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“Strong health system key to secure Malawi”

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Written by; Howard Mlozi, Staff Reporter, The Nation newspaper.


Strengthening the health sector with investment is the only way governments can respond to emerging disease such as the Zika virus currently ravaging South America.


Wellcome Trust Director, Jeremy Farrar, who visited Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust in Blantyre, said this when asked how countries such as Malawi could respond to hair raising emerging diseases.

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A new vaccine that may prevent infant deaths soon after birth – GBS Trial

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ProfessorRobHeydermanProfessor Rob Heyderman led the research team

Several African countries including Malawi have met their Millennium Development Goals to reduce childhood deaths by two-thirds. However, infant deaths in the first three months of life have proved more difficult to reduce. Severe infection including meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) causes by a bacteria called Group B Streptococcus (GBS) remains an important cause of this death.


GBS vaccines given to mothers when pregnant to prevent infection in the baby have been under development for many years and are now undergoing trial in Africa. A trial conducted in Malawi and South Africa to assess the vaccine in healthy and HIV infected pregnant women has recently been reported in Lancet Infectious Diseases. This is the first study to investigate the GBS vaccine in pregnant women infected with HIV and shows that the vaccine both induces immunity and has a good safety profile.

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Trust Tips Malawi on containing TB

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Watipatso Mzungu Jnr, The Nation


Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust MLW has advised government to consider devising holistic and low-cost strategies for containing Tuberculosis (TB) in the country.


MLW HIV & TB Research Group leader Professor Liz Corbett said this at the two-day 2016 TB networking meeting in Lilongwe.


She suggested, among others, that authorities at the Ministry of Health should consider engaging informal health care providers as one way of increasing access to TB and HIV and Aids diagnostic services in the country.