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In Central Africa, U.S. Sponsors Training for Experts in Infectious Diseases

Scientists usually point to Central Africa as the site of some of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases.  Cash-strapped governments usually depend on foreign assistance, especially when pandemics break out. But now, there’s fresh reason to hope for a prompt and effective local response.  With US sponsorship, Central Africa has begun training...

UN Reports Progress Against HIV/AIDS in Africa

The United Nations says progress is being made worldwide against the HIV/AIDS virus, as fewer people are becoming infected and fewer are dying from the disease. The report also cites progress in sub-Saharan Africa, where two-thirds of all HIV victims live, but says greater efforts are needed in the struggle. The United Nations report on HIV/AIDS...

AIDS Drugs Proven as Prevention Tool

A new study shows that anti-retroviral drugs can be used to prevent HIV infection in uninfected people.  It’s called PrEP – or pre-exposure prophylaxis. The findings, released Tuesday, appear in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Researchers say it could “fundamentally change strategies to slow the global HIV epidemic.” The iPrEx study was...

WHO: Spiraling Health Costs Push 100 Million People Into Poverty

The World Health Organization says spiraling health costs push 100 million people into poverty every year. Now, a WHO report provides practical guidelines on how governments can strengthen their health financing systems, and make services available to more people.  Rich and poor governments alike are struggling to pay for health care.  Some...

Ethiopian Migrants Stranded in Northern Yemen

The International Organization for Migration is urgently appealing for $1 million to help a group of more than 1,000 Ethiopian migrants stranded in northern Yemen return home.  The International Organization for Migration says the Ethiopian migrants, mostly young men, are stranded without food, water and shelter in the northern Yemeni border town...

Local Resistance Leaving Somali Refugees Without Shelter in Kenya

As the rainy season in Kenya continues, resources at the Dadaab refugee camps are being stretched to the limit. With refugees pouring across the Somali border, the demands of local politicians are forcing the humanitarian agencies to simply turn families away. In Northeastern Kenya, the ever-expanding Dadaab refugee camp may finally have reached...

Floods in Benin Effecting Health and Homes

Government officials in Benin warn the country's floods may worsen in coming days as the rainy season continues. As flooding continues to devastate Benin, residents like Christophe Hounkali say the unsanitary waters that are destroying their homes are also destroying their health.Hounkali says the spread of disease that was brought about by the...

New HIV Infections Down in Sub-Saharan Africa

New HIV Infections Down in Sub-Saharan Africa Twenty-two countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have reduced new HIV infections by more than 25 percent, according to new UNAIDS data on the progress made towards Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6. The data released ahead of the United Nations Summit on the MDGs from 20 to 22 September 2010, showed that countries with the largest epidemics in Africa...

Kidney Transplant Now Costs Less on Kenya

Kidney Transplant Now Costs Less on Kenya Kenyans can now cancel trips to India or South Africa for kidney surgeries, and instead head to Kenyatta National Hospital where doctors have transplanted 14 kidneys in less than a year. Normally, they do one or two a year. Another 20 patients are on the queue after new kidney donors were found. Dr Antony Were, the hospital's head of renal unit...

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga - the Night I Went Into Surgery

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga - the Night I Went Into Surgery Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Friday spoke for the first time of the anxious moments before a head surgery that kept him out of office for a month. He revealed how he looked his wife Ida in the eye before the surgery and told her he was at peace with himself if that was to be his last day on earth. That was minutes before doctors wheeled him to...

Kenya Prime Minister Raila Odinga Well After Head Surgery, Doctors Say

Prime Minister Raila Odinga is recovering at the Nairobi Hospital after he underwent head surgery, his doctors said on Tuesday. The operation, which they described as minor, was done on Monday night, and was meant to relieve pressure, which had built up outside his brain, Dr Livingston Oluoch-Olunya, a neurosurgeon, said at the hospital. Mr Odinga...

President Umaru Musa Yar'adua's Back in Nigeria

President Umaru Musa Yar'adua's Back in Nigeria President Umaru Musa Yar'adua's long medical sojourn in Saudi Arabia ended early this morning when two planes landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja. While the first plane, an air ambulance, landed at 1.47am, a second one, the presidential aircraft, landed at 1.54am. As soon as the first plane landed, the small convoy of cars already waiting...

Crisis Looms as Surge in HIV Patients Drains Drug Stocks in Kenya

The government achieved more than it bargained for when it urged people to get tested for HIV as part of its anti-Aids campaign. Many answered the call, and learnt that they were positive. But now they cannot get anti-retroviral drugs because they are not available. The crisis stems from a government initiative six years ago to make anti-...

The President And HIV Prevention in South Africa

The President And HIV Prevention in South Africa HIV prevention is based on getting people to change their sexual habits - but this is a very difficult process as President Zuma has shown. Although South Africa has almost a million HIV positive people on treatment, actuaries tell us that over 300,000 citizens are still being infected with the virus every year. This prompted health economist...

Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua Begs Saudi Monarch for Ambulance

Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua Begs Saudi Monarch for Ambulance THERE were strong indications, yesterday, that the plan to fly ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua to Nigeria may have been delayed by unavailability of required air ambulance for the President's condition. Yar'Adua, whose absence from the country in the last two months, has created tension in the polity, is said to be on life support machine at a...