Health News Week August 22-28

Marburg Virus Outbreak reported in West Africa

Africa must ramp up its surveillance and detection infrastructure in the light of an outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus in Ghana, public health leaders have warned.
Last month, Ghana recorded its first-ever Marburg outbreak after tests confirmed that two men had died from the disease.

UN report: Fight against HIV/AIDS slowed during the pandemic

A United Nations report is warning that progress in the global fight against HIV/AIDS has slowed as of late in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and emerging financial constraints in lower-income and middle-income countries.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) report, entitled “IN DANGER,” highlighted concerning trends across HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, deaths, and cases in different parts of the world.

Tanzania: TB Patients Have a Lower Quality of Life

Numerous researchers have documented the quality of life and mental health of specific population groups.
Examples include people living with HIV, the elderly, students, men who have sex with men, and pregnant women accessing health services. One review found that people with tuberculosis (TB) have a relatively high prevalence of depression.

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