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Paucity of funds denies health assistance to millions in Lake Chad Basin

Violence continues to devastate the lives and health of the millions of people in the Lake Chad Basin – an area covering north-east Nigeria and parts of Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The World Health Organization (WHO) and humanitarian partners are appealing for urgent funding to cope with profound health challenges in the sub-region.

Merck collaborates with African, Asian Universities on Diabetes

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Merck in collaboration with Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and Directorate of Medical Education & Research is introducing European Accredited Clinical Diabetes management for more than 5000 medical students in 18 medical colleges of Maharashtra University as part of Merck Capacity Advancement Program (CAP) in Africa and Asia.

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Cancer detection test can be faster

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A new test which can predict with 100 per cent accuracy whether a person will develop cancer up to 13 years in the future has been devised by scientists according to the online journal Ebiomedicine.

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Nigeria partners US on Ebola vaccine

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The Nigerian Ministry of Defence, in collaboration with the United States Department of Defence Military Medicine and Research has commenced research into vaccine against the dreaded Ebola Virus.

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Researchers design future vaccine for tuberculosis

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Researchers from Biomedical Capacities Support Program (BIOCAPS) are collaborating with scientists from seven countries to design a future vaccine against one of the most persistent diseases worldwide, an infectious disease that provokes one death every 24 seconds: Tuberculosis.

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New malaria vaccine candidates identified

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Researchers from Kenya Medical Research Institute and Sanger Institute have discovered new vaccine targets that could help in the battle against malaria.

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West African ministers agree on action to end Ebola

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The Emergency Ministerial meeting on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has ended with Health Ministers agreeing on a range of priority actions to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The scale of the ongoing outbreak is unprecedented with reports of over 750 cases and 445 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since March 2014.

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West African nations in emergency talks on Ebola

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Health ministers from across western Africa are currently meeting in Accra, Ghana to plan “drastic action” against the deadliest ever Ebola epidemic as dozens of new cases continue to emerge.

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New diagnosis hope for childhood TB in Africa

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TB is very difficult to diagnose in children and is often recognised late when the child is already critically ill and the disease has spread from the lungs to the brain or other organs. Now an international team of researchers has shown that the disease can be identified in over 80 percent of cases by looking at 51 specific genes in the blood of affected children.

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Mobile phone data assists in the fight against malaria

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An international study led by the University of Southampton and the National Vector-borne Diseases Control Programme (NVDCP) in Namibia has used mobile phone data to help combat malaria more effectively.

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