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1Doc3, a Colombian telemedicine startup, raises $3 million

The pandemic has made telemedicine video visits in the U.S. almost commonplace, but in Latin America, where broadband isn’t widely available, 1Doc3 is using text and chat to provide access to care. Today, the Colombia-based company announced a $3 million pre-Series A led by MatterScale Ventures and Kayyak Ventures. “I’m on a nice MacBook for this interview, but that’s not the case of most people in LatAm,” said Javier Cardona, co-founder and CEO of 1Doc3. The company’s name is a play on the p...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Mexico, Africa, Tech, Colombia, Middle East, Tanzania, Latin America, Telemedicine, Cardona, Javier Cardona, Recent Funding, TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Latin America, 1Doc3


Handwashing and hot tea: Eswatini celebrates roll out of solar-heated water

New stations at health clinics improve hygiene in locations where warm water seen as ‘an absolute luxury’, helping to tackle CovidIn Eswatini, the southern African country which lost a prime minister to Covid-19 in December and where most people have no access to hot water, handwashing – a key weapon in the fight against the pandemic – has been a problem.No government health clinic in the kingdom, formerly known as Swaziland, had hot running water for patients. Nine out of 10 didn’t have hot wat...
Tags: Health, Africa, World news, Poverty, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Swaziland, Aids and HIV, Access to water, Tuberculosis, eSwatini, Coronavirus, COVID


Malawi to bin 16,000 AstraZeneca doses amid fears of rise in vaccine hesitancy

Authorities act to counter rumours out-of-date shots are being used as people drag their heels over being vaccinatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 16,000 expired AstraZeneca Covid-19 doses are to be destroyed in Malawi as concerns over vaccine hesitancy increase.The vaccines are among 102,000 doses donated by the African Union (AU) to the Malawian government last month. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Africa, World news, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Malawi, Global Health, Coronavirus, AstraZeneca COVID


Malaria mutations may be gaining a foothold in Africa, shows new data

New data provide the first clinical evidence that drug-resistant mutations in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum may be gaining a foothold in Africa.
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Neglected tropical diseases are the landmines of global health | Albert Picado and John H Amuasi

They are 20 disparate diseases that, like mines, unduly affect the world’s poorest people. Now there’s a plan to eradicate them by 2030In January the World Health Organization launched a new strategy for eradicating neglected tropical diseases, boldly setting targets to eliminate 20 of them by 2030.But what are neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)? There is no easy answer. The concept was first proposed in the early 2000s to bring to light a group of diseases that disproportionately affect poor pe...
Tags: Health, Science, Africa, Americas, Society, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Global Health, Albert Picado, John H Amuasi


The Guardian view on Africa and coronavirus: ending vaccine apartheid | Editorial

While the UK tries to contain the variant first found in South Africa, it is allowed to circulate unchecked elsewhereThe biggest surge-testing operation yet is under way in south London, with all people over the age of 10 who live, work or travel through Wandsworth and Lambeth being urged to take a Covid PCR test on top of twice-weekly rapid testing. The measures are prompted by a cluster of cases of the variant first detected in South Africa, against which several vaccines have shown reduced ef...
Tags: Health, UK, London, Africa, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Cyril Ramaphosa, Wandsworth, Coronavirus


African health workers left without Covid jabs as paltry supplies dwindle

Fear of third wave and new variants as sub-Saharan vaccine distribution is dogged by supply disruptionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMillions of healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa continue to risk their lives to fight Covid-19 as authorities across the continent struggle to obtain and distribute vaccines to frontline medical staff.Though hundreds of millions of people in western nations are now protected from the virus, doctors, nurses and others on the frontli...
Tags: Health, Africa, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, African Union, Saharan Africa, Coronavirus, COVID


‘Out of Trump playbook’: UK accused of ‘abandoning’ women with cuts to aid

Charity warns of 22,000 additional deaths in poorest countries if Wish reproductive health programme endsThe director of a leading sexual and reproductive health charity has accused the government of “abandoning” women and girls it promised to help, as aid cuts derail a leading Tory programme to reduce maternal deaths and prevent unsafe abortions in poor countries. The threat to the women’s integrated sexual health (Wish) programme could mean 7.5m additional unintended pregnancies, 2.7m unsafe a...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Africa, Women, Pregnancy, Conservatives, Afghanistan, Foreign Policy, Pakistan, Economic policy, Stella Creasy, Aid, Global development, Ethiopia, Abortion


‘Think of others’: elderly people in Zimbabwe dispel scepticism on Covid vaccine

While younger generations remain suspicious, growing numbers of senior citizens are taking up the jabThey may be old, frail, and vulnerable but they are the foot soldiers at the front of Zimbabwe’s Covid vaccination drive. Amid widespread scepticism among the younger population, it is elderly people who are coming out to lead by example.The queues at the vaccination centres in the capital, Harare, are dominated by older people. At Wilkins Hospital, Felda Mupemhi, 85, grasps her walking stick as ...
Tags: Health, Africa, Society, World news, Global development, Zimbabwe, Older people, Vaccines and immunisation, Harare, Coronavirus, Wilkins Hospital Felda Mupemhi


Teenage refugee killed himself in UK after mental health care failings

Coroner rules seriousness of Mulubrhane Medhane Kfleyosus’s illness went unrecognisedA teenage refugee killed himself after the serious nature of his mental illness was not recognised, a coroner has concluded.Mulubrhane Medhane Kfleyosus, 19, was the fourth from his friendship group of Eritrean refugees to take his own life within a 16-month period after arriving in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Africa, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Mental Health, Refugees, Eritrea, Young People, Mulubrhane Medhane Kfleyosus


Researchers identify a novel SARS-CoV-2 variant (A.VOI.V2) in southern Africa

Scientists recently explored the transmission dynamics of currently circulating variants of SARS-CoV-2 in a southern African country. By analyzing the genomic sequences of these variants, they have identified a novel SARS-CoV-2 variant with multiple spike mutations. They have temporarily designated the variant A.VOI.V2.
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Africa's health systems are failing to meet the needs of vulnerable groups

Less than half the population of Africa are not receiving the health services they need, with vulnerable groups including gay and disabled people left behind, says a report.
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Death without answers: an agonising 24-hour hunt for medical help in Guinea-Bissau

Bernardo Catchura spent a last desperate night seeking treatment in the healthcare system he had spent decades campaigning to improve. His wife is still unsure how he diedIn their 15 years together, Maimuna Catchura had not known her husband to be ill. But one night in late January, 39-year-old lawyer, activist and musician Bernardo Catchura could not sleep, and complained of severe stomach pain.The pain forced Catchura from his bed at his house in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau’s capital. That night he ...
Tags: Health, Africa, Senegal, Society, World news, Global development, Governance, Guinea Bissau, Global Health, Bissau Guinea Bissau, Bernardo Catchura, Maimuna Catchura, Catchura


Covid third wave may overrun Africa's healthcare, warns WHO

Leap of 50% in cases in three months and just 7m jabs across continent ‘infecting 11 health workers an hour’Rising cases of coronavirus in Africa threaten to overrun fragile healthcare systems and test the continent’s much-touted resilience to the disease, according to the World Health Organization’s regional office for the continent.The global health body stated that infections were on the rise in at least 12 countries in Africa including Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and Guinea. Continue reading....
Tags: Health, Science, Africa, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Guinea, Epidemics, Global development, Kenya, World Health Organization, Tanzania, Global Health, Coronavirus, Cameroon Ethiopia Kenya


World's poorest face vaccine delays through Covax programme

Technical problems at South Korean vaccine plant and setbacks in export licences from India cause hold-up Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSome of the world’s poorest countries have been warned to expect delays in the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines through the UN-backed Covax programme after a double blow of technical problems at a South Korean manufacturing plant and setbacks in securing export licences from the Indian government, Unicef has said.Up to 90m doses of the...
Tags: Health, South Korea, India, Africa, World news, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Oxford, Un, Vaccines and immunisation, Yemen, Unicef, Coronavirus


Ghana’s Redbird raises $1.5M seed to expand access to rapid medical testing in sub-Saharan Africa

For patients and healthcare professionals to properly track and manage illnesses especially chronic ones, healthcare needs to be decentralized . It also needs to be more convenient, with a patient’s health information able to follow them wherever they go . Redbird, a Ghanaian healthtech startup that allows easy access to convenient testing and ensures that doctors and patients can view the details of those test results at any time, announced today that it has raised a $1.5 million s...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Boston, Funding, Africa, US, Tech, Diabetes, Healthcare, Biotech, Ghana, Cto, Accra, Kumasi, Saharan Africa


Specialist Covid infection control scientist faces threat of deportation from UK

Charles Oti should be in his NHS job fighting the virus. Instead, the Home Office wants to send him to NigeriaAn infection control specialist who has been offered a job as a senior NHS biomedical scientist to help tackle the pandemic is facing deportation by the Home Office, prompting fresh calls for a more “humane” approach to skilled migrants.The government has refused Charles Oti, 46, from Nigeria the right to remain in the UK even though the job he was offered is among the government’s most ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Human Rights, Nigeria, Africa, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, NHS, Home Office, Priti Patel, Coronavirus, Charles Oti


Lesotho sacks hundreds of striking nurses as doctors warn of dire shortages

The African state was already struggling to cope with TB, HIV and Covid before latest response to demands for equal payLesotho has sacked hundreds of its nurses over the past few days in a row over pay. The small southern African country’s main hospital in the capital, Maseru, fired 345 nurses and nursing assistants, who have been on strike for the past month, with immediate effect.The nurses went on strike to press the government-owned Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital (QMMH) to give them the sa...
Tags: Health, Africa, Society, World news, Hospitals, South Africa, Nursing, Global development, Lesotho, Maseru, Coronavirus, Tšepong Consortium, Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital QMMH, Netcare Healthcare Group, Excel Health Women Investment


Tanzania's president is one of the world's most prominent Covid-deniers - and now he may be hospitalized with Covid

Tanzanian President John Magufuli at an event in August 2020. ERICKY BONIPHACE/AFP via Getty Images Tanzanian President John Magufuli has not been seen for 17 days, prompting rumors about his health. Magufuli declared Tanzania Covid-free last May and stopped releasing data. He has rejected vaccines. Media reports and claims from an opposition figure have fed rumors he is gravely ill with Covid-19. See more stories on Insider's business page. Dar es Salaam - Tanzanian President John Mag...
Tags: Health, News, India, Africa, Trends, Getty Images, President, Healthcare, Kenya, Tanzania, Catholic, Vaccine, Zanzibar, Indian Ocean, Wang Yi, Afp


Ghana’s mPharma partners with Ethiopian conglomerate to enter its eighth market

mPharma, a Ghanaian health tech startup that manages prescription drug inventory for pharmacies and their suppliers, today announced its expansion to Ethiopia . The company was founded by Daniel Shoukimas , Gregory Rockson  and James Finucane in 2013 . It specializes in vendor-managed inventory, retail pharmacy operations and market intelligence serving hospitals, pharmacies and patients . In Africa, the pharmaceutical market faces challenges such as sprawling supply chains, ...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Healthcare, Pizza Hut, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Novartis, Biotech, Ghana, Cvs, Rwanda


Mass immunization to stop Ebola outbreak in Guinea

As the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Africa this week, another vaccine was being rolled out in Guinea, in a bid to stop a fresh outbreak of Ebola in its tracks.
Tags: Health, Africa, Guinea


Quarter of women and girls have been abused by a partner, says WHO

Largest such study finds domestic violence experienced by one-in-four teenage girls with worst levels faced by women in their 30s One in four women and girls around the world have been physically or sexually assaulted by a husband or male partner, according to the largest study yet of the prevalence of violence against women.The report, conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN partners, found that domestic violence started young, with a quarter of 15- to 19-year-old girls and youn...
Tags: Europe, Gender, Africa, Women, Americas, Society, World news, Mental Health, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Un, Young People


Improve Your Health With These 5 Plants You Can Grow At Home

People often forget the significance of plants and take them for granted. With the influx of modern technology, having a green thumb is usually set aside. Plants are an essential resource; without plants, we wouldn’t have food, water, the air we breathe, and our climate would fail.  In this pandemic, our mental health can quickly falter due to less reward system, which causes stress. Our health may also falter from staying at home and not exercising, and focusing on different screens, e...
Tags: Asia, Fashion, Africa, Mental Health, Plants, Indoor Plants, Houseplants, Home Life, Dracaena, Spider Plant, Sansevieria, Spider Plant Spider Plants


'So much trauma': Mozambique conflict sparks mental health crisis

Aid groups warn of collapsed health system as traumatised people displaced by Islamist insurgency in Cabo Delgado seek helpThe insurgency in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province is causing a mental health crisis, with a quarter of the region’s population now displaced.People are struggling with untreated trauma after witnessing extreme violence, including mass beheadings, said humanitarian groups concerned about the strain on those who have sheltered dozens of displaced people in their homes. Cont...
Tags: Health, Africa, Society, World news, Mental Health, Global development, Humanitarian response, Mozambique, Cabo Delgado, Conflict and arms


We've been wrong about how insulin has to be stored, and a new approach could revolutionize diabetes treatment for millions of people

Mohamed Hussein Bule, 27, who teaches science at a refugee camp in Kenya. Paul Odongo for MSF For people living with diabetes in the developing world, a lack of electricity can hamper access to insulin.  But a project in Kenya has shown that insulin can be maintained in hot climates without refrigeration. Researchers, calling it a breakthrough, are urging the World Health Organization to amend its guidelines.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. For people living with...
Tags: Health, News, Africa, US, Trends, Diabetes, Healthcare, South Sudan, Who, Kenya, World Health Organization, Somalia, Msf, Afp, Bashar, Dadaab


A new approach for handling insulin could revolutionize diabetes treatment for millions of people

Mohamed Hussein Bule, 27, who teaches science at a refugee camp in Kenya. Paul Odongo for MSF For people living with diabetes in the developing world, a lack of electricity can hamper access to insulin.  But a project in Kenya has shown that insulin can be maintained in hot climates without refrigeration. Researchers, calling it a breakthrough, are urging the World Health Organization to amend its guidelines.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. For people living with...
Tags: Health, News, Africa, US, Trends, Diabetes, Healthcare, South Sudan, Who, Kenya, World Health Organization, Somalia, Msf, Afp, Bashar, Dadaab


The Latest: First US J&J vaccine doses shipping Sunday night

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Nearly 4 million doses of the newest COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped Sunday night, and will begin to be delivered to states for injections starting on Tuesday. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced that the entire stockpile of the newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will go out immediately. J&J will deliver about 16 million more doses by the end of March and 100 million total by the end of June. Though the new shot is easier...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Europe, Utah, Business, England, Cdc, Washington, France, White House, China, Germany, Iraq, Russia, Berlin, Africa


The Latest: US panel endorses 3rd vaccine option from J&J

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A U.S. advisory panel has endorsed the new one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson as a third option to bolster the national effort against the coronavirus pandemic. Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted overwhelmingly to recommend the vaccine for adults 18 years old and up. The ruling followed emergency clearance of the vaccine by U.S. regulators a day earlier. Members of the group emphasized that all three vaccines now av...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Europe, Utah, Business, England, Cdc, Washington, France, China, Germany, Iraq, Russia, Berlin, Africa, Uncategorized


The Latest: Utah cancels vaccine dates for thousands

By The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is canceling about 7,200 coronavirus vaccine appointments after an error in the state health department’s registration website allowed people without qualifying conditions to register for the shots. Department spokesman Tom Hudachko said in a statement that the error allowed residents who are not 65 or older or who don’t have an underlying medical condition to sign up. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Sunday those appointments are being canceled. Peopl...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Europe, Utah, Business, England, Washington, France, China, Germany, Iraq, Russia, Berlin, Africa, Uncategorized, US


The Latest: Brazil’s capital returns to COVID-19 lockdown

By The Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s capital has entered a two-week lockdown, joining several states in adopting measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as intensive care beds begin to fill in some important cities. At least eight Brazilian states adopted curfews over the past week due to the rise in cases and deaths from COVID-19. Thursday was Brazil’s deadliest day since the beginning of the pandemic, with 1,541 deaths confirmed from the virus. So far 254,000 people have died ov...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Europe, Business, England, Milan, London, Washington, France, China, Germany, Iraq, Russia, Berlin, Africa, Uncategorized



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