African nations miss vaccine coverage target

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] The proportion of children worldwide who received all doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) vaccine in 2016 fell short of the 90 per cent target, with African countries particularly lagging, a new WHO and UNICEF report shows. The WHO says that due to immunisations, two to three million deaths are prevented every year, …

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Shining light at night could suppress mosquito bites

By Munyaradzi Makoni [CAPE TOWN] Exposing malaria-transmitting mosquitoes to light at two-hour intervals during the night or at late daytime could inhibit their biting behaviour and reduce malaria transmission, says a study. A 2016 report of the World Health Organization says that 214 million people worldwide were infected with malaria in 2015, resulting in 438,000 …

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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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Strengthening African health services to achieve SDGs

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA] Critical challenges in the coverage of key health services in Africa should be addressed to help the continent achieve the SDGs, a forum has heard. According to the first regional forum in Africa on strengthening health systems for universal health coverage and achieving the SDGs, which was held in Namibia …

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Strengthen African health systems to help achieve SDGs

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA] Critical challenges in the coverage of key health services in Africa should be addressed to help the continent achieve the SDGs, a forum has heard. According to the first regional forum in Africa on strengthening health systems for universal health coverage and achieving the SDGs, which was held in Namibia …

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