WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Cabinet okays vaccination of learners aged 12-17

By The Independent; 

The Cabinet has passed a decision that will see an estimated 6 million learners aged 12-17 years get vaccinated against COVID-19. Now following the cabinet sitting, the vaccination of learners will now take place during the school holidays.

https://www.independent.co.ug/cabinet-okays-vaccination-of-learners-aged-12-17/ 

World Bank Board Approves New Fund for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (PPR)

By WHO; 

The devastating human, economic, and social cost of COVID-19 have highlighted the urgent need for coordinated action to build stronger health systems and mobilize additional resources for pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (PPR).

https://www.who.int/news/item/30-06-2022-world-bank-board-approves-new-fund-for-pandemic-prevention--preparedness-and-response-(ppr) 

Uganda monkeypox samples come back negative

By The Independent; 

The samples were taken to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases in South Africa following an outbreak of the disease in more than 80 countries in the world. Uganda does not have reagents that can test for the disease. 

https://www.independent.co.ug/uganda-monkeypox-samples-come-back-negative/ 

Covid air war being lost, experts warn, urging mass ventilation

By Daily Monitor; 

The world is still not using one of its most effective weapons against Covid -- properly ventilating public spaces -- more than two years into the pandemic, experts warn

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/world/covid-air-war-being-lost-experts-warn-urging-mass-ventilation-3866632 

Pandemic Related Learning Poverty: 70% of 10 years Can’t Understand a Simple Written Text

By Health Journalists Network Uganda; 

Learning poverty has increased by a third in low- and middle-income countries, with an estimated 70% of 10-year-olds unable to understand a simple written text with comprehension by age 10, according to a new report  

http://hejnu.ug/due-to-covid-19-pandemic-70-of-10-year-olds-unable-to-understand-a-simple-written-text/ 

25% of Kenya’s Healthcare Workers Depressed - Says Agha Khan University Study 

By Health Journalists Network Uganda;

Conducted across all 47 counties in Kenya, the Protecting the Wellbeing and Strengthening the Resilience of Frontline Health Workers study also revealed that two in every five healthcare workers show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. 

http://hejnu.ug/25-healthcare-workforce-in-kenya-exhibit-signs-of-depression/ 

Influx of DRC refugees into Uganda poses health crisis as Covid spikes

By the East African;

The recent explosion of violence in eastern DR Congo has triggered a new wave of refugees crossing into Uganda, presenting a potential health crisis as the region grapples with a new Covid-19 wave.

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/news/east-africa/influx-of-drc-refugees-into-uganda-poses-health-crisis-3861120

Roe v Wade: The world reacts to US abortion ruling

By BBC;

The US Supreme Court's overturning of the constitutional right to abortion is being felt in countries across the world, where activists on both sides of the debate have been explaining what it means to them. 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-61788929

The US rolls out monkeypox vaccine plan

By CIDRAP;

Rapidly scaling up the delivery of monkeypox vaccines and targeting at-risk groups with vaccination is the main goal of phase one, White House officials said last night during a press briefing. To date, 9,000 doses of vaccine and 300 courses of antiviral smallpox treatments have been deployed to 32 states.

https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2022/06/us-rolls-out-monkeypox-vaccine-plan-who-warns-risk-kids

Roe v Wade: Women traveling for abortions will be protected - Biden

By BBC; 

Women in states where abortion is banned or restricted may be forced to cross state lines to parts of the country where the procedure remains legal. 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-62018206 

AfDB to set up a pharmaceutical foundation in Rwanda

By the East African; 

Rwanda will host the new African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation, a venture by the African Development Bank (AfDB) that is expected to boost the continent’s access to technology in manufacturing medicines and vaccines.

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/afdb-to-set-up-pharmaceutical-hub-in-rwanda-3862696