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New vaccine helps prevent active pulmonary TB in HIV negative adults

Emmanuel Hanon

GSK and Aeras on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 reported that GSK’s M72/AS01E candidate vaccine significantly reduced the incidence of pulmonary tuberculosis disease in HIV-negative adults with latent tuberculosis infection in an ongoing phase IIb clinical trial testing. These primary results published in the New England Journal of Medicine after two years of trial are said to demonstrate an overall vaccine ...

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Scientists seek wholesome approach in addressing zoonotic diseases

Bassirou Bonfoh

Eleven different African institutions have come together through a consortium to build capacities of indigenous scientists who are researching on common diseases, especially those that are transmitted from livestock to human and vice versa through a concept known as “One Health”. “Many times, we treat tuberculosis in humans, but it doesn’t work because it is originating from livestock animals,” said ...

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Russia creates new powder vaccine against Ebola

Veronika Skvortsova

The Russian health care ministry has got a new dry powder vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus disease, Health Minister, Veronika Skvortsova, said on Thursday, September 20, 2018. “We have created a new form of Ebola vaccine in powder,’’ Skvortsova said at a meeting with Djene Kaba Conde, the spouse of the president of Guinea, on the sidelines of the ...

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1.3b people at risk of tuberculosis – WHO

Dr Teresa Kasaeva

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that a quarter of the world’s population has TB infection or some 1.3 billion people are at risk of developing TB during their lifetime. According to WHO, countries are not doing enough to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030 despite global efforts that averted about 54 million TB deaths since 2000. WHO, at the release of ...

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Zambia expresses concern over cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe

Vincent Mwale

The Zambian government on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 expressed concern over the outbreak of cholera in neighbouring Zimbabwe, saying the outbreak could spill over. Cholera has broken out in Zimbabwe and has so far claimed about 30 lives while thousands of cases have been recorded. Minister of Local Government and Housing, Vincent Mwale, said the cholera outbreak in the neighbouring ...

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10 million cases of TB recorded in 2017 – WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

An estimated 10 million people worldwide developed Tuberculosis (TB) in 2017, and the world is far from ending the epidemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. TB is one of the top 10 causes of death globally and killed an estimated 1.6 million people worldwide in 2017, according to the UN’s health agency. The WHO ...

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South Africa issues cholera alert following outbreak in neighbouring Zimbabwe

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

South Africa on Monday, September 17, 2018 issued a cholera alert following an outbreak in neighbouring Zimbabwe. “There is a significant risk that travelers from the outbreak-affected area may present with cholera in South Africa,’’ the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said. Healthcare workers countrywide, especially those in Limpopo Province, which borders Zimbabwe, should be on high alert for ...

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WHO enhances HIV treatment cascade to improve interventions in South Sudan

Evans Liyosi

The World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with South Sudan’s health ministry has strengthened HIV treatment cascade to improve interventions and achieve the national 90-90-90 targets, an ambitious goal to end the pandemic. Moses Nganda, Medical Officer at WHO South Sudan, said over the last decades, Juba had continued to face humanitarian crises of varying nature and intensity weakening the ...

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WHO steps up measures to tackle sleeping sickness in South Sudan

Evans Liyosi

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday, September 14, 2018 it had stepped up efforts by training health workers to accelerate the elimination of human African trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness in South Sudan. Evans Liyosi, WHO Representative for South Sudan, said this in a statement issued in Juba, the nation’s capital. He said the UN health agency trained health ...

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Scientists unveil world’s first non-antibiotic treatment for TB in Britain

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Scientists in Manchester in the United Kingdom have developed the world’s first non-antibiotic treatment for tuberculosis. The team at the University of Manchester hoped the compound, developed after 10 years of painstaking research, will be ready for trials on humans within three to four years. Project-leader Professor Lydia Tabernero said on Tuesday, September 11, 2018: “For more than 60 years ...

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