Category Archives: Global health

Many young African women with HIV unaware they are infected

Study across seven sub-Saharan countries shows less than half of young women carrying the virus were aware they had the disease

Less than half of young women with HIV in seven southern and east African countries are aware they are infected, according to a wide-ranging study.

The incidence of HIV infection among 15- to 24-year-old women in Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe is currently around 3.6% – some 1.5 million young and adolescent women – with an infection rate almost double that of their male counterparts.

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Rwanda becomes first poor country to provide eye care for all

In a country where a third of people have sight problems, specialist nurses have visited all 15,000 villages as part of a life-changing project

Rwanda has become the first low-income country to provide universal eye care for its 12 million population.

The government has partnered with the organisation Vision for a Nation (VFAN) to train more than 3,000 eye care nurses based in 502 local health centres, prescribing glasses and referring those with serious eye problems to national clinics. Nurses have visited each of Rwanda’s 15,000 villages.

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Doctors in Uganda warn ‘crisis level’ blood shortage is putting lives at risk

Government urged to increase funding as hospitals are forced to cancel operations and health ministry launches push for donors

Uganda is grappling with a critical shortage of blood that is affecting services and putting patients’ lives at risk.

The health ministry’s blood bank facility in the capital, Kampala, which stores and distributes supplies to hospitals, is practically empty. It has just 150 units of blood remaining, not enough to meet requirements on an average day in the city.

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