Immunity sampling might have slowed Covid-19
Blood samples from children in Madagascar enabled predictions of a measles epidemic (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - July 6, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nigeria: Madagascar's COVID-19 Mixture Contains Mainly Anti-Malaria Components - Health Minister
[Premium Times] Findings from the analysis of COVID Organics shows that it largely contains anti-malaria components, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said on Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 3, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Artemisia Shows 'Promise' Against COVID-19 in Lab Tests, Say Researchers
[RFI] Scientists in Germany released data on Wednesday from laboratory tests showing that extracts of the artemisia plant are active against the virus causing Covid-19. The research is separate from claims by Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina about the Covid-Organics herbal tea, but perhaps provides more of a scientific basis for clinical trials and research. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Madagascar: Artemisia Shows 'Promise' Against COVID-19 in Lab Tests, Say Researchers
[RFI] Scientists in Germany released data on Wednesday from laboratory tests showing that extracts of the artemisia plant are active against the virus causing Covid-19. The research is separate from claims by Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina about the Covid-Organics herbal tea, but perhaps provides more of a scientific basis for clinical trials and research. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Critical Role of Women in Avoiding a Covid-19 “Food Pandemic” in sub-Saharan Africa
Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPSBy Gaudiose MujawamariyaANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, Jun 24 2020 (IPS) As infections with Covid-19 appear to be intensifying in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), fears of severe food shortages have prompted experts to warn that the region may be “on the brink of a hunger pandemic.” Efforts are intensifying to rally a major global response. But averting what some experts believe could be a food crisis of immense proportions requires paying close attention to an often overlooked feature of food security in the region: African women play a large and growing role in all aspects of the region’s food system...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Gaudiose Mujawamariya Tags: Africa Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The Curious Case of Covid-19 in Africa
Eunice G. Kamwendo is an Economist and Strategic Advisor with UNDP Africa in New York. Chaltu Daniel Kalbessa is a UNDP Fellow and Strategic Analyst with UNDP Africa in New York.By Eunice G. Kamwendo and Chaltu Daniel KalbessaNEW YORK, Jun 3 2020 (IPS) With very weak health systems and overall capacity constraints to effectively respond to the deadly coronavirus disease, Africa’s fate against the invisible enemy, was going to be nothing short of catastrophic according to early predictions. Although Africa is yet to reach its peak, many countries are not seeing the exponential growth in case numbers, or in mortality rates...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Eunice G. Kamwendo and Chaltu Daniel Kalbessa Tags: Africa Aid Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Africa: Madagascar's Claims About Clinical Trials for Herbal Coronavirus Cure Creates Confusion
[RFI] Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina this week announced the start of clinical trials of an injectable solution based on extracts of the artemisia plant, a herbal treatment the Malagasy leader has been promoting for treatment of Covid-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Madagascar: The Facts About Madagascar Quitting WHO; $20 Million Offer to Poison COVID-Organics
[Premium Times] Claims: Madagascar quits the World Health Organisation (WHO), and has been offered 20 million dollars by the WHO to kill their Covid-Organics cure. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

SDG Setback ‘ Tremendous ’ as COVID-19 Accelerates Slide
Open drainage ditch, Ankorondrano-Andranomahery, Madagascar. Credit: Lova Rabary-Rakontondravony/IPSBy Gareth Willmer and Fiona BroomMay 26 2020 (IPS) Crucial global goals to reduce hunger and poverty and curb climate change have gone backwards or stalled, the United Nations Secretary-General warns in a new report, as the COVID-19 outbreak moves from being a health crisis to becoming the “worst human and economic crisis of our lifetimes”. The number of people suffering hunger has increased, climate change is occurring faster than predicted, and inequality is increasing within and among countries, António Guterres says...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Gareth Willmer and Fiona Broom Tags: Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Coronavirus Source Type: news

Madagascar: Govt Deploys Troops, Doctors to City After Spike in COVID-19 Cases
[VOA] Madagascar is sending soldiers and doctors to the city of Toamasina in an effort to contain a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country's second largest city. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 26, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A new Critically Endangered frog named after 'the man from the floodplain full of frogs'
(Pensoft Publishers) A new species of a Critically Endangered miniaturised stump-toed frog of the genus Stumpffia found in Madagascar is named Stumpffia froschaueri after " the man from the floodplain full of frogs " , Christoph Froschauer. The namesake of the new frog is famous for being the first, and European-wide renowned, printer from Z ü rich, famous for printing " Historia animalium " and the " Z ü rich Bible " . The finding is published in the peer-reviewed open-access journal Zookeys. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 25, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

‘Could It Work as a Cure? Maybe.’ A Herbal Remedy for Coronavirus Is a Hit in Africa, But Experts Have Their Doubts
On April 20, the president calls a press conference to announce a breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19. It’s a new use for an old malaria treatment, he says, one that is seeing miraculous results among the country’s most ill patients. It’s so safe that even schoolchildren could take it. In fact, he urges them to do so daily, as a preventative. He admits that he, too, is taking the medicine. No, this is not the President of the United States touting an unproven remedy for a virus that has infected nearly 5 million people worldwide. It is Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina, who is just as wi...
Source: TIME: Health - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aryn Baker Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight Source Type: news

IVI to strengthen COVID-19 surveillance in sub-Saharan Africa with support from Sweden
(International Vaccine Institute) The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) announced today that the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has contributed an additional 6,200,000 SEK (approx. 630,000 USD) to IVI to support national responses to COVID-19 in Madagascar and Burkina Faso. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Madagascar copal: New dating for an Antropocene ancient resin
(University of Barcelona) The known Madagascar copal is a more recent resin from what was thought -it has about a few hundred years- and trapped pieces in this material are not as palaeontological important as thought traditionally. This is one of the conclusions of the new article in the journal PLOS ONE, whose first author is Xavier Delcl ò s, professor at the Faculty of Earth Sciences and member of the Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio) of the University of Barcelona. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Madagascar: Free Transport Helps Pregnant Women in Madagascar Safely Deliver Amid COVID-19 Lockdown
[UNFPA] Aina attends a prenatal consultation with midwife Bakoly Rasoamanontany at Itaosy District Hospital of Reference. © UNFPA Madagascar/Hantanirina Andremanisa (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 12, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news