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Meningitis, malaria and malnutrition are the biggest health challenges for the Sahel region – a geographical area just below the Sahara desert that encompasses portions of 10 African countries. In January, the Epicentre Medical Day in Niamey, Niger, brought together researchers, public health experts and government officials to discuss best practices and ongoing issues for the country and the Sahel region. Epicentre Africa serves as the research and training arm of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF),… [Read more]

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The rising threat of antibiotics resistance in the Sub-Saharan Africa region is making interventions at policy and medical levels urgent, scientists say. According to Céline Langendorf, an epidemiologist with the Epicentre, MSF, “More and more patients die because of ineffective antibiotics. The entire population, including healthprofessionals, must become aware of this problem and rationalise the use of antibiotics to prevent the spread of these [antibiotic-resistant] bacteria.” “This is not only a… [Read more]

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The Elsevier Foundation provides a three-year $300,000 grant to MSF/Epicentre’s Niger Research Center Amsterdam, October 25, 2016 Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and renowned international humanitarian-aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), have agreed to cooperate in fighting the root causes of some of Africa’s most vexing health challenges, including diarrhea and infectious diseases, which leave millions of people dying… [Read more]

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An Elsevier Foundation partnership will provide $300,000, while Elsevier provides access to critical products and services Can a new heat-resistant vaccine for rotavirus save the lives of half a million children per year? Rotavirus is a highly infectious disease causing severe dehydration, diarrhoea and death. The good news is that it’s highly preventable and there are vaccines. But these vaccines must be kept below 8°C — a tall… [Read more]