AFREhealth Condemns Racism Statement

As a pan-African interdisciplinary health professionals’ organization, AFREhealth values diversity, and the principles of human rights. AFREhealth is committed to openness and diversity that is built on dignity and mutual respect for all members, participants, staff, and communities that we serve. We are committed to a world free of discrimination based on personal attributes including race, ethnicity, citizenship, age, religion, wealth, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity or expression.

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Off-label hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine use for COVID-19 poses threat to Africa

Despite a lack of trials demonstrating the efficacy of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, promotion and use of the two treatments has led to shortages, self-treatment and fatal overdoses, according to a perspective published in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The perspective suggests that African countries “strongly consider” putting prescription monitoring programs in place to ensure that off-label use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine is appropriate and beneficial for the treatment of COVID-19.

Safety issues regarding the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine — as well as other “substandard and falsified medical products” — and related matters, including shortages and inflated pricing, put all countries at risk, but the potential issues may pose an especially large threat to Africa because of limitations specific to the continent’s health care system, according to the perspective.

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Afrehealth COVID-19 Webinar Recording

Title: “COVID-19 Outbreak in Africa: What You Need to Know and How to Stay Safe"

Wednesday, 8 April 2020
9:00-10:00 am US Eastern Time,
1:00-2:00 pm Accra; 2:00-3:00pm Kinshasa/Brazzaville.
3:00-4:00 pm Johannesburg/Harare/Lubumbashi; 4:00-5:00 pm Kampala/Nairobi

Facilitators/Moderators:
Jean B. Nachega, MD, PhD, MPH (Professor, AFREhealth/Stellenbosch Univ)
Quentin Eichbaum, MD, PhD, MPH (Professor, CUGH/Vanderbilt Univ)

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The Maiden Edition of the AFREhealth Quarterly Newsletter online

The maiden edition of the AFFREhealth Quarterly Newsletter is available online for download.
AFREhealth Newsletter April 2020

Afrehealth COVID-19 Webinar Recording

Title: “COVID-19 Outbreak in Africa: What You Need to Know and How to Keep Safe"

Thursday, March 19th 2020

9:00-10:00 am US Eastern Time,
1:00-2:00 pm Dakar/Accra; 3:00-4:00 pm Johannesburg; 4:00-5:00 pm Kampala/Nairobi

Facilitators/Moderators:
Jean B. Nachega, MD, PhD, MPH (Professor, AFREhealth/Stellenbosch Univ)
Quentin Eichbaum, MD, PhD, MPH (Professor, CUGH/Vanderbilt Univ)

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