Low-and-middle-income countries have made significantly less progress than high-income countries in implementing hand hygiene and infection prevention programmes that can stop deadly diseases, from diarrhoea to COVID-19, according to a recent A World Health Organization survey of 88 countries.  And one in four health care facilities in poorer countries do not have basic water services […] Continue reading ->
In commemoration of World Chagas Disease Day, Unitaid and the Brazilian Ministry of Health launched a $19 million initiative to expand access to affordable diagnostics and treatments for women and newborns in four Latin American countries where Chagas disease is endemic – Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, and Paraguay.  Transmitted by the blood-sucking triatomine bug called Trypanosoma […] Continue reading ->
A recent trial of ivermectin, a mainstay treatment for the parasitic disease onchocerciasis for the past three decades, has failed to show significant impacts against COVID-19, a new study,  published in JAMA, reports. The study by a group of researchers in Cali, Colombia found that the use of the antiparitic drug, typically used to treat onchocersiasis  […] Continue reading ->
A recent doctoral study at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa has shown that hospital-based intervention could help address the tuberculosis hospital reporting gap. The university said there were many children with tuberculosis that didn’t receive the necessary treatment because of challenges with diagnosis and reporting. “In South Africa, thousands […] Continue reading ->