Abbott introduces single-dose formulation of carbetocin in India

INDIA – Drug major, Abbot, has launched room-temperature-stable, single-dose formulation of carbetocin in India to help in the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). PPH refers to excessive blood loss of 500 ml or more after vaginal delivery and 1,000 ml or more after a caesarean procedure, within 24 hours of childbirth. Although preventable, PPH is associated with almost 20 per cent maternal mortality in the country. PPH, if left untreated, can result in complications like anaemia in the postpartum period or aggravate mental health problems including postnatal depression and post-traumatic…

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Zambia’s Dawa Health lauches seed fund to propel maternal health-focused growth

ZAMBIA – Dawa Health, an e-health platform currently focused on maternal health, is planning expansion into nearby countries for its digital health platform empowering rural mothers. Dawa Health is trying to close the maternal health access gap for women and mothers in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to WHO, over 830 mothers die daily from preventable pregnancy complications, with 67 per cent of those in Sub-Saharan Africa. “In Southern Africa, more than 17 million mothers give birth annually, and more than 10 million of those do not have access to good quality…

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Labcorp extends leadership in women’s health with acquisition of Ovia Health

USA – Labcorp, a leading global life sciences company, today announced that it has acquired Ovia Health, a digital health platform used by millions of women seeking information and support with family planning, pregnancy and parenting. The transaction extends Labcorp’s position as a leading, go-to source for women’s health insights, opens new avenues for personalized care experiences and fosters better dialogue between health care providers and their patients. “We’re excited to expand our leadership in women’s health solutions by bringing Ovia Health’s trusted health content and easy-to-use digital platforms to…

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Africa CDC raises alarm over continent’s infectious diseases outbreaks

AFRICA – Africa is facing a syndemics, a combination of emerging infectious diseases, which are increasing the continents disease burden, the Africa Centers for Disease Control has announced. Dr john Nkengasong, Director, Africa CDC, said that despite dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, the continent is at risk due to these infectious diseases. “The African continent as a whole is facing what we call a syndemics; a combination of emerging infectious diseases. We are dealing with this pandemic, but there will be another pandemic. “Syndemics are exacerbating the disease burden across…

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UNFPA supports Ministry of Health with equipment critical in building a strong healthcare work force

SIERRA LEONE – The United Nations Population Fund- UNFPA has donated to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation medical equipment critical to supporting emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC service provision) and in the screening and management of cervical cancer. The equipment donated includes cryotherapy apparatus, carbon dioxide gas cylinders, fetal dopplers, hemocoel, sterilizers, vaginal speculums- different types and sizes, forceps- different types and sizes, instrument trays, and gynecological models. The agency in collaboration with the Government of Sierra Leone has been providing maternal and newborn health services including Emergency…

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UNFPA partners with AMREF to supply portable ultrasound technology in Kenya

KENYA – A partnership between UNFPA, AMREF International University and the Phillips Foundation, has made available portable ultrasound technology and the training to go with it to midwives from far-flung health centers in remote parts of Kenya. Such tools are often only available at specialist health facilities located in major towns and urban areas. As a result, pregnancy complications are often only identified at great effort and expense, too late for treatment, or not at all. “When midwives become proficient in providing basic obstetric ultrasound at point of care, early…

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New product to scale up family planning in rural areas launched in Nigeria

NIGERIA – Nigerian Minister for Health, Sen. Olorunimbe Mamora, has announced the ministry will soon introduce the Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Subcutaneous Injection (DMPA-SC) which allows self-injection in hard to reach places. This is an effort to ensure sustainable family planning in the country. “It is indeed very useful for ensuring continuation subsequent doses in hard-to-reach areas as clients will be given some vials to take home after some training on its use,” Mamora said. The product which has been formulated to allow for self-injection is considered a game-changer in Nigeria’s…

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WHO supports Eritrea Maternity Waiting Homes with essential infection prevention and control equipment

ERITREA – WHO has delivered vital Infection prevention and Control (IPC) equipment, that will significantly contribute to the effectiveness of Infection prevention and Control Interventions in the Eritrean Maternity Waiting Homes that valued at 162,000.00 Eritrean Nakfa. This is to strengthen the capacity to increase facility delivery for women living in remote geographic areas. The donation is part of World Health Organization Eritrea support to Ministry of Health for the continuity of essential health services on Maternal and Newborn health. Earlier this year, twenty equipment sets of Solar Suitcases and…

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Merck Foundation calls for action together with African First Ladies and Ministers to Build Healthcare Capacity

ZAMBIA – Merck foundation “More than a Mother” Ambassadors, African First Ladies of Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, and Namibia actively participated in the 8th edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary which was co-chaired by Zambia First Lady, H.E. Esther Lungu and Merck Foundation CEO, Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej. Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KgaA, conducted the 8th Edition of “Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary” 2021, through an online video conference. During the Luminary,…

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Drop in blood donations threatens to place African healthcare delivery services in jeopardy

CONGO – Blood donation has fallen by 17% in the African region in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused widespread disruptions to key health services, lives and livelihoods. An analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that the frequency of blood drives in the African region has dropped by 25% and demand for blood declined by 13%, with the suspension of routine surgeries in some countries and fewer people seeking care in health facilities. Around 7 million people need blood transfusion every year in the region.…

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