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The world’s first pill to treat COVID-19 set for approval

Merck and Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics today announced that the submission of an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for molnupiravir, an investigational oral antiviral medicine, for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults who are at risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization. The companies are actively working with regulatory agencies worldwide to submit applications for emergency use or marketing authorization in the coming months. The submission is based on positive results

At least one in seven children in sub-Saharan Africa experiences significant psychological hardship

At least one in seven children in sub-Saharan Africa experiences significant psychological hardship. As the world marks World Mental Health Day, UNICEF and WHO shine a light on the need for increased investment and access to mental health prevention and response services on the continent. Children and adolescents are always at risk of developing mental health problems, especially vulnerable children facing poverty, discrimination and violence. The lack of access to basic social, health and education services, combined with wide-reaching structural inequalities,

Worldwide, only 1 in 10 people who need palliative care are receiving it

Worldwide, it is estimated only 1 in 10 people who need palliative care are receiving it and global demand for care for people with life threatening illnesses will continue to grow as populations age and the burden of noncommunicable diseases rises. By 2060, the need for palliative care is expected to nearly double. The world therefore needs urgent and concerted action to scale up access to quality palliative care services. To address this need, WHO is releasing two new resources to

Call for urgent action on meningitis

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners launched the first ever global strategy to defeat meningitis – a debilitating disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year. By 2030, the goals are to eliminate epidemics of bacterial meningitis – the most deadly form of the disease – and to reduce deaths by 70% and halve the number of cases. The organizations estimate that in total, the strategy could save more than 200,000 lives annually and significantly reduce disability

COVID-19, funding shortfalls are devastating efforts to end Tuberculosis by 2030 – report

The Stop TB Partnership today released new data showing how the COVID-19 pandemic and dismally low levels of funding represent the main barriers to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of ending TB by 2030. The data from 2021 shows that the impact of COVID-19 on the TB response has continued to be profound: 1.2 million fewer people have been diagnosed and treated for TB in in 2021 with four months still left in the calendar year. Currently, only

White House confirms plans to nominate Africa CDC head to lead PEPFAR

The White House has confirmed that President Joe Biden will nominate Dr. John N. Nkengasong as Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally at the Department of State. The Ambassador-at-Large leads, manages, and oversees the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history, prevent millions of HIV infections, save lives, and make progress towards ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. If confirmed,

Africa faces 470 million COVID-19 vaccine shortfall in 2021

As the COVAX Facility is forced to slash planned COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to Africa by around 150 million this year, the continent faces almost 500 million doses short of the global year-end target of fully vaccinating 40% of its population. This shortfall comes as Africa tops 8 million COVID-19 cases this week.    With the cutback COVAX is now expected to deliver 470 million doses to Africa this year. These will be enough to vaccinate just 17% of the population, far

Today is World Sexual Health Day

On World Sexual Health Day, WHO celebrates every person’s right to sexual wellbeing How does the World Health Organization (WHO) define sexual health – and what do we bring to this annual, global celebration of sexual health, well-being and rights for all? From the absence of disease to well-being: the continuum of sexual health Sexual health is relevant throughout a person’s life, through to adolescence and into older age – not only during their reproductive years.  It is determined by the quality and safety of people’s

Lafiya Telehealth Launches Innovative Medical Health Care Points Kits Taking Telehealth And Telemedicine Beyond Video Call

Lafiya TeleHealth welcomes the arrival of innovative health care points kits to boost the APP and platform, this electronic health care point kits allows you to receive on-demand physical exams via live video chat with a doctor’s office using integrated medical exams devices transmits test results to an electronic health record for easy real time monitoring. The Kits goes beyond a phone or video chat with a doctor by providing an on-demand, clinic-quality medical exam right from your home or

Nigeria reopens COVID-19 vaccination registration portal as vaccine rollout resumes

The Federal Government has launched the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination on 16 August 2021 in Abuja; A continuous effort towards curbing the spread of the disease in the country. Citizens can now register online by clicking here to book a vaccination appointment at their preferred and nearest vaccination site. At a symbolic event to flag- off the second phase at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Abuja, the Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC)