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Covid-19 has shown us the weaknesses in the global health system and the risks associated with vaccine insecurity in Africa. It is no longer sufficient for African governments to rely on rich countries and western capital to shoulder the cost of vaccine development.

According to an article by the Aspen Institute published on June 28, 2021, Africa’s relative exclusion from global clinical vaccine trials is not new, but Covid-19 has brought it into sharp focus.

Urgent investments are needed in Africa’s capacity to design, manufacture and develop vaccines. A key piece of this capacity, which must be at the centre of these investments, is Africa’s ability to conduct vaccine clinical trials in the region.

In the quest to provide appropriate vaccines to its people, in July 2020, the African Union (AU) launched a new consortium to bring together global vaccine developers, funders, and African organizations that conduct clinical trials although …

  • International agencies and charitable foundations providing COVID-19 vaccines for Africa should order African-made vaccines, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
  • South African-owned subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Aspen is at risk of being shut down due to low demand.
  • Building the continent’s regulatory systems and clinical trial capabilities, and aligning them with the needs in the market, will help sustain Africa’s vaccine manufacturing sector.

African countries were among the last in the world to begin rolling out Covid vaccines. This was largely due to limited access to vaccines and funding constraints.

Before the Covid pandemic, efforts to address the challenge of limited vaccine production on the continent yielded little success. The pandemic exposed the limited capacity to manufacture vaccines.

As a result key stakeholders on the continent were joined by international partners, to advocate for the urgent and rapid establishment of Covid vaccine manufacturing capacity on the continent.

A year ago, …

  • A sense of well-being encompasses a wide range of factors, including access to education and employment, as well as the lack of armed combat or threats
  • Digitization has provided a cheap, secure source of finance to populations in need and improved government transparency in countries where graft and corruption are a huge concern.
  • Technological change has also resulted in increased productivity which has in turn improved African’s standards of living


When we think about the quality of life, the first thing that comes to mind is the degree to which an individual is healthy, comfortable, and able to participate in or enjoy life events.

A sense of well-being encompasses a wide range of factors, including access to education and employment, as well as the lack of armed combat or threats.

It is also relative, subjective and has intangible components, such as spiritual beliefs and a sense of belonging.


  • In Kenya, one in four shillings spent on health is from personal funds
  • Out-of-pocket spending prevents many from seeking medical care in Kenya
  • Only one in five Kenyans have some form of medical insurance meaning close to 40 million Kenyans are exposed

Not a day goes by in Kenya without an appeal for funds as people seek medical treatment for their loved ones.

In an economy and health system that has proven to be discriminatory against the poor, falling sick is dreaded due to the uncertainty of receiving medical assistance and the medical bills people are slapped with, usually.

In Kenya, one in four shillings spent on health is from personal funds. This figure is probably higher.

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Zero-sum equation

In a country that is largely without medical cover for the masses, out-of-pocket spending prevents many from seeking medical care since it becomes …

Nearly 4.5 million Tanzanians in Dar es Salaam have received two drugs in a first step towards eliminating elephantiasis.

The disease is caused by Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Towards its elimination, there were huge setbacks by Covid-19 restrictions and spending cuts.

Ending elephantiasis as a public health problem in the three nations would make them the first cluster of countries in Africa to achieve the breakthrough. This, following the announcement by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in January 2020 that Malawi had eliminated the disease as the second country in Africa, after Togo in 2017.

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Elephantiasis, which is classified as a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD), causes swelling and disfigurement and has left thousands of East Africans permanently disabled.

Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania were advancing rapidly towards eliminating the disease, until early 2020 when Covid-19 …

  • Africa’s death rates from COVID-19 infections are significantly higher in patients with diabetes
  • The disease causes inflammation and poor blood circulation, both of which increase the risk of complications, including death, from COVID-19
  • In addition to people with diabetes, the three most frequent underlying conditions included patients with HIV and hypertension

New data indicates that Africa’s sharp increase in diabetes is clashing with the COVID-19 pandemic and poor access to vaccines.

Africa’s death rates from COVID-19 infections are significantly higher in patients with diabetes, according to a preliminary analysis which the World Health Organization (WHO) presented today in advance of the World Diabetes Day on 14 November.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa said the COVID-19 pandemic will eventually subside, but Africa is projected in the coming years to experience the highest increase in diabetes globally.

“We must act now to prevent new cases, vaccinate people who have …

In the past decade, Kenya has made tremendous advancements in increasing access to modern methods of contraception.

However, this has significantly reduced in the past year and experts are linking this downward trajectory to the recent global pandemic.

“In Kenya, contraceptives use among women of reproductive health has been on an upward trajectory from 37.2 percent in 2017/18 to 44 percent in 2019/2020. This rate has declined to 29.6% in 2020/21, due to disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.(KHIS, 2021),” said Dr. Patrick Amoth the chairperson of the World Health Organisation (WHO) executive board.

Data from the Ministry of Health shows that the percentage of married women using modern methods of family planning has increased from 36% in 2007 to 61% currently. This has helped curb rapid population growth and drive development.

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“With the COVID-19 pandemic upending lives across the world, …

This is the message being emphasised by Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) as the world pushes for continuous usage of masks in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“As the pandemic continues to spread, we must fight against pandemic fatigue and continue masking to protect our friends, our families, our communities, and the world,” reads a statement from Africa CDC.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) every three weeks, the new  Delta variant cases keep doubling. This is not a good sign.  WHO data shows that a third wave has now been reported in 16 countries. This includes nine countries that are currently experiencing surging cases.

The World Health Organisation has classified each emerging variant as either a Variant of Concern (VOC) or a Variant of Interest (VOI). The Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta variants fall under Variants of Concern. Whereas the Eta, …

Johnson & Johnson has recalled five of its aerosol sunscreen products.

The firm announced on Wednesday that it would like to voluntarily recall all lots of five EUTROGENA® and AVEENO® aerosol sunscreen product lines to the consumer level.

“Internal testing identified low levels of benzene in some samples of the products. Consumers should stop using the affected products and follow the instructions set forth below.” The healthcare giant said in a statement.

What Benzene really is

According to an information kit from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), benzene is a chemical that is a colourless or light yellow liquid at room temperature. It has a sweet odour and is highly flammable.

CDC says that direct exposure of the eyes, skin, or lungs to benzene could cause tissue injury and irritation however, presenting with these signs and symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person has …

Tuberculosis and Malaria have been a thorn in the flesh of the country’s health sector.

This is why Amref Health Africa in Kenya has signed a Global Fund Tuberculosis and Malaria grant of Ksh 7.6 billion ($70,416,010).

The fund will be split into two portions: towards control of TB a total of (KES 5.6 billion) ($51,875,868) has been set aside, and to control Malaria (KES 1.8 billion) ($16,674,386) has been earmarked.

According to information from Amref, this is a 3-year project that is set to be implemented between the year 2021 and 2024 with the help of implementing partners.

Kenya’s ministry of health says that TB remains a global and national public health concern. Globally, 104 million people are infected with TB of which nearly 1.5 million die each year. In Kenya, TB is the fifth leading cause of death. In 2019, Kenya reported and treated 86,504 cases of TB …