WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 600 mln: WHO

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has surpassed 600 million, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO)

https://www.independent.co.ug/global-covid-19-cases-surpass-600-mln-who/

Africa adopts new strategy to transform health security

The global health regulator estimates that up to US$ 4 billion is needed annually from international and domestic sources to fully fund core health security capacities in the region and better prepare for the next pandemic.

https://nation.africa/kenya/health/africa-adopts-new-strategy-to-transform-health-security-3934016

Half of health care facilities globally lack basic hygiene services – WHO, UNICEF

A newly established global estimate on hygiene reveals the risk of disease spread and infections to patients and health care providers.

https://www.who.int/news/item/30-08-2022-half-of-health-care-facilities-globally-lack-basic-hygiene-services---who--unicef

Scientists find why deadly brain cancer returns

Experts explain that glioma brain tumors are rare but a diagnosis is devastating because there is currently no cure.

https://nation.africa/kenya/health/-scientists-find-why-deadly-brain-cancer-returns-3931544

WHO approves Africa-first malaria drug

Local supply of a medicine used to prevent malaria across Africa received a boost recently, as the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a quality certification to the first African manufacturer of a key antimalarial drug used to prevent infection in pregnant women and children.

https://www.independent.co.ug/who-approves-africa-first-malaria-drug/

European Commission approves first twice-yearly HIV medication

The new treatment would enable more people showing resistance to current regimens to get on treatment.

https://nation.africa/kenya/news/european-commission-approves-first-twice-yearly-hiv-medication-3933424

Addressing vitamin A deficiency

Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of preventable childhood blindness. It also increases the risk of death from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea. Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) threatens public health, especially in preschool-aged children in developing countries.

https://www.independent.co.ug/addressing-vitamin-a-deficiency/

Is milk good for ulcer treatment?

Treatment of ulcers include lifestyle changes such as ending smoking or avoiding taking too much alcohol, stopping the use of the above painkillers, and eradication of helicobacter pylori germs.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/is-milk-good-for-ulcer-treatment--3928988

Funding the future of the HIV response

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, UNAIDS reports a large increase in the number of people taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), from 820 000 in 2020 to 1·6 million in 2021. Eastern and southern Africa have made awe-inspiring progress in their PrEP scale-up.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanhiv/article/PIIS2352-3018(22)00222-3/fulltext  

CDC recommends reformulated coronavirus booster shot for fall

The latest recommendation for boosters provides a new opportunity for the Biden administration and public health experts to launch another round of messaging to a pandemic-weary public about the importance of vaccination against a virus still killing an average of more than 500 people a day in the United States.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/09/01/cdc-fall-booster-shots/