Vaccines, and their benefits beyond immunisation
How do vaccination programmes influence child survival in low-income countries? Protection against the targeted illness is not the only aspect to consider, according to an EU-funded project that explored associated outcomes known as 'non-specific effects'. The research focused on public health interventions in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Guinea-Bissau. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 3, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

In Six Francophone West African Cities, Mayors Are Serious about Investing in Family Planning
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, is one of the cities now committing its own resources to launch new family planning and reproductive health activities. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International.September 24, 2018en fran çaisIn francophone West Africa, a new method of addressing family planning is taking hold as mayors become more engaged in planning for their communities ’ health and economic development goals. In the last 18 months, mayors and local officials from six cities in four countries have begun reproductive health initiatives thanks to guidance and funding fromthe Challenge Initiative (TCI).In a...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Burkina Faso arrests 30 over illegal female circumcisions
on girls as young as 10 months old (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

An integrated approach to increasing women's empowerment status and reducing domestic violence: results of a cluster-randomized controlled trial in a west African country - Ismayilova L, Karimli L, Gaveras E, T ô-Camier A, Sanson J, Chaffin J, Nanema R.
OBJECTIVE: This is the first experimental study testing the effects of an economic intervention alone and in combination with a family focused component, on women's empowerment status and family violence in Burkina Faso. METHOD: The 3-arm cluster r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Africa:Africa's Meningitis Belt - Why There's a Case for a Booster Vaccination Drive
[The Conversation Africa] A number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa - including Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, collectively known as the meningitis belt - have been repeatedly devastated by overwhelming epidemics of meningitis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The radio 'saved my little girl's life'
A large trial in Burkina Faso suggests listening to the radio could improve child health. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists hail malaria breakthrough as bed nets prove deadly to mosquitoes
Clinical malaria cases in Burkina Faso drop by 12% after trial of nets treated with new chemical combinationA bed net designed to kill insecticide-resistant mosquitoes could prevent millions of cases of malaria across sub-Saharan Africa, scientists have found.A two-year clinical trial in Burkina Faso showed that dousing bed nets with a combination of chemicals resulted in a 12% reduction in clinical malaria cases, compared with conventional bed nets.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 11, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Kate Hodal Tags: Global health Global development Malaria Burkina Faso Infectious diseases Africa World news Medical research Science Source Type: news

Malaria: Millions of cases 'could be prevented by new type of mosquito net'
MILLIONS of cases of malaria could be prevented by a new type of mosquito net, according to new research. A two-year clinical trial in the West African country of Burkina Faso, involving 2,000 children, showed that the number of cases of clinical malaria was cut by 12 per cent using the new bed net compared to the conventional one normally used. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Simple radio message saved thousands of children
A mass radio campaign in Burkina Faso encouraging parents to seek prompt treatment for sick children has saved thousands of lives, according to a new study. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mass radio campaign saves thousands of child lives in Africa
A mass radio campaign in Burkina Faso led to a significant rise in sick children getting medical attention and could prove one of the most cost-effective ways to save young lives in poor countries, researchers said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Contraceptive Implants Are Driving Big Gains in Access to Family Planning
July 10, 2018On the road to universal access to family planning, what really gets results? And what's  next?Today, nearly two-thirds of all married or in-union women (64%) worldwide are using contraception,according to the United Nations—from 36% in 1970. And sexually active unmarried women are also using contraception at high rates.The right of women and men to freely plan the number and spacing of their children continues to be auniversally recognized human right. And voluntary family planning —with access to a wide range of contraceptive method options, competent service providers, and supportive health...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

11 Billion, Ready or Not: We Need To Put Family Planning on the Fast Track
July 09, 2018By 2100, the world ’s population will rise to 11 billion. But that doesn’t mean family planning investments aren’t working.“So, you justfindarticles on healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, you don ’t read them, huh? ”It was early 2008. I had recently written an evidence review on the subject. I had also just shared the news of my third pregnancy in about three years with my employer and colleagues. Now one of my male coworkers was making this joke.I brushed it off, but it made me uncomfortable.I was already self-conscious about my choice to have three children so close...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

West Africa:As Millions Face Hunger in Sahel, More Accountability Is Needed to Attract Support, Warns Red Cross President
[IFRC] About 5.8 million people across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal are struggling to get enough food and require immediate assistance. To respond to their needs adequately, humanitarian actors need to manage well the funding they receive from their partners and well-wishers, warned Francesco Rocca, the President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), during a visit to Guinea, from 18 to 20 June 2018. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sahel in the Throes of a Major Humanitarian Crisis
A mother caresses the head of her sleeping malnourished baby, at the mother and child centre in the town of Diffa, Niger. Credit: UNICEF/TremeauBy Mark LowcockUNITED NATIONS, Jun 13 2018 (IPS)I am increasingly concerned by the situation in the Sahel. In Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal, nearly 6 million people are struggling to meet their daily food needs. Severe malnutrition threatens the lives of 1.6 million children. These are levels unseen since the crisis of 2012, and the most critical months are still ahead. Governments in the region were successful in beating back the crisis six years ago. I a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mark Lowcock Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

From Burkina to Zimbabwe, U.S. aid cuts squeeze family planning services
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - The Marie Stopes Ladies who drive from village to village in the remote north of Burkina Faso offering free contraception, advice on family planning, sexual health and sometimes abortion, may have to stop work in June. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Impunity Reigns as Medical Personnel and Facilities across 23 Conflict-Torn Countries Remain Under Attack
This report breaks n ew ground in bringing information providers together and demonstrating the value of collaboration.”TheSafeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, of which IntraHealth is the communications secretariat and a member,  consists of more than 35 organizations working to protect health workers and services threatened by war or civil unrest. The coalition raises awareness of global attacks on health and presses governments and United Nations agencies for greater global action to protect the security of health care.ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:Access the report hereSee an overview of the dataTake a look at t...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Keeping Jewelry Companies Accountable: Where Do Our Gold and Diamonds Come From?
Former “Blood Diamonds” now Provide Employment. Credit: Tommy Trenchard/ IPSBy Will HigginbothamUNITED NATIONS, Feb 27 2018 (IPS)How many people know where their gold and diamond jewelry comes from?How many people consider the human cost of its production? Not many consumers ask these questions, and, shockingly, neither do many of the world’s leading jewelry brands.It’s a trend that Human Rights Watch (HRW) is trying to change with a new social media campaign, #BehindTheBling.“We want people to think about where their jewelry comes from,” Jo Becker, Advocacy Director of the Children&rsqu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Will Higginbotham Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Natural Resources TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

New Project to Improve Health and Nutrition in Nine West African Francophone Countries
February 14, 2018IntraHealth International will implement a new regional project to improve nutrition and reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) in the nineOuagadougou Partnership countries of West Africa, thanks to a three-year, $7 million award from the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation.Francophone West Africa has among the highest maternal, neonatal, and child mortality rates in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 303,000 women died in 2015 due to complications of pregnancy or childbirth, more than one-third of them in West and Central Africa. The global maternal mortali...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

“I refused”: Brave women and girls take a stand against FGM
UNITED NATIONS, New York/Ouagadougou, BURKINA FASO –Fourteen-year-old Latifatou Compaor é learned the spirit of resistance from her mother.Her mother was subjected tofemale genital mutilation (FGM) as a child in Burkina Faso. “She told me that one of the girls who had been cut the same day as her had experienced serious problems and died following a haemorrhage that no one had taken care of,” Latty explained. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

383,000 Women in Francophone West Africa Started Using Modern Contraception in 2017
A client receives a contraceptive implant in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International.January 31, 2018In 2017, the nine countries of theOuagadougou Partnership together prevented 100,000 unintended pregnancies, 32,000 unsafe abortions, and 400 maternal deaths in francophone West Africa by bringing modern contraceptives to over 383,000 new users. In two years, the partnership has reached 41% of its goal of an additional 2.2 million women in the region using contraceptives by 2020.Burkina Faso and Cote d ’Ivoire are leading the way, reporting last month at the partnership’san...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Burkina Faso:GAC and TRP Comment On Global Fund Grants to Burkina Faso
This article provides a summary of the comments of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) on all three grants. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Clinical outreach refresher trainings in crisis settings (S-CORT): clinical management of sexual violence survivors and manual vacuum aspiration in Burkina Faso, Nepal, and South Sudan - Tran NT, Harker K, Yameogo WME, Kouanda S, Millogo T, Menna ED, Lohani JR, Maharjan O, Beda SJ, Odinga EA, Ouattara A, Ouedraogo C, Greer A, Krause S.
During the early humanitarian response to a crisis, there is limited time to train health providers in the life-saving clinical services of the Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health. The Training Partnership Initiative of the Inte... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Why UHC Day Is a Call to Action for the World ’s Youth
December 14, 2017Our potential as  advocates and partners in achieving universal health coverage is woefully untapped.It ’s no accident that Universal Health Coverage Day — December 12 — falls on the heels of Human Rights Day. Universal health coverage (UHC), the goal of ensuring that all people can access essential health services without exposure to financial hardship, is a dignity and a right not afforded to many around the world.Today, I remember Gabriel, a Panamanian boy half my age who first taught me how a fractured health system fails people.Where someone lives should never deter...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Listening to the voices of the people: community's assessment of disaster responder agency performance during disaster situations in rural northern Ghana - Apanga S, Titi Addebah G, Chirawurah D.
INTRODUCTION: In Northern Ghana, a combination of torrential rains coupled with the spilling of the Bagre dam in neighboring Burkina Faso in the past few years has resulted in perennial flooding of communities. This has often led to the National Disaster M... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being ‘Nuclearised’
Using nuclear sciences to feed the world. Credit: FAOBy Baher KamalROME, Nov 16 2017 (IPS)It might sound strange, very strange, but the news is that scientists and experts have been assuring, over and again, that using nuclear applications in agriculture –and thus in food production—are giving a major boost to food security. So how does this work? To start with, nuclear applications in agriculture rely on the use of isotopes and radiation techniques to combat pests and diseases, increase crop production, protect land and water resources, and ensure food safety and authenticity, as well as increase livestock pro...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Editors' Choice Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Dengue fever – Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso has been experiencing an epidemic of dengue fever since week 31 of 2017 (week ending on 6 August). WHO officially declared the outbreak on 28 September 2017. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 6, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Burkina Faso:Several Dead From Burkina Faso Mosquito Fever
[CAJ News] Ouagadougou -AT least 11 people are dead after the mosquito-borne dengue fever sweeping through the conflict-prone Burkina Faso. The deaths have been recorded from 4 000 cases mostly in the capital city Ouagadougou. Dr. Yam éogo Issaka, the government's head of epidemiological surveillance service, announced government had put in place a plan to fight the fever. Strategies include space spraying operations in Ouagadougou, exchange meetings, broadcasts of key messages on local radios and the acquisition and pre-po (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

In West Africa, Youth Ambassadors Serve as Family Planning Advocates
The objective is simple: to work with community leaders, religious leaders and government officials in building stronger communities and reducing the number of pregnancy-related deaths among youth. In educating young men, fathers-to-be also understand the high risk of unspaced births and possible health repercussions on women.Not only do local communities benefit, but so do individual ambassadors.Sociocultural barriers, however, often prove a lingering deterrent to contraception adoption in places such as Mali, where religious and community norms push women to average 6.1 children each. Religious pressure has made abortion...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Will Keep Ravaging Nigeria Unless Better Surveillance Is Put in Place
[The Conversation Africa] Lassa fever was first discovered nearly 50 years ago in Nigeria. Since then, it has been reported in other West African countries including Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. There is also evidence of Lassa fever presence in southern Mali, Burkina Faso, C ôte d'Ivoire and Ghana, all of which share a similar tropical wooded savanna ecological zone. But there is still no vaccine against the disease. A new outbreak in 19 Nigerian states and in Lagos city - the most populated city on the continent - has sp (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 26, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Contraception Is about Partnerships —in More Ways than One
September 25, 2017To make family planning work for young people, we need to look at the bigger picture.Imagine you are very, very poor. You and your family have, say, $100 or less for the entire month. What are your priorities?For most people, the main concerns would be food, safe drinking water, shelter, and maybe education, if there ’s anything left over. When you’re making decisions under this type of pressure, a lot of important things fall to the bottom of the list.Contraception is one of them.In the global health community, we call the hardships that dog impoverished families “economic barriers.&rdq...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

West Africa: USAID Announces Malaria Initiative Launch and Expansion
[USAID] New York -Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced that the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by USAID and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expand its existing program in Burkina Faso. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

West Africa:USAID Announces Malaria Initiative Launch and Expansion
[USAID] New York -Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced that the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by USAID and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expand its existing program in Burkina Faso. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kids Believe Gender Stereotypes By Age 10, Global Study Finds
In almost every society, from Baltimore to Beijing, boys are told from a young age to go outside and have adventures, while young girls are encouraged to stay home and do chores. In most cultures, girls are warned off taking the initiative in any relationship and by 10 years old, already have the distinct impression that their key asset is their physical appearance. These are the findings of a new six-year study of gender expectations around the world, which gathered data on 10- to 14-year-olds from 15 different countries of varying degrees of wealth and development. The research teams interviewed 450 adolescents and their...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Belinda Luscombe Tags: Uncategorized boys gender girls Global global study health Johns Hopkins Mental Health/Psychology Stereotypes Source Type: news

Burkina Faso: Global Fund Board Approves Transfer of Funds Within the 2014-2016 Allocation to Burkina Faso
[GFO] The Global Fund Board has approved the transfer of ? 2.6 million from within the 2014-2016 allocation to Burkina Faso. The funds are being transferred from a TB/HIV grant and an RSSH grant, where they were projected to remain unused, to a malaria grant (BFA-M-PADS) to cover a significant gap that has materialized in the malaria program. The Board was acting on a recommendation from its Grant Approvals Committee (GAC). (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Burkina Faso:Global Fund Board Approves Transfer of Funds Within the 2014-2016 Allocation to Burkina Faso
[GFO] The Global Fund Board has approved the transfer of ? 2.6 million from within the 2014-2016 allocation to Burkina Faso. The funds are being transferred from a TB/HIV grant and an RSSH grant, where they were projected to remain unused, to a malaria grant (BFA-M-PADS) to cover a significant gap that has materialized in the malaria program. The Board was acting on a recommendation from its Grant Approvals Committee (GAC). (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New research to treat acute malnutrition
(Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen) Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and humanitarian organizations have conducted a large study in Burkina Faso in West Africa treating more than 1,600 children with acute malnutrition. The study showed that corn-soy porridge should be replaced with a lipid-based nutrient supplement, a fortified peanut butter. The results of the study can be used directly both in the treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Effort Index Tool Offers a Way to Measure Health Workforce Progress
Photograph by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth InternationalAugust 15, 2017National decision-makers in the health sector can now take stock of their health workforces and the systems that support them using theHuman Resources for Health (HRH) Effort Index, a tool developed byIntraHealth International with support from the US Agency for International Development. Results from four countries where the index was applied are now available inHuman Resources for Health.The HRH Effort Index measures health workforce status and progress, provides information that can help leaders build consensus and prioritize strategic investments, a...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

In West Africa, Family Planning Youth Ambassadors Are Helping Their Countries Plan for the Future
This article originally appeared onHuffPost. ByByMargarite Nathe Senior Editor/Writer, IntraHealth InternationalCS4FPfamily planningcommunityLeadership and Governancepolicy& advocacyyouthBeninBurkina FasoGuineaMauritaniaTogo (Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - August 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Meet the Young Future-Planners of West Africa
August 10, 2017They ’re informed, determined, and looking ahead for the good of their peers—and their countries. They want to help girls stay in school. To take control of their own futures. To make sure other young people don ’t make the same mistakes or have to live the same nightmares they did.There are a lot of reasons why almost 100 young activists from across West Africa have become family planning youth ambassadors, but they all have something in common: they ’re part of the biggest generation of young people in human history. And they know that having a healthy, prosperous future means ...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

1.2 Billion Reasons Why Countries Must Empower Young People to Plan the Future
July 10, 2017A tidal wave of youth is fast approaching the shores of adult society. It ’s time to ensure they are part of the global conversation.This piece originally appeared onHuffPost:When I was growing up in Senegal, it was a very strict environment for the young. We were told when to speak and when not to speak, and if we tried to mingle with the adults while they were talking, we were likely to be shooed away.As young people, we were rarely invited to make our voices heard.But on our journey to empower young women and men with contraception, we must travel a different path than that traditional one of silencin...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

How Hepatitis Became A Hidden Epidemic In Africa
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lassa Fever – Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso
On 20 February 2017, the Ministry of Health of Benin notified WHO of a Lassa fever case in Tchaourou district, Borgou Department, Benin, close to the border with Nigeria. The case was a pregnant woman who was living in Nigeria (close to the border with Benin). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - March 10, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Sexual abuse and risky sexual behaviors among young female hawkers in Burkina Faso: a mixed method study - Ou édraogo SY, Sisawo EJ, Huang SL.
The objectives of this study were to identify the socio-demographic status and work characte... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Bio-Product Targeting Deadly Toxin Holds Hope for Africa ’s Food
Application of Aflasafe in groundnut field. Photo courtesy of Aflasafe.comBy Ini EkottABUJA, Dec 27 2016 (IPS)As food contaminants, aflatoxins are amongst the deadliest. Between 2004 and 2007, contaminated maize killed nearly 200 people in Kenya, left hundreds hospitalised and rendered millions of bags of maize unfit for consumption.On average, 25 to 60 percent of maize – a staple in many African countries – has high levels of aflatoxins in Nigeria, warns the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). And with that comes the risk of liver cancer, suppressed immune system, stunted growth in children...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ini Ekott Tags: Africa Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health AflaSafe aflatoxin International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Nigeria Source Type: news

Young People in West Africa Are Leading Their Own Movement for Family Planning
November 28, 2016They're role models, advocates, and watchdogs. And they're making their expectations clear.The designation of “youth ambassador” may have started as a simple title, but as I witnessed at the Civil Society for Family Planning (CS4FP) Regional Workshop this month, it has grown to symbolize a movement.Since 2011, theCS4FP project has engaged dynamic, dedicated, impassioned young people from across francophone West Africa as family planning youth ambassadors. They ’re tasked with educating and mobilizing their peers around reproductive health and family planning in particular—what it is...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Dengue fever kills 20 in Burkina Faso
Dengue fever kills at least 20 people in Burkina Faso, where about 2,000 cases have been recorded. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dengue Fever – Burkina Faso
Since August 2016, suspected dengue fever cases and deaths have been reported in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 18, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Out-of-School Youth: Often Forgotten in Reproductive Health Programs
October 24, 2016Social media is a powerful tool for engaging youth. But in Burkina Faso, young family planning advocates realize it can't be the only tool.The Family Planning Youth Ambassador Program in Burkina Faso focuses on raising awareness about family planning and reproductive health services among our country ’s youth. We’ve engaged a lot of young people on the topic, but, as this testimonial from a young woman named Chantal shows, we were unintentionally leaving out many young people, namely married adolescents and out-of-school youth. “We’ve been speaking more and more about the sexual...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Traveling To Southeast Asia? Here's What You Need To Know About Zika Virus
The Zika virus epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean has infected potentially millions of people and is pegged as the cause of congenital Zika syndrome, a birth defect affecting thousands of children in the region. It can cause brain damage, seizures, deafness, blindness and other neurological and physiological problems.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel advisories for 59 countries and territories throughout the world, including neighborhoods in Miami where the Zika virus continues to spread locally. Most of these areas are in Latin America and the Caribbean, while eight...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news