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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Africa has an air pollution problem but lacks data to tackle it

Janine Wichmann, University of Pretoria The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently launched BreatheLife, a campaign to make people more aware about the fact that air pollution – which it calls the invisible killer – is a major health and climate risk. “Invisible” may refer to the lack of awareness that air pollution is a major …

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