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Barré-Sinoussi & Montagnier: Discovering the Cause of AIDS | Heroes of Progress | Ep. 10

Video | Health & Medical Care

Barré-Sinoussi & Montagnier: Discovering the Cause of AIDS | Heroes of Progress | Ep. 10

Without Barre-Sinoussi and Montagnier’s contributions, humanity’s crusade against AIDS would not be as advanced or successful as it is today.

Read the full article about Barré-Sinoussi and Montagnier here.

AllAfrica | Health & Demographics

Rwanda on Track to Achieve Zero Malaria in 2030

“Rwanda Biomedical Center has announced that it targets to achieve ‘zero malaria’ in 2023 following a significant decline in the infection-related cases, according to officials….

Dr. Jean Louis Ndikumana Mangara, Director of Malaria Prevention Unit at Rwanda Biomedical Center, points out that a decrease of approximately 85 percent has been observed since 2016.”

From AllAfrica.

BBC | Vaccination

US Approves First Shot against Mosquito-Borne Virus

“The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the world’s first vaccine for chikungunya, which it sees as an ’emerging global health threat.’ The mosquito-borne disease causes fever and joint pains and can be fatal to newborns.

The FDA’s approval is expected to speed up the vaccine’s global rollout.  This year, about 440,000 chikungunya cases, including 350 deaths, have been reported as of September.”

From BBC.

World Health Organization | Communicable Disease

Bangladesh Achieves Milestone by Eliminating Kala-Azar

“Kala-azar, the most severe form of leishmaniasis, is a life-threatening disease caused by Leishmania spp. parasites transmitted by infected female phlebotomine sandflies. It affects the most disadvantaged rural communities, among whom poverty, poor housing conditions, malnutrition, genetic factors and other infectious diseases are major risk factors. Kala-azar leads to symptoms such as fever, weight loss, spleen and liver enlargement, and, if left untreated, can prove fatal in over 95% of cases.

Bangladesh was successfully validated by WHO based on the fact that the number of reported cases of visceral leishmaniasis was below 1 per 10 000 population in each of the country’s subdistricts for at least 3 consecutive years.”

From World Health Organization.