WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Zimbabwe: No pay for unvaccinated civil servants

Zimbabwe will not allow unvaccinated government employees to access their offices following the lapse of the compulsory Covid-19 vaccination deadline on Friday, a circular showed.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/zimbabwe-no-pay-for-unvaccinated-civil-servants-3585188 

US to reopen borders to vaccinated travelers 

The United States will reopen its land and air borders on November 8 to foreign visitors fully vaccinated against Covid-19, ending a more than 18-month ban on travel from much of the globe that separated families, hobbled tourism and strained diplomatic ties.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/117361/us-to-reopen-borders-to-vaccinated-travelers

Moderna or Pfizer booster works better for people vaccinated with J&J: study

People who received Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine may benefit from a booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna, preliminary results of a US study published Wednesday showed.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was eagerly awaited in the United States because it looked at the possibility of 'mixing' vaccines -- using a different vaccine than the initial doses for the booster shot -- which is not currently allowed in the country.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/117208/moderna-or-pfizer-booster-works-better-for-pe 

 

Tuberculosis deaths rise for the first time in more than a decade due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has reversed years of global progress in tackling tuberculosis and for the first time in over a decade, TB deaths have increased, according to the World Health Organization’s 2021 Global TB report.

https://www.who.int/news/item/14-10-2021-tuberculosis-deaths-rise-for-the-first-time-in-more-than-a-decade-due-to-the-covid-19-pandemic 

WHO’s 10 calls for climate action to assure sustained recovery from COVID-19

The WHO COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health, launched in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, spells out the global health community’s prescription for climate action based on a growing body of research that establishes the many and inseparable links between climate and health.

https://www.who.int/news/item/11-10-2021-who-s-10-calls-for-climate-action-to-assure-sustained-recovery-from-covid-19 

How biodiversity loss is jeopardising the drugs of the future

From willow bark to mosquitoes, nature has been a source of vital medications for centuries. But species die-off caused by human activity is putting this at risk.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/09/how-biodiversity-loss-is-jeopardising-the-drugs-of-the-future 

As cities grow, air pollution becomes second largest cause of death in Africa

Air pollution was responsible for 1.1 million deaths across Africa in 2019, a new study shows. Most of these deaths — 697,000 — were as a result of household air pollution driven largely by indoor cooking stoves.

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/air-pollution-becomes-second-largest-cause-of-death-in-africa-3585282 

Elusive commodity: Documenting the pain communities in Goma, DR Congo go through to take water home

Just like what happened in 2002, when the Mount Nyiragongo in North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) erupted again in May 2021, hundreds of thousands of residents of Goma city were left without clean water, according to the international medical agency Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

https://www.infonile.org/en/2021/10/elusive-commodity-documenting-the-pain-communities-in-goma-dr-congo-go-through-to-take-water-home-photo-story/ 

 

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