Health mobile apps are coming of age

For a few months in 2016 community health workers working with children in northern Malawi had a helping hand. A smartphone app led them through a standard protocol of examinations helping to boost both the accuracy of diagnoses, as well as their confidence. They told researchers they liked the app…

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Boosting pediatric hematology-oncology specialists

The East African Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Training Program at Makerere University College of Health Sciences has graduated its first class of graduates building on the critical mass of pediatric hematology-oncology specialists to independently provide effective, evidence-based pediatric cancer and hematology care in the Afrikan setting. The four physicians…

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Cutting malaria deaths by 96% in Zambia

A suppository form of the common antimalarial artesunate has dramatically cut child deaths from severe malaria in a trial in rural Zambia, one of the organisations behind the programme has said. According to the WHO’s world malaria report published in 2017, Zambia's entire population of nearly 17 million people…

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This vaccine has cut infant diarrhea deaths by a third in Malawi

Rotavirus vaccination reduced infant diarrhea deaths by 34% in rural Malawi, a region with high levels of child deaths. Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhoeal disease among infants and young children. Despite improvements in sanitation and case management, rotavirus still caused 215,000 child deaths in 2013, with…

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