Category Archives: Health

COVID-19 in Africa

The impact of COVID-19 in Africa is frightening. Africa already carries 23% of the global disease burden such as malaria, HIV, tuberculosis but only accounts for 1% of the global health expenditure. There are over 4300 confirmed infections with COVID-19 … Continue reading

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Renal rounds: Christmas gift

We were shopping for Christmas when the call came through. It was a big shop with Christmas decorations all over the place. It was noisy and crowded. We left the house early to spend as much time as we can … Continue reading

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Kidney Transplant in Ethiopia

Let’s us congratulate the team at St. Paul’s Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Transplant Team at the University of Michigan, and every one involved, for performing the first kidney transplants in Ethiopia on three people who received kidneys … Continue reading

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Nodding Syndrome

Nodding disease or nodding syndrome is an unusual syndrome of unknown etiology characterized by nodding with or without meals and associated with generalized myoclonic type seizures, severe mental retardation, and physical growth impairment. It is affecting children mainly between 5 … Continue reading

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Ebola Virus Disease

  Mamude Dinkiye, M.D., MPH Juba, South Sudan The Ebola virus was first identified in Western Equatoria State of South Sudan and in a nearby region of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1976 after significant epidemics … Continue reading

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The untimely death of the doctor

By Dr Kebede H Begna I remember that long day and night at the intensive care unit of the ‘Tikur Anbessa” hospital, one of the largest and teaching hospitals at a metropolitan city, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is the only … Continue reading

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The story of long acting Anti-retrovirals By Dr Solomon A Feyissa Very promising sign for future of pre exposure prophylaxis(PrEP) and potentially revolutionary step for antiretroviral therapy. Advances in medical science have made HIV/AIDS a less lethal and chronically manageable … Continue reading

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The Small Changes That Can Change You

By Dr. Bikat Sahle As we excitedly and boldly dive into 2014, most of us are filled with new inspiration, high hope, and energy to make the year our best yet in every aspect of our lives. We want to … Continue reading

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BUSTED: Myth of benefits of vitamins and supplements

By Solomon Alemu Feyissa,M.D Use of multivitamin supplements increased among U.S. adults from 30% between 1988 to 1994 to 39% between 2003 to 2006, while overall use of dietary supplements increased from 42% to 53% .Longitudinal and secular trends show … Continue reading

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The challenges of kidney disease in Ethiopia; a call for diaspora involvement

There are only 9 nephrologists in Ethiopia for a total of 90 million people! Yewondwossen Tadesse Mengistu MD, consultant Nephrologist and Head, Renal Unit , Head, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University … Continue reading

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