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WHO releases new list of essential diagnostics; new recommendations for hepatitis E virus tests, personal use glucose meters

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its 2023 Essential Diagnostics List (EDL), which is an evidence-based register of in vitro diagnostics (IVD) that supports countries to make national diagnostic choices. This year’s list includes two firsts: Inclusion of three tests for hepatitis E virus (HEV), including a rapid test to aid […]

Oxford R21/Matrix-M™ malaria vaccine receives World Health Organization recommendation for use paving the way for global roll-out 

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD PRESS RELEASE UNDER STRICT EMBARGO:  02 OCTOBER 2023 (15:00) BST The highly effective vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and the Serum Institute of India, leveraging Novavax’s adjuvant is critical to reducing over half a million malaria-related deaths annually. R21/Matrix-M™ malaria vaccine has been recommended for […]

African leaders warn of deadly malaria emergency and call for urgent action to address unprecedented funding shortfall

African Union Heads of State and Government, global health leaders and development partners have issued a joint call for urgent action to address the looming malaria emergency. They warned that failure to act now will put at risk both the African Union’s target of eliminating malaria in Africa by 2030, […]

How to respond to disinformation spread on social media

Disinformation can be extremely harmful during an election: it can confuse voters, dissuade them from voting, delegitimize results, and more. It’s critical, as a result, that journalists be prepared to counteract it. This entails understanding how it spreads and what tools are at our disposal to stop it. Where does […]

Malaria deaths reduce in Eastern Region

The Eastern Region recorded a total of 14 deaths from malaria in 2022 as against 29 deaths recorded in 2021. There was a total of 31,489 admissions at the various health facilities across the districts in the region due to malaria in 2021 and 36,285 admissions of malaria in 2022. […]

Malaria vaccine shows promise against relapsing form of the disease

An experimental vaccine that targets a malaria parasite behind a relapsing form of the disease has shown some promise in a small trial. Researchers tested two vaccine candidates, finding that neither had any serious safety concerns, but only one induced a substantial immune response. The parasite Plasmodium vivax is the second most common cause […]

18 million doses of first-ever malaria vaccine allocated to 12 African countries for 2023–2025: Gavi, WHO and UNICEF

Twelve countries across different regions in Africa are set to receive 18 million doses of the first-ever malaria vaccine over the next two years. The roll out is a critical step forward in the fight against one of the leading causes of death on the continent. The allocations have been determined […]

How to ensure the safety of sources in marginalized communities

When reporting in the field, journalists must mitigate safety risks for their sources. They can do so by preparing ahead of time, developing safety analyses and security plans. One common step journalists can take when interviewing whistle-blowers, for instance, is to anonymize the subject using voice and visual distortion. People […]

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Fighting malaria in Ghana- Time to monitor and legislate treated net distribution and use

The cliché among a section of Ghanaians that things received at no personal cost are less valued is what appears to be playing out with the Ghana Health Service’s distribution of Long Lasting Treated Nets (LLTN) to Ghanaians as part of the national strategies to eliminate malaria from the country. Despite […]

Malaria Elimination: Low Awareness of Available Testing at Pharmacies at Local Level

One of the key strategic interventions by the National Malaria Elimination Programme to get rid of malaria in Ghana is the triple ‘T’ which mandates healthcare facilities to ‘Test, Treat and Track’ malaria cases reported to them. Under this initiative, persons who complain of malaria or show signs of the […]