Health

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    The African Governance Report, produced by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, is a rich source of information on the continent’s governance challenges. It analyses the progress that has been made in the implementation of Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the Global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Both agendas have overlapping goals, and the report analyses, sector by sector, Africa’s readiness for both agendas. Read on
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    The annual gathering of the African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) was held from 16-17 September in Lomé, Togo. Some 40 cross-border practitioners and experts analysed dynamics of border cities to shed more light on how the border setting shapes urban forms, livelihoods and aesthetics. The SWAC Secretariat presented key findings from Africapolis, a geospatial database on cities and urbanisation dynamics in Africa, and presented its analytical work on border cities. Read on
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    Within the African Investment Forum, the African Development Bank launched a new digital platform to better connect private sector representatives and potential sponsors with investment opportunities in Africa. The database has a bilingual interface and provides information on private and public-private partnership projects, investment opportunities in Africa as well as many other investment support services, trainings, guidelines and tips. Read on
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    Nigeria accounts for 80% of the health infrastructure in West Africa. There are some 830 health establishments located less than 20 km from a land border, leading to the development of cross-border health care. The gaps in the medical infrastructure are particularly visible along the Niger-Nigeria border (Katsina Maradi or Birnin Kebbi‑Dosso). Closer collaboration between border cities could facilitate the development of cross-border health facilities and better meet needs of the region as a whole. Read on
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    Anaemia is reaching extremely high levels in the Sahel and West Africa. Fourteen countries in the region have a prevalence of over 40% (severe) among women of reproductive age. Twelve West African countries feature among the twenty countries with the highest prevalence in the world. Globally, the prevalence of anaemia reduced between 1995 and 2011, from 33% to 29% among non-pregnant women and from 43% to 38% among pregnant women. Read on
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    The 2018 Mo Ibrahim Forum Report paints a very poor picture of the state of Africa’s public services. The reports covers a variety of sectors -- from safety and security, health, education, climate change to justice -- and illustrates these issues with facts and figures. Nearly all African governments fail to deliver essential public services to their citizens; the demand for quality services is quickly rising, particularly in urban settings. A majority of African citizens are in favour of paying for public services. Read on
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    Only one out of every five Senegalese people has health coverage. Enabel, the Belgian Development Agency, is helping the government of Senegal put in place a health insurance system in the departments of Koungheul (160 000 inhabitants) and Foundiougne (280 000 inhabitants). Several pilot programmes are testing a flat-rate payment system. Read on
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    “Health systems in Africa are rapidly developing and the fourth Industrial Revolution in healthcare could take hold,” writes Patrice Matchaba from Novartis in a blog post on the World Economic Forum’s website. African countries have an opportunity to develop a strong preventive approach by conducting, for example, massive high-tech driven campaigns against parasitic diseases, malaria chemoprophylaxis and prophylactic antiretroviral medication to prevent HIV infection. Read on
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    During a courtesy visit to the new Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, the Director General of the ECOWAS West African Health Organisation (WAHO), Dr. Xavier Crespin, called on Ghana’s head of state to make the country a leader in pharmaceutical production in West Africa. This appeal is part of WAHO’s ambition to double the amount of medications produced in the region, which is only about 25% today. Read on
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    The 2014 Ebola epidemic cost the lives of more than 11 000 West Africans. Researchers now have developed a vaccine that they consider to offer 100% protection against the disease. A trial involving nearly 12 000 people was conducted by the WHO and partners in Guinea. No Ebola cases were recorded 10 days or more after vaccination of nearly 6 000 people who received the new vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV. Read on

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