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Our Health is Wealth Fellow shares on promoting physical activity in order to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases among patients seen at the Federal Teaching Hospital Ido-Ekiti, Nigeria

Our Health is Wealth Fellow shares on promoting physical activity in order to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases among patients seen at the Federal Teaching Hospital Ido-Ekiti, Nigeria Promotion of Physical activity (PA) is a neglected dimension of prevention and intervention especially in low-income and middle-income countries. According to the Lancet Physical Activity series, 2012, it causes between 6-10% of major non-commu... Read more

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo concerned about chronic diseases in Nigeria. He emphasizes that we cannot afford to wait.

A Responsibility to Safeguard Health by Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun OBASANJO A Responsiblity to Safeguard Health   As the leader of the most populous country in Africa, I carry a responsibility to safeguard and improve the health, security and prosperity of Nigeria’s people. I have looked at the facts contained in this report and I can see that to meet these challenges I will have to address chronic diseases. I... Read more

Your Africa Health News For December by Dara Oloyede

This month's headlines:South Africa: Minister of Health Fights Against Salt, Liberia, Working to Reduce the Stigma of Ebola, Plague Kills 40 People in Madagascar, South Africa: Male Circumcision as a Way to Reduce HIV Infections, Tanzania: Health experts talk about Plans for 2015, Africa Nears Eradication of Polio This month's headlines: South Africa: Minister of Health Fights Against Salt Liberia: Working to Reduce the Stigma ... Read more

Our Health is Wealth Fellow shares on reducing chronic disease risk through youth empowerment in Gongali village, Tanzania

Gongali people like football. If you join them in football you can win ALL of them! Inspired by Engage Africa Foundation, I am now determined to strengthen my effort to empower youth in my rural community in Tanzania.At the beginning it was very hard to assemble youth in my community to give them any relevant information and/or empowerment program. It is until I discoved the secret. The secret is that EVERY youth in my community likes fo... Read more

Are our cities killing us? African cities, urban development and non-communicable diseases by Ebele Mogo

African cities such as Lagos promise to be one of the world's largest megacities in the very near future and this will have serious implications for health, especially non-communicable diseases prevention and management. Why the way our cities are planned matter for non-communicable diseases prevention.       (Based on a stakeholder meeting with the Young Planners' Forum of the Nigerian Institute of Town Pla... Read more

How to Manage A Stroke

Engage Africa Foundation's Tomiwa, and Hayley teach us about strokes, risk factors and how to act fast. In the video below, Engage Africa Foundation's Tomiwa, and Hayley teach us about strokes, risk factors and how to act fast. Do share with your loved ones.   If you cannot view the video click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTQ5g7FqBII&feature=em-share_video_user... Read more

Your Africa Health News For November by Dara Oloyede

Ugandan HIV Law Infringes on Human rights and Has Unintended Consequences, Zimbabwe: Rising STI Cases Draws concern for Government, South Africa is the Fattest Country in Sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria: Lack of Amenities Affect Healthcare Delivery Efforts in Lagos, Global Ebola Cases Passes 10,000, Tanzania: Number of Youth with TB Increasing Ugandan HIV Law Infringes on Human rights and Has Unintended Consequences Zimbabwe: Rising... Read more

Your Africa Health News For October by Dara Oloyede

Kenya Targets Sex-Workers in its Plan to Eliminate HIV and AIDS, Kenya Releases Manual to Aid Teen Girls in Understanding their Monthly Cycles, Ebola outbreak: 'Thousands of orphans shunned', Chad: Reducing Child Mortality By Combining Malaria Prevention and Immunization, Ethiopia: Research to Produce Mosquito Repellant From Indigenous Plants, Liberia: Ebola outbreak prompts food shortage fears, Ivory Coast: Resumes Flights to Countries... Read more

Communicable Non-communicable Disease

“Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, are not passed from person to person” (WHO 2013). True, but what shall we call the instant feeling of emotional distress or the shock we get when a loved one has cancer? “Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, are not passed from person to person” (WHO 2013). True, but what shall we call the instant feeling of emotional distres... Read more

Ocie's Hitting Home Story- Using simple healthy lifestyles on the road to recovery from depression

Our Hitting Home Stories invite everyday people who are on their way to better health or have overcome chronic disease issues to share their personal stories. These are true stories that take courage to share and we hope they inspire you to get started or keep at your journey to better health and wellbeing. To submit your story, email us at info@engageafricafoundation.org Our Hitting Home Stories invite everyday people who are on their... Read more

Your Africa Health News For September by Dara Oloyede

This Month's Headline: Detrimental Health Costs of South Africa’s Coal-fired Power Stations Kenya: Breakthrough in the fight against Cervical Cancer Liberia: Within Weeks Ebola Will Infect Thousands More People, Malawi: First Country to Put HIV Positive Pregnant Women On ARVs, and East African Countries on High Alert for Ebola This Month's ... Read more

Write for our Hitting Home series

Write for our Hitting Home series Are you on a health and wellness journey? Working hard to stay fit? Do you live with hypertension? Have you had a chronic non-communicable disease(NCD) issue like a heart attack, stroke, diabetes, cancer, mental health issues like depression or respiratory conditions like asthma?  Maybe you haven't but you know a loved one who lives or lived with this condition. By voicing their story on the... Read more

You Are The Cure

“health is more than the absence of disease, it is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.”- WHO 1948. Well, part of the cure.   Have you ever wondered what the mind of a person with some form of non-communicable disease looks like? If it’s Alzheimer’s, then you might find pieces of their most precious memory Scattered across the Atlantic, Helpless, you watch them swim in all directio... Read more

Your Africa Health News Bite for the Week of August 25, 2014 by Dara Oloyede

This week's headlines: UN Predicts African Baby Boom, African Aluminum Pots May Contain Lead, Controversial HIV Bill in Uganda, Botswana Government Will Provide HIV Treatment to Foreign Prisoners, Africa’s Next Big Health Challenge: Non-Communicable Diseases. This week's headlines: UN Predicts African Baby Boom African Aluminum Pots May Contain Lead Controversial HIV Bill in Uganda Botswana Government Will Provide HIV Tre... Read more

Ebola in Africa: What Are We Learning?

Ebola in Africa: What Are We Learning?  Please click this link to download (for free) an Ebola emergency response plan created by Nnamdi Ezeanochie MBBS, MPH, Professor Sheana Bull & I including simple, clear cut instructions on how to enhance responses to Ebola with mobile health. It is currently being implemented in a rural area in Nigeria and we hope to make it available to more communities so please distribu... Read more

Your Africa Health News Bite For The Week of August 7 By Dara Oloyede

This week's headlines: Rwanda: Deaths From Aids-Related Causes Decline Drastically Cameroon steps up war on malaria Ebola Outbreak Spreading Quicker than Efforts to contain it South Sudan Capital Faces Worsening Cholera Outbreak Nigeria: Doctor Strike Paralyses Healthcare, Commercial Activities Rwanda: Deaths From Aids-Related Causes Decline Drastically “The United Nations announced that Aids-related deaths and new HIV infe... Read more

Your Africa Health News Bite By Dara Oloyede

This week's headlines: Ebola: A Regional Catastrophe Cameroon bans the commercialization of whiskey in satchets Powerful British Tobacco Company Accused of Blackmail to Stop Ugandan Smoking Ban Polio Drops 85% in Nigeria Gambia: Minister Pledges to Improve Rural Healthcare Service This week's headlines: Ebola: A Regional Catastrophe Cameroon bans the commercialization of whiskey in satchets Powerful British Tobacco Company Ac... Read more

The Double Burden

We need a common language between doctors, community members, police, engineers, artists etc. Collaboration between even the most unlikely groups is needed to fight the umthwalo double. Everybody had to be on board not just working towards a common goal and laying down their professional expertise, but working together under the same framework. Fricans needed a transdisciplinary approach to defeat the umthwalo, but each group was and is... Read more

Everyday Chemical Burdens

The risks of chronic disease in your health and beauty products. Have you ever read the ingredients in your shampoo, mascara or shaving cream? How many ingredients do you recognize? Would you ever eat those products? I recently started learning about natural and homemade health and beauty products while reading the book "There's Lead in Your Lipstick" by Gillian Deacon. Deacon, a cancer survivor, discusses the chemical bu... Read more

Oral Health and Pregnancy

Combating non-communicable disease requires an upstream approach, that is, a call for prevention. By ensuring pregnant women are aware of the complications that their oral health might have on their new-born we address root causes of non-communicable diseases. It’s the First time I felt him kick. Soft soles Marching On The inside, As if the to map My womb, eager to Determine which way Was north…and then... Read more

Breaking Bad… Habits

It is obvious that smoking and some of the other habits can be detrimental to our health, but what role does overspending play? From the get go smoking, recreational use of drugs, the famous couch-sitting-after-work lifestyle, and something new, overspending come to mind. It is obvious that smoking and some of the other habits can be detrimental to our health, but what role does overspending play? Well when we refuse to budget, we ov... Read more

The Recreation Spectrum – Alcohol consumption and physical activity in young Africans.

The Recreation Spectrum – Alcohol consumption and physical activity in young Africans. People generally participate in physical activities for two main reasons; play and social interaction however, there is a third reason which provides preoccupation or a healthy distraction for the mind and a fourth which is becoming more popular due to changing lifestyles and habits- fitness. Given the extensive research, studies and facts s... Read more

Are you “Mad”?

Are you mad? How often have you heard this question? Sometimes substituted for “why would you think like that?” or “Can you think of something else within my limits?” For example:Nneka: You have been working 16 hours a day for the past month. Why don’t you ask your boss to give you 2 weeks off?Nyasha: Are you mad? Do you want me to lose my job?The unfortunate result from the frequent use of this question is ... Read more

Announcing our "Health is Wealth" Competition 2014. Apply now!

Announcing our "Health is Wealth" Competition 2014. Apply now! In line with Engage Africa Foundation's mission to fight non-communicable diseases in Africa through the voices and creativity of everyday people, we are hereby launching the “Health is Wealth” award winning competition Click for more details: “Health is Wealth” award winning competition.... Read more

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