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01 / 01 / 2020

AHO worried about creeping back of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Africa

In a worrisome trend, mother-to-child transmission of HIV have been creeping back in a handful of countries over the last 18 months—jeopardizing progress in settings that once held the promise of eliminating pediatric AIDS in Africa.

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25 / 12 / 2019

The Link Between Cancer and Heart Disease

When you’re facing down cancer, heart disease isn’t top of mind. Yet, it turns out many cancer patients face a greater risk from cardiovascular disease (CVD) than from their cancer. More than 1 in 10 cancer patients dies from heart and blood vessel problems, rather than cancer.

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16 / 12 / 2019

AHO determined to prevent cervical cancer in Africa

Cervical cancer claims the lives of nine Kenyan women every day and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women in sub-Saharan Africa. These deaths are tragic, not just because cervical cancer is the most common in women between the ages of 15 to 44, but also because they are almost always preventable through vaccination.

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06 / 11 / 2019

AHO to halve snake bite and its consequences in Africa by 2030

Each year, 5.4m people are bitten by snakes, with up to 2.7m incapacitated. “Envenoming”, it claims, is “one of the most neglected tropical diseases”.

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06 / 11 / 2019

AHO to tackle vision impairement and blindness in Africa

At least 2.2 billion people have vision impairment or blindness, of which over 1 billion cases could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed.

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06 / 11 / 2019

How one African community is fighting genetically modified mosquitoes

In the summer of 2018, more than 1,000 people marched in the capital Ouagadougou against the use of genetically-modified organisms in the country, including the GM mosquitoes.

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06 / 11 / 2019

AHO plans simple eye care to improve the sight of people in Africa

Operation could have corrected vision of many ‘overnight’, while 800 million struggle because they lack access to glasses,

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02 / 10 / 2019

Graciano Masauso talks of failure on Ebola as a symptom of dysfunctional healthcare systems in Africa

Four years later, the Ebola epidemic in west Africa is thankfully over but we are now more than a year into the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Despite the new tools at our disposal—vaccines and antibody treatments that we dreamt about having in Sierra Leone—the global medical community is failing the people of the DRC.

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02 / 10 / 2019

AHO to eliminate the debilitating Guinea worm parasite by 2030

Dracunculiasis is Latin for “affliction with little dragons.” This parasitic infection, more commonly known as Guinea-worm disease, is contracted when a human drinks water contaminated with copepods (water fleas) that contain worm larvae. AHO plans to eliminate the disease by 2030 after failure by WHO and partners to eliminate it by 2020.

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02 / 10 / 2019

Child deaths in Africa could be prevented by family planning

Children under 5 years of age in Africa are much more likely to die than those in wealthy countries as a direct result of poor health outcomes linked to air pollution, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, an increased family size, and environmental degradation, according to the first continent-wide investigation of its kind.

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