Biovac signs tech transfer agreement for Cholera vaccine production

Biovac, a South African based Bio-pharmaceutical company has concluded a ground-breaking licensing and technology transfer agreement with the South Korean International Vaccine Institute (IVI) for the manufacture of an oral cholera vaccine (OCV). This is one of the remaining steps in the vaccine manufacturing value chain that is currently missing across the African vaccine manufacturing…

Eastern region missing over 5000 mostly men HIV positive but yet to be enrolled on treatment

By Steven Enatu Over 5000 people HIV positive persons living in Soroti district are not on anti-retroviral drugs says Dr. Baker Bakashaba the Taso Soroti Region project manager. Most of these are young people aged of 20-39 years, majority of them male and who occasionally visit health facilities.  He revealed this at the 16th annual center…

The Lancet: Improving road safety measures could save half a million lives every year worldwide

New global and country-level estimates suggest that routinely wearing helmets and seat-belts, obeying speed limits and avoiding drunk-driving could save between 347,000 and 540,000 lives worldwide every year. In addition, improving post-crash emergency response, trauma care, and clinical interventions to control haemorrhage and early resuscitation could save up to 200,000 lives a year in low-…

Let’s talk food insecurity and why: US and Russia officials in Uganda

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Thomas Greenfield Linda has said her visit to Uganda this week is aimed at having a conversation with African countries on how to overcome the skyrocketing food prices. Greenfield Linda’s visit comes at the heels of Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov who visited uganda recently. But she says…

US Centre for Disease Control Investment in Uganda Worthwhile says Walensky

After a three day visit, Director of U.S, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC, Dr. Rochelle Walensky says there has been a return on investment to Uganda’s health sector. The CDC also committed to continue to support Uganda’s efforts to scale up border health systems. Dr. Walensky was at the CDC offices inside Uganda Virus Research Institute…

Doxycycline significantly reduces risk of STIs after condomless sex by 65%

Taking 200mg of doxycycline within 72 hours of condomless sex significantly reduces the risk of gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis among men who have sex with men and trans women. Among those randomized to take doxycycline, 65% fewer were diagnosed with an STI each quarter than those not taking doxycycline.  The DoxyPEP study found that participants in…

Results came back negative from South Africa laboratory of suspected monkeypox samples from Uganda

Monkeypox samples from 24 suspected cases have been deemed negative, according to the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).  The samples were taken to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases in South Africa to South Africa following an outbreak of the disease in more than 80 countries in the world. Uganda does not have reagents that…