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    A healthcare worker administers an Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to her colleague at Mutuini Hospital in Nairobi. Kenya on March 3, 2021. Photo by Dennis Sigwe/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
    Kenya's Covid-19 vaccine rollout has got off to a slow start: the gaps, and how to fix them

    Kenya has started the first phase of its Covid-19 vaccination strategy. This was made possible by the delivery of just over one million AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived in two batches...

    By Catherine Kyobutungi 9 Apr 2021

    Kenya and South Africa have a high exposure to disinformation. shutterstock
    Social media users in Kenya and South Africa trust science, but still share Covid-19 hoaxes

    The Covid-19 pandemic has led to widespread disinformation circulating on social media globally. This includes false information about the virus, its origins and possible cures for the disease it causes...

    By Herman Wasserman & Dani Madrid-Morales 7 Apr 2021

    Maker spaces give engineers and designers the tools to build low-cost medical equipment using locally available materials.
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    'Frugal design' brings medical innovations to communities that lack resources during the pandemic

    Dr Msandeni Chiume Kayuni found herself in the middle of a supply crisis as Covid-19 spread to Africa in April 2020...

    By Rebecca Richards-Kortum & Theresa Mkandawire 31 Mar 2021

    Covid-19 vaccination is slower on the African continent than in high income countries. Shutterstock
    Interested in vaccine rollouts across Africa? Here's a map to guide you

    Most developed countries are in the advanced stages of Covid-19 vaccination rollouts. But a large number of developing countries, including most across Africa, are still at the early stages, mainly due to a shortage of shots...

    By Benjamin Kagina 18 Mar 2021

    Kenya’s health minister Mutahi Kagwe next to the country’s first batch of Covid-19 vaccines at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. EPA-EFE/Daniel Irungu
    The ins and outs of Kenya's Covid-19 vaccine rollout plan

    With the arrival of vaccines in the country, Kenya is set to begin its Covid-19 vaccination roll-out...

    By Catherine Kyobutungi 8 Mar 2021

    Made in Africa conference aims to drive Pan-African prosperity
    Made in Africa conference aims to drive Pan-African prosperity

    The inaugural Made in Africa Conference and Expo, a large virtual gathering and showcase for African buyers and sellers, will take place on 13 and 14 April...

    26 Feb 2021

    Fast food is growing in popularity with Ghanaians. Wikimedia Commons
    Ghanaians are eating more fast food: the who and the why

    Across Africa fast food restaurants have spread at a rapid rate, driven by rising income levels, rapid urbanisation and changing eating habits and lifestyles...

    By James Boafo 11 Feb 2021

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    The role of bias in how women are treated during childbirth: a Kenyan case study

    Global maternal mortality is unacceptably high. Around 810 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth...

    By Patience Afulani 28 Jan 2021

    Zuri Health launched to help provide affordable, accessible healthcare solutions
    Zuri Health launched to help provide affordable, accessible healthcare solutions

    Launched in February 2020, Play Zuri Health Limited is a mobile health service that delivers first level medical services to its users through their mobile devices via apps, WAP, and SMS...

    By Papama Nyati 19 Jan 2021

    The rise of commercial milk formulas and why it matters for the world's women and children
    The rise of commercial milk formulas and why it matters for the world's women and children

    Our recent study shows that global commercial milk formula sales are booming. Between 2005 and 2019, world milk formula sales more than doubled from 3.5kg to 7.4kg per child...

    By David McCoy, Julie P. Smith and Phillip Baker 5 Jan 2021

    Here's where efforts to end HIV in eastern and southern Africa must focus
    Here's where efforts to end HIV in eastern and southern Africa must focus

    The World Aids Day commemoration of 2020 took place in the midst of a global pandemic. It served as another reminder that people are not only susceptible to pathogens...

    By Kaymarlin Govender, Janet Seeley, Mitzy Gafos, Roselyn Kanyemba 24 Dec 2020

    Researchers analyse initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa
    Researchers analyse initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa

    Professor Ralph Hamann from UCT's Graduate School of Business is among a group of researchers analysing the initial impacts of Covid-19 in Africa...

    24 Dec 2020

    Severe Covid may be caused by 'autoantibodies' - here is what that means
    Severe Covid may be caused by 'autoantibodies' - here is what that means

    Whether or not a person with COVID-19 develops severe disease depends a lot on how their immune system reacts to the coronavirus...

    By Rebecca Aicheler 17 Dec 2020

    #BestofBiz 2020: Healthcare
    #BestofBiz 2020: Healthcare

    What a year 2020 has been! So, we've curated the year's most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views on Bizcommunity's Healthcare platform into our #BestofBiz2020 list

    14 Dec 2020

    First phase completion
    First phase complete on Entebbe research clinic

    The first phase of construction of a $1m research clinic in Entebbe has been completed...

    10 Dec 2020

    High levels of bureaucratic corruption prevail in Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. Shutterstock/Pro-Stock studio
    Social norms and poor services drive petty corruption in East Africa's health sector

    In East Africa, there are concerns over widespread petty corruption in some of the countries' health and medical services...

    By Saba Kassa, Claudia Baez Camargo & Jacopo Costa 7 Dec 2020

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    Covid-19 vaccine trials in Africa: what's promising, and what's problematic

    Scientists are working around the clock to develop and test vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of Covid-19...

    By Benjamin Kagina 2 Dec 2020

    Antimicrobial resistance is a real threat.
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    East African countries should prioritise their essential medicines for drug registration

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) introduced an essential medicine list in 1977. The aim was to help countries prioritise which medicines to make available for public use...

    By Allyson M Pollock, Moses Ocan & Petra Sevcikova 19 Nov 2020

    A response led by scientists and researchers must be central to any current and future threats. Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
    Strong leadership fought Covid-19 in Africa: the next step is to harness research

    African countries are still reeling from the effect of measures, such as lockdowns, taken to contain the spread of Covid-19...

    By Monique Wasunna 12 Nov 2020

    How The Plane Project is improving basic healthcare for thousands of Africans
    How The Plane Project is improving basic healthcare for thousands of Africans

    Using aviation as a tool to empower, enrich and enhance the lives of the underprivileged, non-profit organisation, The Plane Project is ensuring continued access to essential healthcare services and basic needs items, against the backdrop of the global Covid-19 pandemic...

    9 Nov 2020

    Dr Matshidiso Moeti, regional head, Africa, World Health Organisation
    Africa's fragile health system hit hard by Covid-19

    A sharp decline in five key essential services in 14 African countries between January and September 2020 is indicative of how the Covid-19 pandemic could deepen the continent's health services crisis...

    9 Nov 2020

    Spatial applications show where the Covid-19 vulnerable populations and active cases are, where to find care, and where there are resource gaps. Bushko Oleksandr/Shutterstock
    The 'science of where', or GIS, fortified Kenya's response to Covid-19. Here's how

    The value and potential of geographic information system - or GIS, "the science of where" - has become even more obvious this year as the world responds to the Covid-19 pandemic...

    By Peter Macharia 6 Nov 2020

    850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature - UN report
    850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature - UN report

    Human damage to biodiversity is leading us into a pandemic era. The virus that causes Covid-19, for example, is linked to similar viruses in bats, which may have been passed to humans via pangolins or another species...

    By Katie Woolaston and Judith Lorraine Fisher 30 Oct 2020

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, WHO is supporting the Ghana Health Service in their efforts to continue providing essential medical services to the population at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ghana. Photo: WHO / Blink Media - Nana Kofi Acquah
    5 quick wins to re-invent Africa's health systems

    Since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed on the continent in February 2020, the response, led by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has been commendable. Governments moved quickly to institute public health measures to curb its spread...

    By Rachel Ndirangu & Rosemarie Muganda-Onyando 23 Oct 2020

    People wait for care at a Kenyan clinic. Photo by Wendy Stone/Corbis via Getty Images
    Why Kenya's pro-poor health financing reforms miss their mark

    Kenya has made several reforms in recent years intended to expand health service coverage to a wider population, and with a specific focus on the poor, and to reduce financial hardship due to healthcare costs...

    By Edwine Barasa & Evelyn Kabia 23 Oct 2020

    Mathari Hospital is the only psychiatric hospital in Kenya. Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images
    Why Africa needs to invest in mental health

    More than 13% of the global burden of disease is due to disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and substance abuse. Almost three-quarters of this burden lies in low- and middle-income countries, because of extremely scarce health resources and investment...

    By Benedict Weobong & Justice Nonvignon 13 Oct 2020

    Covid-19: Examining theories for Africa's low death rates
    Covid-19: Examining theories for Africa's low death rates

    As the threat of a Covid-19 pandemic emerged earlier this year, many felt a sense of apprehension about what would happen when it reached Africa.

    By Kevin Mars & Moses Alobo 8 Oct 2020

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    How changing vaccine schedules can save costs and lives: findings from South Africa

    In 2005, before most low- and middle-income countries started vaccinating children routinely for pneumococcal disease, it caused approximately 1.5 million deaths worldwide annually...

    By Jeffrey Dorfman 29 Sep 2020

    Majority of tobacco giants failing to advance harm reduction
    Majority of tobacco giants failing to advance harm reduction

    The first Tobacco Transformation Index finds that the majority of the 15 largest tobacco companies are not making substantive progress in phasing out cigarettes...

    28 Sep 2020

    Dr Janet Byaruhanga
    Why can't Africa manufacture the medicines it needs?

    The Covid-19 pandemic exposed Africa's inadequate capabilities and capacity to manufacture and supply essential drugs and personal protective equipment (PPEs) needed to curb the disease...

    By Janet Byaruhanga 28 Sep 2020



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