported in Lusaka's Kanyama Township. Cholera in Zambia is an annual problem although the public may be concerned that with barely the rain season commencing the capital city has already fallen. Read More – All Africa

Tuberculosis: Nigeria, Health Partners to treat 1.5m missing cases

October 9, 2017 - Global health partners and implementers from 13 countries, including Nigeria, with a high burden of Tuberculosis (TB) have launched a programme to find and treat 1.5 million missing cases of TB by the end of 2019. Read More – PM News

Mapping hepatitis in Kenya shows where action is needed

October 8, 2017 - A study of the different kinds of hepatitis in Kenya showed areas where the government can focus its efforts to prevent infections. One of the findings was a surprise – giving adults the Hepatitis vaccination has been ignored. This is a waiting time bomb, and an area for action that could have been overlooked. Read More – The Conversation

Nigeria 3rd on Global Child malnutrition

October 7, 2017 - The federal government has expressed concern over the rate of malnourishment among children, saying about 2.5 million children under five years were currently affected by severe malnutrition. This figure places Nigeria as the country with the third largest number of chronically undernourished children globally. Read more – This Day Live

WHO says Kenya set to roll out malaria vaccine in 2018

October 5, 2017 - Kenya is adequately prepared to roll out a new malaria vaccine starting next year to help contain a tropical disease that is a leading killer of pregnant mothers and children under five years, the UN health agency said on Wednesday. Read More – Xinhua

Anti-malaria drugs factory on horizon

October 4, 2017 - PLANS are afoot for a Chinese pharmaceutical company to build a multi-million dollar factory in Tanzania, for producing rapid action malaria resistant drugs. This was revealed in Dar es Salaam recently by the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Eldery and Children, Dr Mpoki Ulisubisya. Read More – Daily News

South Sudan health ministry, partners launch anti-cholera campaign

September 30, 2017 - South Sudan’s Ministry of Health and partners have launched a mass cholera vaccination campaign targeting up to 200,000 people. The deputy medical coordinator of medical charity, Medicines Sans Frontiers, said the latest vaccination drive seeks to curb outbreaks and enhance protection of people against the deadly diarrheal disease that has killed over 320 people since the outbreak was reported in June 2016. Read More – Relief Web

Dementia poses major challenge in Africa

September 28, 2017 - A new study has found that an estimated 2.13 million people were living with dementia in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015, with numbers projected to nearly double every 20 years, increasing to 3.48 million by 2030 and 7.62 million by 2050. Read More – IOL

Nigeria moves to contain spread of yellow fever

September 27, 2017 - The Nigerian government said Tuesday it was working to contain the further spread of yellow fever and to limit the impact of the killer ailment in the west African country. Head of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control Chikwe Ihekweazu, in a statement made available to Xinhua, said a multi-agency incident management system has been instituted to ensure a rapid and coordinated response. Read more – Xinhua

Africa's new affordable HIV treatment deal under threat from US budget cuts

September 21, 2017 - A “best in class” HIV treatment drug will now be be more affordable to African nations, but proposed budget cuts by the US could make ending the epidemic difficult. A new pricing partnership has been struck between the UN, African nation governments such as South Africa and Kenya, the pharmaceutical industry, and the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief to drastically reduce the price of a crucial HIV/Aids treatment drug.  Read more – Independent

Malaria, HIV Pose Threat To Nigeria

September 15, 2017 - As life expectancy in Nigeria is increasing, malaria, diarrhoea, HIV and lower respiratory infection have been identified as some of the major causes of premature death, two experts said in a StudyRead More – PM News


Collaborative innovation centre launched by Lonza in Israel

October 11, 2017 - Lonza has formed a new research and development (R&D) collaborative innovation centre in Israel, which is set to begin operations at the end of the year. The centre will include a local dedicated R&D team to collaborate and work with industry and academic experts from the region. Read more – EPM Magazine

UAE health ministry in Global Pharma tie-up

October 8, 2017 - The UAE's Ministry of Health & Prevention (Mohap) has signed an agreement with GlobalPharma, a unit of French drugmaker Sanofi and a leading pharamaceutical company, to maintain a strategic stock of medicines and support crisis preparedness in the country. Read more – Trade Arabia

As Cancer tears through Africa, drug makers draw up a battle plan

October 7, 2017 - In a remarkable initiative modeled on the campaign against AIDS in Africa, two major pharmaceutical companies, working with the American Cancer Society, will steeply discount the prices of cancer medicines in Africa. Under the new agreement, the companies Pfizer  and Cipla have promised to charge rock-bottom prices for 16 common chemotherapy drugs. Read more – NY Times

Anfas Medical Care and GE Healthcare have signed a SAR 113M (US$30M) agreement

October 3, 2017 - Saudi Arabia’s Anfas Medical Care (AMC) and GE Healthcare have signed a SAR 113 million (US$30 million) agreement supporting AMC’s brand-new 120-bed specialty facility, that will cater to chronic pulmonary patients requiring long-term rehabilitation and intensive care. Read more – Eye of Riyadh

Rx Healthcare Fund Announces Anchor Investors

October 2, 2017 - Rx Healthcare Fund, an Africa-focused healthcare private equity fund currently under establishment, today announced that GE Healthcare, a leading global provider of transformational medical technologies and services, is set to become an anchor limited partner in Rx. Read more – PR News

Saudi company to enter Egyptian pharmaceuticals market

September 27, 2017 - The Egyptian minister of the public business sector announced that an initial agreement with a Saudi company has been reached for it to begin manufacturing in Egypt, in cooperation with El Nasr Pharmaceutical Chemicals. The agreement aims at producing new products for the Egyptian market as well as adding new lines for introducing new products. Read more – Mubasher

Drug shortages hit Egypt, patients resort to black market

September 27, 2017 - Patients and their relatives have complained of drug shortages again after last year’s crisis which ended in January with an agreement between the Health Ministry and pharmaceutical companies to raise drug prices by up to 20%. Health Minister Ahmed Emad said in January after the agreement that the increase in the prices is in the interest of patients because it eliminates the shortage of drugs and prevents them being on the black market. Read more – Egypt Independent

Merck starts fourth round of Accelerator program in Nairobi

September 20, 2017 - Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has announced the new startups participating in its Accelerator program in Darmstadt, Germany, and Nairobi, Kenya. Although working separately, clear similarities can be identified between these teams’ business models, as they both make use of artificial intelligence to achieve advances in healthcare. Read more – IT News Africa

Novartis Access and Cameroon Gov. sign memorandum of understanding to fight chronic diseases

September 19, 2017 - Novartis and the Ministry of Public Health of Cameroon have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement Novartis Access in Cameroon. The collaboration also includes capacity-building activities with the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) on community awareness. Read more – Africa Newsroom

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