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What is cardiovascular disease?

Most people who are diagnosed with cardiovascular disease (CVD) can live without symptoms for many years. By the time a proper diagnosis is given, on-going management, counselling and medicine are required. To understand the importance of early detection, we must look into the various forms of CVDs and the various ways it can impact your body. 1. Coronary heart disease:This is one of the most talked-about CVD. The disease is caused by a ... Read more

MY FOOD, MY HEALTH

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CHEF HELEN, CHIEF CHEF @FOODSTOPKITCHEN There is a relationship between the foods we eat and preventing non-communicable diseases. A healthy diet plays a major role in the prevention of several non-communicable diseases. In this exclusive interview with Chef Helen, the CEO of FoodStop Kitchen, we explore her cooking background and some of her tips on eating healthyHello Helen, Please tell us more about ... Read more

Why do heart diseases hit harder in Africa?

In recent years, lifestyles have been changing across Africa. Rapid urbanization taking place over the continent has provided easier access to unhealthy diets while more people are spending their days sitting at a desk than on moving on foot. Similar to all other trends seen repeatedly in other countries across the globe, many of these populations in Africa are therefore now becoming at much higher risk for non-communicable diseases (NC... Read more

What do you think of Cancer?

What do you think of Cancer? Cancer is a non-communicable disease (NCD). It is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. To put it even simple - it is what happens when “the small small cells inside our bodi con grow the way they nor suppose grow and it fit enter, con spread inside ourwa bodi”.So what do you think of Cancer?Bimbo was 20 years old and ... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (August 2019) By Dara Oloyede

Uganda: NCDs Drugs Included in the Updated Essential Medicines List ; Tanzania: Heart Diseases On the Rise; Ethiopia: Improving Hypertension Prevention; Kenya: National Cervical Cancer Vaccination Rollout; Uganda Cancer Institute Makes Strides in Research, Treatment, and Training Uganda: NCDs Drugs Included in the Updated Essential Medicines List  Tanzania: Heart Diseases On the Rise  Ethiopia: Improving Hypertension Prev... Read more

Walking can sustain our health

Walking can help to achieve the required physical activity to sustain our health Many people consider themselves too busy and as lacking time for physical activity. I have one question for those people, ‘Are you too busy and have no time to go a hospital while you get sick?  Lack of time is not a barrier to getting active. It is a matter of integrating physical activity into daily routine tasks to achieve the minimum... Read more

Health Promotion Tools on Non-Communicable Diseases in Africa, is there a gap? By Olla Wasfi

If you are a healthcare provider, health educator or a patient, is it easy to find resources on non communicable disease (NCDs) health promotion tools in Africa? Although there are many studies that were done to investigate risk factors and prevalence of non communicable diseases in African countries, there is still a lack of available health promotion tools on NCDs that can be easily found. I have worked on finding health promotion tool... Read more

Do pharmacists have a role in the prevention and management of non communicable diseases? By Olla Wasfi

Pharmacists have multiple roles in different settings. These roles are expanding and include vaccine/injection administration, screening of certain diseases, and patient counselling. As the role of pharmacists is developing beyond their usual practice, the prevention, early detection, and management of non communicable diseases (NCDs) can be integrated within their workflow. With the increasing burden of NCDs worldwide including Africa,... Read more

The need for a life-course approach to preventing NCDs

Due to the chronicity of most non-communicable diseases including mental health problems, there needs to be a multisectoral and comprehensive approach to control and prevent them. The involvement of multiple organisations including health, finance, education, agriculture, and others is pertinent at the different stages of life. This could be achieved through a life-course approach that focuses on controlling and preventing NCDs. Why ... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (May 2019) By Dara Oloyede

Nigeria: Integrating Breast and Cervical Cancer into Secondary Education, Ghana: Using Pictures to Reduce Tobacco Use, Kenya: Strategies to Reduce Non-Communicable Diseases, Botswana: Bank Gaborone Launches Diabetes Project, Rwanda: Increasing NCD Prevention Efforts in Local Communities Nigeria: Integrating Breast and Cervical Cancer into Secondary Education Ghana: Using Pictures to Reduce Tobacco Use  Kenya: Strategies to Red... Read more

Best Practices for Social Media Marketing for Health Promotion

Best Practices for Social Media Marketing for Health Promotion Health promotion is a way of enabling people to increase control over their health and improve their health. Over the years the major communication tools used in health promotion were traditional media such as televisions, radios, billboards, print media (posters, magazines). More recently social media is gaining popularity as another effective communication tool in health pr... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (April 2019) By Dara Oloyede

Nigeria: Access to Basic Amenities Will Reduce NCDs, The Five Cancers Affecting Women Globally, South Africa: The Relationship between Depression and other NCDs, Malawi: Call to Action for More Cancer Services Funding, Uganda: Low Response to Cervical Cancer Immunization Nigeria: Access to Basic Amenities Will Reduce NCDs The Five Cancers Affecting Women Globally  South Africa: The Relationship between Depression and other NCD... Read more

Blog 4: Mental Health Recommendations

Recommendations to Improve Mental Health in African Countries Based on my research to date on mental illness within the African population and resource-poor countries, I have come to conclude some general recommendations that would improve this serious public health issue. There appears to be a relationship between non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as mental illness and communicable diseases such as HIV. For instance, research has sh... Read more

It's Time

It's Time The 24th of March each year has been set aside by all UN member states to raise public awareness on Tuberculosis (TB). This yearly event marks the discovery of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in 1882 (the bacteria responsible for causing Tuberculosis) by Dr Robert Koch.This event has been celebrated yearly since 1997 with different themes for each year.The 2019 theme for world TB day is “it’s time”This theme is a c... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (March 2019) By Dara Oloyede

Tanzania: Improving Training For Healthcare Providers, Mauritius: National NCD Prevention Campaign, Namibia: Stigma Is A Barrier To Cancer Diagnosis, Tanzania: Cancer Institute Screening Program, Kenya: National Strategy For Preventing And Controlling Non-Communicable Diseases Tanzania: Improving Training for Healthcare Providers Mauritius: National NCD Prevention Campaign Namibia: Stigma Is A Barrier to Cancer DiagnosisTanzani... Read more

Blog Post 3: Combatting mental health stigma

Understanding the meaning behind outward appearances; as they are more profound than merely superficial narratives. Hello again everyone!As I begin writing my report on mental illness within the African population, I cannot help but notice a common theme. It is the fact that stigma toward those with mental illnesses seems to be relentless throughout the literature. Whether it is a focus of the research or not, it continues to be a common... Read more

Keeping Cardiovascular Disease at Bay

February 2019 The month of February in America is recognised as national heart month. It is the month for raising awareness of heart disease. Some activities for promoting cardiovascular disease awareness include wearing red, encouraging people to organise events that promote cardiovascular health at home, work-place or in the communities and share their stories on social media platforms (NIH, 2019).Cardiovascular diseases can be describ... Read more

Blog post 2: How to Tackle Serious Public Health Issues in Resource-Poor Countries?

Potential Strategies: Financial Hello again everyone, after providing an overview of mental illness and potential causes, I am back to describe what I think are viable financial strategies to tackle mental illnesses in resource-poor countries. Financial strategies are essential in tackling mental illness in resource-poor countries because as indicated in the chart in my first blog, many individuals in these countries struggle to pay for ... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (February 2019) By Dara Oloyede

Gambia: First Lady Spearheads Child Protection and Nutrition Project, Nigeria: 41,000 Cancer-Related Deaths, Sierra Leone: Tobacco Use a Challenge to Sustainable Development, USAID: Funding Announcement for Cervical Cancer Prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria: Organization blames Parents for Depression in Adolescents Gambia: First Lady Spearheads Child Protection and Nutrition Project Nigeria: 41,000 Cancer-Related Deaths Sie... Read more

Health promotion: Just a click away!

Health promotion: Just a click away! I am Olukemi Obajimi, a practicum student with Engage Africa Foundation. I am a part time Masters of Public Health student at the University of Waterloo, hoping to complete my program this year.My goal for my practicum at Engage Africa Foundation is to prepare a report on the best practices for social marketing for health promotion. This project would require me finding the best available evidenc... Read more

Mental Illness(es) Impacting the African Population

Blog post 1: How to Tackle Serious Public Health Issues in Resource-Poor Countries? Hello all, my name is Shelley McKee, and this is my first blog of what will be a series. Presently, I am in the midst of completing my Masters of Public Health at the University of Waterloo. As the course title suggests, it is expected that this program will provide me with a broad understanding of public health issues which involves: alcohol, tobacco and... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (January 2019) By Dara Oloyede

Nigerian Female Bikers Promote Women’s Health and Empowerment; Tanzania: Cervical Cancer Screening Event; Uganda: Addressing Mental Illness; Ethiopia: New Regulations for Tobacco and Alcohol; Africans over 60 at risk of Disabilities caused by NCDs Nigerian Female Bikers Promote Women’s Health and Empowerment Tanzania: Cervical Cancer Screening Event Uganda: Addressing Mental Illness  Ethiopia: New Regulations for Tob... Read more
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