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Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (December 2017) By Dara Oloyede

Lagos State Committed to Reducing NCDs, Tanzania to Launch Cervical Cancer Vaccinations, Nigeria: Hypertension—Leading Cause of Sudden Death, South Africa: Promoting the Health of Taxi Drivers, Men Have a Higher Rate of Suicide than Women Lagos State Committed to Reducing NCDsTanzania to Launch Cervical Cancer VaccinationsNigeria: Hypertension—Leading Cause of Sudden DeathSouth Africa: Promoting the Health of Taxi DriversMen Have... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (November 2017) By Dara Oloyede

Nigeria: Aronchies Pharmaceutical Limited Provides Free Diabetes Screenings , Kenya Leads in Child Nutrition, Malawi: The Need for Education for Early Detection of Cancer, Tanzania: Institutional Commitment to Reducing NCD’s, Zimbabwe: Diabetes Poses a High Threat to Women Nigeria: Aronchies Pharmaceutical Limited  Provides Free Diabetes Screenings Kenya Leads in Child NutritionMalawi: The Need for Education for Early Detec... Read more

Hitting Home Series: Dr Damilola Ajayi on seeking mental healthcare in Nigeria

A Senior Registrar of Psychiatry, medical doctor, poet and author, Dr. Damilola Ajayi is balancing, so well, different worlds! Dr. Ajayi is a physician at possibly, the most well-known psychiatric hospital in Lagos State, Nigeria - the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital. A Senior Registrar of Psychiatry, medical doctor, poet and author, Dr. Damilola Ajayi is balancing different worlds so well! Dr. Ajayi is a physician at possibly, t... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (October 2017) By Dara Oloyede

Tanzania: Invest in Mental Health Services,  Nigeria: Urgent Need For More Funding For Cancer Treatment Centers, Rwanda: Increasing Breast Cancer Awareness, Nigeria: 5 Million Nigerians Are Diabetic, African Government's Commit to Reduce Deaths From Non-Communicable Diseases  Tanzania: Invest in Mental Health Services  Nigeria: Urgent Need For More Funding For Cancer Treatment Centers Rwanda: Increasing Breast Cance... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (September 2017) By Dara Oloyede

Nigeria: Seven Million Nigerians Have A Mental Health Related Condition, Liberia: Liberian Diabetes Center Says That Diabetes Should Be Everyone’s Concern, Ethiopia: Breast Cancer Replaces Cervical Cancer as Top Illness Among Women, Nigeria: Doctors Advocate Ban On Tobacco Advertisements in Nigeria, Ghana: Non-Communicable Diseases Should Be Included In National Health Insurance Scheme Nigeria: Seven Million Nigerians Have A Mental Hea... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (August 2017) By Dara Oloyede

Using Peer Support Groups to Increase Diabetes Management, Awareness and Education, High Costs of Healthcare Services in Nigeria, Number of People with More Than One Chronic Condition Is Rising, Uganda: Police Instructed to Enforce Tobacco Control Act, Diabetes Poses a Threat in Ethiopia Using Peer Support Groups to Increase Diabetes Management, Awareness and Education High Costs of Healthcare Services in NigeriaNumber of People with Mor... Read more

Kenya to the world! Sitawa Wafula, on her mental health journey and educational tours

An active mental health educator, Sitawa has been recognized globally and within Kenya for the unrelenting work that she does to create awareness and change the stigma around mental health, in her country, Kenya and for the rest of the continent of Africa. Photo credit: Thumbi MwangiAn active mental health educator, Sitawa has been recognized globally and within Kenya for the unrelenting work that she does to create awareness and change ... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (July 2017) By Dara Oloyede

Botswana: Tobacco Kills More People Than HIV/AIDS, TB, And Malaria Combined, Tanzania: Economic Burden of Diabetes Expected to Increase to $16.2 Billion By 2030, Ethiopia: Reducing the Impact Of Cancer, Tanzania: Using Whatsapp to Fight Cancer, Nigeria: Health Minister Wants Tobacco Law Enforced Botswana: Tobacco Kills More People Than HIV/AIDS, TB, And Malaria CombinedTanzania: Economic Burden of Diabetes Expected to Increase to $16.2 B... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (June 2017) By Dara Oloyede

Kenya: Tobacco Kills 31,000 people annually, Uganda: More money spent on medication than prevention, Nigeria has the 10th Highest Suicide Rate in Africa, Kenya: Diabetes cases on the rise, Gambia: Ministry of Health Challenges People to Stop Smoking Kenya: Tobacco Kills 31,000 people annuallyUganda: More money spent on medication than preventionNigeria has the10th Highest Suicide Rate in AfricaKenya: Diabetes cases on the riseGambia... Read more

Have Less Cheat Days! Pack Lunch to Work, More Often

Fact is that work burns everyone out. It is only human nature to get preoccupied with the tiredness that comes after a full day or some hours of making consistent use of your physical and mental strength. When we are tired, we go for the quickest options Fact is that work burns everyone out. It is only human nature to get preoccupied with the tiredness that comes after a full day or some hours of making consistent use of your physical an... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (May 2017) By Dara Oloyede

Nigeria’s 80% Cancer Mortality Rate, ‘Pima Pressure’: Kenya’s May Blood Pressure Screening Campaign, Eritrea: Progress in Preventing and Treating Non-communicable diseases, 15 Million Nigerians Living with Asthma, South Africa: Half of Natural Deaths Caused by Unhealthy Lifestyles May 2017 Health NewsNigeria’s 80% Cancer Mortality Rate ‘Pima Pressure’: Kenya’s May Blood Pressure Screening Campaign Eritrea:... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (April 2017) By Dara Oloyede

Kenya Is Ranked 6th in Africa as Having the Highest Depression Cases; WHO: Half a Million Africans Die from Cancer Annually; Zimbabwe: Untreated Diabetes Has Higher Rates of Death Than HIV; WANDA: Empowering Women and Girls To Lead a Healthier Generation; Nigeria: Lack of Mental Health Policy Places Many At Risk April 2017 Health newsKenya Is Ranked 6th in Africa as Having the Highest Depression CasesWHO: Half a Million Africans Die from... Read more

The Science Of Addiction

The Science of Addiction I decided to start this article with a very simple and self explanatory definition of the word “Addiction.”  But little did I know that for next several minutes I would be scouring though different definitions that had different takes on this seemingly simple word. I came across one that I thought probably fitted best.According to Dictionary.com, Addiction is “the state of being enslaved to... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (March 2017) By Dara Oloyede

The Burden of Cancer in Tanzania, South Africa: Unhealthy Food Ads Target Poor People, West Africa: New Regional Center for Disease Control, 34 Million Nigerians Living with Kidney Disease, and Liberia: New National Public Health Institute. March 2017 Africa Health NewsThe Burden of Cancer in Tanzania South Africa: Unhealthy Food Ads Target Poor PeopleWest Africa: New Regional Center for Disease Control34 Million Nigerians Living with Ki... Read more

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia It was a mind blowing story that splashed across the headlines in Canada. A young man had been mercilessly butchered on the Greyhound bus from Edmonton to Manitoba. His killer was a 40 year old male, who was a fellow passenger. One question that still rings in everyone’s mind is what could have driven someone to do such a thing? The answer to this question lies in the mind of the victim’s killer. According to hi... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (February 2017) By Dara Oloyede

South Africa: Psychiatric Patients Die due to Negligent Treatment, One in eight people have high blood pressure in Nairobi’s slums, Nigeria: New National Health Policy, Tanzania: Men Forgotten in Cancer Care, Kenya: Ministry Creates Easy to Understand Booklets and Fliers on Cancer February 2017 Africa Health NewsSouth Africa: Psychiatric Patients Die Due to Negligent TreatmentOne in Eight People Have High Blood Pressure in Nairobi&rsqu... Read more

Q1 Challenge: #Engage100DaysOfFitness

Q1 Challenge: #Engage100DaysOfFitness Relax, we will do something the other 360+ days but I thought it’d be exciting to have quarterly challenges to make things interesting. Ok, I’m totally making that up. I got the inspiration from one of my friends, Rashad. We’ve had previous discussions on fitness and health choices so this year he decided to embark on a “100 day fitness challenge”. Rashad is looking to d... Read more

Measuring Progress

Measuring Progress Happy new year everyone! Hope everyone had a great holiday and had lots of quality time with friends and family. It is that time of the year where everyone makes their new resolutions once again. Statistically, 80% of all New Year resolutions are health and fitness related. Ok, the truth is, I made that up but I have a feeling that if I bothered to fact-check that, the numbers will be strongly correlated. Hey, there is... Read more

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that has 2 components (from the word “bi”)- a depressive and a manic component. The depressive component comes from depression and the manic component describes mania which is defined as great excitement, euphoria, delusions and/or over activity. There are two types of bipolar disorder:Bipolar I- Mostly mania compared to depressionBiplar II- More depression compared to ma... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (January 2017) By Dara Oloyede

Africa: E-Cigarettes Have Become A Health Dilemma, Increasing Number Of Africans At Risk Of Mortality From Chronic Diseases, Tanzania: Cervical Cancer Prevention And Treatment Initiatives, Uganda: Diabetes Cases On The Rise, Zimbabwe Tackles Mental Health With ‘Friendship Benches’ January 2017 Health News Africa: E-Cigarettes Have Become A Health Dilemma Increasing Number Of Africans At Risk Of Mortality From Chronic Diseases ... Read more
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