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health news

Grief, bereavement care services piloted in Masaka

Masaka, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Families grieving for relatives who succumb to terminal illnesses can benefit from a new grief and bereavement care service being piloted by palliative care providers. According to Iddi Matovu, a Public Health Specialist at Kitovu Mobile, a palliative care provider that’s piloting the care …

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FMD: Uganda close to lifting quarantine on livestock

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is considering lifting the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) quarantine on livestock. On February 28th, the Ministry imposed quarantine restrictions in Kampala following an outbreak of FMD in Kabowa, Rubaga Division. Subsequently, the disease spread …

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Investing in African health tech

African-led health tech has improved the lives of millions of patients. But systemic change in global health procurement is needed to support local innovations ANALYSIS | AGENCIES | In a remote village in Rwanda, a life-saving medicine delivery takes place. A drone, operated by Zipline; an American company that designs, manufactures, …

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HIV breakthrough

Drug trial shows injection twice a year is 100% effective against infection ANALYSIS | LINDA-GAIL BEKKER | A large clinical trial in South Africa and Uganda has shown that a twice-yearly injection of a new pre-exposure prophylaxis drug gives young women total protection from HIV infection. The trial tested whether …

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Shortage of rabies vaccines hits Eastern Uganda

Tororo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A severe shortage of rabies vaccines has hit government health facilities in Eastern Uganda amidst a surge in the number of people bitten by suspected rabid animals. A survey conducted in Tororo, Busia, and Namayingo districts revealed significant shortages of rabies vaccines, leaving many …

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30-minute exercise boosts cancer-fighting cells

HELSINKI | Xinhua | A new Finnish study shows that even a 30-minute exercise can increase the proportion of tumor-killing white blood cells in breast cancer patients’ bloodstream. According to a press release published by the University of Turku on Wednesday, twenty breast cancer patients who had just been diagnosed …

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Your wig could be poisoning you

Study finds pesticides and other toxic chemicals in synthetic hair ANALYSIS | NWANNE DIKE IJERE | Well-groomed hair is a symbol of beauty for many black African women. Natural hair requires special care and attention, though, which can be time consuming. Wigs (human or synthetic hair), weave-ons and other artificial hair …

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