WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Uganda’s NTD risk remains high despite progress

By Daily Monitor;

Neglected tropical disease (NTDs), is a diverse group of diseases and conditions prevalent mainly in Africa and other developing countries. Without proper treatment, these infections can cause blindness, disfigurement, chronic pain, cognitive impairment, and other long-term disability and irreversible damage that create obstacles to education, employment, economic growth, stigmatization with disastrous social exclusions by family, community, society, and overall development. Reducing the burden of mortality and morbidity caused by NTDs is integral to improving the health of Ugandans.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/uganda-s-ntd-risk-remains-high-despite-progress-3853564

Hundreds of residents in Nsambya have received  free medical services

By NewVision;

The services offered included eye care, dental check-up, screening of non-communicable diseases, and a blood donation drive among others.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/category/health/hundreds-embrace-free-medical-services-in-nsa-136644

COVID-19 cases surge, positivity rate hits 4.8%

By Nile post;

The Ministry of Health has raised concerns over the recent surge of Covid-19 in the country with a weekly record of about 600 cases.

https://nilepost.co.ug/2022/06/20/covid-19-cases-surge-positivity-rate-hits-4-8/

WHO statement on menstrual health and rights

By WHO;

WHO calls for menstrual Health to be recognized, framed, and addressed as a health and human rights issue, not a hygiene issue a health issue with physical, psychological, and social dimensions, and one that needs to be addressed from the perspective of a life course – from before menarche to after menopause.

https://www.who.int/news/item/22-06-2022-who-statement-on-menstrual-health-and-rights

Tororo general hospital battling blood shortage

By The Independent;

According to the hospital administrators, the shortage is leading to an increase in infant deaths and also affects the lower health facilities.

https://www.independent.co.ug/tororo-general-hospital-battling-blood-shortage/

Juul: the US bans all products from leading vaping company

By BBC; 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it did not have enough data to be sure that marketing the firm's products was "appropriate for the protection of public health".

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-61914166 

South African biotech company to develop first African-owned Covid-19 vaccine

By The East African;

One of the key lessons that Africa has learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is that it is high time for the continent to manufacture its own vaccines. A year after the creation of the mRNA Vaccine Technology Transfer Hub, a South African biotech company has teamed up with a Belgium-based firm to develop an African Covid-19 vaccine.

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/south-africa-develop-first-african-owned-covid-19-vaccine-3857082

Europe gives $12m funding for malaria vaccine

By East African;

Africa will get €10 million ($10.47 million) from the European Commission (EC) to develop a vaccine targeted at preventing placental malaria.

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/europe-gives-funding-for-malaria-vaccine-3856198

Roe v Wade: US Supreme Court ends constitutional right to abortion

After the Supreme Court ruling, abortion access is expected to be cut off for about 36 million women of reproductive age, according to research from Planned Parenthood. 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-61928898