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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Morroco suspends flights to UK, Germany, Netherlands due to Covid-19 fears

MOROCCO – Morocco has announced it is suspending, until further notice, all flights to and from the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands amid rising coronavirus infections in those countries.  In a tweet, national carrier Royal Air Maroc said the move was due to the pandemic situation. It did not provide further detail. Morocco’s Health Ministry warned Monday of the threat of a new virus surge, stressing the need to avoid possible a relapse of serious and critical cases and COVID-19-related deaths. Recalling the continuous need for caution as the…

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Adventist Health and ADRA partner to supply medical aid to Africa

AFRICA – Adventist Health has inked a US$3 million deal with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the international humanitarian branch of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to send medical supplies to Africa to aid Covid-19 response. The partnership has already initiated the programme, with six shipping containers filled with medical supplies already in transit to Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Each shipping container is filled with general medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), medication, operating room supplies, and mobile medical testing equipment…

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Ethiopian Airlines partners with Aero HygenX for deployment of aircraft disinfection

ETHIOIPIA – Ethiopian Airlines and Aero HygenX, inventors of RAY, an autonomous aircraft sanitization robot, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining a plan for fleetwide deployment and regional marketing of Aero HygenX’s autonomous UV-C light disinfecting robot. The MoU marked a first foray into the African market for Aero HygenX, a Canadian technology company taking aviation by storm with its safe, efficient, and chemical free solution designed for aircraft cabins and rail cars. Ethiopian Airlines has become the first African carrier to roll out the new technology that…

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South Africa commences Covid-19 vaccinations for teenagers

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has started giving COVID-19 vaccinations to adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years, with a goal of inoculating at least 6 million people from this age group. The country is trying to increase its rate of vaccinations which is running behind the target of 300,000 daily shots. Currently, South Africa is administering about 185,000 doses per day. The move is in line with decisions in other countries including Britain, the U.S., Canada, France and Germany, who all began offering COVID-19 vaccines to teens and even…

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AU announces plans to establish fund for future pandemics

ETHIOPIA – The African Union Health Commission has committed to establishing a response plan and fund as part of the overall strategy to tackle the risk of impending waves of COVID-19 and future pandemics. The decision was arrived at by the Secretariat and the Leads of the Working Groups of the Commission on Africa’s COVID-19 Response Strategy, having recognized the difficulties that Africa faced in a multilateral context. The fund will be powered alongside the African Pandemic Preparedness and Response Authority (APPRA), the African Union (AU) Champion on COVID-19, President…

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GE Healthcare unveils one of a kind Health Services Center in Uganda

UGANDA – GE Healthcare and medical group AFRIPHARMA have officially inaugurated the Afri-Egypt Health Services Center, a first of its kind in Uganda with lifesaving equipment from GE Healthcare. The Center is located in Jinja and is expected to serve to over 60,000 people from the region, allowing for improved accessibility in the surrounding communities. The facility is equipped with GE equipment including CT Scan Machine, Digital Mammography, X-ray, BMD, Ultrasound, and Life Care solutions. This technology is used in the diagnosis and treatment of various critical diseases, including in…

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Ellipse funded new hospitals, extensions revolutionize healthcare in Ghana

GHANA – A new €55 million municipal trauma and accident hospital in the town of Obuasi, Ghana, has become one of the multiple new initiatives transforming the face of Ghana’s healthcare system. Ghana’s breakneck development of new medical facilities like the Obuasi hospital comes at an opportune time. While the country has lost a relatively small number of people to Covid-19, the immense additional pressure placed on health services throughout the pandemic has revealed substantial cracks in the public health system. The silver lining is that new healthcare initiatives across…

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NIMR unveils foundation for local medical research, production

NIGERIA – The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) has established a Foundation, with the objectives to uplift the development and production of home-grown medicines, vaccines and technological innovations. These innovations will greatly assist in addressing the health problems of Nigeria in particular, and Africa at large. The NIMR Foundation Governing Board executives categorically stated that the foundation will prioritize development and implementation of mechanisms to elevate research, innovation and products/services development in healthcare. This foundation will function as a viable business which can address human suffering in form of…

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