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  1. Content Article
    Aminata* didn’t plan to become pregnant at 15. When her mum died, she was sent to live with her aunty in the country’s capital city, Freetown, and felt from the outset that she was not welcome. Her cousins were attending school but there was no money to send Aminata, and instead she was expected to fetch water for the household every day, often spending four or five hours in the queue. When Patrick, one of the men who ran the pump, asked her to be his girlfriend, saying she could jump the water queue and he would also pay her school fees, she felt that she could finally get back on track.
  2. News Article
    Three Senegalese midwives involved in the death of a woman in labour have been found guilty of not assisting someone in danger. They received six-month suspended sentences, after Astou Sokhna died while reportedly begging for a Caesarean. Her unborn child also died. Three other midwives who were also on trial were not found guilty The case caused a national outcry with President Macky Sall ordering an investigation. Mrs Sokhna was in her 30s when she passed away at a hospital in the northern town of Louga. During her reported 20-hour labour ordeal, her pleas to doctors to c
  3. Content Article
    The recent Patient Safety Learning report, 'Mind the implementation gap: The persistence of avoidable harm in the NHS', highlights some important challenges and barriers to patient safety improvement, not only for the NHS in the UK but globally for health systems across the world. In many countries, including my country, Ethiopia, various investments have been made to improve the safety of healthcare delivery. We have been setting national minimum requirements/standards for health facilities, ethics and competence review systems for health professionals, but we have never had the confiden
  4. Content Article
    "It is so sad what the future of healthcare in Nigeria will look like in the coming years, everyone may feel so unconcerned now but have in mind, a time will come soon when we have patients lined up to be attended to by just a handful of nurses and doctors. According to WHO, global health workforce is conservatively estimated to be just a little over 59 million. Africa has an average of 1,640,000, which is the lowest when compared with other regions. The world has a shortage of more than 4 million doctors, nurses, midwives and others, and Africa has the highest number of shortages. The Af
  5. Content Article
    In March 2017 in Nigeria, we had two very shocking incidents which left everyone saddened and disturbed. The first case was Emmanuel Ogah, a medical doctor, who stabbed his 62-year-old mother to death in Lagos. Then, whilst we were all trying to come to terms with that incident, on the 19 March 2017 Allwell Orji, another medical doctor, asked his driver to stop in the middle of the popular ‘The Third Mainland Bridge’, got out of his car and jumped into the lagoon where he drowned before help could come. The loss of these two medical professionals happened within a space of one week. As an
  6. Content Article
    The Eastern Mediterranean/African Adverse Events Study is a large scale study carried out in six Eastern Mediterranean and two African countries, to assess the number and types of incidents that can occur in their hospitals and harm patients. To carry out this study, a collaborative model was established in which 26 hospitals from eight countries, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen participated. This document contains the main findings of the Eastern Mediterranean/African Study. It presents some of the risks associated with harm in the participating
  7. News Article
    Children across much of Africa are to be vaccinated against malaria in a historic moment in the fight against the deadly disease. Malaria has been one of the biggest scourges on humanity for millennia and mostly kills babies and infants. Having a vaccine - after more than a century of trying - is among medicine's greatest achievements. The vaccine - called RTS,S - was proven effective six years ago. Now, after the success of pilot immunisation programmes in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, the World Health Organization says the vaccine should be rolled out across sub-Saharan Africa and
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