WHO issues warning on falsified medicines used for diabetes treatment and weight loss

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a medical product alert on falsified semaglutides, the type of medicines that are used for treatment of type 2 diabetes and obesity in some countries. The alert addresses 3 falsified batches of product of semaglutide class of medicines (of specific brand Ozempic), which have been detected in Brazil in October 2023,…

Experts urge government on scaling up of new preventive measures as Uganda’s response for HIV

By Malik Jjingo In efforts to end the spread of HIV by 2030, researchers have called upon the government to support the increased uptake of new innovations that have been proved to be effective in protecting people against contracting the HIV virus. Preventive measures such us PrEP medicine (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) and Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP),…

Landmark Trial in South Africa and Uganda Finds Twice Yearly HIV Prevention Injection Safe and Highly Effective

AVAC welcomes the groundbreaking results of the PURPOSE 1 HIV prevention study among adolescent girls and young women in South Africa and Uganda. Preliminary safety and efficacy results were reported today by Gilead Sciences, the developer of the lenacapavir, one of the HIV prevention drugs that was being studied in the trial. An independent data…

Uganda Nurses and Midwifery Examinations Board to Implement Plagiarism Checks for Nursing and Midwifery Reports

The Uganda Nurses and Midwifery Examinations Board (UNMEB) has announced plans to introduce plagiarism testing on all nursing and midwifery reports to combat academic dishonesty. Helen Mukakarisa Kataratambi, the board’s Executive Secretary, revealed this initiative, highlighting a concerning trend of applicants submitting duplicate work or copying earlier submissions. “The purpose of this proactive measure is…

In Benin, the disappearance of mangroves is threatening human health

Mangroves mitigate the effects of floods and tidal waves, and also aid in curbing vector-borne diseases like malaria. They’re also vanishing. 10 June 2024 by Edna Fleure  In Togbin Adouko, a fishing village just a few kilometres from the port city of Cotonou, residents have learned to deeply value mangroves. Gérald Djikpessè, the community area’s manager,…