Commitment to African Medicines Agency Needs More Than Words
To date, 19 countries have already ratified the treaty. However, this number remains far short of the 55 AU member states and excludes some of the region’s power houses such as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Senegal. Credit: Charles Mpaka/IPSBy Johnpaul Omollo and Taonga ChilalikaNAIROBI/JOHANNESBURG, Apr 29 2022 (IPS) Across Africa, local manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies are responding to the urgent need for locally produced medical products and technologies despite the existing regulatory challenges. We can support manufacturing capacity by expediting the establishment and operationalisation of t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 29, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Johnpaul Omollo and Taonga Chilalika Tags: Africa Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Gabon: Cheap and Deadly - An Epidemic of Fake Medicine
[ISS] Despite their dangers, counterfeit drugs are sold openly on the streets of major cities across the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 24, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Chimpanzees observed treating wounds of others, using crushed insects
Findings published in the journal Current Biology contribute to ongoing debate about empathy among animalsFor humans, the first instinct would be to disinfect it and then cover it with a bandage.But chimpanzees have invented a more creative method: catching insects and applying them directly to the open wound.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 8, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Agence France-Presse Tags: Animals Gabon Science Africa Wildlife Source Type: news

Chimps Catch Insects to Put on Wounds. Is It Folk Medicine?
They don ’t eat the bugs, and they’re definitely applying them to wounds, so some scientists think the primates may be treating one another’s injuries. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 7, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Monkeys and Apes Animal Behavior Animal Cognition Medicine and Health Insects Research Current Biology (Journal) Gabon your-feed-science your-feed-animals Source Type: news

Nine-year-old-boy accidentally amputates part of his own penis with a pestle and mortar
The nine-year-old boy was rushed to hospital in Libreville, Gabon, and treated three hours after smashing his genitals with the pestle onto the mortar between his legs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Niger: Digital Press Briefing with U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
[State Department] Digital press briefing with U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield discussed her trip to Mali, Niger, and Gabon. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 30, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Forest elephants are now critically endangered -- here's how to count them
(Wildlife Conservation Society) A team of scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and working closely with experts from the Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux du Gabon (ANPN) compared methodologies to count African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis), which were recently acknowledged by IUCN as a separate, Critically Endangered species from African savannah elephants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 15, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Inside Ibogaine, One of the Most Promising and Perilous Psychedelics for Addiction
Amber Capone had become afraid of her husband. The “laid-back, bigger than life and cooler than cool” man she’d married had become isolated, disconnected and despondent during his 13 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL. Typically, he was gone 300 days of the year, but when he was home, Amber and their two children walked on eggshells around him. “Everyone was just playing nice until he left again,” Amber says. In 2013, Marcus retired from the military. But life as a civilian only made his depression, anger, headaches, anxiety, alcoholism, impulsivity and violent dreams worse. Sometimes he’d get up...
Source: TIME: Health - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mandy Oaklander Tags: Uncategorized Drugs feature Magazine Mental Health Source Type: news

Long-term collapse in fruit availability threatens Central African forest megafauna
Afrotropical forests host much of the world’s remaining megafauna, although these animals are confined to areas where direct human influences are low. We used a rare long-term dataset of tree reproduction and a photographic database of forest elephants to assess food availability and body condition of an emblematic megafauna species at Lopé National Park, Gabon. Our analysis reveals an 81% decline in fruiting over a 32-year period (1986–2018) and an 11% decline in body condition of fruit-dependent forest elephants from 2008 to 2018. Fruit famine in one of the last strongholds for African forest elephants...
Source: ScienceNOW - December 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Bush, E. R., Whytock, R. C., Bahaa-el-din, L., Bourgeois, S., Bunnefeld, N., Cardoso, A. W., Dikangadissi, J. T., Dimbonda, P., Dimoto, E., Edzang Ndong, J., Jeffery, K. J., Lehmann, D., Makaga, L., Momboua, B., Momont, L. R. W., Tutin, C. E. G., White, L Tags: Ecology reports Source Type: news

Gambia/Gabon: GFF Responds to Gabon Delegation Claims
[The Point] The President of The Gambia Football Federation (GFF), Lamin Kaba Bajo, has strongly responded to allegations made by the Gabonese football delegation which attracted massive international media attention as most of which only relied on Arsenal and Gabon captain, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang's version on social media. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Stirling experts lead research into impact of climate change on rainforest elephants
(University of Stirling) Experts from the University of Stirling, working closely with the Government of Gabon, have led an international study into the impact of climate change on Central Africa's rainforests and the threat posed to elephant populations in the region. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 24, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Building Back Greener in Africa
By Umberto LabateISTANBUL, Jul 7 2020 (IPS) COVID-19 continues to race across the African continent. People are dying, and even more are being pushed into hunger and poverty, in many cases risking to overturn years of development gains. The numbers are staggering. While the pandemic is only now taking root in Africa, there are at least 400,000 confirmed cases, and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the outbreak is accelerating across the continent. Add to this the risks of hunger and poverty. Three out of four people on the continent are food insecure. More than 320 million people are without access to saf...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Umberto Labate Tags: Africa Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Food & Agriculture Green Economy Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Yellow fever – Gabon
On 15 April 2020, WHO received information regarding a confirmed case of yellow fever in Magandi village, Tchibanga city in Nyanga Province of southern Gabon, 590 km from the capital, Libreville. The case is an 83-year-old male with no known vaccination history for yellow fever. He had onset of symptoms on 30 January 2020 and presented to a health facility on 2 February 2020 with abdominal pain and jaundice. Between 2 February and 9 April, he consulted the Urban Health Centre in Tchibanga, the Christian Alliance Hospital in Bongolo and the University hospital in the capital Libreville where the case received anti-malarial...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 17, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Africa: Despite the Pandemic, Frontline Nations Push Ahead On Stronger Climate Plans
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Countries from Jamaica to Kenya and Gabon "know how vital this process is" of boosting national action to meet global climate goals (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 7, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 & Human Health Risks Linked to Wildlife Trade Practices
An animal market in Indonesia. Credit: TRAFFICBy Steven BroadCAMBRIDGE, UK, May 7 2020 (IPS) At the time of writing, the COVID-19 pandemic is raging worldwide, causing human mortality and socio-economic disruption on a massive scale and it appears highly likely that profound impacts will continue for many years to come. Although the precise origins of the disease remain unproven, there are strong indications of a wild animal source and a direct link to wildlife trade in China. Even if evidence points elsewhere in future, the magnitude of the current outbreak places under an intense spotlight concerns raised by zoonotic d...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Steven Broad Tags: Civil Society Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news