Africa Health July 2017



Shima’s Opinion: Malaria vaccine on clinical trial. Huge logistic and financial challenges remain before malaria is eliminated, but Shima Gyoh is heartened at the advent of clinical trails of a vaccine-albeit one that requires six injections and provides protection of only around 60%. Shima Gyoh


Francis’ Opinion: The 70th World Health Assembly turns the focus back to integrated Primary Health Care. Three reasons for optimism from the WHA are highlighted by Francis Omaswa. The election of Dr. Tedros as Director-General of the World Health Organization; the return to the principles of Alma Atta for PHC; and Zambia’s innovative leadership on surgical care. Francis Omaswa


Newsdesk: A round-up of news including: World Health Assembly elects Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new WHO Director-General; Maternal and baby heath, scout for the best care available; Boosting clinical trials in Africa

Asymptomatic malaria

Asymptomatic malaria: Asymptomatic and submicroscopic malaria: the danger in the cases we don’t see. Prof. William R Brieger

eHealth case study

eHealth case study: Meningitis outbreak response: how a mobile laboratory helps save lives. Natalya Nepomnyashcha


Pharmaceutical: Redoubling efforts to transform the African pharmaceutical industry. Margareth Ndomondo-Sigonda

Medicine Publishing

Medicine Publishing: Breathlessness and cough in the acute setting. Ben G Marshall, Veronica White, Jo Loveridge

The shocked patient. Craig Prescott, Stuart Ruff

Medical complications of surgery: an orthogeriatrician’s perspective. Mark A Baxter

(These articles are reproduced by kind permission of Medicine Publishing Copyright 2017 Published by Elsevier Ltd)

Clinical Review

Clinical Review: Pharmacy; Public Health

Medicine Digest

Medicine Digest: Obs & Gyn; Gastroenterology; Respiratory; Paediatrics; Cardiovascular

CPD Challenge

CPD Challenge: Test yourself on the articles appearing in this edition of Africa Health. Answers on page 39.

Clinical Quiz

Clinical Quiz: Topical treatments. Answers on page 34.


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