One dark night, James Kimeu Mulei had a nasty encounter. The sixty-year old Kenyan man fell victim to a violent attack in which he sustained a broken ankle and was unable to walk. A few years ago, the story might have ended there: with an elderly man permanently crippled and unable to work. But because James has access to affordable health insurance he is on the road to recovery. After the attack, his son brought him to the hospital, which is easily accessible from his village. His leg was x-rayed, it was put in a cast and he was given medication and an appointment for a follow-up visit three weeks later.
A workshop on implementation of exercise prescription in Mauritius was held on 03 December 2018 at Gold Crest Hotel, Quatre Bornes. Dr Anwar Husnoo, the Minister of Health and Quality of Life in his speech, reiterated the government strong commitment to fight the NCD scourge. The latter, he stated, is accentuated by the low levels of physical activity in the Mauritian population with only 23% of the adult population meeting the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations of 150 weekly minutes of physical activity and only 19% of the secondary school students engaged in regular physical activities. He welcomed the excellent joint collaborative initiative of his Ministry and the Ministry of Youth and Sports to address physical inactivity which is the 4th leading risk factor for death worldwide. He elaborated on the myriad health and social benefits of regular physical activity. Speaking about the measure to implement physical activity prescription in Mauritius, the Minister pointed out that this will represent a paradigm shift in the way patients receive treatment and will contribute a lot in reducing the public health care burden.
Tanzania is the first confirmed country in Africa to achieve a well-functioning, regulatory system for medical products according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This means that the Tanzania Food and Drug authority (TFDA) has made considerable improvements in recent years in ensuring medicines in the healthcare system are of good quality, safe and produce the intended health benefit.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 3rd December, 2018: Ethiopia launched the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine today. The launch was held at Tesfa Kokeb Primary School in Lideta Sub-city of Addis Ababa and the Ministry of Health plans to vaccinate over one million girls who are 14 years of age. The vaccine will primarily be delivered through a school-based approach to reach all eligible girls in both private and public schools. Out of school girls will be able to access the vaccine at any health facility in all 9 regions and the two city administrations of the country.