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Promoting health through the life course

Women may be less apt to get surgery in war-torn countries

A new study shows that Doctors Without Borders data on surgeries conducted in its humanitarian projects in 12 war-torn counties in Africa and the Middle East, between 2008 and 2014, saw surgery performed 69% of the time on men out of nearly 50,000 surgeries conducted. Dr Sherry Wren said it indicates that women are having less access to surgery in these countries. We may not have causality in the analysis but the hypothesis is we are looking at a societal judgement on how women are valued

April 17, 2017
Reuters, CBC News

Preparedness, surveillance and response

As Ebola outbreak grows, question of using vaccine becomes more urgent

As health officials and aid workers head to a remote corner of the DRC to respond to an outbreak of Ebola a key question remains: will the government authorize the use of a promising experimental vaccine? The vaccine had stunning results in a clinical trial in Guinea in 2015, but it has yet to be licensed for broader use. Science Insider spoke to Marie-Paul Kieny, a WHO assistant director who oversaw the agency’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa 2014-16 and asked her about whether the vaccine will be used

May 18, 2017

Guinea: Battling a large-scale measles epidemic

Less than a year after the official end of the Ebola outbreak, the Guinean health system continues to struggle. Since the beginning of the year there have been 3,468 confirmed cases and 14 deaths dues to measles in Guinea, with most cases in the Conakry and Nzérékoré districts

April 6, 2017
Doctors Without Borders

Health systems

Hospitals in South Sudan running out of drugs as crisis worsens

South Sudan is experiencing a severe shortage of drugs as a consequence of the civil war raging in the country since 2013 and the government’s shortage of funds. A doctor at the Juba Teaching Hospital said there was a shortage of essential items like cotton swabs, normal saline solution, syringes and antiseptics and this endangered many lives  

April 17, 2017
Daily Sabah
April 16, 2017
The Peninsular

Every year, Nigerians ‘spend $1bn’ on medical treatment abroad

Health experts in Nigeria said manpower, lack of facilities, literacy level, poverty, a lack of access to infrastructure and quality and safety issues all combine to undermine confidence in the country’s health system leading to those ‘with the financial resources’ and many policy makers to choose to seek medical treatment abroad. These experts said it was high-time Nigeria upgraded its healthcare skills base as a nation and it needed to sort out government policies which were confusing and often counterproductive

April 14, 2017
Cable Nigeria

Stigma and discrimination are neglected silent killers in Africa

The Kenyan media focuses on the recent case of Salome Karwah, Time Magazine Person of the Year 2014 for her part in the fight against Ebola in west Africa. In February this year Karwah died from childbirth complications in Liberia, staff initially refused to help her due to the stigma that still surrounds the disease 

March 22, 2017
Standard Media