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Family Planning Side Effects Still A Challenge

Family Planning Side Effects Still A Challenge

Family planning in Uganda still has a big challenge of causing side effects to women who embrace them, such as headaches, dizziness, over-bleeding, missing periods temporarily, and weight gain or loss. “Family planning must be explained to people since in its methods they mainly use drugs and most drugs cause side effects where people react […]

Dozens Of Countries Poised To Drive Out Malaria By 2020

Dozens Of Countries Poised To Drive Out Malaria By 2020

Hopes of eliminating malaria from more than 30 countries with a total population of 2 billion have risen following the successful removal of the disease from Sri Lanka. Public health officials said 13 countries, including Argentina and Turkey, had reported no cases for at least a year and may well follow the success of Sri […]

What Actually Is The Mediterranean Diet – And Does It Work?

What Actually Is The Mediterranean Diet – And Does It Work?

It is said to be better at lowering cholesterol than statins, and able to prevent dementia and heart disease, and will not make you fat. Anything that good for you might be expected to smell foul and come in a medicine bottle, but the Mediterranean diet is generally considered to be delicious, except by those […]

Looking Good And Making A Fast Buck? Why Rich Countries Help The Poor

Looking Good And Making A Fast Buck? Why Rich Countries Help The Poor

Why do rich nations help the poor in faraway places? There are a mix of very different reasons, ranging from the high-minded – “It’s our moral duty” – to the venal – “We can look good and make a fast buck out of this”. Commonly, the governments of rich countries use combinations of altruism and […]

Liberian Nurses Learn To Spot Danger Signs In Babies As Healthcare Gets Shot In Arm

Liberian Nurses Learn To Spot Danger Signs In Babies As Healthcare Gets Shot In Arm

The Well Baby clinic in Buchanan is busy. But that’s not unusual. The clinic, a two-hour drive from Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, sees between 700 and 1,000 mothers and children each week. Nurse Cellian Fahncole sits in a consulting room off the main waiting room. She is examining a baby girl and asking the mother a […]

Fears Of Global Yellow Fever Epidemic Grow As Vaccine Stocks Dwindle

Fears Of Global Yellow Fever Epidemic Grow As Vaccine Stocks Dwindle

A last-ditch effort to prevent yellow fever spreading through Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and potentially developing into a global epidemic is to be launched using vaccines containing a fifth of the normal dose because the global stockpile is so low. Yellow fever is frequently lethal, killing half of those who develop […]

Guinea Eyes Official End Of Polio Outbreak But Bigger Challenge Remains For Africa

Guinea Eyes Official End Of Polio Outbreak But Bigger Challenge Remains For Africa

ife on an informal gold mine is hard for any child. In Guinea, it means searching through piles of dark earth for glittering particles from a young age, going hungry if the family has no luck that day, and surviving violent attacks by other miners or the authorities. For Lounceny, a dark-eyed boy who has […]

Hope For ‘End Of Aids’ Is Disappearing, Experts Warn

Hope For ‘End Of Aids’ Is Disappearing, Experts Warn

Efforts to combat Aids in Africa are seriously faltering, with drugs beginning to lose their power, the number of infections rising and funding declining, raising the prospect of the epidemic once more spiralling out of control, experts have warned. The UN has set a target of 2030 for “the end of Aids”, which has been […]

From Killing Machines To Agents Of Hope: The Future Of Drones In Africa

From Killing Machines To Agents Of Hope: The Future Of Drones In Africa

Some are killing machines. Others are pesky passions of the weekend hobbyist. As such, drones have not always been welcomed in our skies. Across Africa, however, projects are being launched that could revolutionise medical supply chains and commercial deliveries, combat poaching and provide other solutions for an overburdened, underdeveloped continent. In Rwanda, as in many […]

Only Complacency Can Stop Nigeria – And Africa – From Finally Conquering Polio

Only Complacency Can Stop Nigeria – And Africa – From Finally Conquering Polio

In Nigeria, if we’re diligent and careful, we may never see another child lose the use of their legs to polio. Thirty years ago, millions of children went unvaccinated against a preventable disease that persisted and paralysed in nearly every country in the world. Since then, the number of unvaccinated children has dropped precipitously. While […]

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