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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

Why chronic diseases are human rights issues in Africa.

Let's correct the misconception that chronic diseases are diseases of the rich once and for all by Ebele Mogo Let's correct the misconception that chronic diseases are diseases of the rich once and for all. It is costing us action on the part of the research community, lay people, donors, governments, innovators and the media. Chronic diseases hit the poor badly 80% of chronic disease deaths occur in developing countries. Not o... Read more
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