Africa and Asia lead in proportion of blind adults

By Stephanie Achieng’ [NAIROBI] Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have the highest percentage of blind older people worldwide, a study says. The study published in the Lancet Global Health on 2 August shows that blindness affects 36 million people globally, with developing countries bearing the greatest burden. Kovin Naidoo, a co-author of the study and …

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Does Mozambique suffer from a very high suicide rate?

Bradley Wagenaar, University of Washington Three years ago the World Health Organisation launched the first ever world suicide report and claimed that Mozambique had the highest suicide rate in Africa at 27.4 per 100,000 people. The Conversation Africa’s Samantha Spooner asked Dr. Brad Wagenaar about his research which sought to fill the knowledge gap on …

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Kenya’s online system to monitor rural sanitation

By Duncan Mboyah [NAIROBI] Kenya has launched an online monitoring, evaluation and reporting system to improve capturing of data on sanitation and hygiene status, a conference has heard. According to Kenya’s Ministry of Health, the country has open defecation rate of 14 per cent, with countries such as Wajir and Turkana having a rate of …

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Africa needs precision public health strategy

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [ADDIS ABABA] Africa should incorporate precision public health — an approach that targets diverse genetic and environmental characteristics of populations in preventing and treating diseases — to help the continent improve healthcare, a meeting has proposed. At a round-table meeting in Ethiopia, this month (7 October) organised by the Bill and Melinda …

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Malaria teamwork spells danger for humans

By Inga Vesper Getting infected by two malaria species can improve conditions for the second species, making the disease more dangerous and persistent than lone infections, a mouse study shows. According to a paper made public on 5 July, being infected with both Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax can provide this second parasite species with …

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