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Coronavirus Vaccine Developers Vow Diversity In Clinical Trials

Coronavirus Vaccine Developers Vow Diversity In Clinical Trials

Drugmakers racing to develop a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine pledged on Tuesday to ensure their larger clinical trials would include diverse sets of volunteers. In prepared remarks for a U.S. congressional hearing, several companies vowed to include broad representation as they prepare to launch studies with thousands of volunteers in the coming months. “Ensuring […]

Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Across Continent Nears 600,000

Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Across Continent Nears 600,000

As of July 13, confirmed the COVID-19 case total from 55 African countries has reached 594,954. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 13,245 and recoveries 295,241. South Africa has the most reported cases – 276,242, with deaths numbering 4,079. Other most-affected countries include Egypt (82,070 cases), Nigeria (32,558), Algeria (19,195), and Ghana (24,518). The numbers […]

Rio’s Favelas Turn To Technology To Fight Underreporting Of Coronavirus Cases

Rio’s Favelas Turn To Technology To Fight Underreporting Of Coronavirus Cases

Rio de Janeiro has more than 640 deaths from coronavirus in its favelas, a new information dashboard showed on Thursday, part of an effort to combat underreporting of the disease in the city’s slums. The dashboard, a collection of charts and information arranged in a graphic display, aggregates coronavirus data from about 120 of Rio’s […]

Free Ambulance Helps Save Mothers And Babies In Kenya Lockdown

Free Ambulance Helps Save Mothers And Babies In Kenya Lockdown

As soon as Kenya introduced a coronavirus curfew, Dr Jemimah Kariuki, an obstetrician-gynaecologist at Nairobi’s Kenyatta Hospital started seeing more death and complications. “Every time I went to the hospital it was fewer numbers but more complications…and when women died alone in childbirth, I was like ‘in 2020?’ You are dying? Alone?” she said. Mothers […]

Don’t Forget Us In Coronavirus Battle, Say Businesses In India’s Dharavi Slum

Don’t Forget Us In Coronavirus Battle, Say Businesses In India’s Dharavi Slum

Samita Chavan used to wake up at 3am every day to the sound of her neighbour’s wet grinder in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum. Now, she is adjusting to a rare silence after three months of lockdown that saw tens of thousands of migrant workers leave the city. Dharavi, believed to be Asia’s largest slum, has been hailed […]

African Innovators Tackle Coronavirus With Drones And Phones

African Innovators Tackle Coronavirus With Drones And Phones

Ghanaian pilot Eric Acquah started a drone company in 2017 to spray crops with pesticides, but when coronavirus hit the West African country he found a new mission: saving lives. The company has used 20 drones to disinfect 38 open-air markets in Ghana – spraying a couple of acres in minutes, a job that would take […]

Top Hospitals Running Out Of ICU Beds As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Top Hospitals Running Out Of ICU Beds As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Hospitals are running out of space in Intensive Care Units due to the Covid-19 pandemic that is spreading fast across the country. The facilities are fast getting overwhelmed with critically ill patients that need admission, forcing hospitals to set aside other rooms for the patients. This is despite the Ministry of Health introducing home-based care […]

Philadelphia Doctor Brings Coronavirus Testing To The City’s Black Communities

Philadelphia Doctor Brings Coronavirus Testing To The City’s Black Communities

When Dr Ala Stanford received a flurry of calls in March from Black friends who feared they had COVID-19 but couldn’t get tested at hospitals in Philadelphia, she knew she had to act. The virus was tearing through the city’s Black community but many – even those with health insurance – were getting turned away. […]

Coronavirus Puts Millions More At Risk Of Child Marriage And FGM – UN

Coronavirus Puts Millions More At Risk Of Child Marriage And FGM – UN

The coronavirus pandemic is reversing progress on ending child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), jeopardising the futures of millions of girls, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday. “The pandemic both makes our job harder and more urgent as so many more girls are now at risk,” said Natalia Kanem, head of the United […]

Woman Activist Starts COVID-19 Awareness Campaign In West Darfur Camps

Woman  Activist Starts COVID-19 Awareness Campaign In West Darfur Camps

A woman activist is currently touring the camps for the displaced to spread awareness about the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview with Radio Dabanga’s Kandaka programme to be broadcast today, activist Maryam Hussein said she visited 10 camps so far, despite the violence and insecurity facing women in the camps. “I managed to convince many […]