New report urges more action for adolescent health

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] A new report has called for an accelerated action to tackle issues that affect adolescents, especially in regions of the world such as Sub-Saharan Africa with high number of adolescent deaths. According to the report released last week (16 May) by the World Health Organization (WHO), lower respiratory infections, suicide and …

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African scientists are punching above their weight

John Butler-Adam, University of Pretoria Over the past five years, Africa’s contributions to the world’s research –- that is, new knowledge –- have varied from a low of 0.7% to the present and highest level of 1.1%. There are many reasons for Africa’s small contribution to world research. One of them, sadly, is that at …

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Antimalarial candidate holds promise as a single dose

By Laura Owings [CAPE TOWN] A new antimalarial candidate could pave the way for a single-dose treatment that boots malaria eradication when used in combination with other preventative measures. In an article published last month (26 April) in the journal of Science Translational Medicine, researchers indicated that the compound MMV390048 could block all life cycle …

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Low-cost tech needed to beat malaria in Africa

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Investing in low-cost technological innovations and tools could reduce malaria burden in Africa, say experts. Speaking at a workshop on closing gaps to protect people from deadly forms of malaria held in Kenya this month (21 April) — barely a week before World Malaria Day (25 April), the experts emphasised that …

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Elephantiasis linked to volcanic soils found in Uganda

By Esther Nakkazi [KAMPALA] A surge in elephantiasis in Uganda is being linked to people walking barefoot on volcanic soils which contain tiny, sharp mineral crystals that penetrated the feet, a study says. Elephantiasis is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) caused mainly by parasitic thread-like worm called Wuchereria bancrofti, resulting in painful swelling of arms …

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