Kenya, Uganda launch synchronized mass trachoma treatment

KENYA – The fight against blindness-causing trachoma has received a boost following the launch of a cross-border mass drug administration exercise by Kenya and Uganda. The exercise, which was launched at Alakas Primary School in Amudat district of Uganda, seeks to synchronize drug administration among the residents of West Pokot and Turkana Counties with neighboring Uganda in an effort to fully eradicate the disease which is caused by bacteria that attack the inner surfaces of the eyelids. Speaking during the launch of the exercise, Ugandan State Minister for Karamoja affairs…

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AfDB launches consultations on new strategy for quality health infrastructure in Africa

COTE D’IVOIRE – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a consultation process with health ministers and other partners as it develops a strategy to drive enhanced access to health services across Africa through 2030. Input from ministers in the Bank’s 54 regional member countries, development partners and civil society is expected to strengthen the Bank’s Strategy for Quality Health Infrastructure in Africa (2021-2030). A robust scoping study titled “Good Health and Well-being” underpins the strategy. “These consultations are crucial to ensure the delivery of an efficient, impactful and sustainable…

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Over 80 million children immunized as Africa trailblazes novel polio vaccine

CONGO – More than 80 million children have been vaccinated with the novel oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2) in six countries in Africa, the world’s first region to rollout of the vaccine just months after the World Health Organization (WHO) gave it Emergency Use Listing status in November 2020. Nigeria became the first country in the world to use nOPV2 to tackle an outbreak in March 2021, vaccinating 7 million children in six states. By September, Benin, Congo, Liberia, Niger and Sierra Leone had also rolled out the vaccine.…

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