AU Endorses Roadmap to Eliminate Malaria By 2030

AU Endorses Roadmap to Eliminate Malaria By 2030

African leaders have endorsed the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 during the 27th AU Summit in Kigali. The framework outlines a pathway to “eliminate malaria incidence and mortality, and prevent its transmission and reestablishment in all countries by 2030.” Through building Africa-wide consensus, the leaders have charted a pathway to malaria elimination. According to the press release current AU Chairperson Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno, AIDS Watch Africa and of African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) urged leaders to redouble their efforts to…

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Ethiopia to throw away 69 million ‘poor quality’ condoms

Ethiopia to throw away 69 million ‘poor quality’ condoms

Ethiopia has decided to throw away 69 million condoms paid for by international donors to fight the spread of AIDS because they are extremely ‘poor quality’. The country’s Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA) bought the condoms in a $2million (£1.38million) contract from an Indian company. The agency’s director Meskele Lera said said they were taking action to get the suppliers to ‘reimburse the money and cover all costs in the discarding process’. The condoms were paid for by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria but failed…

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Africa Starts Its Own Disease Control Agency

Africa Starts Its Own Disease Control Agency

Flashing dots on a computer screen caught the eye of Kesete Admasu when he was touring the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta in 2012. The lights were blinking over a satellite image of eastern Africa, and Admasu, Ethiopia’s minister of health, asked what they represented. It was an outbreak of hepatitis E in South Sudan, a country that shares a border with Ethiopia. Admasu wasn’t aware of an outbreak so close to home, not even one that had sickened almost 4,000 people. “Why do I have…

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Construction for the National Blood Transfusion Service Center launched

Construction for the National Blood Transfusion Service Center launched

Ethiopian Minister of Health Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu and USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller led a groundbreaking ceremony in Addis Ababa on May4th, to kick off construction for the National Blood Transfusion Service Center. The new center will provide the Ministry of Health with additional capacity to receive donations, screen and process blood products, and distribute life-saving products to serve approximately 26 million Ethiopians. The 5,300 square meter facility will house the administrative headquarters for blood transfusion services, providing a permanent home for offices, training, meetings, and document storage. One of…

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