WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Male Contraceptive Pill Found 99% Effective in Mice

A persistent question about future male contraceptive pills has been whether women will trust men to use them. 

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/male-contraceptive-pill-found-99-effective-in-mice-3758368 

EU and WHO join forces to improve global health security and access to medical products and health technologies in Africa

The new initiative is designed to empower African countries and partners such as the African Union to further enable local manufacturing of medical products and health technologies by advancing regulatory convergence across the continent, supporting technology transfer and capacity building for local production, and improving the consolidation of the demand and strategic purchasing of such products.

https://www.who.int/news/item/23-03-2022-eu-and-who-join-forces-to-improve-global-health-security-and-access-to-medical-products-and-health-technologies-in-africa 

Covid-19 was a wake-up call to Ugandan scientists

Scientists argue that the outbreak of covid-19 led to the country’s first attempt to manufacture a vaccine for a disease. In addition to this, due to the ban on the importation of some medicines, chemotherapists began looking into a cure for covid-19. https://www.independent.co.ug/covid-19-was-a-wake-up-call-to-ugandan-scientists/ 

WHO in the front line to weed out tobacco farming from Kenya

The World Health Organisation has launched a program that will see hundreds of farmers in Migori County, western Kenya, shift from health-hazardous tobacco-farming, in efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths and improve eco-friendly farming in the country.

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/who-in-the-front-line-to-weed-tobacco-farming-from-kenya-3761222

Demystifying Down syndrome

With the help of specialized educational programs and support, many children with Down syndrome learn and grow successfully, even graduate and hold jobs. They live to about 55 years of age, and some till 70 years. 

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/demystifying-down-syndrome-3754922 

WHO launches new child mental health program in COVID-19 recovery

The program is the result of an ongoing partnership and collaboration between WHO Europe and the government of Greece across the health system spectrum, including the areas of quality of care and patient safety.

https://www.independent.co.ug/who-launch-new-child-mental-health-program-in-covid-19-recovery/ 

Spike in cholera in Cameroon kills 29 in one week

Twenty-nine people have died from cholera in Cameroon in the space of a week, the health minister has said. 

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/spike-in-cholera-in-cameroon-kills-29-in-one-week-3760180 

Moderna to request FDA’s approval for vaccinating children aged under 6

American biotechnology company Moderna said Wednesday it will request the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grant emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged under 6.

independent.co.ug/moderna-to-request-fdas-approval-for-vaccinating-children-aged-under-6/ 

WHO establishes the Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India

Around 80% of the world’s population is estimated to use traditional medicine. To date, 170 of the 194 WHO member States have reported the use of traditional medicine, and their governments have asked for WHO’s support in creating a body of reliable evidence and data on traditional medicine practices and products 

https://www.who.int/news/item/25-03-2022-who-establishes-the-global-centre-for-traditional-medicine-in-india 

On World TB day WHO calls for increased investments into TB services and research

Global spending on TB diagnostics, treatments, and prevention in 2020 were less than half of the global target of US$ 13 billion annually by 2022. For research and development, an extra US$ 1.1 billion per year is needed.

https://www.who.int/news/item/21-03-2022-on-world-tb-day-who-calls-for-increased-investments-into-tb-services-and-research 

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever case found in the UK

UK officials say they have found a confirmed case of a viral illness called Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in England.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-60872683