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Curbing COVID-19 in Kenyan public transport

Nyeri, Kenya—With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Kenya more than a year after the pandemic’s arrival in the country, public health measures remain at the centre of the response.  In Nyeri, a town three hours north of Kenya’s capital Nairobi and the economic hub of Nyeri County, the local government recognized early that its citizens needed a deeper understanding of the importance of such measures and how to keep putting them into practice.

Zimbabwe launches typhoid conjugate vaccine

Over four million children in Zimbabwe have received a lifesaving new Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine . At the end of May, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care embarked on a 10-day multi-antigen vaccination drive aimed at children aged between 9 months and 15 years.

Boosting COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Nigeria

Abuja – With the slowing down of COVID-19 vaccine supplies to Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) is working with countries to optimize their available stocks to provide second doses for those who already received their first shots. In Nigeria’s capital Abuja, WHO is supporting the Federal Capital Territory Primary Health Care Development Board to ensure that all eligible people receive their second doses.

#SmokeFreeNollywood is fighting tobacco use in Nigerian films

Nigeria’s film industry, known as Nollywood, has been the world’s second-largest producer of films, behind India’s Bollywood. Around 2,000 films are made each year, and it employs an estimated one million people. It is the reach of Nigeria’s creativity through its films as well as its power to influence youths that triggered a campaign by the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) calling for the removal of the harmful glamorization of smoking and tobacco use in films.

A goalkeeper fighting tobacco in Senegal

Lamine Thiare, a well-known goalkeeper in Senegal and across West Africa, always reminds the young players he coaches about the dangers of tobacco.  “If you want to have a long career in sport, do not smoke!”, he tells young players again and again

Surviving cancer and helping others stay healthy

Conakry – Kadiatou Diallo feared she would not survive surgery to treat her cancer after she was diagnosed with the disease 12 years ago. Care provided at West Africa’s flagship Francophone Regional Centre for Training and Prevention of Gynaecological Cancers in Guinea’s capital Conakry has seen the 52-year-old Kadiatou overcome the cancer. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, essential health services such as cancer care and prevention have been disrupted across many countries in Africa.

Curbing Ebola outbreak in Guinea

Huge efforts have been made to curb the Ebola outbreak in Guinea. Building on experience and expertise gained in the 2014–2016 outbreak, Guinean health workers have been at the forefront of the response with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partner organizations.

Rolling out COVID-19 vaccines in Rwanda

Forty-eight hours after Rwanda received shipments of COVID-19 vaccines, vaccinations began in earnest, with high-risk population given priority. The country plans to vaccinate a third of the population in 2021 and double that figure next year.