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Tanzania: Kagera Takes Measures to Fight Maternal Deaths

Bukoba — LEADERS in Kagera Region have been urged to take a holistic approach to ensure that no woman dies due to pregnancy related complications. The call was made here on Friday by the Bukoba District Medical Officer (DMO), Dr Hamza Magulu, during a stakeholders' meeting to discuss implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He noted that Bukoba District recorded impressive achievement in Safe Motherhood from 22 per cent.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 6th September 2014

Huron Valley Ambulance donates medical supplies for use in Africa

WASHTENAW COUNTY - Huron Valley Ambulance has donated more than 100 cases of medical supplies to aid some vulnerable African communities through the Ann Arbor-based non-profit Relief for Africa. Intravenous (IV) kits and surplus medical supplies were presented Aug. 19 by HVA to Relief for Africa representatives. Rama Kannenje, president of Relief for Africa, said he really appreciates the opportunity to distribute these supplies, to help.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 23rd August 2014

Nestle Kenya Launches Digital Nutrition Calculator For Mums

Technology is now in the kitchen as Nestlé Kenya, through its MILO® brand, has unveiled a web based nutrition calculator which will enable parents to calculate the nutrition component of their kid’s meals, analyse their activeness, set up a balanced diet and schedule their kid’s sports activities by just a click of the mouse, on their web-enabled phones, tablet or ipad. Dubbed MILO® Nutrition Calculator, the tool is.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 6th September 2014

Foundation launches free cancer screening exercise - Kenya

 Kenya: The Africa Cancer Foundation has kicked off a free screening exercise, which will see the organisation hold testing in six counties. Dorothy Nyong’o, the foundation’s managing director, said they would tour Kisumu, Nakuru, Mombasa, Eldoret and Nairobi. The organisation held the first free-screening exercise in Nyeri, which was attended by more than 1,000 people. Mrs Nyong’o said those found with cancerous traces.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 15th August 2014

Msambweni Hospital Gets New Machine

 The Kwale government has handed over an Anesthetic machine to the ministry of health to help in handling patients waiting for operation in Msambweni Referral Hospital. Water executive Athman Chiguzo said that the new machine cost Sh1.9 million. Speaking to the Star on the phone on Sunday Chigudzo said the buying of the machine is among other plans set by the government to ensure residents get quality health services. He said the machine.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 13th August 2014

Thermal cameras could spot disease carriers at borders

 As the costs of thermal imaging cameras comes down, their usage extends to other applications than security, such as detecting fevers at border crossings and providing a safer method for screening patients for breast cancer, instead of less comfortable methods that expose patients to radiation such as mammography. Thermal imaging cameras record images of the infrared radiation (heat) being emitted by the skin to determine threats. The.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 13th August 2014

Opportunities open up for SA drug companies

 Sub-Saharan Africa offers significant opportunities for SA's pharmaceutical manufacturing companies‚ as a growing middle class and an increasing disease burden push up demand for medicines‚ according to research by Frost & Sullivan. Pharmaceutical sales in sub-Saharan Africa generated revenues of US$2.28bn in 2011 and were forecast to reach US$5.02bn in 2018‚ the research company said on Wednesday (16.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 13th August 2014

Africa first medical tablet wins 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Africa's first medical tablet, sending results via a mobile-phone connection, won a 2014 Rolex Award for Enterprise. It was one of the two African awards from this year's five winners. The Royal Society, London's leading scientific institution, announced the winners on 24 June 2014. The five Young Laureates from Africa, India, Europe and the Middle East were chosen by an international jury of eight experts who reviewed a shortlist from among.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 13th August 2014

Ethiopia Working to Eradicate TB Within 20 Years

Ministry of Health said that it is working to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from Ethiopia within 20 years, well ahead of the international target date set for 50 years. While visiting the renovated TB capture laboratory of the Saint Peter's Specialized Hospital on Friday, July 18, 2014, Minister of Health, Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, said Ethiopia plans to eradicate tuberculosis earlier than the internationally target date set by World Health.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 6th September 2014

Dr Mark Michalski is ready to print a 3-D brain (maybe yours)

 In a year's time, the 3-D printers at Yale's Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID) have churned out countless parts, prototypes, and curiosity-driven experiments in plastic - rotorheads and racecar uprights, cardiac pump pieces and thermostats, snowmen, keychains, and fantastical geometric shapes. Radiology resident Dr Mark Michalski uses them to print organs - arteries and bones, a liver, a heart, a knee. "The.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 6th September 2014

NAPM calls for elimination of VAT on life saving medicines

 The National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NAPM) has proposed a zero Value Added Tax (VAT) rating on medicines in its submission to the Davis Tax Committee, tasked with assessing the country's tax policy framework and its role in supporting the objectives of inclusive growth, employment, development and fiscal sustainability in South Africa. Although the proposed Zero VAT rating requested consideration for all medicines,.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 6th September 2014

Multi-strain vaccine for HPV, suitable for girls, boys, women, men

 The Human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical, anal and penile cancers, along with genital warts, has more than 130 strains, 40 of which affect the genital area. "While most people clear the virus naturally, others are not able to," says Dr Trudy Smith, Johannesburg-based gynecologist and obstetrician. "HPV is a particularly strong virus that can cause infections that lead to cancer in both men and women. There.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th August 2014



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