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Malaria vaccine big advance against major child killer

Malaria vaccine big advance against major child killer

Health & Wellbeing
A cheap malaria vaccine that can be produced on a massive scale has been recommended for use by the World Health Organization (WHO). The vaccine has been developed by the University of Oxford and is only the second malaria vaccine to be developed. Malaria kills mostly babies and infants, and has been one of the biggest scourges on humanity. There are already agreements in place to manufacture more than 100 million doses a year. It has taken more than a century of scientific effort to develop effective vaccines against malaria. The disease is caused by a complex parasite, which is spread by the bite of blood-sucking mosquitoes. It is far more sophisticated than a virus as it hides from our immune system by constantly shape-shifting inside the human body. That makes it har...
Ministers of Health, health leaders pledge to intensify efforts to end polio.

Ministers of Health, health leaders pledge to intensify efforts to end polio.

Africa News, Health & Wellbeing
As the African region marks one year since the last confirmed detection of wild poliovirus type 1, Ministers of Health and other health leaders gathering for the Seventy-third session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa today pledged to intensify efforts to end all forms of the virus. The region’s last confirmed case of wild poliovirus, linked to a strain circulating in Pakistan, was reported in August 2022 in Mozambique’s Tete province. A total of nine cases were detected in both Mozambique and neighbouring Malawi, where an outbreak was confirmed in February 2022. In a coordinated response, more than 45 million children across five southern Africa countries were vaccinated against the virus. The health leaders underscored the pivotal role of enha...
Sustaining the mental health agenda in Ghana

Sustaining the mental health agenda in Ghana

Ghana News, Health & Wellbeing
Ghana has over 2.3 million people living with various mental health conditions, yet mental health care remains a challenge, with a 98% treatment gap. Since 2022, the country has been implementing the Director General’s Special Initiative for Mental Health (DG-SIMH) in four regions to address the gaps and strengthen the standard of mental health and well-being. The five-year initiative supported by the Government of Norway and USAID seeks to get 100 million more people to access quality and affordable mental health services in 12 countries around the world, including Ghana. Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) is enhancing the capacity of the implementing regions and partners to ensure the sustainability of the initiative and other inventions even after the implementation period....
Ghana confirms invasion of dangerous new mosquito breed

Ghana confirms invasion of dangerous new mosquito breed

Ghana News, Headlines Today, Health & Wellbeing
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed the invasion of a new breed of mosquito more dangerous than the anopheles. The new breed known as Anopheles Stephensi, is also a malaria-transmitting mosquito, very invasive, spreads faster, and can adopt to a myriad of climate conditions according to the World Health Organization. GHSe has established its presence in Tuba and Dansoman, and has warned residents to protect themselves. The Anopheles Stephensi first invaded Africa in 2019, the countries include Ethiopia Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria and unfortunately confirmed in Ghana just this March. This breed produces both Plasmodium Falciparum (the deadliest species of plasmodium which causes malaria) and P Vivax Malaria parasites. Also, a recent mathematical modeling study by th...
Ghana: Greater Accra has more than 50% of monkeypox cases

Ghana: Greater Accra has more than 50% of monkeypox cases

Ghana News, International
The total confirmed cases of the monkeypox outbreak in Ghana is now 34 with the cases recorded in six regions. More than 50 percent of cases are in the Greater Accra Region. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said Greater Accra, Ashanti, Bono, Bono East, Eastern and Upper West are the regions where the cases have been identified. The monkeypox outbreak was Saturday (July 23, 2022) declared a global Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO). The classification is the highest alert that the WHO can issue and follows a worldwide upsurge in cases. It came at the end of the second meeting of the WHO's emergency committee on the virus. Ghana cases The last confirme...
Monkeypox: WHO declares highest alert over outbreak

Monkeypox: WHO declares highest alert over outbreak

International
The monkeypox outbreak has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. The classification is the highest alert that the WHO can issue and follows a worldwide upsurge in cases. It came at the end of the second meeting of the WHO's emergency committee on the virus. More than 16,000 cases have now been reported from 75 countries, said WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. There had been five deaths so far as a result of the outbreak, he added. There are only two other such health emergencies at present - the coronavirus pandemic and the continuing effort to eradicate polio. Dr Tedros said the emergency committee had been unable to reach a consensus on whether the monkeypox outbreak should be classified as a global health emergency...
Climate Change Fueling Disease In Africa – WHO

Climate Change Fueling Disease In Africa – WHO

International, World News
Non-communicable diseases, or diseases that are not transmitted directly from one person to another, are said to be on the rise in Africa as climate change continues to pose a big threat to health in the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.Increasing temperatures mean mosquitos spread diseases further and faster than ever before, with serious consequences for African countries.Deaths due to malaria in Africa now account for over half of all malaria deaths worldwide.With fossil fuels responsible for most of the harmful emissions that are linked to acute and chronic sickness, the WHO has called for sensible steps to curb their use.“During the past two decades, most public health events have been climate-related, whether they were vector- or water-borne, transmitted from a...
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