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South Africa: The Malignant Province - KwaZulu Natal and the Unbearable Wait to Die
[Bhekisisa] State cancer patients have nowhere to turn, even if their cancer is treatable
09/24/2017 11:54 AM
Nigeria: No Hope We Will Survive
[Vanguard] Decades ago, cancer was among rare diseases in Nigeria. Today the story has changed. The situation is so bad that almost every day there are new cases in various hospitals across the country. It is almost becoming like malaria.
09/24/2017 09:58 AM
South Africa: Aids Activist David Ross Patient Dies
[News24Wire] World renowned South African AIDS activist David Ross Patient, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1983, died on Friday evening after contracting pneumonia following an operation.
09/23/2017 08:49 AM
Nigeria: Borno Cholera Outbreak Could Have Been Worse - WHO
[This Day] Maiduguri -The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday said the death toll of 48 recorded from outbreak of cholera in Borno State, North East Nigeria could have been more but for early intervention tion to combat the disease.
09/23/2017 11:41 AM
South Africa: 50 Learners Treated for Food Poisoning After Eating Muffins At School
[News24Wire] Fifty learners were treated for food poisoning after eating muffins at a high school in Mokopane, Limpopo, paramedics said on Saturday.
09/23/2017 09:01 AM
Nigeria: Health Workers Race to Contain Cholera Outbreak in Northeast
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Health workers in northeast Nigeria said on Tuesday they were striving to contain a cholera outbreak which is sweeping through camps for those uprooted by Boko Haram, amid a drive to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of people against the disease.
09/22/2017 02:43 PM
South Africa: KZN Govt Pays Tribute to 'Dedicated, Caring' Nurse
[News24Wire] The KwaZulu-Natal government has paid tribute to a nurse who was so dedicated to his job that he once went as far as walking to patients to deliver antiretroviral drugs.
09/23/2017 12:28 PM
Africa: Can Continent End HIV Infections By 2030?
[Nyasa Times] World leaders including six African presidents Thursday demonstrated how the Fast Track approach to ending AIDS is working and positively positive impacting on health systems in most countries.
09/22/2017 03:26 PM
Malawi: Blood Sucker Claimer Cause Commotion At Hospital
[Nyasa Times] There was commotion at Chonde community hospital on Wednesday, when people scrambled to see a woman claiming that unknown people sucked her blood during the night of Tuesday.
09/22/2017 03:04 PM
West Africa: USAID Announces Malaria Initiative Launch and Expansion
[USAID] New York -Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced that the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by USAID and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expand its existing program in Burkina Faso.
09/22/2017 04:08 AM
South Africa: SA to Save Billions On HIV Treatment
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa has found a breakthrough pricing agreement that will speed up the availability of the first affordable, generic and single-pill HIV treatment programme.
09/22/2017 02:55 PM
South Africa: Health On Suspension of Forensic Analyst
[Govt of SA] The Department of Health has put one of its Forensic analysts, based in Pretoria Forensic Laboratory Services on precautionary suspension from employment in terms of clause 7.2 of the PSCBC resolution 1 of 2003 with full pay.
09/22/2017 02:28 PM
South Africa: Health Forensic Analyst Put On Suspension
[SAnews.gov.za] The Department of Health has put one of its forensic analysts on precautionary suspension from employment with full pay.
09/22/2017 01:41 PM
Africa: Women At Risk of HIV From Bacterial Infection
[East African] Women with a history of vaginal bacterial infections have a higher chance of contracting and transmitting HIV, a study has shown.
09/22/2017 01:32 PM
Sudan: Khartoum State Closes School With Cholera Cases
[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum / Jebel Awlia / Sharg El Nil -The Khartoum state Ministry of Health closed a school in Jebel Awlia locality after more than 20 students suffered from diarrhoea. Five of them were infected with cholera.
09/22/2017 01:10 PM
Kenya: Tharaka-Nithi Governor Says Some of Nurses' Demands Met
[Nation] Tharaka-Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki has asked striking nurses in his county to resume duty after agreeing to implement part of the controversial collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
09/22/2017 11:37 AM
Nigeria: Benue Assembly Bans Use of Tyres in Meat Processing
[This Day] Makurdi -Benue State House of Assembly friday banned the use of tyres and other harmful materials used in roasting meat across the state in view of their health hazards to meat consumers.
09/22/2017 11:26 AM
Zimbabwe: Reprieve for Pharmaceutical Exporters
[The Herald] As part of the ongoing Ease of Doing Export Business - Rapid Results Initiative (RRI), the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ), through the Ministry of Health and Child Care recently reduced the cost of two permits that are essential for exporting pharmaceutical products.
09/22/2017 11:22 AM
Nigeria: Patients Lament, Seek Voluntary Discharge As Health Workers' Strike Bites
[Vanguard] Lagos -The indefinite strike embarked upon by health workers under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, took its toll on Federal Government-owned health institutions in many states of the Federation, yesterday, as patients lamented the development, with several opting for voluntary discharge, following the withdrawal of medical and clinical services.
09/22/2017 11:07 AM
Nigeria: Experts React to Nigeria's High Maternal Mortality Rate
[Premium Times] Medical experts have described as worrisome the recent figure released by international agencies which put Nigeria's maternal mortality rate at 58,000 in 2015.
09/22/2017 11:07 AM
Tanzania: Donors Donate 1.9bn/ - Into HIV/Aids Kitty
[Daily News] SOME 1.9bn/- is now available for the newly introduced AIDS Trust Fund as core funding for its prevention and 'enabling environment' departments.
09/22/2017 08:15 AM
Tanzania: Bukoba Hospital Improves Services
[Daily News] KAGERA region is finalizing plans to purchase cancer screening devices. This will enable patients to get timely treatment, the Kagera Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS), Mr Diwani Athumani, has said.
09/22/2017 08:11 AM
South Africa: Atlantis Residents Demand Better Service At Wesfleur Hospital
[GroundUp] Health department commits to recruiting more doctors and nurses, but says problems can't be solved only by hiring
09/22/2017 06:41 AM
Nigeria: Patients Groan As Federal Health Institutions Nurses Down Tools
[Daily Trust] Patients have lamented that lack of nurses to attend to them in hospitals has started taking its toll on them.
09/22/2017 06:15 AM
Rwanda: Health Ministry Launches U.S.$5 Million Spraying Drive Ahead of Malaria Peak Season
[New Times] The ministry of Health has launched a $5,098,326 indoor residual spraying (IRS) campaign in Kirehe and Nyagatare, some of the malaria high risk districts in the country.
09/22/2017 06:11 AM
Nigeria: Leukemia Patients Celebrate 10th World CML Day
[This Day] As patients of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) worldwide celebrate the 10th World CML Day today to raise awareness on a rare haematological disease that represents 15 to 20 per cent of all leukemia in adults and the needs of patients, a non-governmental organisation, Together Maxcare Foundation Nigeria, is pushing for more sensitivity to the plight of patients who have this rare type of leukemia.
09/22/2017 07:06 AM
Seychelles: President to Work With Mauritius on Drug User Rehabilitation
[Seychelles News Agency] Seychelles and Mauritius will exchange experiences in the rehabilitation of drug users and cooperate in the social and education sectors, according to discussions between the leaders of the two countries on Wednesday.
09/21/2017 01:53 PM
Namibia: Governor Appeals for Help in HIV-Aids Fight
[Namibian] Kavango West governor Sirkka Ausiku has appealed to the private sector, especially those in healthcare, to contribute to eliminating HIV-Aids in the region and the country.
09/21/2017 11:42 AM
Africa: Attacks Against Albinos for Body Parts, Profit Must Stop - UN
[VOA] "When I was sleeping in my house, four people came and started attacking me with machetes," said Mariama Staford, an albino in Tanzania. "One of those four people was a neighbor, and he is the one who took the machete and was cutting my arms."
09/21/2017 09:02 AM
Zimbabwe: Health Experts Debunk Menopause Myth
[New Zimbabwe] Organisations and activists in the HIV sector must work towards demystifying the notion that women and men lose sexual appetite as they advance in age, health specialists have said.
09/21/2017 08:39 AM