United States Launches New Malaria Reduction Project in Uganda

By Musisi Yiga John Updated at 0000 EAT on 8th May 2022. The United States Mission in Uganda, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), launched yesterday a new project that aims to reduce malaria infections in Uganda by 50 percent over the next five years….

What is PEP.?

By Adam Bukenya updated at 1429 EAT on Tuesday 12 April 2022. Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, is a short course of HIV medicines taken very soon after a possible exposure to HIV to prevent the virus from taking hold in your body. PEP should be used only in emergency situations. It is not meant for regular use….

Billions of People Still Breathe Unhealthy Air: New WHO Data

By Musisi Yiga John Updated at 1104 EAT on 5th April 2022. Almost the entire global population (99%) breathes air that exceeds WHO air quality limits, and threatens their health. A record number of over 6000 cities in 117 countries are now monitoring air quality, but the people living in them are still breathing unhealthy…

Antibiotic Could Be Used As A ‘Last Line Of Defence’ Against Superbugs To Save Millions Of Lives From Drug-Resistant Infections, Study Suggests

By Musisi Yiga John @razzo_ug Updated at 2202 EAT on 29th March 2022. What you need to know? Scientists developed a new synthetic version of an antibiotic called teixobactin Teixobactin, found in the US in 2015, is the most promising antibiotic in decades  It is hoped it could help beat superbugs which are resistant to existing drugs  UK experts made…

HIV Prevention Ring Approved, But Next Steps Unclear

By Musisi Yiga John Updated at 1758 EAT on 29th March 2022. In a decision widely welcomed by civil society organisations, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) recently approved the use of the monthly dapivirine vaginal ring for women 18 years and older to reduce the risk of HIV infection. South Africa is…

Contraceptive pill for males is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

By Adam Bukenya updated on 1346 EAT After successful tests in mice, the researchers hope to begin human trials in the second half of the year. The medication could bring balance to the contraceptive burden, with fewer options available to men. A new birth control pill for males has been found to be 99% effective…

Research Links Kampala Vegetables and Milk to Cancer.

By Adam Bukenya Updated on 2020 EAT What you need to know: Researchers say the items  have concentrations of metals such as iron, cadmium, chromium, lead and nickel higher compared to WHO limits. Researchers at Makerere University have said they have detected worrying levels of cancer-causing agents in milk, vegetables and fruits from Kampala farmers….

Govt Confirms Outbreak Of Influenza Type A virus

By Musisi Yiga John Updated at 1435 EAT on 19th March 2022. The government yesterday said its investigations confirmed that the spike in flu and cough cases in the country has been triggered by a more severe influenza virus type A. Presenting a joint statement from the ministries of Health, and Education, Dr Joyce Moriku…