For the first time, World Health Organization (WHO) has come up with a specific list of resistant bacteria that no longer respond to current antibiotics on the market. The WHO says that the bacteria causing Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), gonorrhea and food poisoning are some of bugs drawn from 12...
For the first time in 10 years, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has laid down a new strategy calling on governments to eliminate malaria. Eliminating malaria, according to experts, means a complete worldwide reduction to zero new cases of the disease through deliberate efforts. It’s different from eradication; which is the...
Some 1,500 people die annually from rabies in the United Republic of Tanzania alone, according to scientific estimates. Official numbers are lower, because many cases are not reported and not all reported cases appear in the official statistics. Most rabies victims are children and dog bites are the main path...
Cancer is on the rise in developing countries, where about 70 percent of all cancer deaths occur. Tanzania is no exception, with about 21 000 reported deaths from cancer in 2014 and 35 000 new cases each year. In spite of the emergence of cancer as a serious public health...
The demand and willingness to buy insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) could increase coverage in malaria-endemic areas in Tanzania, a new study by researchers from Tanzania and the United States says. In Tanzania, it is still challenging to achieve the WHO recommendation of every two household members having a bed net in...
By Marko Hingi and Josephat A Wangwe Before the era of smartphones, certain scenarios were unthinkable but now they are real. Imagine this. That a motor traffic accident occurs somewhere in the city and a 30-year old man is left lying in pain as he screams on the road; for...
For the first time, doctors at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in collaboration with foreign experts, have successfully performed kidney transplant surgery. The Hospital’s Senior Public Relations Officer, Mr Aminiel Algaesha has informed the media that the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Ummy Mwalimu is expected to...
  Those considered CRITICAL in terms of Research and Development for new antibiotics Pseudomonas aeruginosa, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, carbapenem-resistant, ESBL-producing Acinetobacter baumannii, carbapenem-resistant Six are considered to be of high priority: Enterococcus faecium, vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant, vancomycin-intermediate and resistant Helicobacter pylori, clarithromycin-resistant several species of Campylobacter, fluoroquinolone-resistant Salmonellae, fluoroquinolone-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae,...
Scientists at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) have found that the annual risk of Tuberculosis (TB) transmission is highest in prisons, followed by public transport vehicles-particularly among drivers in Dar es Salaam. They have adapted a method for identifying TB transmission hotpots in the city using a new technique that...
Member States of World Health Organization have elected an Ethiopian leader, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, 52, as the new Director-General of the WHO. Dr Tedros is a biologist who metamorphosed into a public health authority in his country and beyond. He is expected to begin his five-year term on 1...