WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Mindfulness exercises to curb binge eating

By Daily Monitor; 

On many occasions, we are ‘forced’ to do things not because we need to but because our emotions are raging 

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/mindfulness-exercises-to-curb-binge-eating-3875322 

Booster: India starts giving free third Covid vaccine dose to adults

By BBC; 

The drive will last 75 days to mark the 75th anniversary of the country's independence on 15 August. Until now, only frontline workers, health workers, and people above 60 years were eligible for free booster doses. Others had to pay for it

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-56345591 

The US considers over-the-counter birth control pills for the first time

By BBC; 

For the first time in the US, a pharmaceutical firm has asked to be allowed to sell birth control pills over the counter.

The announcement comes just weeks after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion.  

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-62124365 

The need for a One Health approach to influenza surveillance

The Lancet; 

Humidity is a major driver of influenza circulation, and this bimodal relationship is mediated by temperature 

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(22)00240-6/fulltext 

How big harvests and milk will bring peace to conflicts in Africa

By The East African; 

Nearly 350 million Africans, more than a quarter of the continent’s population, were already suffering from hunger because of conflict, drought, and poverty before the Russia-Ukraine war worsened the food insecurity crisis. Grain supplies have been disrupted, and the prices of staples and fuel are skyrocketing

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/how-big-harvests-and-milk-bring-peace-to-conflicts-in-africa-3858610 

Urgent call for better use of existing vaccines and development of new vaccines to tackle AMR

By WHO; 

WHO’s analysis points to the need to accelerate trials for AMR-related vaccines in late-stage development and maximize the use of existing vaccines. 

https://www.who.int/news/item/12-07-2022-urgent-call-for-better-use-of-existing-vaccines-and-development-of-new-vaccines-to-tackle-amr 

WHO applauds Uganda for her all-round immunization programme

By The Independent; 

The World Health Organisation-WHO has applauded Uganda for maintaining the numbers in the routine vaccination exercise despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected vaccination in many countries

https://www.independent.co.ug/who-applauds-uganda-for-all-round-immunization-programme/ 

Tanzania issues alert over nose bleeding illness that killed 3 people

By The East African;  

On Wednesday, Tanzanian health authorities issued an alert that three people have died and 13 others admitted to health centers after a strange disease broke out in the country's southern region of Lindi. 

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/tanzania-issues-alert-over-nose-bleeding-illness-killed-3-people-3879834 

COVID-19 pandemic fuels the most significant continued to backslide in vaccinations in three decades

By WHO; 

WHO and UNICEF sound the alarm as new data shows global vaccination coverage continued to decline in 2021, with 25 million infants missing out on lifesaving vaccines

https://www.who.int/news/item/15-07-2022-covid-19-pandemic-fuels-largest-continued-backslide-in-vaccinations-in-three-decades