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Dealing With Non Communicable Diseases In The African Prison System

Exploring how African prisons are dealing with NCDs. Dealing with Non Communicable diseases in the African prison system In my previous posts I explored the epidemic of NCDs in various African countries and the lack of framework in place to combat these diseases. As I explored more, I became increasingly more interested on how the African prison systems were dealing with the influx of NCDs. As expected information on this topic was ... Read more

South Africa- The third fattest nation in the world

This blog challenges the stereotypical views of Africa as a starving nation and introduces the new epidemic spreading across the land: Obesity. South Africa- The third fattest nation in the world[1] The rate of obesity in South Africa is staggering. Seven out of ten women and four out of ten men are in danger of being classified as obese. [2] Even those that are not obese still run a huge risk of developing Non Communicable Diseases ... Read more

Your Africa Health News Bites For December 2015 by Dara Oloyede

AIDS Is the Leading Cause of Death For African Teens, Youth Told To Live A Healthy Lifestyle to Prevent Diabetes, School Leaders and Parents Important for Sexual And Reproductive Health And Rights Education, African Nations Slowly Improve Conditions for Disabled, Majority of Sierra Leone Ebola Survivors Still Face Health Challenges, Nigeria: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week December 2015 Health Bites AIDS Is the Leading... Read more

Your Africa Health News Bites For November 2015 by Dara Oloyede

Ugandan Ministry Of Health Announces Plans To Ensure That Ugandans Live Longer, Mental Health in Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone Declared Ebola Free,Huge Gains On Meningitis A In Africa Could Be Under Threat, Nestlé’s Campaign Helps To Reduce Salt Intake Across Central And West Africa, Nigeria: Creating Demand For Uptake Of HIV Counseling And Testing,Ugandans Working To Tackle Growing Drug Problem. November 2015 Health Bites  ... Read more

Hitting Home Series: Bassey Ikpi On Mental Health Advocacy And The Need For No Shame

Bassey Ikpi is an inspiration not just through her brilliant poems but also through her mental health advocacy work. Through her advocacy, Bassey Ikpi reminds us all that there is such a thing as having a mental illness and that people who live with a mental illness should be listened to, supported and not shamed. Hear her for yourself in this interview that she did with Engage Africa Foundation. Our Hitting Home Series features true s... Read more

Why Eye Care Is Integral To Chronic Disease Prevention And Management

Barilee Abueh, The Founder of Sight Rescue Initiative Connects Eye Care and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Barilee Abueh, The Founder of Sight Rescue Initiative Connects Eye Care and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management   Tell us about Sight Rescue Sight Rescue Foundation is a non-profit organization that will serve the developing countries as a provider of primary eye care, education and advocacy for the pre... Read more

Your Africa Health News Bites For October 2015 by Dara Oloyede

Healthcare for Africa’s Older Population At Risk, Cameroon Finds Resistance to Polio Vaccination Campaign, Kenyan Men With Breast Cancer Fight Disease and Stigma, Uganda Tackles High Levels of Antibiotic Resistance Through Social Media and Community Outreach, Malawi Rehabilitation Center Suffers From Lack of Funding, Mental Health Is An African Problem Too October 2015 Health News Bites Healthcare for Africa’s Older Po... Read more

A silent killer: the story of cervical cancer in Africa

Examining the reasons behind the soaring statistics of cervical cancer among African women. There is a silent killer sweeping at an alarming rate through Africa, and its name - cervical cancer. The statistics reported are far higher than those from any developed region. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 34 out of every 100,000 African women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 23 out of 100,000 die from it. In North... Read more

Your Africa Health News Bites For September by Dara Oloyede

Diabetes a Growing Health Concern in Africa, Kenya Launches The National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy 2015 (ASRHP), Botswana Court Grants Access to HIV Testing/Treatment to Incarcerated Foreigners, Sierra Leone: Ebola’s Impact on Mental Health, Drugmaker Profits Undermine Malaria Diagnosis in Nigeria. September 2015 Health News Bites           Diabetes a Growing Health Concern in ... Read more

Your Africa Health News Bites For August by Dara Oloyede

Kenya Joins HIV DREAMS Project, Africa: Shortage of Meningitis C Vaccines, Nigeria Marks A Year Without Polio, Sierra Leone: Attention on Ebola Supersedes Efforts Towards Maternal Health, Non-communicable diseases and the Need for a different Health care model, NCD Alliance: Transforming Our World-The 2030 Agenda For Sustainable Development Headlines Kenya Joins HIV DREAMS Project Africa: Shortage of Meningitis C Vac... Read more

Hitting Home Series: Femi Odutola visits a family doctor regularly. He says you should too!

Engage Africa Foundation had the pleasure of interviewing Femi Odutola - a Nigerian engineer residing in Canada - for the Hitting Home Series. His habit of going for regular medical check-ups is impressive and indeed requires emulation - as that habit is a necessity which is often taken for granted. Femi Odutola shares how the habit has helped him stay in charge of his body and safe from chronic illness. In addition, he gives several ot... Read more

Your Africa Health News Bites For July by Dara Oloyede

Headlines---Kenya: Nationwide Crackdown on Illegal Alcohol, South Sudan: Cholera Outbreak, Ethiopia: Remarkable Improvements in Nutritional Health, Botswana: Increase In Schools, Decrease in HIV Infection Rates, Liberia: New Ebola Outbreak, Nigeria: Obio Community Health Model Headlines Kenya: Nationwide Crackdown on Illegal Alcohol South Sudan: Cholera Outbreak Ethiopia: Remarkable Improvements in Nutritional Health B... Read more

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Nature, Prevention and Management of High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) High blood pressure occurs when the force of blood against the walls of your blood vessels (artery) is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems such as heart diseases.Watch and learn about the symptoms, risk factors and prevention measures of high blood pressure.Link to video : https://youtu.be/O6ehcN0jra8 To donate to our health promotion, resea... Read more

Your Africa Health News Bites For June by Dara Oloyede

• Somalia Struggles With Maternal Health • South Sudan: Conflict and Hunger Forcibly Displace People From Their Homes • Cameroon: Mass Measles Vaccination Campaign • Niger: Meningitis Outbreak Worsens • Tanzania: Insufficient Health Budget • Nigeria: Multiple Funding Sources Yet, Poor Health Care System Headlines Somalia Struggles With Maternal Health South Sudan: Conflict and Hunger Forcibly Displace People From... Read more

Learn about Diabetes Type 2

Diabetes Type 2 Welcome to another edition of our health education series.This video talks about the following key points:Symptoms of diabetes type 2 include weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision, excessive thirst and frequent urination. Causes: The cause of type 2 diabetes is unknown however, it is known that the body resists the actions of insulin. Risk Factors for this condition include family history, age, race, Inactivity.&... Read more

Your Africa Health News Bites For May by Dara Oloyede

Young Women Bear HIV Burden, Ebola Survivors Can Transmit Virus Through Sex, Sudan: Aid Groups Struggle With Massive Measles Outbreak, Africa: Fight Against Malaria Must Be Taken to 'Next Level', Rwanda: President Approves Bill Paying Mothers 100% During Their Maternity Leave, Tshwane to promote food gardens, Ivory Coast Bans Potentially Deadly Skin-Whitening Creams, Liberia Declared Ebola-Free.   Young Women Bear HIV Burden D... Read more

The Housing First Principle

From this perspective, eating healthy could mean having food in the first place, exercise is not by choice neither is it the preferred route when there is no energy, and smoking, well that could be a luxury. We’ve heard the same sermon over and over: eat healthy, exercise, don’t smoke etc. But how practical is it all? What does eating healthy really mean to a person without shelter let alone, a fridge to store fruits and vege... Read more

Hitting Home Series: Pauleanna Reid Speaks on Her 6-year Battle with Mental Illness

"The day I opened up was the day my life changed." Pauleanna Reid Speaks on Her 6-year Battle with Mental Illness "The day I opened up was the day my life changed."  She is a successful entrepreneur, a motivational speaker and an author. However, just as it is with every success story, Pauleanna Reid has surmounted challenges to get to where she is today. Reid had a bitter struggle with depression and now a survivo... Read more

Hitting Home Series: A Tribute To My Father

Our Hitting Home Series 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. Editor's Note: Stephen (@ArroYomi on Twitter) recently lost his father to a heart condition. Through this tribute he joins his ... Read more

Your Health News Bites for April

Kenya: Law Penalizing Women for Passing HIV to Child Declared Unconstitutional, Ghana's Democracy is Driving Progress in Health and Education, South Africa: Botched Ritual Circumcision Leads To World's First Penile Transplant, Alarm As Cholera Affects 200 Pupils, Kenya: Illegal Pharmacies Fleecing Buyers. Kenya: Law Penalizing Women for Passing HIV to Child Declared Unconstitutional Ghana: Its Democracy is Driving Progress in Health... Read more

Our Health Education Series Just Launched. Join in Celebrating With Us.

Celebrate the Launch of our Health Education Series By Sharing With Your Network. Engage Africa Foundation has launched a monthly Health Education series tailored to Africans to help people understand more about chronic diseases, how to prevent and manage them and how to live healthy. Cell phones and internet access are quite pervasive in Africa, so why not use them to spread health information? We dream of the everyday person having acc... Read more

Health is Wealth Fellow 4TH BI-WEEKLY BLOGPOST

4TH BI-WEEKLY BLOGPOST The data collected and collated were analyzed during this period (weeks 7 and 8 of the project). 181 respondents were chosen by simple randomly sampling from all the members of the Association of resident doctors in Federal Teaching Hospital Ido-Ekiti, Nigeria. Respondents were informed of the purpose of the project and the confidentiality of their answers were guaranteed. Two important milestones we wanted... Read more

Health is Wealth Fellow Bi-weekly Blogpost 3

Bi-weekly Blogpost 3 The fifth and sixth week of this project had a smooth sail. Specified targets met during this period: - Tips and resource links on the benefits of exercising or being physically active were sent to all respondents - Importance of exercise prescription and how to carry out the prescription were also imparted to the respondents. In-depth and key informant interviews were carried out among some of the respondents ... Read more

Your Africa Health News Bites For March by Dara Oloyede

This Months Headlines:Measles Vaccination Rates Tanzania Are Better Than the U.S., Senegal’s Pharmacies Are Better Than Yours?, Nigeria Is On the Verge of Eradicating Polio, 21 Million Nigerians Have Psychiatric Disorder, Sierra Leone: Ebola Leaves 12,000 Orphans, Sierra Leone’s Young Community Leaders Are the Best Weapon Against Ebola, Kenya: State surveillance of cholera increased after eight people die This Month's Headlines... Read more

Health is Wealth Fellow

2nd Bi-weekly Blogpost (Feb 1st-14th) HEALTH IS WEALTH FELLOWSHIP 2nd BI-WEEKLY BLOGPOST The third and fourth week of this project had its highs and lows. For example I discovered that a little less than half of the respondents had responded to the pre-intervention questions. Despite m-Health reminders being sent out on alternate days (statistics of the various of responses will be detailed later as the project progresses). On the... Read more

Health is Wealth Fellow Damilola Alawode on using SMS to build doctors' capacities for chronic diseases prevention

First Bi-weekly Blogpost Damilola Alawode is one of the winners of Engage Africa Foundation's Health is Wealth Competition. Through this effort, we fight non-communicable diseases in a way that empowers communities and builds the public health capacity of local change agents.We are working with him to scale up and build the capacity of junior doctors for chronic disease prevention through the use of mobile technology. I... Read more

Your Africa Health News Bites For February by Dara Oloyede

This Months Headlines: Kenya: Misuse of Antibiotics Leading to Resistance by Immune System, Ebola Maternity Ward Opens in Sierra Leone, New Meningitis Vaccine Can Help African Babies, Ebola Crisis: New Cases Declining in West Africa, In Africa, Motorcycles Can Save Lives by Delivering Health Care This Month's Headlines: Kenya: Misuse of Antibiotics Leading to Resistance by Immune System Ebola Maternity Ward Opens in Sierra Leon... Read more

Engage Africa Foundation: Health is Wealth Update From Tanzania

Gongali Youth preferred to name their teams after the Tanzanian Teams in Premium League Ruth Eileenema is one of the winners of Engage Africa Foundation's Health is Wealth Competition. Through this effort, we fight non-communicable diseases in a way that empowers communities and builds the public health capacity of local change agents. We are working with her to use physical activity (soccer) in weaning youth off risky behav... Read more

Hitting Home Series: Pain by Death by Jadesola Giwa

Non-communicable diseases might be silent, and may not require the immediate need for medication or quarantine, but they are just as detrimental. For this reason, we should analyze and execute action at all levels of influence Our Hitting Home Stories invite everyday people who are on their way to better health, have overcome or witnessed a loved one with chronic disease issues to share their personal stories. These are true stories th... Read more

Your Africa Health News Bites For January by Dara Oloyede

Headlines for the month of December: Kenya: Family Planning is Economical, Ebola Wrecks Years of Aid Work in Worst-Hit Countries, In Senegal, Imam Support Key to Success in Family Planning Policy, Meeting Africa's Mental Health Needs, Female condom empowers Ethiopian Women at Risk. If you would like to support Engage Africa Foundation's mission, click here   Kenya: Family Planning is Economical Ebola Wrecks Years of Aid ... Read more

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