African Health & Wellness

Museveni to Commission First Diagnostics Manufacturing Plant.

President Museveni is scheduled to inaugurate tomorrow a diagnostic test kit manufacturing facility, the first of its kind in the Great Lakes region. This would probably prevent the nation from having to import test kits, which currently cost over $100 million yearly.


The state-of-the-art facility in Ntinda will assist Uganda and the surrounding health sectors in building local manufacturing capacity to enhance and maintain the demands of the medical supply chain. The main source of imports for Uganda and all the Great Lake Region nations is comparable diagnostic test kits and other associated medications.

Owned by Microhaem Scientifics (MHS), a private company that works closely with the Ugandan government, the facility has finished construction and equipment of the first state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to produce essential test kits, including HIV and malaria, at a reasonable price. It is supported by its technology transfer partners, Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech Co., Ltd. (China) and Deseret Laboratories Inc. (US Based).


The managing director and owner, Dr. Cedric Akwesigye, stated, “The manufacturing plant has been constructed in accordance with the World Health Organization’s Standards, ISO 13485 and cGMP, and has been inspected and supported by the Uganda National Drug Authority (NDA)”.


Dr. Akwesigye continued, “The facility marks a significant step toward advancing Uganda’s National Development Plan III commitment to enhance industrialization and import substitution, as well as Africa’s new public health agenda of reducing health product importation from 99% to 40% by 2040.”


He clarified that the start of manufacturing will mark a significant turning point for the medical industry in the area because it will result in lower prices for diagnostic test kits and other relevant medications. 


Modern equipment has been installed in this expansive facility to enable the production of a variety of test kits for HIV drug monitoring, HIV Early Infant Diagnosis (EID), HIV Viral Load Test, and Molecular and Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT).


The MD and founder of Microhaem Scientifics stated that test kits would be produced and distributed right away by the plant, which is the first of its type in Uganda. According to him, the nation’s ability to produce inexpensive, high-quality, and easily accessible diagnostic test kits will allow for a prompt reaction to any epidemics and lessen the anxiety and desperation that come with relying on outside resources.


According to Dr. Akwesigye, when the facility reaches full capacity, it will generate over 5,000 indirect jobs in addition to over 1500 direct positions. These jobs will involve skill transfer and competency building in areas such as bioprocessing, innovation, research and development, and quality assurance.


Million-dose orders from pharmaceutical companies were placed by a number of developed nations, including the United States, Britain, and the European Union bloc, long before the now-approved COVID-19 vaccines had completed the full cycle of clinical trials. Ugandans, along with many other poor nations, were shocked to see how the West hoarded its own vaccinations, preventing millions of doses from reaching needy countries in Africa.


President Museveni stated during one of the presentations, “We call for more action to ensure that at the center of a global recovery is equitable access to effective and affordable vaccines,” adding that this should also include pharmaceuticals and diagnostics that aid in treatment in the event that vaccines are not available.


He promised to help regional businesses increase their capacity so they could create resilient local solutions in the event of future outbreaks.


According to data from Uganda’s Ministry of Health, clinically diagnosed malaria is the primary cause of both morbidity and mortality rates, accounting for 30–50% of outpatient visits to medical facilities, 15-20% of all hospital admissions, and up to 20% of most hospital deaths. Over 90% of people are affected by malaria, which is endemic in about 95% of the nation.


With over 16 million cases reported in 2013, 13.4 million in 2019, and 10,500 deaths reported annually from malaria, Uganda has the third-highest annual mortality toll from the disease both in Africa and globally. The new factory will meet the most pressing needs for African health by enabling Uganda and the surrounding area to take care of their needs by utilizing the most cutting-edge technologies.


Tanzanian Government Kicks Against Arbitrary Use of Antibiotics.

Since the system inflames antimicrobial resistance, the Tanzanian government has frowned against pharmacies and drug dispensing outlets selling antibiotics to patients without a doctor’s prescription. 

Improper use of antibiotics, according to Chief Pharmacist Daudi Msasi stands as a threat to public health, calling on stakeholders to help spread education on the proper usage. He noted that the government has already authorized Pharmacy (Prescription Handling and Control) Regulations since June last year in handling antimicrobial resistance.

Mr. Msasi further explained that the respective authorities had started holding accountable pharmacists who go against the laws, as he outlined the penalties in the regulations which included fines, facing a jail term, or closing down their businesses by revoking their licenses, among others.

While he presided over a meeting to discuss the problem ahead of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, Mr. Msasi said, antimicrobial resistance is costly because when diseases are responding to the drugs, it will force the government to look for others which might be expensive”.

The meeting was organized by the Roll Back Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative (RBA Initiative). It is a non-governmental organization with the aim to fight back antimicrobial resistance. It supervises both rural and urban communities as critical players in addressing antimicrobial resistance. 

Mr. Msasi lauded the organization for a job well done in Dodoma and Bahi districts, stating that the initiatives ought to be rolled out in the whole region and country at large.

According to him, the regulations governing pharmacies have been approved by the government, as well as other drug dispensing outlets to ensure that they abide by the laws while conducting business. He said these regulations are also focused on safeguarding public health by making sure that all dispensing outlets adhere to the regulations.

The World Antimicrobial Awareness Week is aimed at increasing awareness among the public on antimicrobial resistance and encouraging only the appropriate use of drugs. The chief pharmacist noted that appropriate use of medical drugs includes sticking to only doctor’s prescriptions, where to get them, and the duration of the patient’s medication among others.

“However, people should use antibiotics according to their doctors’ prescriptions and avoid buying such drugs without being recommended by any medical personnel,” he pointed out.

He also explained how antimicrobial resistance varies and is dependent on the drug of choice, mentioning that the nation, for example, was treating malaria with chloroquine. Nevertheless, it developed a 50% resistance rate and had to be stopped. Suphadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP), which was also stopped since it was not working as intended, took its place. The Chief Pharmacist added that medications are removed from treating certain diseases when they exhibit a 50% resistance to the drug since patients will no longer respond to it.

According to Thereza Evarist, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (Po-RALG), antibiotic usage and abuse in humans and farm animals exacerbates antimicrobial resistance.

She stated that a new study demonstrates the evolution of resistance to artemisinin, an antibacterial used in the treatment of malaria, despite the paucity of data in the African region.

She noted that the African region is more severely impacted than any other region of the world by the estimated one in ten medicines that are thought to be substandard or fabricated internationally.

In addition, she urged all parties involved to collaborate in order to ensure that future generations have access to safe, effective antibiotics. This included making investments in infrastructure related to water, sanitation, and hygiene as well as restricting the use of antibiotics in livestock and aquafarming.



Sudan: UN, Italy Sign Grant to Improve Kassala Healthcare.

In order to bolster the quality of healthcare services in Kassala Sudan, a €4.2 million agreement has been inked between the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS). The project is aimed at increasing the accessibility and caliber of healthcare services and creating a secure atmosphere in which people with disabilities can get such services. 

The UN in Sudan in an official statement said that UNOPS will build the two main roads at Kassala Hospital in Sudan that connect the general surgery unit, maternity hospital, blood bank, and diagnostic center. 

The project will also involve renovating and paving the exterior spaces that connect the new pediatric unit, the diagnostic center, and the blood bank. Furthermore, UNOPS will construct the second section of the general surgery unit’s first phase, occupying 2,750 square meters of total building space.

According to the UN statement, the project will be centered on gender and equity, with 2.8 million individuals expected to profit. 

Michele Tommasi, the Italian ambassador to Sudan, noted that Italy ranks among the top providers of money given to Sudan to support its many sectors. Health, social inclusion, disability, gender equality, economic advancement, agriculture, and cultural and archeological heritage protection are some of these fields.  The construction of the Kassala Health Citadel is one of Italy’s most significant projects.

The Italian organization has been steadfast in its support of Sudan, according to Michele Morana, Director of AICS Khartoum: “We have intensified our support and localized it in the eastern states of the country, where the Italian cooperation has a long-lasting presence and strong relationships with the Sudanese authorities, based on mutual trust and collaboration.”

The Sudan’s war that broke out in mid-April terribly impacted all aspects of healthcare across Sudan and due to a critical shortage of necessary supplies, the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) suspended its support to surgical operations at Bashayes Teaching Hospital in southern Khartoum. 

However, the Sudanese healthcare system has delayed making decisions concerning healthcare services. In September, UNICEF and the World Health Organization warned that more than 10,000 children will die by the end of this year as a result of attacks and disruptions to health and nutrition services in Sudan. 

Millions of children are at risk of contracting cholera, dengue, measles, malaria, and other diseases as a result of the six-month fighting in Sudan, according to a joint statement from the two groups. They also noted that organizations are facing growing difficulties as a result of limitations on access, resources, safety, and security.

According to the statement, UNICEF and the WHO note that over 70% of hospitals in areas affected by war are not operating. As of now, the WHO has confirmed 58 attacks on healthcare facilities, which have left patients and medical staff injured and 31 people dead.

According to the statement, the rainy season fosters an environment that is conducive to the spread of vector and waterborne illnesses. He observed that there is a fast-rising danger of death from maternal complications, low immunization rates, illness outbreaks, and hunger.

Approximately 700,000 kids are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, and another 100,000 kids require life-saving care for acute malnutrition combined with medical problems. According to Mandeep O’Brien, UNICEF representative in Sudan, “maternal, newborn, and infant health and nutrition services – a lifeline in a country where nearly 14 million children need urgent humanitarian support – have been destroyed in some areas.” “Pay for healthcare staff has been delayed for several months. All the supplies are used up. Attacks on critical infrastructure are still ongoing.”


Expansion of Guinea’s Dental School in Pioneering.

The dire need to give the people of Guinea access to quality dental care is taking a major step forward with the expansion of the country’s only dental school.

Lack of access to affordable, safe dental and surgical care has been an issue in Guinea, like much of sub-Saharan Africa.

Across 47 countries, Sub-Saharan Africa, as a whole, only had 11 dental schools offering dental training to an undergraduate level in 2000. This number has since increased to 35 dental schools across 16 countries in the region. But despite an increase in dentists, overall population growth has still left nations desperately under-served dental care.

International charity Mercy Ships is funding the expansion project in Guinea as part of its ongoing partnership with University Gamal Abdel Nasser of Conakry (UGANC) to enhance the quality of dental education for generations to come.

The crisis in dental care struck American dentist Dr. David Ugai hard when he first visited Guinea after his graduation while volunteering for Mercy Ships in 2012-13 for ten months.

Despite treating patients, the queue for treatment continued to increase.

He also observed that dental students, entire studies were just theoretical, and unlike his training, there was no practical training for dental students. The first time students treated real-life patients clinically was after they had graduated.

He said: “If you really did a true assessment of the dental need, it’s going to be high, whether that’s access to care, whether that’s the cost for dental treatments, whether that is the access to providers, whether they have enough dentists in-country or not.

“In the U.S. we’re used to, you know, one dentist per 2,000, or 3,000, or 5,000 people. You go to some African countries, you’re at one dentist per 1 million. You can’t start talking about dental care being functional and developed and being able to treat the population because you don’t even have a workforce to start that conversation.”

In 2018, he returned to Guinea with Mercy Ships and participated in the launch of a new kind of partnership: Mercy Ships’ collaboration with Guinea’s only public dental school at UGANC in Conakry which is training all the dentists for the country.

David said: “Initially, we just renovated the space. They allowed us to use a room for our normal Mercy Ships dental program. And then, during the field service, the Dean at the time asked if we could incorporate some of the students into our program so they could get some experience in the clinic.

“That was kind of the birth of how we slowly started engaging with the dental school, started working more specifically with students, and really started forming a true partnership with the university and the dental department.”

When the ship left in 2019, David decided to stay. Four years later, he remains in Guinea as the Mercy Ships Country Director and Director of dental education and investment. In this role, he oversees the education and clinical experience of the young dentists who work their way through the university’s dental program.

He has been instrumental in the expanded two-floor clinical training building that will more than double the capacity for dental students to study and treat patients to 22 dental chairs. It will also include a greatly expanded radiology department and equipment which will now house 6 intra-oral x-rays, 1 panoramic, and 1 Cone Beam CT with cephalometric.

Dr. Ugai said the upgrade will allow all current and future students access to simulation and clinical training which will greatly improve the quality of teaching and dentists that qualify. The dental school has up to 150 students at any one time.

It is hoped the invested education will not only help Guinea but the neighboring countries as well.

National Community Health Day: Malawi Launches Tipewe Cholera/Covid-19 Campaign.

Malawi government, on the 25th of October, launched the National Community Health Framework (2023-2030), the “Tipewe Cholera/Covid 19” campaign, and re-launched the Human Papillomavirus vaccination drive.

The Ministry of Health, through the Community Health Services Section and its partners, has been implementing community health services as one of the strategies to attain Universal Health Coverage by 2030. In 2019, the government, through the Ministry of Health set this day with the purpose of raising awareness about the importance of community health in Malawi. Express appreciation for community health impact and community health workers and other actors across the community health system. As well as advocate for more resources for community health interventions.

Speaking at the launch and commemoration in Likoma, H.E. the President of Malawi, Dr Lazarus Chakwera encouraged communities to have all girls aged between 9 and 14 receive the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.

He stated that Malawi has a life-saving vaccine that provides primary prevention of cervical cancer. This vaccine is freely available for all.

“Malawi introduced the HPV vaccine in 2019, targeting girls at nine years old. Although the program started well, the last two years have seen a significant decline in the uptake of the HPV vaccine among our girls. The re-launch of the HPV vaccination program in Malawi is a critical step in our commitment to promoting optimum health”, President Chakwera said.

He stated that despite Malawi making strides in containing Cholera, preventive measures are critical for the vulnerable and those in high-risk areas especially this rainy season, a time when water-borne diseases are at strife.

The President expressed his gratitude to UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the United States Agency for International Development, The Global Fund, GAVI, Last Mile Health, Mother2Mother, the Embassy of Iceland, and the private sector players for the continued support to the government in the implementation of community health services in the country.

In her remarks, United Nations Resident Coordinator Rebecca Adda Dontoh reaffirmed the United Nations’ commitment to quality health service delivery and human rights protection. She stated that collaborative efforts have successfully reduced Cholera and Covid-19 cases in Malawi including tackling the aftermath of natural disasters like Cyclone Freddy.

She said community health programs are vital in Malawi. “They bridge distances and costs, offering high Return on Investment (ROI), and serving as emergency response channels. The Government of Malawi’s investments in life-saving interventions through Community Health programs over the past few decades have saved millions of lives. There has been a notable decline in under-five mortality. Successes include impactful interventions like immunization, Safe Motherhood, WASH, nutrition programs, and response to public health emergencies”, she said.

Meanwhile, President Dr Lazarus Chakwera took time to appreciate various developments taking place in the area, a solar-powered system that is used as a source of energy on the Island, port services, and the expansion of Chima Health Centre.

According to Director of Health and Social Services Dr Gracewell Mathewe, Likoma district currently relies on St Peters Hospital, under the Anglican Church which is overwhelmed.

“We have one small delivery room, which has been divided into antenatal, post-natal, and another ward where we put neonates that have complications. “The population is growing, and as government, we need to effectively serve the community. We hope that after construction of this OPD at Chima, we will have a fully-fledged Maternity Wing and other structures to address the district’s needs,” says Mathewe.

Gambia, UNFPA Unveil Gambia Investment Case.

The Vice President’s Office in partnership with UNFPA The Gambia unveiled The Gambia Investment Case on Friday, a document that provides strong justification for funding initiatives aimed at promoting women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health. At a ceremony conducted at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Hall, the event was officially started.

Members of the diplomatic corps and cabinet ministers were among the many guests who graced the occasion.

The Investment Case is a thorough and data-driven examination of the obstacles and possibilities in bringing about revolutionary changes in gender-based violence, family planning, and maternal health.

The event was hailed by Seraphine Wakana, UN resident coordinator in The Gambia, as a critical turning point in our shared quest to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and improve the welfare of the country’s citizens, particularly with regard to SDGs 3 and 5.

“We are here to launch the Investment Case for The Gambia, a pivotal document that will guide our efforts in the years to come. The Investment Case represents a comprehensive and data-driven analysis of the challenges and opportunities we face in achieving transformative results in maternal health, family planning, and gender-based violence.”

She noted that these concerns are not just essential human rights but also important forces behind sustainable development. “When we invest in the health, well-being, and empowerment of women and girls, we are investing in the future of our nation.”

The UNFPA resident coordinator mentioned studies that the organization carried out in 2019 and the obvious financial difficulty of the work at hand, stating that both financial and technical resources are needed to achieve revolutionary effects by 2030 in priority countries like The Gambia.

This, she continued, calls for a joint effort to mobilize domestic resources and prioritize these crucial sectors, noting that The Gambia, like many other nations, confronts particular difficulties in delivering these game-changing outcomes.

The UNFPA country representative, Ndeye Rose Sarr, expressed her happiness to be a part of the occasion and said the program had the potential to significantly improve the lives of women and girls in The Gambia.

She also acknowledged the support of all important ministries and stakeholders who were on the steering committee that oversaw the document’s preparation, and she thanked the Office of the President for leading the commendable project.

“We thank them for their unwavering commitment to addressing the pressing issue of maternal mortality, family planning, and gender-based violence in The Gambia.”

She disclosed that The Gambia Investment Case for Sexual and Reproductive Health is an extensive document that is the outcome of careful engagement and collaboration between the government and UNFPA together with other partners. It examines three UNFPA transformative results.

“The document outlines financial strategies with three scenarios that are required to achieve the shared vision of zero preventable maternal death, zero unmet need for family planning, and zero gender-based violence by 2030. This is a significant step towards realizing several transformational objectives.”

She continued by saying that the Gambia Investment Case for Sexual and Reproductive Health would support the ambitious agenda, which has the full backing of the government and is more than simply a plan—rather, it is a commitment to take action.

The vice president’s representative at the report’s launch, Baboucarr Buoye, the Minister of Public Service, recalled that The Gambia had reaffirmed and strengthened its commitment to preventing maternal death, enhancing access to and use of family planning and other sexual and reproductive health services, and ending all forms of gender-based violence during the conference’s 25th-anniversary celebrations in 2019.

“The United Nations Population Fund has outlined three significant and transformational objectives to pursue. Specifically, The Gambia’s ability to achieve these transformative results by 2030, hinges on the need for expediting progress, addressing resource shortfalls, and garnering political commitment at all levels.”

Minister Bouye went on to say that the investment case makes a strong case for possible investors by highlighting the benefits of carefully allocating resources and using them effectively for important priorities in a particular setting.

“It serves as a driving force to expedite the acceleration and achievement of the three zeros and allows for concentrated efforts on addressing outstanding issues at the national level. The Gambia’s investment provides a clear overview of the requirements, funding flows, and financial shortfalls associated with reaching the three zeros.”

Gambia: Capacity Building On Integrated Polio Surveillance.

The Gambia played host to a four-day capacity building on integrated polio surveillance in the African Region.

This event which took place at Bakadaji Hotel, sought to expose participants to new skills and approaches required in terms of surveillance towards totally eradicating polio virus on the continent.

Speaking to journalists, Dr. Ndoutabe Modjirom, coordinator of the WHO-led polio outbreaks Rapid Response Team for the African Region, explained that they are meeting in Banjul to train and strengthen the capacity of francophone when it comes to early detection of all polio cases in Africa region and to work towards implementing quick response to combat further spread of all types of polioviruses so that by 2024 the virus will be eradicated in the continent and beyond.

He thanked The Gambia government for hosting the meeting which he considered important, further expressing optimism that at the end of the form, delegates would be capacitated to be able to work towards combating the spread of the virus in the region.

For his part, Desta Tiruneh, World Health Organization representative, described the forum as one of several events organized across the African region, recalling that a similar one was convened about two weeks ago in Kigali, Rwanda for anglophone Africa, where delegates from The Gambia attended.

WHO rep reminded that the world is on the verge of eradicating polio completely, but that they are facing some challenges as there still exist two countries in Asia, where the virus is still endemic in poliovirus.

“But in addition to that we have what we call vaccine-derived polio viruses which are circulating on the continent. So, these trainings we are organizing across the continent, are meant to strengthen our surveillance system to detect any introduction of these polio virus in any country.”

These efforts, he added, are geared towards completely eradicating the virus on the continent and beyond, further expressing their resolve to wipe out the virus on the face of the earth.

He thus challenged participants to be ready to learn new skills and methods of surveillance in the region and make these surveillance systems up to standards so that no virus poses a threat.

“If we do that then we are ready to eradicate the polio virus completely. That is why we are bringing in so many countries here and this cost a lot of money and energy, but we believe it is necessary and without this, we cannot achieve polio eradication.”

Seychelles Hosts Inaugural IFBB Event.

Seychelles will host the 2023 IFBB International Grand Prix for the first time with the participation of over 20 athletes vying for the top prize. 

The competition, which is being done in collaboration between the International Fitness and Bodybuilding Federation (IFBB) and local body Seychelles Elite Pro Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation, will take place on Saturday, at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Beach Resort.

The chairperson of the Seychelles Elite Pro Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation, Chantal Pinchon, told SNA that “it was during the IFBB congress last year, that we met with the president, and there the idea of Seychelles hosting an IFBB event came around and was agreed upon.”  

The event will start at 6 p.m. and eight participants from Seychelles, six men, and two women have already confirmed their participation. Savio Larue, Elicks Rapide, Jean-Luc Belle, Andy Anthony, and Derrick Mensah will compete among the ladies, while Shereen Azemia and Lindsay Payet will compete.

Pinchon explained that while this tournament is reserved for amateur bodybuilders, Ziad Meckdachi, who retired as a professional, will not be able to compete.

“There will be seven IFBB pro cards up for grabs, to the winners of each category. Getting an IFBB Pro Card means the bodybuilder becomes part of the elite. At this point you’ve made it, and have the opportunity to follow a genuine career as a professional bodybuilder, earning a decent income by competing and winning,” she said.

There will be six categories for men – bodybuilding, physique, classic physique, classic bodybuilding, junior classic bodybuilding, and junior men’s physique.

The ladies will compete in the bikini fitness, and bikini physique, as well as in the fit model categories.

Pinchon said that one of the advantages of Seychelles hosting the competition is that the participants will not have to deal with the expenses of going abroad.

She said she was hoping to get more local participants.

“I want the athletes to be more serious with the sport, where they have to ensure that they are ready in time for such competitions,” said Pinchon, who revealed that Seychelles will in fact hold a second international competition on June 22, 2024.

Tickets for the competition cost SCR300 ($22) while those wishing to attend the competition and the buffet dinner must pay SCR1200 ($90).


Anuga 2023 Brings Tunisian Agri-Food Industry to Spotlight.

Forty Tunisian exhibitors operating in the agri-food sector are participating in the world’s leading trade fair for food and beverages, “Anuga 2023,” organized October 7th-11th, in Cologne, Germany.

Spearheaded by the Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX), the Tunisian 25th consecutive participation in this event includes exhibitors specialized in olive oil, canned food (tuna, sardines, and harissa), dates and by-products, pastry, charcuterie, pre-prepared dishes, and dried tomatoes.

Anuga which brings together all the key players, producers, buyers, and decision-makers in the sector, is considered to be the world’s leading agri-food event, with a record number of exhibitors exceeding 7,800 and over 200,000 professional visitors, CEPEX said on Monday.

The Tunisian exhibitors succeeded in making contact with trade visitors from over 55 foreign countries, according to CEPEX.

Tunisia’s participation in this trade fair also served to showcase a fairly comprehensive range of Tunisian products and to promote Tunisia’s strengths in a market that offers real export opportunities.

A cooking show space was set up to offer visitors the opportunity to sample flavors concocted from products on display in the 435m² national pavilion.

As part of its strategy of supporting SMEs, CEPEX offered five small Tunisian companies operating in the agri-food sector the opportunity to exhibit in a “NewComer” space.

A working meeting was held with all the exhibitors. Discussions focused on export opportunities and potential business development alternatives in the German market.

The meeting also offered an opportunity to discuss the promotional program of the Tunisian Embassy in Berlin for 2024.

Germany ranks second on the list of countries with which Tunisia can considerably develop its exports, with an untapped potential estimated at $1.1 billion.


Rwanda Takes Delivery of Africa’s Modern Surgical Traning Center.

On Saturday, October 7, President Paul Kagame inaugurated IRCAD Africa, a cutting-edge research and training facility, marking an important turning point in Rwanda’s medical scene. In order to enhance healthcare on the continent, this state-of-the-art facility is committed to training Africa’s future medical experts in the field of minimally invasive surgery.

The facility, which cost more than $32 million, has state-of-the-art simulation technology, such as virtual reality and augmented reality platforms, that lets surgeons hone their abilities in a secure setting. It contains a fully functional operating wet lab with cutting-edge surgical tools, allowing for hands-on instruction in actual surgical circumstances.

The institution is a partner in a global research and teaching institute noted for its proficiency in laparoscopic surgery, IRCAD France.


Accompanied by First Lady Jeannette Kagame and Prof. Jacques Marescaux, the founder of IRCAD France, the president reportedly declared that the center, which is situated in Rwanda’s developing “health city” in Masaka, would enhance and elevate African talent.

“It has benefited Rwandans probably in a way you will never realize. Marescaux and others who work with you at IRCAD International and those who join you because they understand the cause and the vision you have, but more so the vision to use the tools to advance knowledge, and technology and bring it to places where it is not expected,” Kagame said.

The President said that debates about the world frequently overlook Africa and expressed his gratitude to Marescaux for accepting the risk connected with the continent, which has proven to be highly profitable. The French surgeon was assured by Kagame that his decision to use Rwanda as his entry point into Africa would not be in vain.

“Even at a personal level, you will feel that what you invested in has had a huge effect in changing many people’s lives through improved access to health,” he said. According to the President, performing minimally invasive surgery in Africa will significantly alter lives.

IRCAD Africa intends to train 500–1000 doctors annually in minimally invasive surgery, a cutting-edge medical technique that lessens patient discomfort and trauma, resulting in shorter hospital stays, a lower risk of bleeding and infection, and a quicker recovery.


The next generation of surgeons in a variety of specialties, including general surgery, urology, gynecology, ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesia, and orthopedics, will receive training and skills from IRCAD Africa, which uses artificial intelligence in research and training. 

All African doctors and computer scientists will benefit from the center, according to Marescaux. “The most important thing I have to confess is that this project was only made possible thanks to the vision of our President,” said Marescaux. He further noted that “If it can be said that the most illustrious French politician of the 20th century was undoubtedly Charles De Gaulle, it cannot be seriously disputed that Paul Kagame is the most illustrious African Head of State,” said Marescaux, as he calls Kagame “a providential man.”

The 100-hectare Kigali Health City, which will also house Rwanda’s largest hospital, CHUK, a heart treatment center, medical schools, pharmaceutical centers, and contemporary laboratories, welcomes IRCAD Africa as the fifth IRCAD center in the world and the first fully functional medical facility.

A number of African nations are in contact with IRCAD Africa and the Rwandan government to send their personnel for training at the facility.

Dr Asamoa-Baah Public Health Champion

The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO), recently named Dr Anarfi Asamoa-Baah  Public Health Champion. This is in recognition of his outstanding contribution to global public health.

Dr. Asamoa-Baah received the award alongside a former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, and former Regional Directors of WHO in the Africa Region.

“This award is in recognition of your outstanding service to public health and promotion of the wellbeing of the people of Africa,” the citation presented to Dr. Asamoa-Baah by the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, at the organization’s 75th-anniversary awards in Gaborone, Botswana, read.

The event was part of activities at the 73rd WHO Regional Committee for Africa Meeting held in that country.

In response, Dr. Asamoa-Baah described WHO as a force for good and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve the organization for many years.

“I am grateful to the WHO Regional Office for Africa for this recognition and appreciation. I am happy that WHO is recognizing the role of member states and staff as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the organization,” he said.

Dr. Asamoa-Baah, a Ghanaian public health professional, joined WHO in 1998, serving the global public health for 19 years and rising to become the Deputy Director-General of WHO in 2007, until his retirement in 2017.

Dr Asamoa-Baah was instrumental in the establishment of the 2005 International Health Regulations and the raising of Global Visibility for Neglected Tropical Diseases.

His other notable achievements included the revitalization of primary health care; the establishment of a pre-qualification program as part of the WHO essential medicines program, and the development of the first global strategy for traditional medicine.  

“Dr. Asamoa-Baah is a distinguished global public health expert who deserves this recognition.

“Even in retirement, he continues to offer valuable service and contribution to both national and international efforts to promote the health and wellbeing of people,” the WHO Representative to Ghana, Prof. Francis Kasolo, said.

In 2020, President Akufo-Addo appointed Dr. Asamoa-Baah-Baah as Presidential Coordinator for the government’s COVID-19 Response Programme, where he coordinated the country’s response programs.  

Dr Asamoa-Baah was also recently appointed Chair of the National Vaccine Institute and interim Head of the Ghana Health Security Centre.

Christopher Olusa Attempts to Break GWR for Longest Speech.

On Thursday, a 24-year-old Federal University Of Technology Akure (FUTA) Alumnus, Christopher Olusa, announced his determination to break the already existing Guinness World Record (GWR) for the Longest Speech Marathon by an individual.

Olusa mentioned that he had obtained approval from Guinness World Records and divulged that he was set to break Ananta Ram’s Guinness World Record for the longest speech marathon of 90 hours and two minutes.

Ananta Ram, a Nepali, is the current record holder after achieving the longest speech marathon of 90 hours and two minutes in Kathmandu, Nepal, from August 27 to 31, 2018.

Speaking with journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the young graduate said he was attempting to set aside the existing record with a 120-hour (five days) word-to-word speech.

Oluta, who is currently a FUTA Postgraduate student, said: “The genesis of this remarkable endeavor was borne from an unwavering commitment to inspire positive change in society.

“I had sought and got the approval from GWR and the event is scheduled for 11- 15 September 2023 in Akure the Ondo state capital. Dejavu Hotel, Akure has been chosen as the venue for the momentous occasion and it will kick off on the 11th of September, 2023.”

Olusa further explained that the upcoming Speech Marathon is an event that embodies the very essence of transformation and inspiration.

“I am Christopher Olusa, and I stand before you today as a young Nigerian with an unwavering passion for change. As a proud alumnus of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, I have consistently strived to make a positive impact on society, as the owner of the #TalkWithTheDuke platform which has been a platform for advocacy, engagement, and innovation.

“My journey has been one marked by dedication to the cause of change and the relentless pursuit of knowledge. It is with this same spirit that I bring you today’s announcement regarding the upcoming Speech Marathon, an event that embodies the very essence of transformation and inspiration.

“The genesis of this remarkable endeavor was borne from an unwavering commitment to inspire positive change in our society. It is about transcending boundaries, shattering limits, and aspiring towards something extraordinary.

“I am overjoyed to announce that our unwavering dedication has borne fruit, as Guinness World Records has granted us their esteemed approval for what promises to be an unprecedented feat.

“Our Speech Marathon is not just another event; it is a testament to human determination and the unyielding power of words. Our Speech Marathon is not just another event, it is a testament to human determination and the unyielding power of words. Over five days, we will embark on a journey of enlightenment, as I read speeches from inspirational figures spanning the annals of history.

“From past and present world leaders to influential individuals who have left an indelible mark on our world, I will draw wisdom and inspiration from their words. It is about transcending boundaries, shattering limits, and aspiring towards something extraordinary.

“I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to our partners and sponsors who have already lent their invaluable support to this noble cause. Your faith in our mission has been instrumental in bringing us to this point, and I humbly request your continued support as we set out to make history.

“My commitment to this endeavor extends beyond words. I am in the peak of physical fitness and mental readiness to undertake this monumental challenge,” Olusa stated.

He also mentioned that all funds raised during the marathon will be dedicated to the noble cause of training children with aphasia, a brain disorder that affects speech and comprehension.

“This initiative will be conducted under the banner of the #TalkWithTheDuke Foundation, reflecting our commitment to making a meaningful impact on those in need,” he stated.


#BeFree Youth Campus Set to be Established in Namibia.

A new center, the #BeFree Youth Campus, is being established to create a safe space for young people to flourish and reach their full potential. It will serve as a platform to inspire Namibian youth, help them exhibit their talent in a safe environment, and provide access to critical services.

Creating a supportive and empowering community for young people is crucial for them to thrive mentally, emotionally, physically, and economically. This is especially the case since the COVID-19 pandemic, given the immense impact it has had on people’s mental and sexual health, education and employment opportunities.

At 16, Maria Hailonga experienced a significant trauma that affected her mental health – the death of her mother. She needed help to deal with her loss but she had nowhere to turn. “The youth have no place to go to or talk about their problems,” she said.

Globally, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15 to 19-year-olds.

Namibia has one of the highest instances of suicide in Africa, with an estimated rate of 9.7 in a 100,000 population, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Triggers for suicide attempts include the ending of romantic relationships and marriages, family problems, physical or verbal abuse by a spouse or partner, the death of a loved one, and financial crises.

“A lot of us want to pursue our dreams, but some people do not live with their parents or do not have their support, so it becomes difficult because we do not have the resources,” Maria said.

In anticipation of the center’s opening, the Japanese Government and UNFPA, the United Nations Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency, together with the #BeFree Movement, recently held a tree planting ceremony on site.

“We are not only planting a simple tree, we are creating a form of protection, a form of mentorship, and a place of congregation,” said Sadam Biwa, #BeFree Movement Project Manager. “We as the youth have the ideas but we need the space, infrastructure, guidance, mentorship, and support from each other to create peer-to-peer relationships, so we can create these communities.”

If mental health issues are not addressed among young people, these issues can extend well into adulthood, where they can limit opportunities for leading fulfilling lives as adults.

To this end, the campus will provide prevention, mental and psychosocial support, and clinical services, according to #BreakFree National Coordinator Frieda Stephanus. This will involve awareness campaigns to empower young people to make informed decisions on their sexual and reproductive health; male-centered engagements on sexual and physical development to increase male involvement in sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, and related health issues; life skills and information-sharing for adolescents; and parental classes for teenage mothers to prevent infanticide and occurrence of unsafe abortions.

“This is a safe haven for the youth, for people with different abilities and minorities. I discovered many things that I did not know I was good at until I ventured into #BeFree. They are exposing people to what they are destined to be,” said Lesley Shetukana, a first-year university student.

“Look at how incredible things are when we engage young people to understand what their needs are and help them be a part of building solutions. That says a lot about the work that we are supporting in terms of putting young people at the center stage to build a country we want,” said Esther Nantana, Leaving No One Behind Project Coordinator, UNFPA.

Mental health and psycho-social support is a component of the Leaving No One Behind Project in Namibia, which is funded by the Japanese Government. The project’s primary goals are to restore dignity, reshape the future, and address gender-based violence and negative sexual and reproductive health outcomes for women, girls, men, and boys in Namibia.

The #BeFree Initiative is a youth-led campaign that provides a safe and non-judgmental platform for adolescents and young adults to discuss their challenges. It gives them access to relevant information and appropriate services. The initiative is integrating key learnings from #BeFree into Project #BeFree, a comprehensive youth center of excellence. The youth campus will offer a wide range of holistic services, including life skills programs, psychosocial support, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services (including comprehensive sexuality education), skills development, leadership training, entertaining and educational content for young people, as well as accommodation facilities tailored to meet the needs of adolescents and youth. The #BeFree initiative is a fundamental component of the One Economy Foundation, conceived by Namibia’s First Lady, Monica Geingos. UNFPA has supported the One Economy Foundation since 2016.


Three Million Children to Receive Polio Vaccine in Tanzania.

According to the Ministry of Health in Tanzania, more than three million children will be vaccinated against polio as authorities attempt to curb the spread of the crippling infectious disease following its resurgence after seven years.

The ministry’s statement on Friday disclosed that the vaccination campaign will take place from the 21st to the 24th of September in the regions of Rukwa, Katavi, Mbeya, Kagera, Songwe, and Kigoma.

In the course of the four-day campaign, 5,291 health service providers will be deployed in the regions, with each team consisting of three service providers. Vaccination services will be provided at healthcare facilities, through door-to-door visits, in schools, and in a variety of public gathering places, including houses of worship.

According to the WHO, polio is a highly contagious disease, mostly affecting young children, that attacks the nervous system and can result in spinal and respiratory paralysis.

Tanzania’s health minister, Ummy Mwalimu, informed reporters that the government decided to start the vaccine campaign after receiving troubling information on May 26, 2023. The unexpected paralysis of a youngster who was one year and eleven months old necessitated rapid action.

Laboratory findings revealed that the child from the Sumbawanga Municipality had polio. In response, the government declared the beginning of a special campaign for all kids under the age of eight to receive the nOPV2 droplet vaccine against polio.

According to the statement, this initiative aims to shield more than 3.2 kids born after 2016 from the Type 2 poliovirus, which can result in permanent disability.

Mwalimu emphasized the need for guardians and parents to work with medical professionals to ensure that their children obtain immunization, highlighting the saying “prevention is better than cure.”

Cases in nearby nations including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zambia have been connected to the reappearance of polio in Tanzania. This condition increases the risk of contracting the polio virus, especially in areas that are immediately next to these countries.

However, in November 2015, the World Health Organization proclaimed Tanzania polio-free but the current comeback, highlights the persistent difficulties in eradicating this debilitating illness, calling for a quick and thorough immunization effort.

Tanzania Gathers Experts, Discuss Africa’s Food Systems Goals.

Recently, over 4,000 delegates, leaders, and innovators from across the globe gathered in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to discuss policy, breakthroughs, and innovations in agriculture and food systems transformation in Africa.

African leaders understand the effects of food insecurity and they have worked together on different occasions, bringing up different projects to curb this problem.

The event, which is the 13th annual Africa Food Systems Forum, will be held from September 5th to 8th, 2023, under the leadership of Samia Suluhu Hassan, the president of the United Republic of Tanzania.

The theme of the summit is “Recover, Regenerate, Act: Africa’s Solutions to Food Systems Transformation”.

Tanzania’s Minister of Agriculture, Hussein Mohamed Bashe before the forum began emphasized that the forum represents a significant milestone in the journey towards establishing inclusive and sustainable food systems transformation throughout the continent.

“This year’s summit places a strong emphasis on empowering women and youth, recognizing their pivotal roles in reshaping Africa’s food landscape,” he said.

According to the managing director of the Africa Food Systems Forum, Amath Pathe Sene, in a statement on Monday, the event underscored the  need to tackle food system challenges, stressing that “It is imperative that we make our voices heard, develop solutions that are rooted in our local context, and give paramount importance to the empowerment of women and youth in the process of transforming our food systems.”

The forum will also build momentum for the Food Systems Transformation dialogue ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference COP 28 in Dubai.

Africa Food Systems Forum 2023 will specifically address the optimization of youth employment within Africa’s food systems while showcasing the innovative agribusiness ventures driven by young entrepreneurs.

Namibia, Lesotho Surpass Target for HIV Epidemic Control.

Namibia and Lesotho were among the six African countries that were recently announced as having achieved HIV epidemic control.

The announcement was made by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) global health supply chain program.

According to the findings, the two countries had high levels of viral suppression and retention in care, indicating effective treatment programs.

Data from the Population-based HIV Impact Assessment surveys suggests that Lesotho and Namibia have made remarkable progress towards HIV epidemic control.

“There is high access to HIV care in Namibia, with more than 190,000 clients actively on ART treatment, indicating significant progress towards reaching or exceeding the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV-AIDS’s 90-90-90 targets. The project in Namibia implements various supply chain and technical assistance activities to ensure uninterrupted supplies of antiretroviral (ARV) medicines in the country,” the agency says.

According to the program, technical assistance is provided to the Central Medical Stores (CMS) in forecasting and quantifying the need for ARVs in the country.

It says this forecasting ensures that adequate supplies of medicine are available.

In 2019, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) assisted Namibia in developing a needs-based budget method that used various parameters to ensure the national budget was distributed equitably to all 14 regions.

Every year since then, the CMS and the Ministry of Health and Social Services have depended on the project to assist in allocating budgets to healthcare facilities,” USAID says.

According to the agency, the GHSC-PSM assisted the health ministry in changing antiretroviral treatment (ART) guidelines in 2019.

“The project was instrumental in bringing in the new treatment . . . in 90-count and 180-count bottles to make it easier for pharmacy staff to implement multi-month dispensing in three- and six-month multiples.

“Some of the products were directly procured, and forecasting technical assistance was provided to the ministry for government procurement,” the agency reports.

Health Ministry executive director Ben Nangombe yesterday said Namibia is honored by the international recognition.

“It is a demonstration of the fact that the programs we are implementing here are achieving the desired results . . .

“This is not only the success of the ministry, but also of the communities, individuals and organizations and associations of people who are living with HIV who are continuing to adhere to treatment,” he said.

Nangombe said although challenges remain, Namibia will still aim to achieve the 97-97-97 goals by 2028.

“Meaning that by that time we would want to have a situation where 97% of people who are HIV positive know their status, 97% of those who know their status are on treatment, and 97% of those who know their status are virally suppressed,” he said.

The agency said when the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in 2020, GHSC-PSM played a critical role in predicting supply chain shocks.

“The project advocated for multimonth dispensing through the ART Supply Chain Technical Working Group. For this implementation, facilities needed to have enough stock to start the process,” it stated.

This intervention was successfully implemented and the project assisted the health ministry by monitoring progress.

“The GHSC-PSM project in Lesotho supported the government of Lesotho and the priorities of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar) for global commodity procurement and logistics between 2016 and 2021.

The project has provided technical assistance to improve the long-term availability of health commodities and strengthen national supply chain institutions,” USAID said.

Furthermore, the project ensured the continued availability of HIV commodities, tuberculosis preventive treatment, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and family planning commodities at the central and facility levels.

The availability of commodities supported partners to attain Pepfar testing, treatment targets, and objectives.

All of these approaches have been essential to guiding the country towards HIV epidemic control, the agency said.

The executive director of the Namibia Networks of AIDS Service Organisations, Sandie Tjaronda, commended the achievement and went on to say that the gains are fragile, especially when funding for civil society is continuously decreasing.

“There isn’t much money coming to community interventions, and these are the interventions that require funding to sustain these gains,” she said.

Angola Records Progress in Fight Against Tuberclosis.

On Tuesday, Health Minister  Sílvia Lutucuta said that Angola has recorded 69,261 cases of tuberculosis in the last two years, 10,739 fewer compared to the period between 2017 and 2019.

The minister who was speaking at the end of the 1st Ordinary Session of the National Commission for Fight against HIV/AIDS and Major Endemic Diseases (CNLS-GE) said that, between 2017 and 2019, the country had a record 80,000 patients with tuberculosis.

She highlighted that “in 2019, the health sector began to register a downward curve compared to the measures taken to fight endemic diseases, reinforced in 2020 with the prevention actions against the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The results of the National Tuberculosis Control Program (PNCT) indicate, between 2018 and 2022, the expansion of the service network from 13 to 36 hospitals, which represents a total of 6.3% to 17.3% at national, provincial, and municipal level units.

Sílvia Lutucuta added that the number of provinces with the capacity to diagnose cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis went up from 14 to 18, as well as municipalities with care services from 111 to 155, corresponding to a coverage of 95% throughout the country.

Regarding trypanosomiasis, Sílvia Lutucuta reported that there was a reduction, between 2012 and 2022, from 179 to 44 cases, with the goal of eradicating or decreasing by 2030.

Trypanosomiasis, the scientific name for sleeping sickness, is a disease prevailing in certain rural areas with dense forests.

In the case of HIV/AIDS, Sílvia Lutucuta said that 310,000 patients were under the control of the health authorities, of which 190,000 were female, with a prevalence rate of two percent.

To cope with the numbers, according to the minister, the health units increased their testing capacity to 116 percent, in 2022, compared to 2017, and the services of the Program for the Prevention of Transmission of HIV from Mother to Child, from 650, in 2017 to 881 in 2022, as well as expanding access to viral load and early childhood diagnosis to 18 provinces.

The minister highlighted as challenges the inclusion of pregnant women and women living with HIV in social empowerment projects implemented by the Executive (Kwenda, PREI, PRODESI) and the increase in access to diagnostic, treatment, and care services for all children exposed before two months old.

Regarding the National Program to Combat Malaria, the minister highlighted the decrease, from 2017 to 2019, of deaths by more than 50% and the increase from 35% to 40% in the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets to households, an expected target by the PDN 2018-2022.


Over 20,000 Children Receive Measles Rubella Vaccine in Lesotho.

Vaccines have effectively lowered the scourge of illnesses like polio, measles, and smallpox for more than 200 years, enabling kids to grow up healthy and content. During Africa Vaccination Week (AVW), more than 20,000 children between the ages of 9 and 59 months in Lesotho received the measles-rubella vaccine. Despite the effects of COVID-19, Lesotho maintained high under-five immunization coverage in 2021 and 2022, exceeding 80% in 7 out of 10 districts.

Since its inception in 2014, African Vaccination Week has demonstrated exceptional success at closing the vaccine access gap by reaching populations with insufficient access to routine medical care. Additionally, it offers the chance to combine immunization services with child survival strategies. African Vaccination Week highlights the value of vaccines in our lives and how they shield both young and old people from more than 25 diseases that can be prevented by vaccination.  

World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative for Lesotho, Dr. Richard Banda, called on the government to ensure that vaccination maintains its role in the national development and security agenda while speaking at the official launch of the AVW in Thabana Morena in Mafeteng districts.

“The African Vaccination Week is an opportunity for us to catch up on the missed opportunities for unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children and to learn from our communities what the challenges are”, Dr. Banda explained.

He reaffirmed the UN family’s commitment to giving the government the support it needs, but he also asked all parents and other stakeholders to make sure that all children have received their routine vaccines.

“The UN Family remains committed to giving the Government of Lesotho the necessary support that is required to ensure that supply chain mechanisms are responsive for the people of Lesotho. We, therefore, need to act now to catch up with the thousands of children who missed out on vaccines during the pandemic. The ambition to ensure that every child has access to essential vaccines by 2030 is within reach”.

The Honourable Minister of Health for Lesotho, Selibe Mochoboroane said the government is dedicated to delivering primary health care across the country to ensure a healthy and productive populace. “Primary Health Care (PHC) is the first step in the provision of health care. It entails services such as immunization, family planning, anti-natal care, and treatment of common diseases, treatment and management of Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS counseling, amongst other services”, said Mochoboroane.

The Minister, therefore, appealed to all health workers to encourage parents to vaccinate their children. “The government is committed to bringing primary health care services to communities countrywide to prevent diseases like polio, measles, and smallpox. I urge parents to bring children to get vaccinated and also for adults to vaccinate for Covid-19 including boosters.”, Mochoboroane said.

The Ministry of Health received technical and financial assistance from WHO to organize and carry out the 2023 AVW catch-up vaccines. To help with resource planning, health facilities conducted head counts of eligible children. Following community mobilization, catch-up immunizations targeting children under five who missed their standard immunization doses and children who missed the 2022 MR shots were administered in all districts and health facilities. Many regions saw extremely high attendance as a result of the intensive advertising and social mobilization for vaccination.

The immunization efforts in Lesotho were backed by important partners and stakeholders like the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), JHPIEGO, and EGPAF.


WHO: New Malaria Vaccine Cuts Child Mortality Rate

A baby receives a dose of the RTS,S vaccine for malaria in Cape Coast, Ghana in 2019. Credit: Cristina Aldehuela/AFP/Getty/Nature
A baby receives a dose of the RTS,S vaccine for malaria in Cape Coast, Ghana in 2019. Credit: Cristina Aldehuela/AFP/Getty/Nature

The World Health Organization, WHO, has announced that their new malaria vaccine, RTS,S, has proven to be safe and effective, reducing the number of severe cases and deaths in children residing in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi. 


After administering the vaccine to more than 1.6 million children, WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus spoke recently in New York of the positive outcome. Adding that the new vaccine also contributed to a fall in child deaths.


“As the first vaccine against malaria, the RTS,S vaccine has now been delivered to more than 1.6 million children in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. It has been shown to be safe and effective, resulting in a substantial reduction in severe malaria and a fall in child deaths” Tedros announced.


Despite this being an important step forward in the battle against malaria, WHO Director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, Katherine O’Brien, warned that the rate of child deaths due to this disease was still persistently high. 


O’Brien emphasized the need to remember that every minute a child dies of malaria and the introduction of this new vaccine is just one tool in the toolbox of fighting against this severe health issue.


“I think it’s really important to remember nearly every minute a child dies of malaria, and the introduction of malaria vaccine as another tool, an additional tool in the toolbox to fight against the severe disease, the deaths that occur, is a really essential step forward” she said.


Sadly, UN studies have indicated that climate change is contributing to a higher number of mosquitoes carrying malaria-like diseases, further emphasizing the need for more effective strategies to combat the spread of malaria.

Kenya Launches Largest Food Program in Africa.

In an effort to fight hunger and boost educational achievements, Kenya is getting ready to launch the biggest school meals program in Africa, with the goal of giving 4 million primary school students daily lunches.

The project is a partnership between the Nairobi County government and the Kenyan non-profit group Food4Education, and it is expected to launch in Nairobi in August.

Ten new kitchens that are now being constructed will enable 225 primary schools and Early Childhood Development institutions in the Kenyan capital to feed 400,000 kids every day. 3,500 people will be hired as part of the plan beginning on August 28, the first day of the fall semester.

The $8.6 million (£6.7 million) project was co-funded by Nairobi County and Food4Education, a Kenyan non-profit that now serves meals to 150,000 city primary school pupils. According to Save The Children, 26% of Kenyan children have stunted growth.

William Ruto, the president of Kenya, said at the launch of the program on Tuesday, that “we must eliminate the shame of hunger in our country. We will be deliberate and focused on ensuring the successful implementation of the school feeding program. The greatest indignity is for our children to go to school and fast because of lack of food.”

The president said that to expand the current national feeding program from serving 1.6 million children to 4 million, the government has allocated 5 billion Kenyan shillings ($36 million) and pledged additional counties to contribute to boost the funds.

“We are going to match counties who have a plan on school feeding program, shilling for shilling, and if we do that we can actually feed 8 million children in our schools,” he said.

Suzanne Silantoi, the county executive of Nairobi city county, highlighted the close connection between nutrition and learning. She believes that the school feeding program will not only enhance attendance and performance in public schools but also help alleviate child hunger, a significant obstacle to school enrollment in Kenya.

It is important to remember that in 2012, Kenyan dietician Wawira Njiru started Food4Education in a makeshift kitchen at Ruiru Primary School that employed one chef and served lunch to 25 kids.

With the use of eco-briquettes and steam gas technology, the kitchens will be powered by renewable energy. Technology has also made a huge contribution to the growth of Food4Education: each child is given a wristband called Tap2Eat that is linked to a virtual wallet that parents use to pre-pay 15 shillings ($0.11) for each meal.

Additionally, the partnership between Food4Education and the county government of Nairobi will provide farmers with a market and employment opportunities.


“Angolan government invests, annually, about USD 25 million in the purchase of vaccines…” – João Lourenço

The Angolan President, João Lourenço, said on Wednesday in Madrid City, Spain, that the Angolan government invests, annually, about USD 25 million in the purchase of vaccines, in the framework of the routine vaccination program.

Speaking at the Conference on the Global Impact of Vaccination, he informed that the Angolan State has assumed, since 2017, the responsibility of maintaining the routine vaccination program independently.

According to the statesman, despite the various challenges faced by the limited healthcare infrastructure and the vast geographic extent of the country, Angola has made remarkable progress in the administration of Covid-19 vaccines.

João Lourenço said that as part of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign, Angola has managed to mobilize millions of doses of safe vaccines, with 25 million doses purchased by the Angolan Government for an eligible population of about 18 million people from the age of twelve and up.

“Angolan reality shows the results achieved, the challenges faced, and the ongoing efforts in the immunization field, proving the government’s commitment to the well-being and health of all Angolans”, he reinforced.

He said that in the scope of the flexibility of vaccination against Covid-19, the Angolan Government took advantage of the experience and integrated the vaccine into the routine vaccination posts, in a process assured not only by the health units but also by the mobile teams.

To João Lourenço, the fact of reaching 84% coverage with at least one dose of the vaccine among the eligible population, demonstrating the commitment to safeguard the health and well-being of citizens, is most deserving.

The Angolan President informed that his government is committed to ensuring the sustainability of the vaccination program, especially concerning routine vaccination, and will maintain the same dedication in the implementation of the vaccination policy it has been consistently implementing, in the cases of routine vaccination and the last three years, concerning Covid-19.

In the task of vaccinating populations, especially children, Angola will continue to rely on the support of its partners, particularly GAVI, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and others who have provided crucial support.

“These organizations provide essential support in the procurement process of medicines, vaccines, and cold chain equipment, ensuring the continuity and success of public health programs”, he reinforced.

João Lourenço praised the hard work and determination of the health professionals, the Defence and Security Forces, as well as the country’s partners, who faced various difficulties and logistical challenges to vaccinate as many people as possible.

Nationwide, for the covid-19 vaccination, 1700 people worked on the vaccination process, using vaccines from AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sputnik, and Johnson & Johnson.

The Angolan government’s achievements to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic are reflected in the creation of field hospitals in the provinces of Luanda, Lunda Norte, Cabinda, and Cunene, with emphasis on the construction of the Specialized Center for the Treatment of Endemics and Pandemics (CETEP) only located in the capital, among other infrastructures.

Tanzania Initiates Sweet Potatoes Farming to Fight Malnutrition.

In the Mwanza Region’s Ilemela, Sengerema, and Buchosa District Councils, more than 140,000 Tanzanian women and young people stand to gain from contemporary, nutrient-dense sweet potato farming, which is anticipated to combat childhood malnutrition.

This is through a five-year project called “Tufunguke” that began in January of this year and is being carried out by the Tanzania Home Economics Organisation (TAHEA) in conjunction with the Tanzanian government for a cost of 792.4 million dollars from the WeEffect-Tanzania (organization).

The project also aims to improve the living conditions of beneficiaries’ inhabitants by promoting food security at the home level and promoting economic empowerment.

Bundala Ramadhani, the manager of ‘Tufunguke’, recently revealed to the “Daily News” that five beneficiary groups, each with 30 members, have been established in Buchosa and have received instruction in modern farming.

To ensure that the available sweet potato seeds are free from illnesses and resistant to the effects of climate change, he said, a number of agricultural specialists, including those of Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI), have been involved.

He said, “Experts are also in place to give general modern farming education and technology for quality and abundance farm outputs that would compete in local markets.”

Mr. Ramadhani added due to the fact that sweet potatoes are one of the more perishable agricultural products, the recipients were also instructed in food processing techniques for long-term preservation.

Beneficiaries receive financial empowerment training in lending, investing, and money management. Mary Kabati, the director of TAHEA, added that the group conducts microfinance that provides lenient loans and financial management training (to recipients).

Additionally, it was mentioned that since the recipients are already registered with social welfare offices, “Tufunguke” implementers are looking forward to assisting them in joining cooperatives so they may gain access to larger loans from well-known financial institutions.

The sweet potato seeds have been supplied to all group members in the council for production and distribution (of seeds) to other beneficiary districts, according to Mr. Nestory Mjojo, the Buchosa Council Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries Officer.

In order to achieve the desired results, he advised the “Tufunguke” beneficiaries to continue using contemporary farming techniques and to share their knowledge with others.

Ms. Anisia Samwel spoke on behalf of the project’s other beneficiaries, noting that they had invested together after training and that the money from those investments would be shared among them at the end of the year.

We also consider progressively buying construction supplies to distribute each December. This is to make our houses better, she remarked.


Morocco, Israel Sign MoU to Boost Health Cooperation

Morocco and Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance their cooperation in the field of health.

The deal was signed between Moroccan Health Minister Khalid Ait Taleb and his Israeli counterpart Moshe Arbel, who is currently visiting the North African nation.

In a statement, the Moroccan Health Ministry said the agreement allows for the exchange of expertise and best practices in medical and technological innovation, and the fight against non-communicable diseases.

According to the statement, the two ministers discussed bilateral efforts in managing public health issues and enhancing innovation in the health field.

Ties between Morocco and Israel have improved in recent months after the two countries signed a US-sponsored agreement to normalize their relations.

Morocco was the fourth Arab country to normalize ties with Tel Aviv in 2020 after the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan, in a move decried by Palestinians as a “stab in the back.”

Lesotho Introduces Integrated Service Delivery to Fight TB Spread.

The Ministry of Health in Lesotho has taken a pivotal step in the combat against Tuberculosis (TB) by launching an integrated service delivery initiative in Berea. The launch was during an event held in Teyateyaneny on Monday. 

Observing the high prevalence of TB in the district, the ministry collaborated with hospitals, clinics, and primary healthcare workers to combat the spread of the infectious disease. The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Maneo Moliehi Ntene stated while speaking at the launch.

She acknowledged the resource challenges faced by health centers, however, buttressed the government’s commitment to availing necessary resources in the current financial year. This aims to alleviate the burden on healthcare workers and enhance their ability to deliver effective TB prevention and treatment services.

Director General of Health Services, Dr. Nyane Letsie pointed out the government’s promises to upgrade primary health services, establish cancer treatment hospitals, develop a medical school, and maintain Queen Mamohato Memorial as a leading referral hospital.

These initiatives show the government’s all-encompassing strategy for enhancing healthcare services and facilities in Berea and the surrounding area.

Dr. Letsie stressed the government’s commitment to offering inclusive health services to everyone and to ensure that everyone has access to high-quality healthcare, the Ministry of Health is working nonstop to achieve this goal.

Mrs. Nomsa Plaki, TB Coordinator in Berea addressed the high rates of TB and enhanced overall healthcare provisions as the government seeks to improve the health and well-being of all residents in Berea. She, therefore, expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Health for its unstaggering support.

She commended the ministry for its efforts to train healthcare professionals and for its dedication to halting the spread of TB. The rising TB rates in Berea, which have led to a substantial death toll, were underlined by Mrs. Plaki.

Concerns concerning the viability of HIV programs, which are currently supported by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), were expressed by the HIV Clinical Mentor in Berea. Testing and other HIV-related services may encounter difficulties as contracts with these organizations expire. The mentor begged the Ministry of Health to establish posts inside the ministry devoted solely to assisting HIV programs. This would guarantee the continuation and success of these crucial programs in the war against HIV/AIDS. 

The Ministry of Health has visited seven districts with a similar goal, and Berea’s introduction of integrated service delivery is the latest. This program demonstrates the government’s dedication to tackling national public health issues, focusing on regions with high illness prevalence and enhancing primary care services.


South Sudan Observes World Blood Donor Day as Awel Lauds Blood Donors.

Every 14 June of each year, World Blood Donor Day is always observed. It is a day to raise awareness about the importance of donating blood and appreciate blood donors across the world. It aims to promote voluntary, safe, and regular blood donations to ensure a sufficient blood supply to those in need. 

On Wednesday, South Sudan joined the rest of the world to mark World Blood Donor Day under the theme “Give blood, give plasma, share life, share often”. The day highlights the critical role of blood donors in saving lives and encourages more people to become regular blood donors.

The commemoration of the event took place at the Public Health Blood Bank in Juba and was followed by the donation of blood and sharing of testimonies from regular blood donors and recipients.

Minister of Health, Yolanda Awel Deng paid tribute to people who regularly donate blood while speaking at the event. “We are not doing enough awareness campaigns about donating blood, she said. There are a lot of people in this country who could donate blood but the word is not reaching out properly, that challenge I accept.”

“That challenge is to all of us in the health sector, partners, donors, and everybody in the health. We accept the challenge to make sure that we reach more audiences,” she added. She further appealed to musicians to compose songs that encourage people to donate blood.

She bemoaned the horrendous working conditions of the blood bank employees, who put in long hours for meager remuneration noting that “empowering the blood transfusion facilities across South Sudan is very crucial and empowering the staff who works in these facilities is important.”

 The minister added that sometimes they work for long hours, sometimes they are called beyond their working time because of emergencies and they turn to beggars for people to donate blood.” she called on the citizens to take ownership of blood donation because no one needs to be forced as it is an act of patriotism.

On her part, Dr. Mutale Senkwe, a representative of the World Health Organization said the demand for blood and blood products continues to grow due to several factors including increased maternal complications, child malnutrition, trauma due to violence, and medical procedures.

She acknowledged the vital role played by unpaid, voluntary blood donors who help save many lives and asserted that giving blood is a gesture of solidarity that helps reduce the strain on the healthcare system.

Dr. Senkwe said “ According to the WHO, 1 percent of the population needs to donate blood to meet the annual requirement. Under this principle, in South Sudan, we should be collecting an estimated 120,000 units for the population that we are saving,”  adding that “What we are currently seeing is a donation of 15 units per day which translate to 5,475 and this is a minimal amount compared to the 120,000 units required.”

Nigerian Healthcare Group Launches Technology for Patients’ Easy Access to Doctors.

A technology that provides easy access to healthcare experts anywhere in the world at any time, at one’s convenience, and at the comfort of one’s home has been launched in Abuja. The technology which is called ‘Ezzycare’ is focused on connecting care seekers to healthcare providers in their area and enabling them to access quality medical care from the comfort of their homes or offices

Addressing Journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, the Chief Executive Officer of Ezzycare, Dr. Torngee Malu, explained that with the technology, patients “no longer need to queue at the hospital to access healthcare. They can get video consultations or home visits from doctors, book lab tests, and order medicine from the comfort of their homes or offices.”

He added that “It allows care seekers to control the choice of healthcare providers, where they want to get the care, and how much they will pay and further noting that “They can decide who to get care from after looking at the prices and experience of the care providers. Care seekers can also review and rate the care they receive, ensuring that they receive quality care.”

The Chief Executive Officer insisted that the technology has immense benefits to both the care seekers and providers. According to him: “The technology provides healthcare providers with control over their time and earnings, they decide how much to charge when they are available and the type of service they want to offer.”

“Healthcare providers can make as much money as they want by working on Ezzycare. It also allows healthcare providers control over their time and earnings, ensuring that they can achieve better work-life balance and improve their quality of life,” he stated.

Dr. Torngee Malu noted that Nigeria and Nigerians stand to benefit immensely from the technology as far as there is network connectivity even in remote communities that are hard to reach. “In a country like Nigeria where access to healthcare is a challenge for most people in rural areas and people in remote places like the military in Sambisa Forest and other war zones, Ezzycare will make it easy for them to consult a Doctor as long as they have a phone and internet connection.

“They can get any Doctor for a video consultation. Also, people can book care seekers for their loved ones, whether they are in Nigeria or abroad,” he further explained. While noting that technology is the future of healthcare globally, he however, noted that: “Ezzycare is available for download from the Google Play store or Apple Appstore (

Also speaking during the launch, the Medical Director of EZZYCARE, Dr. Deborah Ojiako, explained that those who have used the technology have made encouraging comments about it. She noted that the technology was made in a way that even the uneducated can use it as it is simple and easy.

On her part, the Head of Administration of Ezzycare, Prisca Popoola, explained the three available consultations that are accessible by Ezzycare which according to her,  include home care, clinical visit, and video call consultation. She revealed that currently, the technology has over 1500 doctors who are always available to attend to patients.

“Patients now have the choice. You can get the doctor to your home, or go over to the clinic for your consultation and finally, the video consultation where a doctor will attend to a patient within 30 seconds of booking,” she further explained.

Kigali, Rwanda Signs Agreement to Host African Medicines Agency

On Saturday, 10 June, Rwanda and the African Union Commission (AUC) finalized agreements for the establishment of the first-ever African Medicines Agency in Kigali.


This marked a major step forward in the operation of the newly founded agency, following the country’s official approval in hosting the headquarters on its territory. 


The African countries adopted the treaty to establish the Agency in 2019, which came into effect in 2021. 


One of the aims of the institution is to reduce the continent’s reliance on pharmaceutical products imported from foreign countries,as Africa imports 97% of the pharmaceutical products it requires. 


It is also expected to regulate and harmonize the market of pharmaceuticals, boost production in African countries, and thwart the circulation of counterfeit medicines. 


Minata Samaté Cessouma, AU Commissioner for Health, stated that the agency should provide “African solutions” to prepare for pandemics, such as Covid-19. 


Meanwhile, Rwandan Minister of Health Sabin Nsanzimana declared this as the first move towards the full operation of the African Union agency. 


The second extraordinary session of the 23 States that have ratified the treaty establishing the agency will be held in Kigali a few days from now and will include a discussion of staff recruitment.

Zanzibar First Lady Urges Food Safety Improvement on World Food Safety Day.

In celebration of this year’s World Food Safety Day on Wednesday, Zanzibar’s First Lady, Ms. Maryam Mwinyi encouraged community members, manufacturers, importers, and respective authorities to play their part to improve food safety and avoid contaminations. It was held under the theme “Food Standards Save Lives”.

As part of the activities to celebrate the day, she led a four-kilometer charity walk from Mombasa to Michenzani-Mapinduzi Square. She buttressed that food safety is everyone’s role, therefore the need for awareness raising. “Our health is connected to regular body exercises and to ensure access to foods that are safe and free from contamination,” she said.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), standards establish the maximum amounts of additives and chemicals, among other components, that can be consumed safely. They also provide farmers and processors with instructions on the hygienic handling of food. Such standards are set by organizations, governments, and regional or global authorities.

The absence of food security, according to Ms. Mwinyi as the National Chairperson of the Zanzibar Maisha Bora Foundation (ZMBF), has led to a rise in infections, which she claims has an impact on community members’ health.

To lessen the huge medical expense on the government, she urged the community to consume safe foods, adopt good eating practices, and engage in physical activity. She also pushed for promoting nutrition among young people, children, and women.

Ms. Mwinyi counseled decision-makers, the ZFDA, scientists, farmers, food vendors, educators, students, and other consumers to increase collaboration to ensure Zanzibar’s understanding of food safety rises.

Nassor Ahmed Mazrui, the Minister of Health, stated that the ministry is implementing the best practices through its institutions to prevent the importation of tainted, subpar, and expired food.

“Let’s make sure we produce good food from a clean environment. We urge farmers and livestock keepers to feed people good food for good health,” said Mr. Mazrui adding that members of the community should follow regulations and guidance regarding food production and storage.

Dr. Burhan Othman Simai, executive director of the ZFDA, stated that the institution’s primary duty is to safeguard public health by ensuring that food products, medications, cosmetics, medical devices, and reagents meet the necessary standards for quality, safety, and efficacy in accordance with national and international regulations.


Egypt Declares Readiness to Share Medical Expertise with Africa.

Egypt expressed its eagerness to share its medical knowledge with African nations. According to World Health Organization (WHO) criteria, Egypt will be proclaimed free of Hepatitis C in the upcoming days or weeks, according to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.


Speaking at the second Africa Health ExCon, with the subject “Your Gate to Innovation and Trade,” in Cairo, Sisi emphasized the significance of Egyptian actions for protecting citizens’ health. He mentioned that Egypt has launched health measures in an effort to address the country’s rapid population expansion (105 million people) and hospital shortage.


As the regional center for health innovation and trade in Africa and the Middle East, Africa Health ExCon, the continent’s largest annual medical exhibition and conference, was founded. As a yearly gathering of international and African medical businesses, it serves as Egypt’s and Africa’s entry point to innovation and trade.


Sisi emphasized that health programs work to find solutions to difficult problems in order to enhance people’s lives from a health standpoint.

The President noted that the “Ending waiting lists” initiative was presented four years ago, with about 12,000 cases, but the number now increased to 1.9 million patients, appreciating the civil society organizations and bodies for their donations.


The second Africa Health ExCon conference, according to Bahaaeddine Zeidan, Head of the Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement, Medical Supply and Technology Management (AUPP), is a gathering for all medical experts to exchange expertise, close deals, and stay informed on the most recent developments.


A documentary about the difficulties the African continent faces in the healthcare sector because of unbalanced supply chains and high costs was shown during the conference’s opening session.


Jean Kaseya, the director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), expressed optimism about the medical potential of his organization and the significant role Egypt plays in fostering relations with Africa.


Speaking during the conference, Kaseya stated that the coronavirus epidemic had taken lives and that African countries had successfully fought the virus. He stated that the growth of the medical and technological fields, particularly in the production of vaccines, depends on African conferences.


Khaled Abdul-Ghafar, the minister of health, claimed that in order to achieve social fairness, Egyptian authorities built cutting-edge hospitals and health facilities in every governorate. According to Abdul-Ghafar, 965 health initiatives cost around EGP91 billion, and 53 new hospitals in different governorates cost the state about EGP37 billion to create.

The minister outlined the short- and long-term development courses taken by Egypt’s health sector, including the 14 presidential projects valued at EGP32 billion that provided services to 92 million people.


Tunisia, Syria Strengthens Ties Through Health Sector Cooperation.

Tunisia’s Minister of Health Mr. Mohamed Trabelsi Mrabet emphasized the necessity of resuming the Tunisia-Syria healthcare collaboration. At a meeting with his Syrian counterpart, Hassen Ahmed Ghabbach, on the eve of the 76th World Health Assembly (May 21–30 in Geneva), Mrabet made the comments while outlining technical ideas to hasten the restart of medical collaboration between Tunisia and Syria.


Minister Mrabet emphasizes the importance of partnership in healthcare, particularly the exchange of knowledge, medical resources, and experiences while recognizing the reciprocal benefits and shared expertise between the two countries. The two ministers expressed ecstasy at the restoration of diplomatic ties between their nations, stressing the significance of increasing cooperation in the field of health.


In order to benefit from Tunisia’s experience in the pediatric heart surgery, vaccine, and pharmaceutical industries, they also underlined the significance of renewing previous agreements and starting technical visits and online meetings.


Mohamed Trabelsi Mrabet, the minister of health of Tunisia, has emphasized the importance of resuming cooperation between Tunisia and Syria in the field of medicine. Minister Mrabet underlines that restarting the partnership is essential for strengthening healthcare systems and solving shared health concerns because of the shared skills, resources, and knowledge between the two nations. Intensifying connections between Tunisia and Syria can make sharing medical knowledge, technology, and research easier, which will benefit both countries’ healthcare systems.


There are many prospects for cooperation now that Tunisia and Syria are working together again in the health field. The exchange of medical specialists and professionals, which enables the sharing of knowledge, competence, and best practices, is one important field. To improve the abilities of healthcare workers and encourage cross-cultural learning, joint training programs, workshops, and conferences can be held.


Collaboration in the field of medical research and development can also result in important improvements in the healthcare system. Common health problems, including infectious diseases, chronic disorders, and problems with public health, can be addressed through collaborative research efforts. Sharing research results, data, and cutting-edge healthcare solutions can be advantageous for both nations and advance knowledge of global health.

Ghana Joins World to Mark World Schizophrenia Day.

On Wednesday in Accra, Ghana joined the rest of the world in observing World Schizophrenia Day under the banner “Celebrating the Power of Community Kindness.”

According to Madam Estelle Appiah, Chairperson of the Mental Health Authority (MHA) Board, this year’s event’s primary objective was to raise awareness of schizophrenia and eliminate widespread myths and misconceptions about the condition.


Madam Appiah stressed the importance of providing the required treatment and assistance to everyone who is afflicted by the condition and stated that efforts to minimize the stigma and discrimination experienced by those who are affected would continue to be a top priority.

She recommended collaboration between the general public, development partners, caregivers, community organizations, and all other interested parties in to reduce barriers and increase support for those with schizophrenia.


Dr. Nana Yaa Adobea Brown, the MHA’s Technical Director, claimed that the MHA was enlisting everyone’s support as the most effective way to eradicate the stigmas connected to mental health. In order to increase awareness, increase access to mental health services, and ensure that those impacted receive the treatment and support they require, she urged for a supportive environment for those with schizophrenia.


The Acting Chief Executive of MHA, Professor Pinaman Appau said, “These people with schizophrenia, possibly the most vulnerable of all face serious difficulties every day, including stigma, prejudice, and social exclusion.”

She felt that by creating a culture of acceptance, understanding, and support, the barriers preventing people with schizophrenia from fully participating in society might be removed.


Prof. Appau claimed that the government could create a compassionate society that offered equal access to mental healthcare, economic opportunities, and social support networks through community projects, educational campaigns, and cooperative collaborations.

The mental illness schizophrenia is characterized by recurrent psychotic symptoms such as auditory or visual hallucinations, delusional thinking, disconnection from reality, and disordered thought and behavior. 


According to the World Health Organization, schizophrenia is a severe mental illness affecting more than 21 million people globally. A common myth surrounding schizophrenia is that people suffering from it have a split personality, meanwhile, this is untrue.


Schizophrenia patients have one personality, just like everyone else. It is a condition where certain chemicals in specific areas of the brain are out of balance, and as a result, there is a lack of coordination between thoughts, actions, and emotions. The illness usually occurs in early adulthood or late adolescence, typically between the ages of 15 to 28.


Men also have a higher risk of suffering from the illness than women; they have an earlier onset age than women. They are also prone to suffer from a more serious form of the disease with more negative symptoms, less chance of a full recovery, and a worse outcome.

Every May 24, World Schizophrenia Awareness Day is observed. The purpose of this day is to spread awareness about the illness and eradicate the myths and superstitions around mental illnesses.

South Africa Launches Into Luxury Olive Oil Industry

The African continent is in the midst of an olive oil revolution, with South Africa joining the party. 


The country is becoming an increasingly important player in the international olive oil market, thanks to access to fertile soils, ample sunshine, and high-quality olives. South African olive oil is of excellent quality, owing primarily to its premium raw materials. 


Olives used for oil are mostly harvested by hand, which leads to an increased level of flavor and aroma. South Africa’s olives are also high in antioxidants and polyphenols, which render them exceptionally healthy. 


The country’s unique climate also plays an important role in its successful olive oil production. With an abundance of sun and rainfall balanced throughout the year, South Africa offers ideal conditions for ripening and developing olives. This, combined with the favorable soil quality, contributes to the superior flavor and aroma of the resulting olive oils. 


The new boom in South African olive oil has been driven by enterprising local farmers and entrepreneurs, many of whom have expertise in other branches of the agricultural industry and have now shifted their focus to olive oil production. This has meant that olive oil production is now taking place on a significantly larger scale, leading to more quantity and variety in products. 

South Africa’s olive oil market is on the rise, with demand booming as consumers look for healthier alternatives to cooking oils.


According to latest industry data, the market for olive oil in South Africa saw a 4.6% growth rate in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period last year. This increase in demand is backed by a growing appreciation for the health benefits of olive oil. 


“Olive oil can contribute to reducing the risk of serious health conditions such as stroke, coronary heart disease, and some types of cancer,” Dr Maryke Labuschagne, a registered dietitian from Unilever South Africa states.


As a result, people are switching up their kitchen cupboards for healthier options. The rise of the ‘clean-eating’ trend is spurring on the uptake of olive oil. 


Packaged goods manufacturer, Unilever, has been particularly keen to capitalize on this, rolling out new products endorsing the benefits of olive oil, such as its Olive Oil Beauty range. 


South African olive oil manufacturers have also moved to cash in on the growing demand. Many now invest heavily in marketing, from television campaigns to online advertising, in an effort to tap into the ever-expanding consumer market. 


This rising demand means older olive oil producers are now facing more competition from new entrants into the market. Some, like Gerrie Nel of Nel Olive Oil have seen their market share drop from over 50% to around 25%. Others, such as Laborie Olives, have had to diversify into new products such as flavored oils to appeal to modern tastes. 


Industry experts believe the market for olive oil in South Africa is still in its growth phase. Despite increased competition, olive oil producers remain optimistic about the future, with experts predicting further growth in the months and years to come.

Gambia’s Health Sector Plans to Harness Service of Drones.

 On May 16, 2023, a stakeholder engagement was held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel by the ARDA International Cooperation in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Medical Research Council, and The Gambia Red Cross Society to discuss the potential introduction of medical drone delivery services in the nation.


In order to assess the applicability of this service in The Gambia with less cost-effectiveness and sustainability, other stakeholders were also involved in the conversation, including the Ministry of Interior, Defense, the Gambia Armed Forces, and State Intelligence Service (SIS).

The drones will ensure that medical supplies get to the closest hospitals on time. After a five-week trial, this service will be offered to determine whether the system can function or be maintained successfully in The Gambia.


It aims to give The Gambia access to the benefits of drones for medical delivery as the most approachable, scalable, and secure drone logistics system. The discussion addresses the goal and purpose of the program, which aims to improve the public health supply chain in The Gambia and will have a significant impact.


The Gambia Red Cross Society’s secretary general, Alasan Senghore, praised ARDA for the effort and said it “puts The Gambia at the forefront of technology.”

“We are often left behind because we think that it is very complicated and not possible; but with collaboration, it is possible with bringing comparative advantages of institutions together.”


The Gambia received a medical drone for the first time in 2021, according to Shubh Malde, founder and CEO of ARDA. He continued by saying that they planned to develop a program that would fully utilize medical drones in public health.

“Drones are new technology and we intend to train Gambians to operate the drone and want them to be accessible,” he said.


According to Sulayman Mboge of Radville Farm, Shubh and Jan were motivated to introduce the drones to The Gambia by their passion for the country and their desire to provide medical services there.

He commended the Interior and Health Ministries for the chance and collaboration.


Uganda Plans to Establish Breast Milk Banks to Tackle Malnutrition.

According to senior nutritionist Sarah Ngalombi at the Ministry of Health in Uganda, the ministry is benchmarking the notion to deal with the problem of newborn mortality and malnutrition. To that effect, the government has mooted a proposal to establish breast milk banks within the country. Breast milk banks donate pasteurized human milk for infants whose moms cannot adequately breastfeed.


In 2021, St. Francis Hospital Nsambya opened Uganda’s first and only milk bank. Ngalombi stated during a press conference with media on Friday at a nutrition workshop organized by the Right 2 Grow consortium that the proposal is being considered due to the huge number of low birth weight babies who need breast milk but can’t obtain it from their moms 

“So, one of the options is the breast milk bank, and we have started benchmarking with other countries to see how it will be socially acceptable in our country and also to make sure that within the policies, it is incorporated there if it can work,” Ngalombi said.


She claimed that the ministry held extensive deliberations and determined that the concept may be successful in Uganda. Ngalombi stated that the procedure should be finished in one to two years and that they have already begun steps such as determining whether there will be enough milk donors.


According to the currently available information, 54% of people in Uganda experienced malnutrition as children. If Uganda wants to have a productive labor force, according to Right 2 Grow consortium national lead Richard Kato, the trends on malnutrition must be changed.

“So, we are saying; Can we change the trends of our children, and reduce the number of children who are getting stunted when they are young because we want to have a productive workforce in the future,” Kato said.


Kato emphasized journalists’ impact on reforms in other industries and urged them to have a similar impact on the direction of nutrition-related developments.

“We want to hear from you, but also to mention that we are very interested in the programme but also as partners to walk with you in this journey because we know and recognize the unique role and position that you have in influencing how government works, how donors invest resources, how civil society organizations function, how people eat food..”


The Right 2 Grow project, funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and lasting through 2025, is an alliance of partners led by Project Hunger Uganda with nutrition as its primary focus.

The partnership, which is currently active in areas where malnutrition rates are high, intends to bring together decision-makers and significant stakeholders to cooperatively and successfully address undernutrition in Uganda in a multisectoral, gender-sensitive, and inclusive manner.


Malawi Introduces Nationwide Typhoid Vaccination Campaign.

Blantyre, Malawi — Malawi has launched a nationwide rollout of the newest typhoid vaccine for children under 15.

A two-year study of the vaccine, the first in Africa, found it safe to use and effective in more than 80% of recipients. Health authorities say the vaccine is expected to reduce the threat from a disease that kills close to 20,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa each year.

Typhoid fever is a contagious bacterial infection caused by consuming contaminated foods or drinks. Its symptoms include nausea, fever, and abdominal pain, and if left untreated it can be fatal.

Malawi health authorities said the typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) rollout would be part of a nationwide program expected to start Monday when children will be vaccinated against three other diseases: measles, rubella, and polio.

However, some fear the campaign will encounter hesitancy and resistance from people, as was the case with COVID-19 vaccines, which led to the burning of about 20,000 expired doses in Malawi in 2021.

George Jobe, the chairperson of the Universal Health Coverage Coalition in Malawi, told VOA that efforts were made to educate people on the importance of the campaign.

“There was training for community health care workers as well as teachers so that they take messages to community leaders, who would also take messages to their subjects,” Jobe said.

Terrible toll

Typhoid has long been a health threat in Malawi and across sub-Saharan Africa, with an estimated 1.2 million cases and 19,000 deaths each year.

In 2018, Malawi became the first country to use TCV to fight typhoid infections in children under clinical trials.

Over 20,000 children from 9 months to 12 years of age took part in a clinical trial in Malawi led by Professor Melita Gordon of the University of Liverpool. The trial found the vaccine was safe and was more than 80% effective.

Priyanka Patel, an understudy doctor at the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome program, told VOA that this vaccine can offer protection for at least four years, making it a highly effective and efficient tool for preventing the spread of typhoid.

“Secondly,” Patel said, “the typhoid conjugate vaccine can be given to children as young as 6 months old, making it easier to reach vulnerable populations. This is in contrast to older vaccines, which were not approved for use in young children.”

In Malawi, TCV was expected to be rolled out in 2021, but the effort was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gianfranco Rotigliano, the country representative for the U.N. children’s agency in Malawi, urged the government to prioritize its immunization campaign in hard-to-reach areas where most of the children are unvaccinated.

“Vaccination is a right, health is a right,” he said. “So we should look for children who are not vaccinated, because in urban areas most of the children are vaccinated, but there are those who never got even one dose of vaccine.”

Government authorities hope the campaign will be a success, following the efforts they have put in place to educate people on the importance of vaccinating children.

In 2018, Malawi became the first country to use TCV to fight typhoid infections in children under clinical trials.

Over 20,000 children from 9 months to 12 years of age took part in a clinical trial in Malawi led by Professor Melita Gordon of the University of Liverpool. The trial found the vaccine was safe and was more than 80% effective.

Priyanka Patel, an understudy doctor at the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome program, told VOA that this vaccine can offer protection for at least four years, making it a highly effective and efficient tool for preventing the spread of typhoid.

“Secondly,” Patel said, “the typhoid conjugate vaccine can be given to children as young as 6 months old, making it easier to reach vulnerable populations. This is in contrast to older vaccines, which were not approved for use in young children.”

In Malawi, TCV was expected to be rolled out in 2021, but the effort was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gianfranco Rotigliano, the country representative for the U.N. children’s agency in Malawi, urged the government to prioritize its immunization campaign in hard-to-reach areas where most of the children are unvaccinated.

“Vaccination is a right, health is a right,” he said. “So we should look for children who are not vaccinated, because in urban areas most of the children are vaccinated, but there are those who never got even one dose of vaccine.”

Government authorities hope the campaign will be a success, following the efforts they have put in place to educate people on the importance of vaccinating children.


Ghana: Surgeons Perform Complex Operation.

A multidisciplinary team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, paediatricians and nurses led by Dr Dominic Konadu-Yeboah, Senior Specialist in Trauma and Orthopaedic, just performed a six-hour long operation.

This surgery was meant to repair a complex congenital limb malformation, known in medicine as polymelia, on a five-month-old baby at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).

The baby was delivered at a district hospital through caesarean section and was, subsequently, referred to KATH four hours after birth.

In addition to the polymelia, the baby also had abnormal positioning of the right kidney, anorectal malformation, a genital fistula and an eye visual problem.

Polymelia is the presence of supernumerary (extra) limbs attached to a segment of the body. It is a rare limb malformation that occurs in 6 out of 10,000 live births. 

A few cases have been reported to occur in the lower limbs. Polymelia has a heterogenous pathogenesis including incomplete separation of identical twins in the womb during baby formation. It is called pyromelia when the extra limbs are attached to the pelvis.

Commenting on this rare feat by the team, Dr Konadu-Yeboah said there were extensive discussions and education on the condition of the baby with the parents before the surgery. Psychological counselling, including the procedure, outcomes and possible complications, was also provided to the family by a team of experts. 

He said after five months of intensive preparations and pre-operative investigations, including Computer Tomography (C.T.), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (M.R.I.), echo and ultrasound scans to look for other possible associated abnormalities, the complex surgical repair operation finally came off on the 20th February 20, 2023, and lasted close to six hours.

“The immediate and intermediate postoperative periods have all been well managed without any complications and the baby is recovering steadily as expected. There are other minor procedures and surgical interventions that will be done to completely restore normal functioning to the baby”, he stated

Dr Konadu-Yeboah explained that in the past, such babies were either abandoned or left to die by their families.

He said, with the current medical expertise available in the country and at KATH in particular, such babies will have a chance to live a normal life if they are promptly referred for specialist interventions.

The parents of the baby are also satisfied with the outcome so far and have been full of praise for the team of surgeons and all other members of staff who contributed to the successful surgery of their baby.

The multi-disciplinary team of trauma and orthopaedic surgeons, paediatric surgeons, anaesthesiologists, paediatricians, nurses and other specialists included doctor Obiageli Joan Ofungwu, Johnny Sobotie, Kwasi Twumasi-Baah Jnr. and Samuel Twene Boadi. Others were Drs. Ebenezer Akomea-Agyin, Anthony Davor, George Osei Prempeh, Sophia Ankrah, Yaw Asiedu Basoah, Abigail Opoku, Gabriel Asante, Robert Sagoe, Boateng Nimako and Prof. Paul Poku Sampene Ossei.

The rest were Drs. Seth Agyemang, Solomon Djangmah, Lynda Akalazu Ogechi, Zulfawu Ibrahim, Helena Okrah and Michael Amoah, all of KATH.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital, Prof. Otchere Addai-Mensah, has commended Dr Konadu-Yeboah and the team for successfully undertaking such a complex surgery.

He said the feat represented what teamwork was capable of achieving.

He, therefore, urged the various clinical directorates and units to continue to share and combine their expertise to deliver world-class solutions to the complex and growing health needs of patients at the hospital.    

C-Care IHK’s Fibroid Embolization Sees Possibility in Uganda.

  • The hospital is the first to perform the Fibroid embolization procedure in Uganda.

  • The new unique procedure has helped over 25 women diagnosed with fibroid.

In a camp run by C-Care International Hospital Kampala (IHK), it was recorded that over 25 women successfully underwent a Fibroid Embolization surgery, marking a medical first for the country. Prior to this in January 2022, IHK had the first successful procedures of Uterine Fibroid Embolization led by Dr. Josiais Padi from Merit International South Africa and Dr. Hassan Kabiito from IHK.

Women of African heritage are more likely than other women to have fibroids, and many Ugandan women who are of reproductive age do. Uterine Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that can occur in women during the childbearing years; Fibroid Embolization is a non-surgical procedure for women of all ages in need of fibroid treatment.

Between March 3rd to 5th, 2023, the camp took place, and over 450 consultations were carried out at the hospital throughout the camp. Dr. Hassan Kabiito, the in-house interventional radiologist at C-Care IHK, worked with medical professionals from the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi to complete the Fibroid Embolization Camp.

According to Dr. Kabiito, IHK, “Many patients hold the myth the surgery is the only treatment option to resolving fibroids but in Uganda”. He explained that the new procedure is an alternative to the commonly known myomectomy surgery to remove fibroids, with further explanation on Embolization which involves the targeted cutting of blood supply to a particular part of the body. He noted that the procedure is a viable option for those who have symptomatic fibroids and is minimally invasive with a faster recovery time available.

Uterine fibroids can cause pain or heaviness in the pelvis or lower abdomen, protracted menstrual cycles, uncomfortable sex, and fertility problems. Symptoms are often significantly relieved following fibroids embolization. Normal menstrual cycles may persist, and heavy periods may become commonplace.

Although fibroid embolization has a success rate of about 98%, there is a tiny proportion of women who cannot receive UFE treatment because their fibroids receive blood from the ovarian arteries in addition to the uterine artery. Surgery may not be required in many people, though, as this approach often suffices.

Also, fibroid embolization treats all sizes and numbers of fibroids because it is a targeted therapy that aims at the fibroids that can selectively be reached irrespective of the size and number. 

C-Care International Hospital Kampala was established in 2000 and ever since has pioneered several national medical procedures including the first open heart surgery, laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, laser surgery, and ERCP. As a  tertiary, multispecialty hospital, C-Care IHK stresses patient health and provides cutting-edge care to meet the evolving requirements of the expanding population.

It is renowned for its high-quality healthcare and medical advancements, which are easily accessible to people from all across the East African region. It is the first in Uganda to carry out Fibroid embolization.

Togo Secures $100m Fund to Aid Accessibility to Drinking Water.

  • The funding will support Togo to overcome the water and sanitation challenges in Greater Lome.

At the institution’s Spring Meetings held in Washington, Togo secured funding of $100 million from the World Bank, which will aid the West African nation in increasing access to drinking water in Greater Lome and enhance sanitation services in the surrounding area.

The funding agreement was signed by Togo’s Minister of Finance Sani Yaya, and the Head of World Bank’s operations in Togo and other African nations Coralie Gervers. According to the Togolese Minister, the agreement points out the World Bank’s dedication to assisting Togo to fight the challenges of water and sanitation.

Also, it will considerably advance the government’s strategy which seeks to increase the capital of Lome’s drinking water coverage rate to 80% by 2025. Yaya said, “Increasing access to clean water and sanitation, we will help improve the health of the population, reduce the number of waterborne diseases, and create more favorable conditions for Togo’s economic and social development”.

The funding is also in line with the Togo Urban Water Security Project (TUWS) which aims to boost the availability and quality of drinking water in Greater Lome as well as improve sanitation services in the area. 

Most importantly, the TUWS strengthens the provider’s operational performance and improves the management of water resources, and wastewater management, promotes public health, and addresses the problem of unbilled water.

Additionally, the project includes rehabilitating water supply infrastructure, building a sludge treatment plant, carrying out technical studies to achieve sustainable water production on a large scale, and reinforcing the distribution network.

The Togolese government aims to invest CFA25 billion in water supply initiatives this year, and the new World Bank funding will help Togo’s plans to make drinking water accessible to more people. According to a data update in 2021, 61.5% of the Togolese population have access to drinking water, with 60.25%, 52.88%, and 69.49% of Togo’s urban, semi-urban, and rural populations respectively having access to the resource.

Morocco’s King Inaugurates Cutting-Edge Medical Facility.

  • The new University Hospital Center in Tangier was inaugurated by King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

Recently, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI instituted the Mohammed VI University Hospital Center (CHU), a medical center providing advanced training to nurses, doctors, and pharmacists while providing the residents of the Northern region with comprehensive healthcare services. 

Located in the urban area of Gueznaya in the Tangier-Assilah prefecture, the facility is built on a 23-hectare site near the regional oncology center and has a 797-bed capacity. Its architecture, the caliber of care it offers, the incorporation of new, cutting-edge technologies, and its adherence to the principles of sustainability and energy efficiency—in particular, the installation of photovoltaic panels and the building of a laboratory wastewater treatment plant and a solid medical waste treatment plant—all define it as modern.

This hospital will provide care, training, research, knowledge, innovation, and public health services as a public facility offering tertiary care and services. 

With over $238 million invested by Morocco and Qatari Fund for Development in the new advanced healthcare facility with technologies in pneumology, hematology, endocrinology, cardiology, neurology, nephrology, ophthalmology, and nuclear medicine, intensive care, plastic surgery, and burns treatment service. The facility also includes units for the treatment of sleep disorders, marrow transplants, obesity treatment, and cardiovascular rehabilitation.

The medical complex also consists of units specialized in mother-child health, emergency medical service (SAMU), a trauma center, a medical imaging service, laboratories of bacteriology/microbiology, hematology, pathological anatomy and cytology, molecular genetics, and 3D printing of medical devices (LABFAB).

It also contains a modern pharmacy with robotic & digital medicine dispensing solutions, educational & training areas, a sizable conference room, a heliport, and other administrative and technical facilities. Additionally, it has 31 operating rooms that are outfitted with cutting-edge equipment.

The CHU also has a museum, a repository of memory housing an extensive collection of images, publications, and scientific artifacts that educate visitors on the development of medical technology and hospital infrastructures in the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region over time.

The growth of hospital infrastructures, the bolstering and enhancement of health services, and their accessibility to citizens are only a few ways this medical center demonstrates the King’s unique interest in the healthcare industry.

Additionally, he is concerned with the development of human resources in this crucial field and his desire to see that they receive quality training that is in line with international standards and tailored to scientific and technological advancements in the fields of treatment, prevention, management, and health governance.

The “Mohammed VI” University Hospital Center of Tangier is one of the many development projects launched by Mohammed VI for the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region in order to increase its international influence and allure. This is in line with the goals of the “Tangier-Metropolis” program, which supports the development of healthcare.

Jebet, Naibet win as African, world athletes partake in maiden Abuja International Marathon.

  • Again, Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibet has won a marathon in Nigeria. His first was in Lagos, and the Abuja International Marathon is his second.
  • Ruth Jebet, a Bahrain runner of Kenyan ancestry, defied previous career challenges to win her first international full marathon.
  • Other elite runners and fun seekers from other African cities and the rest of the world converged to take part in the inaugural and historic Abuja International Marathon; they left with prizes and happiness.

On the 29th of April 2023, Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibet and Bahrain runner Ruth Jebet emerged inaugural winners of the men’s and women’s respective categories of the first international full marathon in the FCT, the historic Abuja International Marathon, backed by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, with routes calculated and calibrated by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, AIMS, and approved by World Athletics, with the theme ‘Celebrating the Best of FCT’.


Ruth Jebet, winner of the women’s full marathon. Source:


According to the Race Director, Olukayode Thomas, “About 50 foreign elite runners and 120 local elites registered to participate in the race’’. They were joined by thousands of Nigerian runners that registered to participate in the three categories. The race, a first of its kind in Abuja, was earlier slated for the 17th of December 2022 but was later rescheduled to hold on the 29th of April 2023, with the weather showing kindness to the notable event.  The lovely city of Abuja typically experiences torrential rainfall in April but on the 29th, the city offered the ideal weather making it more convenient for Kenya’s Naibet as well as Jebet, Kenyan-born long-distance runner and steeplechase specialist who competes internationally for the Asian country Bahrain, to win the two categories respectively.


Emmanuel Naibet, winner of the men’s full marathon. Source:


Naibet won with a time of 2:13:45, a winning time considered the best ever documented in any first edition of Marathon races in Nigeria. This is his second marathon win in Nigeria having also won the 2021 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. “It was a great race for me though a bit challenging with some hilly parts on the routes, but overall, I am happy to win this race and add it to my achievements,” the animated titleholder said in a chat with journalists. Benard Sang finished in second position with a time of 2:13:49 while Ezekiel Koech secured his third place to seal up the win for Kenyans in the men’s category with a time of 2:13:51.


Athletes from around the world gather in Abuja for the maiden Abuja International Marathon. Photo by Light Oriye. Source:


In the women’s category, though her first attempt at the full marathon after dominating in other long-distance races, Ruth Jebet from Bahrain dwarfed other runners to grab the number one spot with a time of 2.36.08, Mercy Kwambai from Kenya finished second with a time of 2:38:17, while Ethiopia’s Dida Negasa held on to the third place with a time of 2:40: 16. An excited Jebet says, “I can never forget the Abuja International Marathon, it is my first full marathon and I won it, I hope to be back next year to defend my title”.


Three different races took place in Abuja. Apart from the elite runners who took part in the full marathon that spanned about 42.195 kilometres, students from across the Abuja metropolis as well as fun contenders also keenly competed for prizes in the 5-kilometre and 10-kilometre races. Thomas, the race director, pointed out that one of the big ideas behind the racing event is the establishment of an elite athletes’ development program to groom exceptional local athletes. “What makes the race unique is that it is the first race that will give local athletes recognition not just in terms of appearance fee or bonuses, but we are trying to set up elite athletes development program because we believe that Nigerians have what it takes to do what the Kenyans and Ethiopians are doing,” he said. All finishers of the Abuja International Marathon got medals and certificates signed by the FCT Minister of State.


Cross section of runners at the Abuja International Marathon. Source:


Also, the Managing Director of Abuja International Marathon, Mrs.  Zsuzsanna Ogunmiloyo mentioned the available incentives for young participants. She said “We also want to encourage the culture of running because the youths have to be encouraged. Sports bring the community together. It is something we want embedded in the youths to know that hard work and determination count.”


Activities that led to the Saturday Marathon began on Friday with an expo at The Pavillion, beside the International Conference Centre, opposite Radio House, Abuja. According to Race Director, Olukayode Thomas, the Marathon Expo, with the theme ‘Showcasing the best of FCT,’ prepped the participants for the event. There was refreshment, entertainment from the FCT Arts and Culture Department, and prizes for participants. Visitors were also treated to a city-wide tour. “For those interested in FCT landmarks and tourist attraction centres, officials of the FCT Tourism Department will be on ground to take them around the FCT with tour guides that will answer their questions.”


Route Calibration by Norrie Williamson of the World Athletics/AIMS A Grade South Africa, together with his team. Source:


Thomas highlighted the gains of the Abuja Marathon pointing out that they outweigh the few road closures and other inconveniences that came with the event. He said, just before the event, that: “We need to start telling our stories with activities like Abuja International Marathon. Abuja is a beautiful city, no doubt, but how many times have we showcased the city to the world? This is probably the first time that Abuja will be beamed to the world for four hours. This race will show the best part of Abuja and its landmarks to the world for hours so let us all work with the FCTA to make the epoch event a huge success.’’


A week-long Marathon Expo preceded the race with numerous lead-up activities, including the unveiling of the Marathon Logo, the High School that won in the production of the theme song for the Abuja International Marathon, and the presentation of race ambassadors. The event attracted stakeholders in the industry including fun runners, FCTA officials, sponsors, and elite runners abroad and at home. Abuja International Marathon seeks to be the first race in the world to win the prestigious World Athletics Label after its first edition. The majority of elite runners officially invited for the race are Gold Label Runners.


Participants at the maiden Abuja International Marathon. Source:


Abuja, a stunning city with an excellent network of roads, while playing host to the international marathon, did a good job showcasing her beauty to the world. Another big idea behind the Abuja International Marathon (AIM) is to make the FCT more beautiful and tourist-friendly, even as it presents new and thrilling experiences to both fun and elite runners, in and outside Nigeria.  Abuja International Marathon (AIM) aims to become a qualifier for the Olympics Games, World Athletics Championships, and the Abbott World Marathon Majors (Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago Tokyo and New York City), within three years. The National Hospital Abuja and other prominent hospitals partnered as reference centers for the race. African News media have kept up with updates before, during, and after the event. It would seem like Kenyans are built for races seeing that they sweep key prizes anywhere races are organized in the continent, and indeed around the word. What do you think? Share with us in the comment section.



Egypt sends Medical Aid to Burundi.

  • This is part of Egypt’s effort to support the Burundi’s health sector. 

On Thursday, Egypt delivered shipments of medical aid to Burundi as part of its efforts to support the country’s health sector. This was stated by Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Ministry stated that the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development, a branch of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provided the medical aid sent to Burundi.

According to the statement, the medical aid was handed over to the Egyptian-Burundi Hospital in Bururi Governorate, the Egyptian Department of Dialysis in the Burundi Military Hospital, and the Egyptian Department of Dialysis in the Burundian Police Hospital.

In line with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s directives to provide full support to Burundi and to support the country’s development and President Evariste Ndayishimiye’s comprehensive reform plan, Egypt’s Ambassador to Burundi, Yasser Al-Atwi emphasized Egypt’s outstanding commitment in assisting the Burundian health sector. The ambassador also reaffirmed Egypt’s commitment to aiding Burundi in all endeavors.

Burundian officials expressed their appreciation to Egypt for its continuous assistance, stressing the importance of  Egypt’s support to the Burundian health sector.

WHO Ethiopia Holds Top-Level Summit on Proper Use of Antimicrobials.

A two-day regional summit on the responsible and appropriate use of antimicrobials, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) gathered representatives from 12 African countries in Addis Ababa. The summit was put together in the wake of the recent African Union Summit which pushed for increased cooperation and resource mobilization for health system strengthening and pandemic preparedness on the continent.


Acting Representative of WHO-Ethiopia Country Office Dr. Nonhlanhla Dlamini who gave the welcoming speech during the summit said “Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a significant threat to global public health”.

AMR happens when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites no longer respond to antimicrobial agents. These antimicrobial agents become ineffective due to drug resistance and infections become difficult or impossible to treat, leading to an increase in the spread of the disease, severe illness, and death.


Dr. Dlamini stressed that the “global and regional burden is alarming” and most resistant bacterial infections occur in Sub-Saharan African countries. They have the highest AMR-associated death rates, at 99 deaths per 100,000 population. AMR threatens decades of progress in the fight against infectious diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and STDs.


According to the Acting Representative, the recent Covid-19 pandemic has increased the threat of AMR due to the widespread abuse and misuse of antimicrobials, noting that a more robust regulatory framework and antimicrobial stewardship are required to regulate the use of antibiotics.


In 2019, there were 4.95 million deaths associated with AMR, and 1.27 million deaths were directly related to it according to Dr. Walter Fuller at WHO African Region, who stated that “AMR causes more deaths than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, or malaria”.

And Mr. Thomas Joselh from WHO Headquarters emphasized the need for “all countries to develop a coherent set of actions to promote responsible and appropriate use of antimicrobials to reduce the burden of drug-resistant infections”.


The Ethiopian State Minister of Health, Dr. Dereje Duguma noted that the Ethiopian government is readily determined to work in proximal association with all African countries to fight the challenges of AMR. 

In 2009, Ethiopia conducted the first AMR baseline survey and introduced the first National Strategic Framework for the prevention and containment of AMR in 2011. The country is also one of the first to have a national strategic document on AMR and the implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS).


Dr. Nonhlanhla reiterated WHO’s commitment to supporting the endeavor of the Ethiopian government in strengthening AMR response, saying “More investments and active collaboration among different pillars of health systems are essential to combat AMR”. from a few health facilities to about 100 across Ethiopia, financial assistance from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has helped scale up the adoption of antimicrobial stewardship.


Also, Participating actively in the summit are healthcare executives and AMR focal points from Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Uganda: URCS Receives 1,250 Bicycle Donation

  • The bicycle donation will ease the work of the 5,000 volunteers in the country.

  • The ‘Land Cruiser of the bicycle world’ is specially made for the tough terrain of rural areas.

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has received 1,250 Buffalo bicycles from World Bicycle Relief to ease the mobility and efficiency of its volunteers and  to ease the mobility and efficiency of its volunteers and to support the humanitarian organization’s community outreach activities.

World Bicycle Relief is a philanthropic organization committed to improving bicycle infrastructure in Africa. The handover ceremony took place at the URCS headquarters in Lubaga, Kampala on April 21, 2023. The Buffalo bicycles manufactured to adapt to the African rural environment cost shs780,000 each, costing over shs900 million in total for all the bicycles.

Senior Global Director for Programmes at World Bicycle Relief, Sean Granville Ross said that Buffalo Bicycles is a wholly-owned, for-profit commercial subsidiary of World Bicycle Relief whose profits help fund their philanthropic efforts. He further explained that they are specifically made and lab-tested to withstand the challenging environment and way of life in rural Africa, adding that they have a sturdy seat with twin springs for comfort and a rear rack/carrier with a carrying capacity of over 100kg as some of its advantages.

The secretary-general of URCS, Robert Kwesiga speaking at the occasion said the bicycles will be of great use for the 5,000 volunteers who usually walk more than 10km in tough terrain with backpacks. He described the bicycles as the “Land Cruiser of the bicycle world” as they come with a five-year warranty.

Mr. Kwesiga forewarned that the bicycles should be used for the right cause in order to maximize their purpose, adding that they will be given to volunteers and staff in the field, particularly in rural areas. He said they will be branded with red and URCS initials as they will not be used for any other work apart from Red Cross. He assured, “If you find them in the wrong place, raise a flag, and we will prove that this support was not in vain”.

He further noted that the bicycles will be allocated based on needs, as more bicycles will be sent to the branches with more engaged fieldwork volunteers. According to the URCS, the bicycles will be distributed across five regional hubs including Soroti, Lira, Gulu, West Nile, and South West – Mbarara/Nakivale.

Mr. Sean also stated that they will be training mechanics to work on the bicycles and also set up spare part shops to ensure available in locations where the volunteers are. “This will create opportunities for the young people to train as mechanics and also work in the shops”, he said. 

Currently, URCS, the largest humanitarian organization in Uganda, has about 51 branches and 500,000 registered members and volunteers nationwide with 15 million beneficiaries.

Cancer treatment: Ugandan joins African scientists improving cancer care in Africa.

  • Cancer care in Africa has received a shot in the arm after an indigenous invention sprang up in Uganda.
  • African scientists should be proud of their Ugandan colleagues who put together this health innovation.
  • Dr William Wasswa says the components of this machine are mostly sourced from the African continent.


In the western Ugandan city of Mbarara, the second largest city in Uganda after Kampala, Dr William Wasswa, an African scientist from Mbarara University of Science and Technology, commonly known as Mbarara University, has contributed to the newest treatments for cancer by manufacturing an automated digital microscope for the uncovering of cervical cancer to check the rising number of death cases.


Arial view of the western Ugandan city of Mbarara. Source:


Last month, in a chat with an online medium, Dr Wasswa mentioned that the affordable machine has several software and hardware inventions that make cancer diagnosis and patient record management quicker and more effective. According to a report published by a scientific journal, the innovative machine has an accuracy of around 97 per cent in detecting cervical cancer from body samples. According to Dr Wasswa, cancer samples in the country are currently analysed manually, and this, he said, is time-consuming, error-prone and has to be done by a trained cytopathologist – an expert in analysing body cells to diagnose disease. “This new technology can take five minutes for you to get the test results”, he said.


Explaining how the machine works, Dr Wasswa said, “You load the pap smear (tissue sample from the body) for cervical cancer test under the microscope and the computer does the analysis and gives you the results.” Dr Nixon Niyonzima who is the head of research at the Uganda Cancer Institute, UCI, said that he knows about the invention but is yet to use it to see how well it works. The World Health Organization estimates that in 2014 approximately 3,915 Ugandan women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and that 2,160, representing 55 per cent, died from the disease.


Sophisticated radiotherapy machine in a hospital in Uganda. Source:


The microscope is made up of main components including the camera for digitizing the sample’s image, the lead array for lighting, motors for driving the stage, which is where the sample is put, and electronics. “The software for analyzing the sample is the core part which takes most of the work,” Dr Wasswa said. He also mentioned that he put five years into developing the technology. “It was part of my PhD project, and I started a company out of it,” he said, adding, “The new tech also has software which keeps track of all patient’s details, sending them reminders. I have six of them [the microscopes] at the moment. But I am still improving the accuracy. The sensitivity is at 94 per cent and specificity is at 96 per cent.” Sensitivity here refers to the capacity to designate an individual with the disease as positive, while specificity is its ability to designate a person who does not have the disease as negative.


Also, artificial intelligence technology forms a part of the new device; the more tests it performs the more it trains itself to achieve more accuracy. “We are making the machine locally. All these things [parts] are 3d printed, and the electronics are assembled locally, so we just get a few motors and a camera. You do most of the work on the software,” Dr Wasswa said. He also pointed out that they are still in the primary phase of the clinical trial. “The trial is being sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK Royal Academy of Engineering. We got some funds from USAID that was the first batch for piloting the platform, the software part,” he said. He went on: “But then we are working with the Royal Academy to improve the microscope. We have Shs32m for the trial [so far]. I have tried to approach the government but I have received good feedback.”


Cancer care machine. Source:


As soon as the new tech passes all three stages of clinical trial and is approved by the National Drug Authority, NDA, it could be more affordable for hospitals in different parts of the country to begin cancer screening and diagnosis in their facilities. “My machine costs around $300 (Shs1.1m) to $500 (Shs1.8m). The current (imported) microscope they use is about $21,000 (Shs78.1m). The new machine will be five to seven times cheaper than the current microscopes,” Dr Wasswa clarified.  With this innovation, not only Dr Wasswa put his name on the health map, but he also solved a significant African healthcare problem.


Healthcare in South Africa progresses as Diabetes management enjoys technological boost.

  • While Diabetes keeps raging in most parts of the world, the Department of Health in South Africa as well as private health establishments are working assiduously to better the lives of people living with the ailment in the country.
  • Technology has proven invaluable in Diabetes management in the country.
  • While the ailment may be chronic, with sustained technological efforts it can be handled effectively.

Diabetes has long been classified as a chronic disease; it is a known source of challenges for patients and, if poorly managed, a known cause of blindness, renal failure, heart attack, and even death. According to the International Diabetes Federation, IDF, cited in, 24 million adults in Africa are currently living and dealing with diabetes, and by 2045, the number is likely to swell up to 55 million. In South Africa, healthcare is administered by the Department of Health. However, South Africa does not have a system of universal healthcare; a private healthcare system runs together with a public healthcare system and the systems have faced Diabetes headlong.


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The International Diabetes Federation also recently revealed in a report that roughly 4.5 million people live with diabetes in South Africa. The good news is that the 2020 Global Healthcare Index, puts South Africa’s healthcare system at number 49 out of 89 countries; also, the treatment range for managing the ailment has advanced speedily in recent times, with new and expanded technological inventions adding up to the development of new methods of dealing with diabetes, including the development of pills and other medications that lower glucose, as well as a broad list of insulin provisions that manage both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes more efficiently.


With this expansive list of effective glucose-lowering agents, remarkable progress has been made in diabetes technology. Diabetes technologies help people with diabetes manage blood glucose levels, avoid complications, improve patients’ quality of life, as well as lighten the load of living with diabetes. People living with diabetes used injectable animal-based insulin for years, but advancement in treatment have been made recently. Diabetes technology has come a long way. Devices are easier, from blood glucose meters and continuous glucose monitoring, CGM, to state-of-the-art insulin pumps.


Wearable technology has been introduced to ease the tracking of blood glucose levels over time and they are considered the most effective options for diabetes management. The CGM system is made up of a sensor, which is a small wire catheter inserted under the skin on the patient’s arm or abdomen, and a handheld receiver or smartphone that displays your glucose data in real-time.  Real-time CGM has become reliable and has demonstrated effectiveness in diabetes management, and daily monitoring of glucose levels.

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The improvement in CGM system technology is evident in the Dexcom G7, recently launched in South Africa for diabetic two-year olds. This product’s launch signifies another milestone in the revolutionary diabetes management technology in South Africa. The Dexcom G7 is Dexcom’s most accurate CGM system ever developed. It has the fastest CGM in the market, a 30-minute sensor warm-up, and an improved alert settings for enhanced discretion, among several other features. The availability of Healthtech innovations like the Dexcom G7 will allow people with diabetes to live better lives despite their health conditions.

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Law student and a diabetes activist Thapi Semenya, has lived with the disease for more than 17 years, she is one of the benefitiaries of this technology in diabetes management. Her journey battling diabetes has been quite bumpy, like it has been for many. She has endured severe pains from needles. She sporadically experiences very high and low glucose levels without knowing. But now, with the availability of CGM, Thapi is living her life normally because she can monitor her glucose levels better. Indeed, an improvement in CGM, is still an integral part of diabetes management, in a world where the number of people with diabetes is rising.

There is little worry that South Africa may not surmount the possible health crises posed by diabetes. The country has seen substantive health sector reforms, and, yes South Africa boasts of the highest standard of healthcare in Africa with more than 200 private hospitals across the country. It is also a hugely famous destination for tourists and expats too, hence, South Africa’s healthcare system is regularly tested.





USAID Allot Funds to Improve Nutrition in Mozambique

To reduce malnutrition in six districts of the central province of Zambezia, the United States government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), will allocate $75 million over five years to support the initiatives. The assistance is part of a programme called Okhokelamo ni Solho (Resilient Nutrition, in Elomwe) initiative, which works to prevent chronic undernutrition in children.


A report released on March 22 claims that early childhood malnutrition hinders development throughout life and that the rural areas of Zambezia have particularly high indicators. 45% of children under the age of five are stunted and 77% are anemic.

Community leaders will participate in the Okhokelamo ni Solho programs, which concentrate on the nutritional requirements of mothers, children, and girls and work in coordination with government health services. The program will provide further aid by distributing nutrient-rich food items to impoverished households during the rainy season when food variety is noticeably reduced.

The report reads that “Tropical Cyclone Freddy, which also affected Zambezia in March, demonstrates the importance of resilient and ready communities in the districts taking part in Okhokelamo. The project is planned to collaborate closely with other USAID food and nutrition-related efforts targeted at Zambezia as part of the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative in order to maximize its impact on resilience”.

The US government’s overall support to Mozambique is said to be heavily reliant on the development of maternal and child nutrition. According to the paper, the US contributes more than US$700 million yearly in close cooperation with the Mozambique government to boost economic prosperity, assist national growth, and improve the quality of education and healthcare.

Africa’s biggest food exhibition attracts stakeholders from over 30 countries.

  • From African delicacies to intercontinental dishes, the Continent of Africa hardly runs out of food options.
  • A leading food exhibition company has gone ahead to expand the brand.
  • This year, an unprecedented number of delegates is expected at the Food & Beverage West Africa exhibition.


The Food & Beverage West Africa, a leading exhibition event devoted to the food and beverage industry and considered the largest food and drink trade exhibition in the continent, has concluded plans to expand into a new location at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, in June with exhibitors from more than 30 countries already confirmed.


The event which gives attendees the golden opportunity to showcase their new drink and food products as they develop or increase business connections across the catering, grocery, and general food and beverage industry not just in Nigeria but across the world, has been in high demand, prompting the event organizers to work on adding a fourth exhibition hall to the event.


The display is scheduled to run from June 13th to 15th and will attract exhibitors from over 30 countries. Ten country stands will feature for the first time; the stands will have foods, drinks, equipment and services from Russia, India, Dubai, and others, also, the United Nation’s International Trade Centre organization will be sending a delegation of West African producers from countries like Liberia and Gambia. A delegation is also expected from Indonesia.

The Food & Beverage West Africa exhibition is put together by BtoB Events, and the expansion the Food & Beverage event has made the company Africa’s largest trade event organizer. In a statement, the Food & Beverage West Africa stated that the show has the potential to practically double its floor area size since they held the event last year during which they sold out the two present exhibition halls. The stretching of the venue last year suggests that a significant expansion is imminent this year, “…a third hall has opened, and now a fourth semi-permanent marquee-type hall is being constructed,’’ the statement read.


Jamie Hill the Managing Director of BtoB Events, said “I am delighted to see demand growing for more exhibition space. The show’s expansion reflects the confidence in Nigeria’s economic landscape – people are ready for Nigeria to do business and the Food & Beverage exhibition is now at a truly international scale. We anticipate there will be more than 5,000 visitors representing food retailing, production and distribution, as well as the hospitality sector, who will be keen to see the latest developments and business opportunities from more than 300 exhibitors.”


The Restaurant & Food Service Proprietors Association of Nigeria, REFSPAN, is one of the partners for this event. One of the spokespersons for the association said: “Food & Beverage West Africa gives REFSPAN members a bouquet of opportunities to meet with key players in major parts of the world that are beneficial to the dynamism and the growth REFSPAN desire, in order to promote more and expand the QSR [quick-service restaurant] business in Nigeria.”


Companies and food brands interested in owning stands at the exhibition event are expected to contact the exhibition Manager since an additional exhibition space allows the planners to take more bookings.




Native African trees replenish natural habitats for Rwandese.


  • A wildlife conservation body has delved headlong into the restoration of natural habitats in Rwanda.
  • Trees are important natural elements, and this organization has chosen to massively plant Rwandese indigenous tree species.
  • Natives are working closely with this organization on this rigorous tree-planting program.


Since 2017, the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association (RWCA) has been vigorously executing strategic tree-planting episodes across numerous sites in the east African country of Rwanda, and fundamentally, emphasis has been placed on planting native trees to preserve the region’s biodiversity.


The non-governmental body, on this vital mission to restore the country’s native trees, in addition to its reforestation efforts, is also championing a conservation initiative targeted at the protection of the Grey Crowned Crane and other vanishing wildlife spaces in Rwanda. The organization, through this program, is working towards protecting and restoring natural territories.




The organization, on the 29th of March, marked five years of re-establishing habitats for wildlife and people alike. The event took place at Umusambi Village, Masaka, and involved a visit to RWCA’s indigenous tree nursery and seed storage facility at the place and a restoration site situated in Rwamagana District, adjacent to Lake Muhazi. The site is 8 hectares of land and was restored in 2018 in partnership with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


According to the Habitat Restoration Manager at RWCA, Cecile Kayitanirwa, the site had been used as farmlands previously, though, the land’s occupants were interested in working with RWCA to plant assorted native trees to avert their extinction. Kayitanirwa mentioned that the neighboring community cooperated with RWCA in planting and taking care of the trees. This collaborative effort has profited the community by providing employment for different individuals and also enhancing the growth of trees, indigenous trees especially.




At RWCA, the attention concentrates on growing trees rather than just planting them. The body identifies the importance of cultivating, nourishing and nursing the trees as they progress, while also promoting community ownership. Expanding on the program’s essence Kayitanirwa said “we prioritize planting indigenous trees because they are unique to Rwanda and are currently facing threats of extinction. Therefore, our goal is to restore these trees so that future generations can witness their natural beauty and potential uses. Moreover, indigenous trees play a vital role in providing a habitat for animal species and serving as a source of food and medicinal benefits for the community. These trees are also crucial in preventing soil degradation by holding the soil in place.”


So far, RWCA has successfully restored about 60 hectares of land, including 35 hectares of forest and 25 hectares of wetland. The organization has employed over 500 casual workers and about 14 guards at their sites. They have planted about 75,000 trees from over 40 different species.




  • The president of Uganda went on a 3-day visit to Algiers, during which two agreements and five MoUs were signed.
  • Algeria had shown a willingness to buy powdered milk worth $500 million and Uganda in turn will buy animal health drugs and others.
  • There will be improvements in production and quality of products to match the market requirements.


The president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni was in Algiers for a 3-day visit, and during his meeting with the delegations, it was revealed that at least 150 Algerian representatives of private and public organizations are to visit Uganda soon to explore available business opportunities. During the course of the visit, two agreements and five memoranda of understanding were signed between the two countries.




In light of partnering together and growing the resources of Africa, the two countries have decided to partner up. Museveni said “We discussed issues on growing the prosperity of Africa; agreed to work together in the areas of trade, energy, education, agriculture, and counter-terrorism where they have experience in this, just like us.


We are looking at powdered milk which is already coming here, coffee, tea, and then products from Algeria of petroleum and petrochemicals.” Uganda is hoping to increase its agricultural exports to Algeria.



Algeria had also shown a willingness to buy powdered milk worth $500 million from Uganda, this was announced late last year after a meeting with the Algerian ambassador to Uganda.


Frank Tumwebaze, the minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries said apart from milk, the MoUs signed cover several other items, like education, animal health, oil and gas, tourism, and trade. “They will buy our powdered milk and coffee and later bananas. We shall in turn buy from them animal health drugs and others,” he said.



There will also be improvements in production and the quality of products in order to match the requirements of the market, this was confirmed by Tumwebaze. He further stated “Worry not anymore about the market for our dairy. The only condition is to perfect our value chain standards which so far have been approved!”

CAF Announces Dates for AFCON Cote d’Ivoire 2023

  • This will be the 34th edition of the tournament.


The CAF has officially confirmed the dates of the Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023, with the opening match scheduled to take place on January 13th, 2024 at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Ebimpe, Abidjan. On February 11th, the four-week competition between the top 24 countries in Africa will be concluded.



The competition will be in its 34th year. After taking place there for the first time in 1984, when Cameroon won for the first time, the month-long competition returns to Cote d’Ivoire. The route to Cote D’Ivoire is progressively taking shape as the world prepares for Africa’s largest football show as the Afcon qualifiers near their conclusion.



Following the spectacular qualifying round this past weekend, six nations joined the hosts, Cote d’Ivoire, in the competition. They are Senegal, the reigning African champions, South Africa, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Morocco, and Morocco. Also, Veron Mosengo-Omba, general secretary of the CAF, added that the bi-annual assignment’s final draw will take place in September of this year.


In due course, the time and location will be determined.

The African football governing body anticipates record global TV audiences and stadium attendances for next year’s edition of its flagship competition, which also currently holds the record as being Africa’s biggest event. This is due to the rapidly growing global interest in CAF competitions that have been recorded in the last few months.



With the introduction of cutting-edge broadcast technology and digital engagement, CAF has made significant strides in enhancing the viewing and stadium attendance experience of its competitions, as is evident in the recently concluded CAF competitions. This has led to the creation of a world-class product that is consumed in real-time across the globe.



The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is the governing authority of beach soccer, futsal, and association football in Africa. It was founded on February 8th, 1957 at Khartoum Sudan’s Grand Hotel by the national football associations of Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Sudan.

Angolan NGO Launches Initiative to Promote Rights of Females

  • The project ‘Kiua’ aims to protect, promote, and publicize the rights of the female gender most especially in Luanda, Icolo, Bengo, and Quicama.

On Thursday, Angolan Non-Governmental Organization, Angola 2000, launched an initiative to promote the rights of women, young people, and children called “Kiua” which aims to promote and publicize the rights of this section of society, as well as denounce sexual abuses with emphasis on intra-family cases.

Out of 296 complaints of violence against children that were registered in the first quarter of 2023 according to data from the National Children’s Institute (INAC), 16 complaints were sexual abuse. Also, Luanda has the highest number of cases of sexual abuse against girls and children with a daily average of 12 cases.

The project will be on for three years and cover the districts of Luanda, Icolo, Bengo, and Quicama, according to the President of Angola 2000, Cirilo Mbonge. He said that “the number of women and children suffering from sexual abuse is appalling, so we want to pay more attention to this issue, adding that “every day we have news about this sad issue”.

Mr. Mbonge assured that at the conclusion of the project, it is anticipated to support at least 240 female children who are victims of sexual abuse, noting that it would legal and psychological. He disclosed that many of these girls and children do not have any kind of follow-up which most times results in depression for them.

He furthermore, urged public and private associations to support the combat against sexual abuse either directly or indirectly. In conclusion, he said, “we know that we can’t put an end to this evil, but if we join together, we add that we can reduce the number of this evil that has affected our society”.