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West Africa Ebola Outbreak declared Over

Brussels – It’s been a long, hard fight, but the World Health Organization has finally announced that West Africa is Ebola-free. Afronline.org publishes a summary of the results of the Ebola-Tx trial of the effect of treating Ebola patients with plasma from Ebola, a project funded by the European Union and led by the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM).

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Vaccine deals a blow to meningitis A in Africa

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A conjugate vaccine has led to control and near total elimination of meningitis A disease in Africa, according to studies. The findings are from a collection of 29 articles written by guest editors from Public Health England and the former Meningitis Vaccine Project, a partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the international health non-profit PATH.

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Surveillance identifies gaps in malaria control efforts

[KAMPALA] Although malaria burden is gradually falling globally, it remains high and continues to rise in high-transmission areas, especially in rural Africa, a two-year surveillance in Uganda has shown. According to the researchers who undertook the study, successes recorded for malaria control in Sub-Saharan Africa are mostly limited to low-transmission areas, noting that research in high-transmission regions are needed.

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Guinea: Ebola Vaccine Efficacy Trial Ready to Launch

Vaccination will take place in areas of Basse Guinée, the region that currently has the highest number of cases in the country. The trial strategy adopted will be “ring vaccination”, based on the approach used to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s.

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DRC: WHO Declares End of Ebola Outbreak

WHO and other partners supported the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo with expertise for outbreak investigation, a mobile laboratory, risk communications and social mobilization, contact tracing and clinical care. continue reading »

Maria Helena Semedo (FAO): “For an holistic approach on nutrition in Africa”

More than 20 years on from the first ever International Conference on Nutrition, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will host this week in Rome the ICN2 gathering heads of state, senior officials and leaders from 192 governments to set a new policy framework to address global malnutrition and feed directly into the new Sustainable Development Goals.  continue reading »

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