Transmissible and non transmissible diseases, health and society, primary care, and family medicine, are some of the topics that will be addressed during the Third International Cuba-Heath Convention 2018.
About 224 million people are suffering from malnutrition across Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity across the continent, a top UN food agency official said Monday.
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales claimed Sunday that the medical professionals maintained the strike started 46 days ago as a “conspiracy” carried out by opposition sectors and grounded on defamation so he would not run for the next presidential elections.
Cuban officials conducting an investigation into U.S. claims that its diplomats were victims of possible “sonic attacks” in Havana, have dismissed the accusations as pure “science fiction.”
Coronel Ramiro Ramirez, head of the Cuban security detail responsible for the protection of diplomats on the Caribbean island, explained that such an acoustic weapon, even if employed by a third party as U.S. officials have suggested, would have affected the health of other people in the general area and could not have singled out U.S. diplomats as part of a deliberate attack. Ramirez added that the sound would have surely attracted public attention.
Doctors in South Africa are reporting that a 9-year-old girl, who was infected with HIV at birth, has “seemingly been cured.”
Following her birth, she was given a round of treatment and has been off drugs for eight-and-a-half years without symptoms or signs of an active virus. Most people need a daily dose of treatment to manage the virus and prevent it from destroying their immune system and or developing into Aids.
Over time, levels of the virus became undetectable and her treatment was stopped after 40 weeks. But, unlike anybody else on the study – the virus has not returned.
Early therapy, which attacks the virus before it has a chance to fully establish itself, has been cited in child “cure” cases twice before.
Saudi Arabia has donated $67m to fight the cholera outbreak in Yemen.
Saudi’s new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, who recently replaced his cousin as next in line to the throne, ordered the donation.
“Saudi Arabia is committed to working closely with our aid partners to effectively address the cholera and general humanitarian situation in Yemen,” said Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, an adviser at the royal court and general supervisor of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.
“We will continue to work with our partners across a broad range of humanitarian and relief efforts for the people of Yemen,” he added.
Ironically, Saudi Arabia has contributed to the instability – and by extension the cholera outbreak – in Yemen as part of the Arab coalition participating in the military offensive.
As a result of the ongoing conflict, more than 14.5 million people in Yemen do not have regular access to clean water and sanitation. The sewers in the capital stopped functioning on 17 April, according to the BBC.
And ten days later, cholera had broken out.
The number of people who have died in a cholera epidemic affecting Yemen has risen to at least 471, according to World Health Organization figures released on Monday.