John Nkengasong, Africa C.D.C chair, appointed to lead global AIDS fund PEPFAR

USA – The USA administration is expected to nominate John Nkengasong, a virologist and director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). PEPFAR is a US$7 billion operation that funds and sets goals for AIDS care in many nations, most of them in Africa. Dr. Nkengasong, who was born in Cameroon, is the first person of African origin to head the program, which is housed in the Department of State. “This is a huge leap forward for the…

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UK’s Gordon Brown appointed as WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing

UK – The World Health Organisation has appointed former UK prime minister Gordon Brown an ambassador for global health financing. Mr. Brown who is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education has been campaigning tirelessly in recent months for wealthy nations and the private sector to ensure the equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. He has called for a concerted global effort to save lives, especially in poorer countries, to help end the pandemic and restore livelihoods the world over. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said: “I am delighted…

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IPO-Bound Healthtech Startup PharmEasy Appoints 5 Independent Directors

INDIA – Ahead of its planned initial public offering (IPO), API Holdings, the parent company of one of the largest healthtech startups PharmEasy, has appointed five independent directors to its board. The startup said in a statement that at present, it has a total of 12 board members including the newly-appointed five independent directors “The fresh appointments bring a great amount of cognitive diversity to the board, with luminaries from the world of public service, technology, pharma, medical fraternity, and the consumer sector,” the company said in a statement. As…

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Healthcare pioneer Anne Wojcicki joins Zipline’s board of directors

USA – Zipline, an American medical product delivery company, has announced that Anne Wojcicki has joined its board of directors. As a member of Zipline’s board, Wojcicki brings extensive experience in the healthcare industry to the company as it charts its next stage of growth following US$250 million in new funding, expansions into new countries and a partnership with Walmart. “Anne shares our belief that healthcare systems aren’t set in stone, and we shouldn’t be afraid to challenge the status quo if we think there’s a better way,” said Keller…

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Ajay Kumar Pal replaces Nervin Bradford as new Cipla CEO

UGANDA – Cipla Quality Chemicals Ltd, the producer of human drugs including anti-malarial and anti-retroviral is set to receive a new managing director, Ajay Kumar Pal to take over the Luzira-based firm next month. Kumar will succeed Nevin Bradford, who has been CEO since 2013 and doubling as the executive director and head of Cipla’s Rest of Africa Business-a portfolio, he held prior to his current appointment. Bradford will be will be retiring. Emmanuel Katongole, the company’s board chairperson, said Kumar joined the company in February last year as the…

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GCUC Founder receives international award for its health education programmes in Africa

GHANA – The Founder of the Garden City University College (GCUC) has picked up a special award at this year’s African Health Care Awards, and Summit organized by Zenith Global Health. Being one of the leading private universities promoting the training of health professionals in Ghana, it was recognized for its contribution to the healthcare sector on the continent. The award and summit, which was on the theme, “Advances in diabetes and cancer care; plugging the gaps”, took place in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Zenith Global Health was established in…

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India gears-up to overcome last-mile challenge of eliminating visceral leishmaniasis

INDIA – India is redoubling efforts to resolve remaining challenges in the elimination of visceral leishmaniasis, also known as kala-azar, as a public health problem. After years of steady progress, several measures and cross-sectoral interventions are being envisaged, with 4 centres of excellence to become operational in disease endemic areas, in order to provide improved access to specialized care for complicated cases of kala-azar. India has also expanded vector control interventions. In endemic villages that have reported cases of kala-azar over the past 3 years, 2 rounds of indoor residual…

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Centre for disease control and prevention calls for new tact to deal with threatening delta variant

US – The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), believe that the war against COVID-19 has changed because of the highly contagious delta variant. CDC proposed the need for a clearer message regarding COVID-19 information, mandatory vaccines for health workers and a return to universal masking. The organization documented the detriment of the contagious delta variant which is dominant across the globe and is as contagious as chickenpox and far more contagious than the common cold or flu. According to the CDC, the Delta variant has mutations on the…

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WHO makes progress in fighting against tobacco epidemic, this is according to a recent report

SWITZERLAND – According to the released World Health Organization (WHO) report, more than four times as many people are now covered by at least one WHO-recommended tobacco control MPOWER measure as compared with 2007. The six MPOWER measures are monitoring tobacco use and preventive measures; protecting people from tobacco smoke; offering help to quit; warning about the dangers of tobacco; enforcing bans on advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and raising taxes on tobacco. Some 5.3 billion people are now covered by at least one of these measures more than four times…

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Britain inching closer to ending COVD-19 pandemic as death cases decreases despite the recent spike

UK –   The end of Britain’s COVID pandemic could be just months away as vaccines have so dramatically reduced the risk of hospitalization and death. This is according to Neil Ferguson an epidemiologist who believes that the country is headed in the right direction though not completely out of the woods. British COVID data shows that a recent spike of infections earlier in July has so far not led to a vast increase in deaths, which fell to just 14 on Monday, though the number of COVID patients in British…

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