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WHO Identifies Ethiopia as a Hotspot for Hepatitis B

WHO Identifies Ethiopia as a Hotspot for Hepatitis B

Ethiopia has been identified as one of the hotspots for Hepatitis B, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The organization has highlighted Ethiopia among the nations where liver diseases are proliferating. This revelation came to light during the recent World Liver Disease Conference held in Portugal. Recent data collected from 187 countries reveals a troubling trend: the estimated number of deaths from viral hepatitis has risen from 1.1 million in 2019 to 1.3 million in 2022. Of these fatalities, 83% were attributed to hepatitis B, while 17% were linked to hepatitis C. Shockingly, on a daily basis, 3500 individuals…
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Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Louds Ethiopia’s Success

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Louds Ethiopia’s Success

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is commending Ethiopia for its achievement in reducing tobacco consumption through the implementation of stringent laws. Ethiopia has emerged as one of Africa's success stories in combating the prevalence of cigarette smoking. Ethiopia's proactive measures to amend its laws and minimize the population of cigarette smokers have garnered praise from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Bintou Camara, Regional Director of Africa Programs for the organization, hailed Ethiopia's success as a testament to the strength of unity and political will in safeguarding public health. Camara emphasized that Ethiopia's progress should serve as an inspiration for other…
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20+ Ethiopian Hospitals Treats Cleft Lip & Palate in Children

20+ Ethiopian Hospitals Treats Cleft Lip & Palate in Children

According to international studies, in Ethiopia, more than 3,000 children are born with cleft lip and palate annually. Over two decades ago, Smile Train, an organization dedicated to supporting children with cleft lip and palate, initiated its operations in Ethiopia. This endeavor, in collaboration with Life Box, another international health institution, aims to deliver safe surgical services. Together with a local organization called Team Cleft, they provide crucial training to medical professionals responsible for treating children with cleft lip and palate. Dr. Bethel Mulgeta, the manager of the Smile Train East Africa program, oversees operations involving over 20 private and…
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Ethiopia prohibits sperm donations

Ethiopia prohibits sperm donations

Ethiopia has recently taken a stance against sperm donations, sparking controversy following a report from the Tigray region suggesting otherwise. The report highlighted the possibility for men to donate sperm and women to donate eggs, with a medical institution in Mekele, Tigray, and offering compensation of 10,000 birr for sperm donors and 30,000 birr for egg donors, as reported by BBC Amharic. The institution in Mekele commenced treatments aimed at assisting individuals facing infertility issues, outlining specific criteria for participation. However, this news quickly spread across social media platforms, prompting the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia to address the matter.…
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Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute Initiates new TB vaccine

Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute Initiates new TB vaccine

A large Phase 3 trial will evaluate whether the M72/AS01E vaccine candidate can protect adolescents and adults from pulmonary tuberculosis Clinical trial site at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, is first of up to 60 sites in seven countries The M72/AS01E vaccine candidate could be the first new TB vaccine in 100 years if proven effective The Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute (Gates MRI) today announced that a Phase 3 clinical trial to assess the efficacy of the M72/AS01E tuberculosis (TB) vaccine candidate is now underway, with first doses given in South Africa, where TB takes a…
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Global Health Organizations Rally to Close Critical Gap in Surgical Safety

Global Health Organizations Rally to Close Critical Gap in Surgical Safety

In a significant move to improve safety for millions of people undergoing surgery each year, the world’s largest cleft-focused organization, Smile Train, and the safer surgery global nonprofit, Lifebox, have come together to urge health care systems and equipment standard guidelines, including those set by the World Health Organization (WHO) globally, to include a capnograph as an essential anesthesia monitoring equipment for safer surgery. Demonstrating their commitment to closing the global capnography gap, Smile Train this week announced they would be donating additional capnographs valued at over $300,000 to their partner hospitals around the world. This brings Smile Train’s total commitment to delivering capnography to well…
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HIV/AIDS Prevalence Getting Worse in Tigray Region, Ethiopia

HIV/AIDS Prevalence Getting Worse in Tigray Region, Ethiopia

The Tigray Region of Ethiopia faces a dire situation as HIV/AIDS prevalence worsens, exacerbated by critical shortages of children's co-morbidity medicine and HIV test kits. The Tigray Region Health Office highlighted the scarcity of essential supplies amidst the current challenges in the region. Mr. Fisiha Birhane, the coordinator of HIV prevention and control at the Tigray Regional Health Bureau, emphasized a stark contrast in health performance over the past three years. Previously, there was more effective management of HIV/AIDS prevalence and related services. However, the landscape has deteriorated significantly. Mr. Birhane attributed the worsening spread of HIV to increased vulnerability…
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One Million Life-Saving Vaccine Doses Administered to Horn of Africa children

One Million Life-Saving Vaccine Doses Administered to Horn of Africa children

One million doses of life-saving vaccines have been successfully administered to children across Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa (HoA) region, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to combat disease and improve healthcare access in fragile and conflict-affected areas. The collaboration between Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been instrumental in reaching children who previously had no access to vaccinations. This initiative has addressed the critical need for healthcare services in regions where government health systems face challenges in reaching remote and conflict-affected communities. The Zero-Dose Immunization Programme (ZIP), led by Gavi and…
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World Vision allocates $1.7 billion to end child hunger in Africa

World Vision allocates $1.7 billion to end child hunger in Africa

World Vision has allocated $1.7 billion to combat child hunger in Africa, where approximately 342 million people suffer from severe food insecurity, constituting one-third of the global severely food insecure population. Within Africa, a staggering fifth of the population, amounting to 278 million individuals, faces undernourishment. Shockingly, 55 million children under the age of five in Africa suffer from stunted growth due to severe malnutrition. This crisis underscores the urgent need for intervention. World Vision International has launched the ENOUGH campaign to address the escalating hunger crisis across the continent. The campaign, spanning three years, aims to enhance the nutritional…
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Twenty Ethiopian opal miners trapped underground in Delanta, Amhara

Twenty Ethiopian opal miners trapped underground in Delanta, Amhara

Twenty Ethiopian opal miners are trapped underground in Delanta, sparking a desperate rescue effort in the South Wolo Delanta area of the Amhara region. The incident occurred in the Alehuat area of South Wolo Zone's Delanta District 018 Kebele, where a group of young miners found themselves trapped beneath the earth while extracting opal. According to Mr. Eyasu Yohanes, the head of the communication department of the zone government, the trapped miners, comprised of 20 youths organized into an association for opal extraction, had their exit blocked by rocks during their nighttime excavation. The local community has since rallied together,…
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