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Ebola spreads to DR Congo’s South Kivu province

First confirmed Ebola cases in DR Congo’s South Kivu province Bukavu, DR Congo | AFP |  The eastern DR Congo province of South Kivu has recorded its first confirmed cases of Ebola in the country’s year-old epidemic, one of which was a fatality, the provincial government said Friday. “Two cases …

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VIDEO: Stealing from the sick

VIDEO: Stealing from the sick – Full documentary – BBC Africa Eye Kampala, Uganda | BBC VIDEOS | Everyone in Uganda is entitled to free medicine to combat killer diseases like malaria. Despite Government efforts to improve access to essential medicines, a significant number of people have to use private facilities …

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Why UN appointed new HIV/AIDS chief

UN appoints new HIV/AIDS chief after controversy United Nations, United States | AFP |  United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed a new HIV/AIDS chief on Wednesday after the previous incumbent left accused of serious mismanagement. Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyima of Uganda will lead UNAIDS, a spokesperson for …

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Global measles cases triple year-on-year

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP |  Measles cases nearly tripled globally during the first seven months of the year compared to the same period in 2018, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, amid growing concern over public resistance to the vaccine. So far this year, 364,808 measles cases were reported around …

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Scientists a step closer to a cure for Ebola

Two Ebola drugs found to increase survival rates: health officials Washington, United States | AFP |  Scientists were a step closer to a cure for Ebola on Monday after two of four drugs in a clinical trial were found to significantly increase survival rates, the US health authority co-funding the …

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Forty-six new US Peace Corps Volunteers start work in Uganda

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac has presided over the swearing-in ceremony of 46 United States Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs). This newest group of 21 health and 25 agribusiness volunteers brings the total number of Peace Corps Volunteers currently serving in Uganda …

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Dolutegravir recommended as preferred HIV treatment option

WHO recommends dolutegravir as preferred HIV treatment option in all populations Mexico City, Mexico | THE INDEPENDENT | Based on new evidence assessing benefits and risks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended the use of the HIV drug dolutegravir (DTG) as the preferred first-line and second-line treatment for all …

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High cost of HIV misdiagnosis

Retesting people to confirm HIV positive results might appear costly but is cheaper than treating people wrongly diagnosed THE INDEPENDENT | Julian E. Sabiiti | It is well-known that an HIV-positive diagnosis can have detrimental results on people affected. A person diagnosed as HIV positive can undergo depression, withdraw from the public …

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WHO declares world emergency after Ebola gets to Goma

DR Congo Ebola outbreak ‘health emergency’ of international concern: WHO Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern,” a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics. The Ebola epidemic …

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