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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Medicinal plants can play a key role in treating malaria

Jeremiah Waweru Gathirwa, Kenya Medical Research Institute and Ruth Monyenye Nyang’acha, Kenya Medical Research Institute It will take effective prevention, accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment to successfully eliminate malaria. But none of this will help if the causative agents become resistant to the drugs used for treatment. The Conversation Africa’s Health and Medicine Editor …

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Trump’s proposed aid cuts will affect health care in Africa

Alex Ezeh, African Population and Health Research Center As part of his proposed first budget, US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut US aid to levels not seen since the 1970s and 1990s. This could have a devastating effect on health care in Africa. Alex Ezeh spoke to The Conversation Africa about Trump’s decision …

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Child-friendly medicines improving TB care in Kenya

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] The adoption and increased use of child-friendly medicines is helping Kenya improve the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) and child survival, according to the country’s Ministry of Health. Kenya is a high tuberculosis burden country with children estimated to comprise about 10 per cent of all TB cases, a large fraction of …

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Malaria drug could cut women’s risk of STIs

By Onche Odeh [ABUJA, NIGERIA] A drug used to combat malaria in pregnant women could also treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a study shows. Results of the study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, a medicine recommended during antenatal care visit for intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) of …

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