This blog from Dr Ekwaro Obuku from the Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Translation at Makerere University in Uganda describes how South to South collaboration strengthens evidence use in Africa.
The project calls for involving ministries of education/health/others and faculties of education and for encouraging the embedding of knowledge, skills and values about the SDGs and how to achieve these and One Health within and across education curricula.
In April of 2016, reports were streaming in of Zika cases across the Americas. Each report reinforced the conventional wisdom that Zika was primarily a threat to the western hemisphere and that, so far, mainland Africa had been spared its pernicious effects. Then came a report from Guinea-Bissau.
The fifth STIAS-Wallenberg Roundtable was held in February and focused on image-based mobile technologies to improve access and equity in health care. Sessions ranged from overviews of the landscape; unpacking the practical experiences of using mHealth in clinical settings; how to overcome challenges in implementation; barriers and facilitators; and, the need for leadership and change agents.
President Trump has reinstated the Mexico City Policy which prohibits international NGOs from receiving US federal funds if they perform abortion-related services. Trump’s expansion of the policy extends these restrictions to encompass not just family planning aid, but all global health assistance from the United States.
This biomedical smart jacket distinguishes pneumonia’s symptoms – temperature, breathing rate and sound of the lungs – and eliminates most human error, diagnosing pneumonia at a rate three to four times faster than a doctor.
Listen to expert perspectives on the work of MEASURE Evaluation which develops approaches and conducts research for health information systems strengthening in low- and middle-income countries across the globe.
The burden of NCDs has been gradually increasing over the past decade and will likely surpass the toll of sickness and death from infectious diseases by 2030. This report released by the WHO African Region identifies the main causes of this rising trend using data from surveys carried out in at least 33 African countries.
With at least half of its population expected to reside in cities by 2030, Africa’s rapid urbanisation has manifested a set of new challenges – overcrowded cities, inadequate social services, disease outbreaks and the rise of non-communicable diseases.
HIV self-testing is a way to reach more people with undiagnosed HIV and represents a step forward to empower individuals, diagnose people earlier before they become sick, bring services closer to where people live, and create demand for HIV testing.
Descovy is an updated version of Truvada containing a new form of the drug tenofovir that is safer for bones and the kidneys, at least among those with HIV. Gilead Sciences has begun a major trial to compare the efficacy of Descovy versus Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV.
Taxing sugary drinks can lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. Fiscal policies that lead to at least a 20% increase in the retail price of sugary drinks would result in proportional reductions in consumption of such products.