Africa: Can Covid-19 Inspire a New Way of Planning African Cities?

[The Conversation Africa] Health crises are not new in Africa. The continent has grappled with infectious diseases on all levels, from local (such as malaria) to regional (Ebola) to global (COVID-19). The region has often carried a disproportionately high burden of global infectious outbreaks.
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On Oct. 6, the World Health Organization recommended use of the first vaccine to fight malaria. The decision is momentous and highly anticipated for many reasons: among them is that this is the first vaccine to help reduce the risk of deadly severe malaria in young children in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease remains a leading killer. The vaccine offers hope that there can be a circle of learning from one pandemic to the next. Malaria, our oldest pandemic, may offer insights on how we can survive contemporary scourges like COVID-19. Malaria evolved at least 2.5 million years ago and first infected humans in rural part...
Source: TIME: Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Uncategorized health healthscienceclimate Source Type: news
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 2021 (IPS) Decades of public health cuts have quietly taken a huge human toll, now even more pronounced with the pandemic. Austerity programmes, by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, have forced countries to cut public spending, including health provisioning. ‘Government is the problem’ “India’s COVID crisis: A deadly example of government failure”, “Government failures still hamper [UK] Covid-19 response”. Such headlines have become commonplace as the pandemic rages on, with no sign of end...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Aid COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Europe Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Source Type: news
Over 115,000 health and care workers died during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a physician who’s cared for patients with COVID-19, malaria and Ebola, I’ve seen too many colleagues make the ultimate sacrifice on the frontlines. I’m not surprised experts responding to TIME’s survey ranked bolstering the world’s public health workforce, particularly in rural and remote regions, as one of the top five of nearly 50 strategies to prepare for the next pandemic. But I’m concerned they ranked this the least feasible strategy amongst the top five. Experts ranked high the need for new systems to raise ...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 health Magazine Source Type: news
The health status of the population of South Kivu, an eastern province of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been and remains under extensive epidemiological surveillance, including mandatory reporting of all cases of major infections (Ebola, cholera, malaria, etc.) in each health zone. This monitoring enables rapid public health alerts (e.g. outbreaks of Ebola in 2019 and cholera in 2020), and has been further activated since the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic (Organisation mondiale de la Sant é – Democratic Republic of Congo, 2020).
Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
by Uche V. Amazigo, Stephen G. A. Leak, Honorat G. M. Zoure, Chukwu Okoronkwo, Maimouna Diop Ly, Sunday Isiyaku, Andy Crump, Joseph C. Okeibunor, Boakye Boatin The neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect hundreds of millions of people, predominantly in rural, often difficult-to-access areas, poorly served by national health services. Here, we review the contributions of 4.8 million community-directed distributors (CDDs) of medicines over 2 decades in 1 46,000 communities in 27 sub-Saharan African countries to control or eliminate onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis (LF). We examine their role in the control of other...
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases - Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Biosens Bioelectron. 2021 Feb 6;179:113074. doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2021.113074. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTOn global scale, the current situation of pandemic is symptomatic of increased incidences of contagious diseases caused by pathogens. The faster spread of these diseases, in a moderately short timeframe, is threatening the overall population wellbeing and conceivably the economy. The inadequacy of conventional diagnostic tools in terms of time consuming and complex laboratory-based diagnosis process is a major challenge to medical care. In present era, the development of point-of-care testing (POCT) is in demand for f...
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By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth International Community Health Nurse Olivia Yeboah thoroughly washes her hands at the Akropong Clinic in Ghana. Photo by Emmanuel Attramah, PMI Impact Malaria/US President's Malaria Initiative.December 17, 2020If we wanted to, we could list a COVID-19 moment for every month of 2020.  We all know that the onset of the coronavirus pandemic—first in China and then worldwide—overwhelmed news coverage this year. And with good reason. It’s the first large-scale global pandemic in 100 years. At the time this article was publ...
Source: IntraHealth International - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Nutrition Policy Advocacy Health Workforce Systems Nursing Midwifery 2020 Health Workers Source Type: news
In the midst of the continuing pandemic, World Dictionary Day seems like the perfect occasion to consider the meaning and origin behind some of the most well-known disease names. We’ve been speaking with Dr. Steve Berger, our co-founder, to learn more. CORONAVIRUSES Let’s start with the obvious one. COVID 19, which began as a localized outbreak of “Novel Coronavirus” infection,  is now a name almost every household in the world will know. COVID-19 comes from COrona VIrus Disease which first appeared in 2019, with the disease itself being caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. SARS was a prominent name...
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AbstractThe current outbreak of the highly transmittable and life-threatening severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has evolved rapidly and posed a global health emergency. Many clinical trials are now being conducted to test possible therapies. To assist this, virtual screening via molecular docking was performed on several FDA-approved drugs, previously used in epidemics, and the top ten compounds were selected. These ten well-characterized drugs, previously used to treat malaria and Ebola infections, were screened based on their interactions with the SARS-CoV-2 ACE2 receptor and 3C-like protease. ...
Source: Network Modeling Analysis in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics - Category: Bioinformatics Source Type: research
Religions for Peace Interreligious Council of Albania distributing Covid relief supplies from the Multi-religious Humanitarian Fund. Credit: Erzen CarjaBy Prof. Azza KaramNEW YORK, Aug 4 2020 (IPS) — I have never been interested in religion or spirituality before, but I found myself tuning in to all sorts of on-line religion and spirituality related forums “in search of something.” These are the words of a 30-something single young, middle class man (born into a Protestant-Catholic family background) in a European country. The latter is known more for turning several churches into museums or shopping ce...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Civil Society Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news
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