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Zimbabwe:Amid Wet Weather, Zimbabwe's Mutare Sees Hike in Malaria Deaths
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Mutare, Zimbabwe -After years in which the disease presented only a limited threat, this city in eastern Zimbabwe is seeing a hike in malaria deaths, with more than 30 recorded in 2017, city officials say.
01/21/2018 09:46 AM
Tanzania:Punishment Won't Stop Teen Pregnancies Cause 'Bad Behaviour' Isn't the Cause
[The Conversation Africa] In Tanzania, if you're a schoolgirl and fall pregnant, it could mean the end of your education. Even though successive governments have made a push for girls education, those that fall pregnant are routinely expelled from school, and prevented from returning. Most recently this punitive approach was taken to the extreme when school girls were arrested and may now be forced to testify in court as to who got them pregnant.
01/21/2018 08:39 AM
Africa:Africa Union Wants Reproductive Health Protocol Fully Domesticated
[CSJNews] The African Union has taken several initiatives to demonstrate its commitment to eliminating injustices against women in Africa. The most recent has been a meeting ahead of the African Union (AU) summit scheduled for later this year to highlight the continent's commitment to gender equality.
01/21/2018 07:19 AM
Africa:Concern Over Climate Change Linked to Depression, Anxiety - Study
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -Depression and anxiety afflict Americans who are concerned with the fate of the environment, according to a study of the mental health effects of climate change.
01/20/2018 05:55 PM
Kenya:Doctor Goes to Court to Legalise Female Genital Mutilation
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -"I think that even for the decision of female circumcision, a woman can make that decision. And once she has made that decision, she should be able to access the best medical care to have it done."
01/20/2018 05:54 PM
Malawi:Mother-to-Mother Training in Malawi Helps Battle Child Malnutrition
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Rome -Three weeks is all it takes to change the fortunes of a baby's life, simply by training mothers to make small changes to what they are fed and how their food is prepared, according to scientists who studied malnourished infants in rural Malawi.
01/20/2018 05:52 PM
Somalia:Govt Seeks U.S.$1.6 Billion to Feed Starving Citizens
[East African] Despite the swift international response that saved millions of Somalis from starvation last year, an estimated 6.2 million people are still in need of humanitarian assistance.
01/20/2018 05:45 PM
Kenya:Outrage Over Near-Rape Claims By Mums At Kenyatta Hospital
[Nairobi News] Public outrage greeted claims of near-rape by new mothers at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) as they waited to be discharged.
01/19/2018 12:33 PM
Kenya:African Arrow Poison Could Become Male Contraceptive
[Nation] A compound traditionally used by African hunters as poison on their arrows could be the key to male contraception.
01/19/2018 09:12 AM
Tanzania:Voluntary 'Cut' Mission Starts On Positive Note
[Daily News] Iramba -THE campaign on voluntary male circumcision that aims at reducing the risk of HIV/Aids infections and other diseases has successfully kicked off in Singida Region, with a high number of people turning out for the free service.
01/19/2018 10:44 AM
Tanzania:Poor Patients for Free Medical Treatment
[Daily News] ABOUT 600 poor patients are set to benefit from free medical consultations from specialist doctors from one of the best hospitals in India, Narayana, who have arrived in the country for the medical mission.
01/19/2018 10:01 AM
South Africa:Cities Insist Drinking Water Is Safe After Listeriosis Scare
[News24Wire] The cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth on Thursday insisted that drinking water in the metropolitan areas was safe for consumption, following a surge in Listeriosis outbreaks countrywide.
01/19/2018 06:14 AM
Namibia:Upholding Medical Ethics Within the Ambit of Doctor-Patient Relationships
[New Era] The Hippocratic oath, the earliest expression of medical ethics in the western world, establishes principles of medical ethics which are of paramount importance in the world today. One such principle is the special position a doctor holds with regard to his/her patients.
01/19/2018 03:22 PM
Kenya:Feeding Pets On Raw Meat Poses Health Risk to Humans
[Nation] Feeding dogs and cats on raw meat could pose a new danger of bacterial infection to humans.
01/19/2018 02:01 PM
Tanzania:New Treatment Guidelines Launched
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The government on Friday launched the new Standard Treatment Guidelines and National Essential Medicines List.
01/19/2018 01:34 PM
Uganda:Government Moves to Regulate Free Health Camps
[Monitor] Kampala -Organisers of medical camps offering among others surgical and dental services shall have to plan for management of early and late complications including a plan for patients' referral where necessary in case of any incident, effective this month.
01/19/2018 12:56 PM
Uganda:Cancer Cases Rise As Govt Launches New Machine
[Monitor] Kampala -As government commissions the new Cobalt 60 radiotherapy machines today, the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) has revealed that the number of new cancer cases registered annually has shot up by 500, rising from 4,000 in 2016 to 4,500 in 2017.
01/19/2018 12:56 PM
Zambia:Southern Males in Branded, Flavoured Protection
[Times of Zambia] SOUTHERN Province has received condoms branded in seven different flavours from the National AIDS Council (NAC).
01/19/2018 12:36 PM
Nigeria:Banker Gives Birth on Plane to New York
[Premium Times] A Nigerian banker, Toyin Ogundipe, 41, has been delivered of a baby boy mid-air about 35,000 feet above sea level aboard an Air France flight.
01/19/2018 12:31 PM
Eritrea:Ministry of Health Graduates 15 Staff Members in Masters Degree
[Shabait] Asmara -A total of 15 staff members of the Ministry of Health that have been pursuing distance education from the University of Dundee were graduated on 17 January in Masters Degree in the fields of Advanced Practice in Nursing and Global Health and Wellbeing.
01/19/2018 11:48 AM
South Africa:Life Esidimeni - the Weight of 143 Bodies - Yet No Real Remorse From Those Responsible
[Daily Maverick] The Life Esidimeni arbitration resumed on Thursday. Another government official displayed how little she cares about the loss of life under their watch when self-interest is at stake. By GREG NICOLSON.
01/19/2018 10:48 AM
South Africa:'Why I Fraudulently Issued NGO Licences' - Official Speaks At Life Esidimeni Hearing
[News24Wire] A deputy director of mental health, overseeing non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Gauteng, was acting under instructions given to her by former Gauteng director of mental health Makgabo Manamela, when she fraudulently issued licences for NGOs.This was the testimony of Hannah Jacobus at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings in Parktown, Johannesburg, on Thursday.
01/19/2018 09:22 AM
South Africa:Life Esidimeni - Official Throws Dr Manamela Under the Bus
[Daily Maverick] The Life Esidimeni arbitration resumed on Thursday with yet another Gauteng department of health official saying she was only following orders in the project that left 143 mental health care users dead. By GREG NICOLSON.
01/19/2018 08:51 AM
Africa:Why African Health Policy Needs Gender Mainstreaming
[ISS] Africa has the highest prevalence of communicable diseases in the world - both in terms of mortality (death) and morbidity (illness). This phenomenon has consequences for the health of both women and men, and increased gender mainstreaming in health programmes can help tailor solutions.
01/18/2018 12:23 PM
Uganda:Is There a Second Chance At Life for Cancer Patients?
[Monitor] At exactly 10 minutes past midnight on January 1, I gathered with the rest of my greater extended family to say a prayer of thanks to God for making us see the light of the day in the year 2018.
01/19/2018 06:47 AM
Nigeria:Lassa Fever - Death Toll Rises to Four in Ebonyi, 139 Under Surveillance
[Premium Times] The death toll of victims of the Lassa fever outbreak in Ebonyi State has risen to four, an official has said.
01/19/2018 05:03 AM
Kenya:Why This Doctor Wants Girls Allowed to Undergo Female Cut
[Nairobi News] A medical doctor has filed a case in Machakos High Court seeking to have Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) legalised.
01/18/2018 11:33 AM
Uganda:Student With Albinism Beats Odds to Graduate at Makerere
[Monitor] Kampala -He faced many challenges, was mocked and despised in his early childhood but he stayed focused on achieving his dream as he scaled the hurdles and carried home the crown of academic excellence among proud medical students that graduated at Makerere University on Wednesday.
01/18/2018 07:23 AM
South Africa:Forced Abortions - a New Frontier in the War On Women's Bodies?
[Bhekisisa] Partners and families allegedly drugged women and in some cases even physically restrained them as doctors performed the procedure.
01/18/2018 07:02 AM
South Africa:Patient Death Scandal - Provincial Director of Mental Health Resigns
[News24Wire] Suspended Gauteng director of mental health Dr Makgabo Manamela has resigned. Deputy Director General for provincial communication services Thabo Masebe confirmed that Manamela's resignation was received on Wednesday afternoon.
01/18/2018 05:44 AM