hello November 24, 2017 Government supplies medicine to ghost health centre

THE MONITOR  UGANDA By ROBERT MUHEREZA KABALE. A ghost health centre III in Kabale District has reportedly been receiving drug allocations from government. The matter came to the fore during a workshop for Kabale District Integrity Promotion Forum last Friday. During the workshop, it was discovered that drugs meant for Buhara Health Centre III, a non-governmental […]

[ READ MORE ] Physicians decry five per cent NHIS coverage in Nigeria

    By Anietie Akpan, Calabar     The Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON) has decried current coverage of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the country. They said five per cent coverage in the country is very poor and it takes care of mostly federal civil servants, which is not good enough. […]

[ READ MORE ] November 23, 2017 Three decades on, stigma still stymies HIV prevention and treatment

     Linda-Gail Bekker University of Cape Town There have been great strides and many important victories in the fight against HIV. Scientific innovations and sustained investment have been the most important weapons in this ongoing battle. Nevertheless the epidemic retains a powerful grip – especially on people in Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, 19.4 million are living with the […]

[ READ MORE ] November 17, 2017 Celebrating the Miracles and Milestones of Premature Babies

  Like any mother, Jacinta Ochieng wanted nothing more than to take her children home, all five of them, even though their birth had surprised her- she thought she had been carrying just one. Instead, she had to watch her babies, born seven weeks premature, die one by one, their fragile under-developed lungs unable to […]

[ READ MORE ] Gasping for breath: Pneumonia’s deadly toll

 KAREN MCVEIGH A disease that claims the lives of two children under five a minute worldwide has hit drought-stricken Kenya hard, its spread driven by malnutrition. The baby lying under a red printed blanket is gasping for air. Her tiny chest is convulsed with the effort of drawing oxygen into her lungs and, as her […]

[ READ MORE ] August 27, 2017 Call for Entries: Reporting Fellowship on Migration and Climate for Nigerian Journalists

Nigerian journalists are invited to apply for a reporting fellowship aimed at improved coverage of migration due to conflict or instability and the resulting impact on climate and economic prospects.   The program focuses on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 10 and 13, which aim to “reduce inequality within and among countries” and “take […]

[ READ MORE ] July 10, 2016 How heroin addiction robbed me of my youth

By Joy Wanja Muraya   What began as a contest on who could swallow the most ‘illicit’ tablets meant to treat mental illnesses got David Mbugua hooked to the drugs. This set off experimentation with substances that could leave him with a light head after his peers ushered him into the world of drugs at […]

[ READ MORE ] February 4, 2015 The Latest on Vaccines and Immunization in Africa

In the latest issue of Health Digest magazine, journalists from several African countries provide updates on immunization campaigns and the push to produce vaccines against Ebola, malaria and HIV. Correspondents review the long struggles to tame malaria and HIV, they report on the dissenters who still oppose vaccinations, and they examine the high cost of […]

[ READ MORE ] August 15, 2014 Towards Elimination of Maternal and Child Deaths

Roselyne Sachiti of Zimbabwe’s The Herald was one of nine international journalists selected to participate in the Maternal and Child Health Reporting Fellowships in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Maputo, Mozambique, this past July. The program, supported by the United Nations Foundation and organized in partnership with the International Center for Journalists, aimed to promote and […]

[ READ MORE ] August 12, 2014 How Mozambique is coping with AIDS

In this moving and educational story published online by the Inter Press Service, journalist Mercedes Sayagues uses striking photos and alarming statistics to describe the tough conditions facing people living with HIV in Mozambique, which has the eighth-highest rate of HIV in the world. Mozambique struggles to contain the HIV epidemic with one in ten […]