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Rwanda leads the way on NCD reduction policy

Reporting on this weeks NCD conference in Kigali. Rwanda is quickly earning itself the reputation as the outright leader on African health-related issues.  Civil war devastated the country in the early 1990s, but since fighting ended in 1994 Rwanda has become a success story for war-torn countries in the developing world. Life expectancy has doubled in the last 18 years, from 28 years in 1994 to 56 years in 2012.  The countri... Read more

Fighting non-communicable diseases in Africa- It starts with YOU.

Own your health; it is your own. Growing up, I came face to face with the severity of non-communicable diseases in Nigeria; from losing several loved ones and acquaintances to them, to seeing women and their children pushed into dire poverty after their husbands died from them, to seeing my classmate drop out of school because her father had died of cardiovascular disease. Non-communicable diseases are diseases like stroke, hear... Read more

Chasing Diabetes

My Dad grew up in a typical African Household in the 50's and this entailed dealing with multiple mothers and several siblings and having to share food with them. By several siblings, I don't mean 5 other siblings. I mean about 29 other legal siblings so when their mums announce that food is ready, they all rush and the person that hustles the most to eat gets satisfied. My Dad grew up in a typical African Household in the 50's and... Read more

"You are not only what you eat- you are what you're eating ate."

Dustin is a health coach and nutrition counsellor. He had once given me a healthy-shopping grocery store tour and after that I often email him to ask for his input on some health and nutrition questions. The post below is his email answer to one of my questions. Dustin is a health coach and nutrition counsellor. He had once given me a healthy-shopping grocery store tour and after that I often email him to ask for his input on some heal... Read more

Smoking and Taking Children To An Early Grave

Talking about children being the first victims of passive smoking. Studies have shown that second-hand smoke kills more than 600,000 non-smokers worldwide every year. Among these deaths, 379 000 are related to heart disease. Added to that, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared, after research, that about 40 percent of the world’s children are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke in their home. Indeed, a report published ... Read more

Get Off Your Couch Or Else It Might Just Kill You

Correlation between high heart rates and earlier death. Researchers have found that people with higher heart rates ranging from 80-100 face higher risk of a premature mortality than those with lower heart rates. In fact, people with resting pulses of 80 beats per minutes die four to five years earlier than those with pulses of 65 beats per minute. Experts says that: “To put that into perspective, it is the same difference in life... Read more

Dandora: Life and Death

Taking a look at Dandora and the bigger picture. For those of us that play out our lives in first world paradise, it’s one of those images that is difficult to accept – a child, seemingly lost within an ocean of filth and waste that stretches beyond the horizon in every direction. But this child is not alone, not within their country, nor within that ocean in which their feet are submerged. And we’ve all seen the imag... Read more

Fighting Chronic Diseases with Yoga: Not in Africa

Fighting Chronic Diseases while taking into consideration culture differences After coming across an article talking about the benefits of yoga for people suffering from heart-related chronic diseases, I started wondering why yoga was not promoted in my home country: D. R. Congo. I personally love yoga. I feel like it helps with my concentration in general, calms my nerves and gives me a good stretch following a hard workout. The Har... Read more

African Cuisine: A Culprit in Chronic Diseases?

Maybe it isn't actually. Populations in Italy and Greece have one of the lowest rates of obesity, chronic diseases and higher life expectancy. As surprising as it might be, for a country (Italy in particular) renowned for its pastas, pizzas and so on, it is a fact. Apparently the Mediterranean diet is best for preventing some types chronic diseases One of the main benefits of the Mediterranean diets is its olive based cooking traditi... Read more

Brush those pearly whites!

Research has found links between periodontal disease and heart disease. This article touches on the research while addressing the oral health concerns arising in Africa. Over the past few years I have started making deliberate steps to take care of my teeth. I mainly got on the oral health kick because I was tired of having my teeth drilled and filled whenever I got a cavity but after taking a course in university and learning about po... Read more
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