Category: Africa Health Desk


Improving the Health of Africa

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The wealth of a nation depends on the health of its people. Delivering a talk on “Elevating the Quality of and Access to Healthcare in Africa” at Kellogg’s Jacobs Center on October 7, Nigeria’s Honourable Minister of Health Isaac F. Adewole, shared his country’s ambitious plan to implement universal health coverage by 2018. Read More


Counterfeit drugs: ‘People are dying every day’

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Imagine seeing your child suffering from malaria, one of the biggest killers of children across the world. Symptoms include high fever, sweating, vomiting and convulsions. But it’s OK, you think, because you bought medicine to combat the disease from a local drugs market. Read More


NIGERIA | FG To Provide New TB Testing Machines In Selected Health Centres – Minister

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday in Abuja, said the Federal Government would provide 1111 gene expert machines, a new diagnosis tool in some selected primary healthcare centres to enhance treatment of tuberculosis (TB). Read More


The Strange And Surprising Debate Over How To Help A Malnourished Kid

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It used to be common knowledge: Malnourished kids need more protein to thrive. Then came a scathing paper in the Lancet in 1974 called “The Great Protein Fiasco.” Filled with sarcasm, it argued that the nutrition community’s fixation on protein was a waste of time and money. Read More


Africa’s real crisis is heart disease

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In 2015, the United States spent $7.5 billion, more than three-quarters of its global health budget, to fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria. These, after all, are the “big three” infectious diseases, and they’ve ravaged developing-world populations. Aids has killed more than 25 million people worldwide since 2000; in 2015, there were 214 million cases of malaria and almost 10 million tuberculosis diagnoses. Read More

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