Sanofi urged to handover abandoned m-RNA vaccines to SA’s tech transfer hub

SOUTH AFRICA – Following news that French pharmaceutical corporation Sanofi will abandon its promising mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has urged the corporation to transfer the technology and know-how for the vaccine to the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub in South Africa. “It’s unconscionable for Sanofi to let a promising vaccine candidate gather dust on its shelves simply because it won’t be lucrative for them, when they have an opportunity to put this research to lifesaving use by transferring their know-how to…

Read More

Doctors Without Borders winds up in West Cameroon following government suspension

CAMEROON – Doctors Without Borders (MSF), have withdrawn their health care services in Cameroon following government suspension for eight months. Cameroonian authorities have accused the aid group of helping separatist groups in the country’s English-speaking northwest region, a charge the group has strongly denied. Laura Martinelli, MSF’s coordinator for the northwest region, where thousands of people need health care access, said MSF had seen no signs of the Cameroon government’s authorization for the group to resume its activities. Martinelli said MSF would be ready to resume activities when Cameroonian authorities…

Read More

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…

Read More

Ban on MSF operations in Cameroon continues to obstruct healthcare delivery

CAMEROON – While thousands of people struggle to access vital healthcare in the restive North-West region of Cameroon, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is still denied the resumption of its healthcare care services in the region, six months after the forced suspension of its activities by Cameroonian authorities. MSF is calling on the government of Cameroon to immediately lift this suspension and prioritise the medical needs of the population. In 2018, in agreement with Cameroon’s Ministry of Health, MSF launched an emergency response to the critical health situation in…

Read More

Chemoprevention applied in South Sudan to avert an imminent malaria outbreak

SOUTH SUDAN – Medical charity Doctors Without Borders, officially known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has been conducting malaria chemoprevention in the country to avert a looming outbreak due to the rainy season. Seasonal malaria chemoprevention(MSC), is a public health intervention that can reduce the incidence of malaria among young children during the rainy season. It has been recommended by the World Health Organization since 2012 in countries with high seasonal malaria transmission. In a situational report, MSF says it has treated 22,400 people for malaria in the first three…

Read More