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TB Alliance lauds WHO on updates for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis

Dr. Mel Spigelman

The TB Alliance has congratulated the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the issuance of its rapid communication informing all stakeholders about the key implications for MDR-TB treatment regimens based on a new evidence assessment. The restructuring, says TB Alliance, will limit the use of injectable drugs while prioritising the use of novel drugs including bedaquiline and linezolid. In a statement, Dr. Mel ...

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Rotary earmarks $96.5m to end polio

Polio

Rotary on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 announced nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralysed hundreds of thousands of children each year. The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016. “Nigeria has prevented further cases of ...

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Bloomberg launches $20m global tobacco industry watchdog

José Luis Castro

Global health organisation, Vital Strategies, on Monday, August 13, 2018 congratulated Bloomberg Philanthropies on the launch of its new $20 million global tobacco industry watchdog, STOP (Stopping Tobacco Organisations and Products). STOP will be powered by a consortium of three leading anti-tobacco groups, with Vital Strategies joining with its sister organisation, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) as a ...

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Ebola may be spreading undetected in Congo’s conflict zones – WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The Ebola virus may be spreading undetected in no-go zones in Congo’s conflicted North Kivu province, World Health Organisation (WHO) chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 in Geneva. So far, 57 confirmed and suspected cases, including 41 deaths, have became known since late July in this north-eastern region. Ghebreyesus, who visited North Kivu last week, said WHO ...

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Congo starts using experimental Ebola treatment

Oly Ilunga

The Democratic Republic of Congo has started using the experimental mAb114 Ebola treatment on patients in the east of the country, the health ministry said on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. This is the first time it has been deployed against an active outbreak. The outbreak in eastern Congo’s North Kivu province has now spread to neighbouring Ituri province, where a ...

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WHO urges access to tackle Ebola in DRC’s conflict zone

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for “free and secure” access to the Ebola-affected people in the conflict-affected region of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, said after seeing first-hand the complexities of the Ebola response, said that unhindered access to the disease-affected people was necessary in order to bring the outbreak under ...

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DRC begins vaccination against latest Ebola outbreak

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has started vaccination against the latest Ebola outbreak in the northeaster North Kivu province, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The vaccination has targeted high risk populations in North Kivu, in which the provincial health minister and the provincial coordinator of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation were the ...

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Uganda sends samples of strange, deadly disease to U.S.

Yoweri Museveni

Uganda has sent samples to the United States for further laboratory tests after a strange disease in the central region district of Mubende left eight people dead and 16 others hospitalised. The Ministry of Health in a weekend statement said previous laboratory tests turned out negative for all known viral hemorrhagic fevers like Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, Crimean Congo, Marburg ...

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Ebola cases in DR Congo ‘will rise in coming days’ – WHO

Peter Salama

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised the alarm that cases from the resurgent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are expected to rise in the coming days. WHO’s Deputy Director General of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Dr Peter Salama, said in Geneva that there had been around 20 deaths because of the Ebola virus. Salama ...

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‘Unsafe burial’ of woman triggered Ebola outbreak in DRC – WHO

Ebola

The death and unsafe burial of a 65-year-old woman in Mangina in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was the critical event that set alarm bells ringing in the latest Ebola outbreak in late July, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday, August 3, 2018. WHO’s emergency response chief Peter Salama said seven of the woman’s immediate family later ...

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