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Congo boosts COVID-19 fight with community testing

COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in the Republic of the Congo in recent weeks, prompting the authorities to ramp up control measures. A community screening campaign, with the support of World Health Organization (WHO), is underway in hotspot locations involving mobile health teams visiting communities to trace contacts of known COVID-19 cases, relay public health information and see that those who test positive receive treatment at home or referred to health facilities. The campaign kicked off on 25 October and runs for 10 weeks.

No-cost diabetes care saving young lives in Kenya

Tala, Kenya — Four years ago 15-year-old Simon Maingi was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, but only after several hospital visits. Many children with this condition, which requires daily insulin administration to survive, die before they are diagnosed, says Zacharia Ndegwa Muriuki, the head of Kenya’s National Diabetes Prevention Control Programme.

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.

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

#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.