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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

Lift those weights, live longer

Weight lifting in preventing certain types of chronic diseases. I decided to start working at my father’s gym in Kinshasa, D.R.Congo for the holidays. I planned on going back to my routine as fast as I could; which involved waking up early, exercising for about an hour before starting work at the reception. I have to say; my first session gave me more material to write than I’d hope for initially. It is imperati... Read more

Cigarettes: How about saying it’s just not worth it…

Smoking can cause cancer, cancer can kill you. I’ve recently been to pay my respects to my aunt and uncle as the niece they took under their care had just died of cancer in South Africa. She was just 21 years old, full of life according to her folks and a regular university student. I could see the sadness and incomprehension on the faces of her family members. Although I didn’t know her personally, I can’t help but l... Read more

Is chronic disease a global 'crisis'?

Last year, the UN held a landmark general assembly to address global state and affect of non-communicable diseases on populations. But does this mean measurable steps are being taken to combat the long-term detrimental affects chronic diseases have on developing countries? In September 2011, the UN held a high level General Assembly meeting on the current state and prognosis of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in developing countries. T... Read more

‘Leadership for better health’

Lewis Green's analysis of last weeks WHO Regional Committee Session in Luanda. ‘Leadership for better health’ was the message emanating from Angola last week, as 46 African health ministers descended on the country’s capital Luanda for the 62nd WHO Regional Committee Session. The four-day event, also attended by nongovernmental organisations and representatives of UN agencies, provided a critical overview of the healt... Read more

World class healthcare in developing countries!

Dr. Ernest Madu speaks about his success of providing low-cost first class healthcare to Jamaica and his plans to establish a similar facility in Africa. Although non-communicable disease (NCD) treatment facilities are sparse in developing countries, they do exist and are becoming more prevalent thanks to social entrepreneurs like Dr. Ernest Madu. Dr. Madu, founder of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean, has made world class healthcar... Read more

Educate yourself: Asthma – a deadly disease

What we do not realise about a deadly chronic disease in Sub-Saharan Africa: Asthma. Surely, everybody has heard of the devastating effects of HIV or malaria or even tuberculosis in sub Saharan Africa. Needless to say that these diseases are not to be taken lightly or to be underestimated. Many of you know for a fact that countries such as South Africa have a considerable rate of HIV in their population. But did you know that South Afr... Read more

Preventing Diabetes – Benefits of Exercising

Tamara K. N. talks about diabetes in Africa, its dangers and preventing it by living a healthy lifestyle. Once upon a time, diabetes was a scarce disease in Africa. It was then justified to think that such a disease was only the concern of the wealthy and rich. This time is beyond obsolete. In effect, diabetes is Africa’s problem today.  In 2010, 12.1 million adults were estimated to be diabetic on the continent, with only 1... Read more

A forum for discussion: What should we expect?

NCDs make it onto the agenda for November’s 62nd Session of the World Health Organization’s Regional Committee for Africa   Speaking in Luanda recently (October 18th), WHO Regional Director for Africa Luis Gomes Sambo confirmed that special attention would be paid to chronic diseases at the 62nd Regional Committee Session, to be held in November. The event, also to be held in Luanda, will bring together the Health Ministers ... Read more

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS?

Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a critical shortage of healthcare professionals, largely due to the emigration of skilled labour to Europe and North America. This human capital flight, or ‘brain drain’, is widely recognized as a contributor to weak healthcare systems in low-income countries and unfortunately is expected to continue. Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a critical shortage of healthcare professionals, largely due t... Read more
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