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Africa’s progress on maternal and child mortality is in decline, says WHO report

Brazzaville – According to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) released today, a slowdown in the progress made over the past decade in the fight against maternal and child mortality is projected in the African Region. The Atlas of African Health Statistics 2022 has assessed the nine targets related to the Sustainable […]

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Zimbabwe Scores Another First Against HIV In Africa

In October, Zimbabwe became the first African country to approve the use of the injectable HIV prevention drug called cabotegravir. A 32-year-old Zimbabwean woman, who requested not to be identified, said she received an injection of the HIV prevention drug while she was working in the United States. She had been taking HIV prevention pills […]

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WHO recommends new name ‘MPOX’ for monkeypox disease

GENEVA— Following a series of consultations with global experts, WHO will begin using a new preferred term “mpox” as a synonym for monkeypox. Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while “monkeypox” is phased out. When the outbreak of monkeypox expanded earlier this year, racist and stigmatizing language online, in other settings and […]

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South African Court Rules Former President Zuma’s Medical Parole Unlawful

South Africa’s highest appeals court has ruled that former President Jacob Zuma must return to prison, saying his release from a contempt of court sentence last year on medical parole was unlawful. South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma lost his appeal Monday to remain on medical parole. The 80-year-old has been serving a 15-month sentence […]

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Bacterial Infections ‘Second Leading Cause of Death Worldwide’

Bacterial infections are the second leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for one in eight of all deaths in 2019, the first global study of their lethality revealed on Tuesday. The massive new study, published in The Lancet journal, looked at deaths from 33 common bacterial pathogens and 11 types of infection across 204 countries […]