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…

A few countries have signed agreements for pediatric doses and deliveries says UNICEF

By HEJNU Children are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in an increasing number of countries. However, only a small number of countries have reached agreements for pediatric doses and deliveries are still small-scale. 94 countries have approved one or more vaccines for children above the age of 12 years, 53 countries approved vaccines for children between…

Africa has zero access to monkeypox vaccines; US has 60 doses per case reported

The U.S. holds nearly 80% of the Jynneos vaccine used to fight monkeypox, despite having only 35% of the global monkeypox cases, even as many countries go without access to any doses, according to a Public Citizen analysis of public records estimates released today. African countries where monkeypox is endemic, including the Democratic Republic of…

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…

COVID-19 pandemic triggered digital technology-based solutions

By HEJNU Digital technology plays a vital role in protecting medical personnel by limiting direct contact with patients, disinfecting controlled environments and disseminating public health and emergency messages. These digital technology-based solutions were triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic to an unprecedented levels demanding for in screening populations, tracking infections and minimizing direct human contact. “COVID-19…

Integrate treatment of HIV/AIDS and NCDs at public health facilities researchers say

By Malik Fahad Jjingo Research shows that the integration of the management of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and HIV/AIDS care in public health facilities are acceptable and beneficial to both patients and healthcare providers.  The integration would also save time and resources for both parties.  Research conducted by the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit at…

An integrated strategy to address NCDs at primary healthcare facilities unveiled

To tackle the burden of chronic and severe noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) a strategy to address management of severe NCDs at first-level referral health facilities has been unveiled. The Package of Essential Noncommunicable Disease Interventions-Plus (PEN-Plus) strategy builds on the WHO-PEN for integrated detection, diagnosis, treatment and care of non-communicable diseases at primary health care facilities. It was…