Southern Africa: Cyclone Survivors Risk 'Second Wave' of Loss With Disease Threat
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -At least half a million survivors of a powerful cyclone in southeast Africa are at risk of fatal diseases, from cholera and dysentery to malaria, aid workers warned on Thursday, as rescue teams struggled to reach flood-hit communities.
[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala, Uganda -Public health experts have asked the government to change its approach in malaria prevention strategies.
[East African] Dr Richard Idro, a Ugandan consulting paediatrician and paediatric neurologist at Mulago Hospital, has received the inaugural Greenwood Africa Award 2019 in recognition of his outstanding research on the nodding disease syndrome and malaria.
[263Chat] Manicaland province has recorded an upsurge in Malaria cases this year largely due to the Cyclone Idai which left behind an increased number of pools with stagnant water- a conducive breeding environment for mosquito.
[Daily News] AS Tanzania joins the rest of the world to commemorate the World Malaria Day today, the government says it has procured 60,000 litres of biolarvacides-the latest and effective pesticide to deal with malaria vectors.
Initial testing of the vaccine, developed over 30 years, has shown a prevention rate of nearly 40%.
[This Day] Abuja -As the world marked World Malaria Day Wednesday, the United States Government said it has spent $495 million to combat malaria in Nigeria.
[This Day] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed the Government of Malawi's launch of the world's first malaria vaccine today in a landmark pilot programme.
[The Herald] Today, Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating World Malaria Day 2019.
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