South Africa: Department of Health partners AstraZeneca to aid prevention, controlling of non-communicable diseases

In a collaborative effort to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on the public healthcare system, the National Department of Health has joined forces with AstraZeneca, through its Phakamisa program, to intensify community-based screening aimed at preventing and controlling non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in South Africa. The initiative is dedicated to facilitating the early…

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WTO MC13 fails to deliver tangible progress for Africa

The 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ended on Saturday morning,  2nd March 2024 at 12:45 am, in the city of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with not much to celebrate in Africa as members en route to their various countries. The Conference was scheduled to end on Thursday 29th February 2024. After five days of…

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South Africa’s main opposition party lays out plans to unseat the African National Congress

Thousands of South Africans gathered in the capital Saturday to show support for the country’s biggest opposition party as it prepares for a much-anticipated national election in which it hopes to wrest control of the government from the ruling African National Congress. Many of the Democratic Alliance backers assembled in the Union Buildings, the official…

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Africa makes strides in local snakebite antivenom manufacturing

Dr. Benno Kreuels, lead for the Snakebite Envenoming Research Group at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany, has explained that although most of the true burden of snakebite envenoming is experienced by low middle-income countries (LMICs), very little data from these areas contribute to the global discussion. He said the data…

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Africa: Gavi alliance board chair on the future of the continent’s vaccine manufacturing capacity

***Pre-and post-election violence as well as humanitarian crises and health advancements are some key issues on the agenda at the African Union 37th ordinary session. ** The assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union will meet starting on Saturday (Feb. 17) in Addis Ababa. The EU’s former commission president who now…

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