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Breastfeeding? Here’s what you should know

Whether to breastfeed or not is a personal choice for a mom. Breastfeeding is, however, in accordance with national and international optimal infant and young child feeding recommendations. If you have decided to breastfeed your little one, here are a few things you should know, according to Catherine Pereira, Association …

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Diabetes: Why you should check your blood sugar level

And how family support is critical in preventing, managing it Medical experts have said it is important for people to check their blood sugar level regularly to detect diabetes early and also ensure that the blood glucose level of those who already have the disease is in a healthy range. …

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Africa: Getting the Global Malaria Response Back on Track

The foreword to the 2018 World malaria report by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization: In November 2017, I signalled to the international community that the global response to malaria had stalled and we risked losing some of the precious gains we have made over the past …

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WHO launches Africa Innovation Challenge for health startups

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched the first WHO Africa Innovation Challenge, calling for health innovations with the potential for having significant social impact and addressing health needs on the continent. The challenge will prioritise innovative and scalable healthcare solutions, and will offer finalists a fully-sponsored trip to the Africa Health …

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Kenya bans Marie Stopes from offering abortion services

The authorities in Kenya have banned the international health organisation Marie Stopes from offering any form of abortion services. The Medical Practitioners Board says it made the decision after investigating complaints that the group’s adverts were promoting abortion. Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless a mother’s health is in danger. …

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USAID launches new neglected disease control program in West Africa

The America government through USAID and in collaboration with the ministries of health in 11 countries has launched a new, five-year $200 million program to control and eliminate five neglected tropical diseases in Sub-Saharan West Africa. This newly launched program deepens USAID’s efforts to eliminate trachoma, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis …

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Abia Keys Into USAID-Funded Health Policy Pilot Programme

The Abia State Commissioner for Health, Dr. John Ahukanna, says the state has keyed into the new United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Health Policy Plus (HP+). Ahukanna made the disclosure in Umuahia on Tuesday at a seminar organised by the agency. The commissioner said that government was convinced …

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