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Gambia’s trachoma-free status ‘sets example for Africa’

[NAIROBI] Gambia has eliminated trachoma as a public health problem, offering hope to other African countries trying to eradicate the painful eye disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), trachoma is endemic in 45 countries globally including 29 in Africa such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Uganda and …

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Congo declares end of Ebola outbreak that killed six

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday declared the end of an Ebola outbreak that infected 12 people in the eastern province of North Kivu and killed six of them. The outbreak was contained using Merck’s (MRK.N) Ebola vaccine, which was given to more than 1,600 of the patients’ contacts and contacts …

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ABCHealth, UNECA sign partnership to improve health in Africa

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Business Coalition for Health (ABCHealth) have signed a partnership to develop two key initiatives: the Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa (HEGA 2) report, and the West Africa ‘African Continental Free Trade Area’ (AfCFTA)-anchored Pharma Initiative. The partnership between …

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The Gambia Secures More Funds for COVID-19 Vaccines

World Bank Board has approved $8 million additional financing from the International Development Association (IDA) to provide The Gambia with safe and effective vaccine purchase and deployment. “With this additional financing, the World Bank is helping The Gambia strengthen their pandemic response and health care systems, as well as scale …

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