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 Tanzanian children with hearing impairments no longer have to leave the shores of their country to obtain life-changing surgery. The renowned Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) has launched electronic cochlear implants which replace the damaged inner ear functions by actually transmitting signals to the brain.   Five children have presently undergone the surgical procedures, and have been placed under palliative care and engaged in.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 15th July 2017

Medical supplies to be delivered by drone in Tanzania with British government backing

 A trial of drone-delivered medical supplies in Tanzania is to be funded in part by the UK government, according to reports.   Also involving Silicon Valley start-up Zipline, the scheme is aiming to reduce the amount of time it takes to get blood and other medical supplies around the country.   According to the BBC, the Department for International Development (Dfid) is backing the scheme, which Zipline is already running in.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 15th July 2017

Tanzania: 100 Health Centres to Be Built, Says Govt

  The government will start constructing 100 health centres in various parts of the country next month, Parliament was told yesterday.   The minister of State in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Mr Selemani Jafo, said the government was in final stages of the tendering process.   He said the government was committed to providing better and affordable health services.   He was.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 15th July 2017

Tanzanian Government is financing a lot of different health care development projects

In its endeavor to accommodate to the current and future needs of the East Africa’s citizens and develop the East Africa’s health care sector in terms of quality, standards and the level of services provided, the Tanzanian Government is financing a lot of different health care development projects with its ever so increasing budget allocation towards the same. In this context, Tanzanias MedExpo Exhibition 2017 will kick off its.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 13th June 2017

World's First Malaria Vaccine to be Tested in Africa

Programs beginning next year in Ghana, Malawi and Kenya will test the vaccine's effectiveness in children. The trial was announced ahead of World Malaria Day (25.04.2017).   A pilot program testing the first ever malaria vaccine will begin in Africa in 2018, the World Health Organization has said. Children and babies in high-risk areas in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will receive the RTS,S vaccine, which is also known as.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 28th April 2017

Tanzania to Send 500 Doctors to Kenya to Ease Health Strike Burden

Tanzania has announced a plan to send 500 doctors to Kenya after a doctors' strike paralyzed health services in the neighboring country for months. Kenyan doctors, however, say the government should not hire any foreign doctors but instead employ the more than 1,000 trained physicians who are unemployed.   Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced the plan to dispatch the doctors after a recent meeting in Dar es Salaam with a visiting.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 23rd March 2017

Kenya: Online Medical Service Launched in Kenya

Nairobi — A comprehensive online health solution that will allow patients to access medical consultation has been launched in Kenya.   ConnectMed, which allows patients to get in touch with a doctor anytime, anywhere, will last for at least 15 minutes between 8am to 11pm throughout the week at a consultation fee of Sh1,200.   Chief Executive of ConnectMed, Melissa McCoy says 50 licensed medical doctors from both the private.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 22nd March 2017

Kenya: Govt to Introduce HIV Prevention Drug, High Risk People to get First Access

The Kenyan government will next month roll out a new drug meant to protect HIV-negative people from contracting the virus.   The drug, known as Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) will be given to those at high risk of contracting the virus before being made accessible to the rest of the population.   This is after pilot studies conducted in Kenya and Uganda showed that if taken once daily, the drugs can prevent HIV infection by more.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 14th March 2017

Kenya: Steps to Improve Access to Health Care for Deaf People

Junie* wakes up early in the morning. She's ill and preparing for a doctor's visit in one of the public hospitals.   When she arrives at 6.30am it's overflowing with patients. By noon she becomes anxious, irritated and approaches the nurse seeking an explanation for the six-hour delay.   Only when the nurse explains that they have been calling out her name since early morning, does it strike the nurse that Junie is deaf. She.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 13th March 2017

Kenya: President Appeals to Doctors to End Strike

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta has once again appealed to doctors to consider the plight of Kenyans and return to work as a solution is sought for their grievances.   Speaking during a tour of Kiambu County on Saturday, the Head of State said that Kenyans were suffering and doctors should recognise this fact.   He emphasised the need for them to put patriotism first before striving for their interests.   "In.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 6th March 2017

Africa: Urgent Need for New Antibiotics That Combat Resistant Bacteria

Rome/Geneva — The United Nations health organisation has just published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" - a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health.   The list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics, as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) efforts to address growing global resistance.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 4th March 2017

Kenya: Country Hoping for Talks With President to End Doctors' Strike

Kenyans are hopeful President Uhuru Kenyatta's meeting on Thursday with the heads of the Catholic and Anglican churches and doctors' union leaders will put an end to the misery caused by the 88-day-old doctors' strike.   The Nation has exclusively learned that the crisis meeting, which will be held at an undisclosed location in Nairobi, will bring together the President, Catholic Archbishop John Cardinal Njue, his Anglican counterpart.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 3rd March 2017

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