New computational technique reveals changes to lung function post COVID-19 infection

As a respiratory disease, COVID-19 infection mainly affects the lungs. While most people recover completely, a significant number of individuals experience symptoms that can persist for weeks or months post COVID infection, sometimes referred to as ‘long-COVID’. It remains unclear whether these symptoms are associated with any long-term damage that reduces the function of the…

Global COVID-19 response abandoned people in lower-income countries, says report

A litany of issues preventing people in low and middle-income countries from accessing COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments have been misrepresented as vaccine hesitancy, according to new report from Matahari Global Solutions, the People’s Vaccine Alliance, and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC). Researchers studying communities in fourteen low and middle income countries and territories…

MUWRP researchers start study on HIV Cure

Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) is in collaboratory network with other researchers to find a cure for HIV. An HIV cure includes both remission and eradication. Remission is the durable control of virus in the absence of any ongoing antiretroviral therapy (ART). Eradication is the complete removal of intact and rebound-competent virus. Under the HOPE Collaboratory Network, MUWRP…

Building trust in health through dialogue

In November last year the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) released a report Trust in Our Nation: Building Effective Governance and Partnership Systems for National Development. The report said in Ugandan development context, it is easy to be suspicious and cynical of one another’s motives and behaviours, a situation which is not surprising due to a…

An integrated approach of cervical cancer and schistosomiasis treatment and care present opportunities towards elimination

By Esther Nakkazi  Initiating an integrated approach for cervical cancer and Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS) for affected women and girls presents an opportunity towards the World Health Organization (WHO) elimination target over the next decade.  The WHO targets to eliminate transmission of cervical cancer by 2030 and its policy brief on deworming adolescent girls and…

Defeating leukaemia cells by depriving them of energy – Animal study

A Swiss-French team from Inserm, in France that includes University of Geneva (UNIGE) scientists has discovered how to trigger apoptosis in leukaemia cells by disrupting their energy maintenance mechanism. The previously unknown mechanism could lead to the development of new therapies for treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia, which affects blood and bone marrow cells, a particularly dangerous form of cancer.…