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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

East Africa: EALA Proposes Introduction of Contraceptives for Children

Kampala — The East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) has drafted a Bill seeking to introduce contraceptives for children and teenagers aged between 10 and 19.   The Bill dubbed the EAC Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Bill 2017, if passed into law will bind the East African Community member states to provide contraceptives to all EAC citizens including children.   The Bill also seeks to legalise.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 2nd March 2017

Kenyan Youngsters Win Award in Germany for Innovative Healthcare Plan

Almost half of all Kenyans can't afford to consult a doctor when they fall sick. A team of young Kenyan IT specialists came up with a prize-winning plan to change that.   Ethredah Chao had just 72 hours to find a solution to one of Kenya's biggest problems.   "Almost half of the Kenyan population lives below the poverty line. That means that they cannot afford basic healthcare services," Chao told DW.   "They.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 1st March 2017

Tanzania: President Lauds Hospital for Saving Life of Domestic Abuse Victim

President John Magufuli has showered praise on the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), in particular, surgeons and staff who saved the life of one Neema Mwita Wambura who suffered severe burns on her body two years ago.   Ms Neema was allegedly burnt with boiling porridge by her husband in Kyagata village of Tarime District in Mara Region in 2014. She suffered severe injuries on her chest, neck and hands.   The Director of.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 25th February 2017

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