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Trial HIV Vaccine Leaves 46 Zambian women Infected

Trial HIV Vaccine Leaves 46 Zambian women Infected A failed clinical trial HIV vaccine that left 46 Zambian women infected with the virus has sparked controversy. The Microbicides Development Programme (MDP) 301 trial, which was testing if the gel PRO2000 would prevent HIV infection took place between September 2005 and 2009. It was conducted at six research centres in South Africa, Tanzania,...

Yar'Adua Incapable of Acting as President

Yar'Adua Incapable of Acting as President President Umaru Yar'Adua is brain damaged and can no longer perform the functions of his office, the Nigerian newspaper. The newspaper said that Yar'Adua, who has been undergoing medical treatment in Saudi Arabia for the past seven weeks, was unable to recognize anyone, including his wife, Turai. It also accused her of concealing his condition...

Detained Zimbabwean Moved to Psychiatric Clinic

A 24 year-old Zimbabwean man who has been languishing at an immigration detention centre in Portsmouth for over a year now, awaiting deportation, was last week moved to a psychiatric clinic. There are fears that Tatenda Jera might be suffering from bouts of depression, anxiety and general mood disorders. Tatenda came to the UK in 2000 when he fled...

Surge in Kenya Child Numbers Strains Amenities

Experts are warning of a major strain on social services due to an unexpected surge in the number of children in Kenya. According to new statistics released last week, a drop in child mortality has kept the population growth unexpectedly high at a time when the economy is recording a serious reversal following last year's post-election violence...

Doctors' Pay Issue Resolved in South Africa

Public sector doctors quietly accepted the national Health Department's Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) offer, two weeks ago. The Democratic Nurses' Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) has quietly signed an agreement on behalf of public sector doctors accepting an Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) offer they initially rejected....

Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua for Medical Check-Up in Saudi Arabia

President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua is to travel to Saudi Arabia on Friday, August 14, 2009, for a scheduled medical check-up. A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, explained that in the course of his trip, the President would perform the Lesser Hajj (Umra). It further said that Yar'Adua would...

New HIV Strain Discovered in Woman from The African Nation of Cameroon

A new strain of the virus that causes AIDS has been discovered in a woman from the African nation of Cameroon. It differs from the three known strains of human immunodeficiency virus and appears to be closely related to a form of simian virus recently discovered in wild gorillas, researchers report in yesterday's edition of the journal Nature...

Mecca Issues Strict Measures Over Swine Flu in Uganda:

Saudi Arabia has issued strict measures to Muslim pilgrims intending to go for this year's Hajji and Umra to guard against the spread of the influenza A virus, commonly referred to as swine flu. According to a circular issued by the Saudi Embassy last week, all pilgrims must test for Influenza A (H1N1) two weeks before getting Hajji visas. "It is...

Wrong Drugs Pull Back Malaria War in Kenya

The government is concerned about the continued use of wrong malaria drugs in the market, including in its own health facilities. Only a third of people seeking malaria treatment are getting the recommended medicine and some are even being treated with chloroquine, which was phased out almost 10 years ago. The government is concerned about the...

South African Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi Apologises to Doctors

Doctors marched to the head office of the Health Department in Pretoria last week and handed a memorandum to Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. They have given government until June 19 to address their frustrations regarding poor pay and working conditions. When accepting the memorandum, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi offered two things:...

Gabon President Omar Bongo Ondimba Illness Reports Spark Succession Debate

The people of Gabon have been wondering for some days now about the state of health of President Omar Bongo Ondimba, reports Infos Plus Gabon of Libreville. There has been no official announcement contradicting rumours that Bongo's health has deterioriated, although it has been confirmed that he has been out of the country for close to two weeks....

Born-Again Kenya's Prime Minister Now Baptized By Maverick Cleric

Kenya's Prime Minister whose religious affiliation has sometimes been the subject of rumour is now a 'born-again' Christian and was baptized at the weekend by a self-styled prophet. Raila Odinga was baptized by immersion at a private pool in Nairobi on Sunday by Prophet Dr David Owuor, a maverick evangelical cleric noted for controversial...

Swine Flu Patient on the Mend in SA

As Susan Kok, South Africa's only suspected swine flu patient, waits in isolation at her home near Mossel Bay to be given a clean bill of health, fears have been expressed that the virus could pose a threat to the upcoming Confederations Cup. In South Africa, both the government and the Local Organising Committee of the Fifa 2010 World Cup are...

Regional Bodies, Governments of Africa Gear Up H1N1 Influenza Response

The World Health Organization's (WHO) Africa regional office has created a crisis management team to monitor the spread of influenza A/H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, as WHO raised the global influenza pandemic alert level to phase 5 - just short of a full pandemic. In West Africa regional organisations and governments are diffusing flu...

New Growth Measures of WHO Will Help Fight Infant Mortality in Africa

New World Health Organization (WHO) growth standards will help to detect which infants are at risk of malnutrition much more quickly, allowing for faster and less costly intervention, say aid workers. Malnutrition is a factor in about half the 10 million deaths among children under five each year, and improved nutrition is essential to achieving...