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South Africa reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu in Mpumalanga: OIE
PARIS (Reuters) - South Africa reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu on a commercial broiler breeder farm in Mpumalanga province, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday, citing a report from the South African farm ministry. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

5th United States Conference on African Immigrant Health
October 5-8, 2017 Arlington, VA. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Duo Breaks Africa's Blood Donor Record
[The Herald] Two Zimbabwean blood donors have donated blood more than 250 times, which has never happened in any African country, the National Blood Services Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has revealed. This came out at the World Blood Donor Day awards ceremony held in Harare recently. The two Zimbabwean blood donors are Mr Ernest Hatchett and Ms Buss Julian Ronald. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Lenasia Celebrates International Day of Yoga
[GroundUp] "It is not limited to any religion and can be practiced by all" says India's Consul General (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Access-SMC to Present At the Roll Back Malaria SBCC Wg Meeting
[Malaria Consortium] Roll Back Malaria Social and Behavior Change Communication Working Group's (SBCC WG) 4th annual meeting will commence next month in Tanzania. From July 11-13, organizations will come together and share challenges, successes and lessons learned to build an evidence base for malaria social and behavior communication. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - June 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Ex-Tanzanian President Calls for Midwifery Global Policy Reforms
[Daily News] Retired President Jakaya Kikwete has called for urgent global policy reform on midwifery and recognition of the profession, saying skilled and educated midwives can provide essential healthcare needed during pregnancy. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: HIV Vaccine Trial - Why Some Are Not Getting the Prevention Pill
[Bhekisisa] Only some study participants have access to the tablet that can cut the risk of HIV infection by more than 90%. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Rwanda: Rwanda to Host the First WHO Africa Health Forum
[New Times] Rwanda will this Month host the first ever Africa Health Forum organized by the World Health Organization African Region. The forum themed: Putting people first: The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa will take place from 27 to 28 June at the Kigali Convention Centre. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tanzania: Dar Incurs 650 Billion/ - Loss Annually Due to Malnutrition
[Daily News] Tanzania  and other subSaharan African countries incur huge economic cost through direct and indirect impacts of micronutrients deficiencies on women, girls and children, a situation which could be fixed through cheap nutrition intervention. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Cassava crisis: the deadly food that doubles as a vital Venezuelan crop
It is a plant that millions depend on for survival. But another, identical variety can be lethal – and desperate people turning to the black market can’t tell them apartVenezuela has suffered food shortages for several years but things only seem to be getting worse. People are resorting to the black market for food, skipping meals and rummaging through garbage in search of sustenance. Last year, three quarters of adultsinvoluntarily lost an average of 19lb (8.6kg).Malnutrition is on the rise and people are being exposed to lethal foods.At least 28 people have died as a result of eating bitter cassava, having mi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 22, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Kathryn Harkup Tags: Science Food poverty Venezuela Health World news Source Type: news

News from the pathogen that causes sleeping sickness
(University of W ü rzburg) A team of researchers from the University of W ü rzburg has discovered an interesting enzyme in the pathogens responsible for African sleeping sickness: It could be a promising target for drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

HIV-positive women with cytomegalovirus likelier to pass virus that causes AIDS to infant
HIV-positive women with cytomegalovirus, or CMV, in their urine at the time of labor and delivery are more than five times likelier than HIV-positive women without CMV to transmit HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, to their infants, according to a UCLA-led study.The research also found that they are nearly 30 times likelier to transmit cytomegalovirus to their infants.Dr. Karin Nielsen, a professor of clinical pediatrics in the division of infectious diseases at theDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is the senior author of the study, which was published today in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.“The findi...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 22, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

East Africa turmoil imperils giraffes
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - June 22, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Qiu, J. Tags: Ecology, Science and Policy In Depth Source Type: news

Community Health Workers: Forgotten No More
June 21, 2017A new global campaign is pushing for salaries, benefits, and formal employment for these crucial health workers.They crisscross the villages, urban settlements, hills, valleys and plains, sometimes on foot, sometimes on bicycles.They wear T-shirts with health messages. They carry bags of tablets, syrups, and health information materials. They mobilize communities to go for vaccinations. They distribute mosquito nets. They supply contraceptives. They accompany women to antenatal clinics and delivery rooms and ensure that they deliver their babies safely.They go by various names such as community health workers ...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Gambia: Medical Report Hinders Case Progress
[The Point] The criminal trial involving Astou Jeng could not proceed yesterday before principal magistrate Omar Cham of the Brikama Magistrates' Court due to the non-availability of the medical report. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gamtel/Gamcel Donates Materials to Tanka Tanka Physiatric Hospital
[The Point] Gamtel/Gamcel Monday donated food items, detergent, bowls and cutlery to Tanka Tanka physiatric hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Barrow Launches U.S.$27 Million Clinic
[The Point] President Adama Barrow on Monday laid the foundation stone of a clinic worth US$27 million in Senegambia, opposite Djembe Beach Hotel, Kololi. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Gauteng Health Acts to Reduce Surgery Backlog
[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -The Gauteng Health Department has partnered with the private sector to reduce the surgical operations backlog. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

​New maps show HIV/AIDS' staggering impact in Atlanta (SLIDESHOW)
How heavily is your neighborhood impacted by HIV/AIDS? New maps from the Center for AIDS Research at Emory University can help you find out. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers Atlanta an epicenter of a new HIV/AIDS epidemic, and in 2016 it compared the prevalence of the disease here to third world African countries. AIDSVu, an interactive website presented by CFAR, Emory's Rollins School of Public Health and Gilead Sciences Inc., shows the ZIP codes closest to the city's… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 21, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ellie Hensley Source Type: news

Pharma Leads the Charge on NCDs
A disaster in slow motion; that is how Dr Githinji Gitahi, CEO of African health NGO AMREF, describes the threat of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Long thought of as diseases of the richer countries, the threat of NCDs – including cancer, diabetes and hypertension – is growing in low-to-middle-income countries, which now account for three-quarters of the annual death toll of more than 40 million.A toxic mix of modernization, urbanization and lifestyle changes has seen this growth in NCDs in developing countries, a scenario that has already played out in developed countries, where smoking, alcohol, processed f...
Source: EyeForPharma - June 21, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anonymous Source Type: news

Review of R2HC (Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises)-Funded Ebola Research Projects: Executive Summary
Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance. 11/2016 This 24-page document is the executive summary of an independent review of the Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) emergency Ebola Call for Proposals, with the objective of assessing the value of conducting research during a serious health epidemic. The review documented the incentives and challenges of undertaking research during the height of the 2014-2015 Ebola crisis in West Africa; reviewed the outputs of the eight R2HC-funded research projects; and documented key achievements of the initiative, including the utility of the research dur...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Africa: Urgent Call for Global Policy Reform on Midwives
[International Confederation of Midwives] The International Confederation of Midwives, Toyin Saraki and former Tanzanian President, Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete have united health leaders at a high-level health forum to address the global state of midwifery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 21, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Kenya: How 50 Medical Experts Separated Conjoined Twins in 23-Hour Surgery
[The Conversation Africa] The successful separation of two year old conjoined twins at Kenyatta National Hospital marked a medical milestone in Kenya. Other than South Africa, very few successful separations have been performed in sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya a multi-disciplinary team of medical experts operated on the twins for 23 uninterrupted hours. The Conversation Africa's health and medicine editor Joy Wanja Muraya spoke to Dr Joseph Wanjeri about the surgery and post recovery of the twins who are home. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Civil groups ’ apathy on STI hurts Africa’s SDG progress
How to get science working for the SDGs? Get political parties and NGOs involved, says John Mugabe. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - June 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Enrol Your Children At Registered Initiation Schools - Gauteng Govt
[News24Wire] The Gauteng Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) and provincial traditional leaders have urged parents to ensure that they enrol their children at registered initiation schools. Cogta MEC Paul Mashatile - together with iNkosi Mahlangu of the Amandebele Ndzundza Sokhulumi and Kgosi Kekana of the Amandebele Ba Lebelo Traditional Communities - has issued the warning ahead of the 2017 winter initiation season. "We are aware of dubious and criminal elements taking advantage of t (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Gauteng Health Strengthens Partnership With Private Sector in Key Areas
[Govt of SA] The Gauteng Department of Health Executive Management Committee held a meeting yesterday to discuss measures on how to strengthen partnerships with private sector and also the industrial action by Forensic Pathology officers (FPOs). In this meeting it was decided that the Department will reduce backlogs in surgical operations through a partnership with private sector and decrease waiting times for operations. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: About 100 Young Qualified Doctors, Pharmacists Jobless in KwaZulu-Natal
[News24Wire] About 100 young recently qualified medical doctors and pharmacists are unable to find employment in KwaZulu-Natal, the ANC Youth League in KZN revealed on Tuesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Govt Introduces Free Treatment for All HIV Patients
[Premium Times] The Federal Government on Tuesday said it was set to implement new guidelines for HIV prevention, treatment and care to consolidate previous efforts in tackling the scourge. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

African leopards revealed: Study documents minute-to-minute behavior of elusive cats
(University of California - Santa Cruz) The elusive behavior of the African leopard has been revealed in great detail for the first time as part of a sophisticated study that links the majestic cat's caloric demands and its drive to kill. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 21, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Domestication genetics: The career of the cosmopolitan cat
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit ä t M ü nchen) A new study shows that modern domestic cats are ultimately derived from the African wildcat, which was domesticated in two centers -- Egypt and the Middle East. Moreover, both lineages contributed to the genomes of European cats. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 21, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Central African Republic: Heavy Fighting Resumes in Bria, Despite Peace Agreement
Press releaseCentral African Republic: Heavy Fighting Resumes in Bria, Despite Peace AgreementJune 20, 2017BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC/NEW YORK, JUNE 20, 2017 —Despite a peace agreement signed yesterday between the government of theCentral African Republic (CAR) and different political and military groups active in the country, Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are witnessing renewed fighting today in the town of Bria, in the east of the country, amid ongoing tensions elsewhere. Violence flared as international donors were meeting in the capital today to discuss fun...
Source: MSF News - June 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news

Liberia: Bong Cho Appeals to Aggrieved Africare Health Workers
[LINA] Bong County Health Officer (CHO), Dr. Gabriel Logan is appealing to health workers at Africare-sponsored health facilities in the County to exercise restraint as the organization is doing everything to settle their arrears. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: South African Human Rights Commission On Protecting Healthcare Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
[Govt of SA] SAHRC: It is our Constitutional Imperative to protect the Healthcare Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: DA Considering Concourt Challenge Against KZN Health for Cancer Treatment Failure
[News24Wire] The Democratic Alliance (DA) is considering taking the Kwazulu-Natal health department to the Constitutional Court after the province failed to provide adequate cancer treatment to patients for over two years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Toilets Not Emptied for a Year, Say Residents
[GroundUp] On Monday, residents in Pietermaritzburg barricaded roads leading to Edendale in protest action after weeks of water and electricity disruptions. The residents from Slangspruit, Buffer, Denmark and other parts of ward 13, also say that their toilets have not been emptied for a year and they have to relieve themselves in the bush. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The World Society Needs to Express Greater Solidarity for Refugees Worldwide
By Dr. Hanif Hassan Al QassimGENEVA, Jun 20 2017 (IPS)The world is heading into troubled waters as we are witnessing an unprecedented movement of people – refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons (IDPs) alike – fleeing from misery, poverty and conflicts. The refugee crisis that has swept across Europe and the Middle East is becoming the 21st century’s most protracted crisis with no immediate solution in sight. The world has not witnessed a more complex movement of people since the end of the Second World War; thousands of human beings undertake perilous and treacherous journeys in hope for a be...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Hanif Hassan Al Qassim Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Democracy Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

South Africa: 'Now I Am Not Scared of Testing for HIV'
[What'sUpHIV] THABO MOLELEKWA writes: When Samkelisiwe Chiliza from Durban heard about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, she did not hesitate to join the PrEP study through the Centre for Aids Programme and Research in South Africa (Caprisa). (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: DA Calls for KZN Health MEC to Be Fired
[News24Wire] The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal wants Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo fired following the recent findings of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) into oncology crisis in the province, the party said on Monday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Study on why BLACK men die from prostate cancer more than WHITE men still won't mention vitamin D deficiency among African-Americans
(Natural News) Recent research has suggested many explanations for the disproportionate number of prostate cancer deaths between black and white men. Some of the possible suggestions from the team at University of North Carolina Lineberger include that black men may be less likely to receive aggressive treatments due to cost concerns, greater worries about how... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: Drivers, Cleaners Not Conducting Post-Mortems
[News24Wire] The Gauteng health department on Monday strongly denied allegations that untrained forensic staff members have been conducting post-mortems for the past ten years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: One Year After Ebola's End, Sierra Leone's Midwives Help Mend Health System
[UNFPA] Freetown -The horrific Ebola outbreak in West Africa came to an end one year ago. The crisis left over 3,900 Sierra Leoneans dead and health systems in disarray - yet the true toll of the epidemic has been even higher. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Fighting a destructive crop disease with mathematics
(University of Cambridge) An international team of researchers has used mathematical modelling to understand new ways of combating maize lethal necrosis, an emerging disease that poses a serious threat to food security in sub-Saharan Africa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 20, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

African plant extract offers new hope for Alzheimer's
(University of Nottingham) A plant extract used for centuries in traditional medicine in Nigeria could form the basis of a new drug to treat Alzheimer's disease, researchers at The University of Nottingham have found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Students of all races feel safer in ethnically diverse middle schools, UCLA study says
(University of California - Los Angeles) Middle school students -- African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Caucasians -- felt safer and less bullied, reported more tolerance and less prejudice toward students of other ethnicities and believed teachers treated all students more fairly and equally in more diverse schools, UCLA researchers report today in the journal Child Development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mathematical biology tackles destructive plant virus
(National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)) Plant diseases pose a serious threat to global food security, especially in developing countries, where millions of people depend on consuming what they harvest.In sub-Saharan Africa, one plant disease in particular -- maize lethal necrosis -- is ravaging one of the region's preferred crops for food, feed and income. But understanding its biology in order to manage the disease is difficult because the disease arises from two viruses interacting -- which is where mathematics comes into play. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

One year after Ebola ’s end, Sierra Leone's midwives help mend health system
Language UndefinedFREETOWN, Sierra Leone – The horrific Ebola outbreak in West Africa came to an end one year ago. The crisis left over3,900 Sierra Leoneans dead and health systems in disarray – yet the true toll of the epidemic has been even higher.Disruptions in reproductive health care, and widespread fears about getting infected by health personnel, left thousands of women and girls without maternal health and family planning services. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Africats to the Purr-ymids: DNA study reveals long tale of cat domestication
Study of ancient genetic material from Egypt to Viking graveyards reveals all tamed cats descended from one rodent-catching African subspecies first tamed by Near East farmers 9,000 years agoThe untold story of how cats came in from the wild to commandeer the finest armchairs and win over the internet has been laid bare by a comprehensive analysis of ancient feline DNA.Drawing on genetic material from mummified cats in Egypt, and remains from Viking graveyards and stone age sites, researchers pieced together how cats first came to live with humans and ultimately spread around the world as their companions.Continue reading....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 20, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Genetics Cats Animals Science Biology Pets Source Type: news

Roche, Pfizer and Aspen under investigation over cancer drug pricing
The Competition Commission of South Africa has initiated separate investigations against three global pharmaceutical companies over suspected excessive pricing of cancer medicines. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - June 19, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

IntraHealth and Partners Prepare to Make 5-Year Plan for Health Employment a Reality
June 19, 2017The World Health Organization (WHO) has approveda five-year plan to massively scale up education and training for health workers in low-income countries, thanks in part to intensive advocacy efforts byIntraHealth International and theFrontline Health Workers Coalition.The announcement on May 25, during the70th World Health Assembly, set in motion a plan to avert the projected global shortfall of 18 million health workers that could occur by 2030 —and to improve global health and create jobs in the process. Delegates from 194 Member States agreed that more of their governments will make financial commitme...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news