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Malaria drug could cut women’s risk of other infections

Abuja – A drug used to combat malaria in pregnant women could also treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a study shows. Results of the study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, a medicine recommended during antenatal care visit for intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) of malaria in pregnant women in malaria-endemic areas could cut the risk of getting STIs such as gonorrhoea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and bacterial vaginosis.

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Three Times as Many Mobile Phones as Toilets in Africa

Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) – Though key to good health and economic wellbeing, water and sanitation remain less of a development priority in Africa, where high costs and poor policy implementation constrain getting clean water and flush toilets to millions.

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Female Genital Mutilation: Kenya’s worst-kept secret

Thirty-seven of the 42 tribal communities among the Maasai in Kenya still practice Female Genital Mutilation. The preferential age for the procedure used to be 15 – now it’s done to 11-year-olds. Despite a ban on it in 2011, more than 500 girls in Narok County drop out of school every year because of Female Genital Mutilation and early marriage.

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Africa should spur herbal medicine safety, value women

Accra (Ghana) – Africa needs to develop standards to assure safety and benefit of its herbal medicines, says Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, president of Mauritius. According to the World Health Organisation, 80 per cent of the world’s population depend on medicinal plants for their primary healthcare.

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Why Polio Campaigns Must Reach Every Last Child in Kenya

Nairobi (Kenya) – For a long time, no person in Kenya suffered the devastating disability that is caused by polio. In fact, the only reminder in the early 2000s was the victims in the streets of Nairobi, many of whom had been paralyzed as children and adults. Their lives were ravaged by this terrible, vaccine-preventable disease.

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Refugee crisis: Fresh fighting in South Sudan putting strain on resources

The flow of South Sudan refugees to neighbouring countries is increasing as insecurity worsens due to renewed fighting. The government forces have been engaging rebels in Central and Western Equatoria states increasing the refugee flow to Uganda, while Gambela, in southwestern Ethiopia, neighbouring the Upper Nile State, has been receiving those fleeing in fear after the fresh hostility.

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