Uganda: Addressing the lack of access to sanitary pads is key for promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights

Justine Lumumba Kasule, the Minister in charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister – OPM, expressed profound apologies to the nation for the government’s failure to fulfill its promise of providing free sanitary pads to girls across the country. The provision of free sanitary pads was a presidential pledge outlined in…

Walking the talk of Community Action for Climate Change adaptation in Uganda

By Esther Nakkazi On October 24th, in Kampala, the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) unveiled a consensus study on climate change titled “Approaches to Realizing Community Action for Climate Change Adaptation in Uganda.” This study delves into the various experiences related to community action for climate change adaptation. The launch event featured examples illustrating…

Goalkeepers Report: Seven Innovations Could Save 2 Million Mothers and Babies by 2030

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has just unveiled its seventh annual Goalkeepers Report, which illuminates the world’s collective shortcomings as we reach the midpoint in our pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also highlights the potential for innovation and investment to drive progress, especially in combating the global crisis of…

 AI-Supported Mammography Screening Shows Promising Results in Swedish Trial

A groundbreaking interim safety analysis of the first randomized trial investigating the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in a national breast cancer screening program has revealed encouraging results. The trial, conducted in Sweden with over 80,000 women, demonstrated that AI-supported screening detected 20% more cancers compared to routine double reading of mammograms by two breast…

The Union releases clinical standards for diagnosis and management of TB Adverse Effects

A panel of 65 global experts has identified eight clinical standards for the management of adverse effects during treatment for tuberculosis (TB). Adverse effects to TB treatment can lead to morbidity, mortality, and treatment interruption. In collaboration with the panel representing major societies, associations, and groups active in the TB field, the authors of the…

ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE: A PATIENT SAVED BY BACTERIOPHAGES

A multidisciplinary team from the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) has achieved a significant milestone in the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. They successfully used bacteriophages, which are natural viruses that specifically target bacteria, to treat a patient with a chronic bacterial lung infection caused by a multidrug-resistant strain of…

Sickle cell disease—global mortality burden is nearly 11 times higher than recorded says Lancet study

The Lancet study on sickle cell disease (SCD) presents some significant findings regarding its global impact. The study reveals that the number of people living with SCD worldwide has increased by 41.4%, from 5.46 million in 2000 to 7.74 million in 2021. This indicates a substantial rise in the prevalence of the disease. Importantly, the…