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Tackle Africa's chronic diseases with effective actions

Cost-effective interventions are needed in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to reduce death burden caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs)...

By Sam Otieno 18 Sep 2018

A small hospital in Wakiso district in the central region of Uganda. Shutterstock
People across Africa have to travel far to get to a hospital. We worked out how far

Nearly half of all deaths and about a third of disabilities in low and middle-income countries could be avoided if people had access to emergency care...

By Paul Ouma & Emelda Okiro 14 Sep 2018

Professor Annalise Zemlin. Photo: Damien Schumann
Getting the balance right in detecting diabetes

Finding the right biochemical tests to detect diabetes mellitus earlier can reduce the heavy burden of this disease on the healthcare system and local communities...

By Jorisna Bonthuys 10 Sep 2018

Dr Sophia Kisting-Cairncross
Trust has paid out R134m compensation to silicosis sufferers

The Q(h)ubeka Trust has awarded R134m in compensation to qualifying former Anglo American South Africa and AngloGold Ashanti mineworkers suffering from silicosis...

29 Aug 2018

NCDs are the biggest killer in poorer countries
NCDs are the biggest killer in poorer countries

Contrary to the popular belief that parasites and infections are the biggest killers, people in developing countries are more likely to die from NCDs than their first world counterparts...

27 Jul 2018

Pilot programme to expand access to care for NCDs
Pilot programme to expand access to care for NCDs

A pilot programme that aims to increase access to care for non-communicable disease (NCDs) in South Africa will be introduced to the Kwamakhutha Community in eThekwini District ...

10 Jul 2018

SA consumers need to be informed to avoid risk of opioid addiction
SA consumers need to be informed to avoid risk of opioid addiction

South Africans need to better understand the potential risks associated with using medication to combat pain, as even the use of certain pain medications, could lead to an individual needing professional help for addiction to opioids...

Issued by Cipla 5 Jul 2018

Clinics manage hypertension patients better when more hands are on deck
Clinics manage hypertension patients better when more hands are on deck

South Africa's clinic based health system was originally created to provide primary care services like maternal and child care and care for acute conditions such as pneumonia or malaria...

5 Jul 2018

Brics countries must step up on healthcare
Brics countries must step up on healthcare

Because they carry the greatest burden of disease, developing countries need to make their voices heard in global health organisations...

20 Jun 2018

Health systems rarely consider that patients switch between hospitals or primary healthcare centres and indigenous medicine for their health issues. Direct Relief/Tobin Greensweig
Why indigenous medicine could play a role in rebuilding health systems

Conflicts do not spare health systems. From Afghanistanto the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the effects that wars and state fragility have on healthcare provision are all too visible...

By Jean-Benoit Falisse and Serena Masino 20 Jun 2018

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general
WHO calls for urgent action against NCDs

Collectively, cancer, diabetes, lung and heart diseases kill 41-million people annually, accounting for 71% of all deaths globally, 15 million of which occur between the ages of 30 and 70 years...

4 Jun 2018

Professor Mark Collison of the South African Population Research Infrastructure Network
What population growth will do to health and communities

By 2030,the world population is expected to be 8.6 billion people, growing to 11.2 billion by 2100, which will have an impact on health and communities...

29 May 2018

South Africans urged to have their blood pressure tested regularly
South Africans urged to have their blood pressure tested regularly

Globally, it is estimated that approximately 7.5 million people die annually from complications due to high blood pressure (also known as hypertension)...

Issued by Cipla 21 May 2018

Source: Merck Foundation
Merck Foundation continues training oncologists in Africa to combat emerging cancer crisis

"In 2018, We will continue to enrol more candidates and engage other countries on this programme as we firmly believe this is a vital component of improving the quality and accessibility of cancer care in Africa."

9 May 2018

UCT research focus on combating poverty-related heart disease in Africa
UCT research focus on combating poverty-related heart disease in Africa

These programmes focus on combating diseases related to poverty, such as rheumatic heart disease, pericardial disease, cardiomyopathy and heart failure...

7 May 2018

Tertius Troost, tax consultant at Mazars
The not-so-sweet consequences of sugar tax

South Africans may not be able to fully appreciate how far-reaching the so-called sugar tax, which Treasury introduced on 1 April 2018, really is...

3 May 2018

Dr Andre Kengne
Diabesity on the increase in young African women

Africa is a continent in transition. As more and more people embrace a Western way of life as opposed to more traditional customs...

2 May 2018

Educating children about asthma is the best way to manage symptoms
Educating children about asthma is the best way to manage symptoms

South Africa has the highest asthma death rate in the world - according to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Detailed Mortality Database - and globally 334 million people are estimated to suffer from asthma...

Issued by Cipla 2 May 2018

World Primary Immunodeficiency Week 22-29 April 2018
World Primary Immunodeficiency Week 22-29 April 2018

Children and adults who fall ill with recurrent, unusual, or more severe infections may suffer from an undiagnosed underlying primary immunodeficiency (PID) disease...

Issued by Cipla 30 Apr 2018

Health tax deterrent goes up in smoke
Health tax deterrent goes up in smoke

The increase in excise tax on tobacco products above the inflation rate, announced in the Budget Speech in February, was erroneously lauded by tobacco control lobbyists...

11 Apr 2018

The big four - know your numbers
The big four - know your numbers

If you look at the exponential growth of chronic lifestyle diseases then it is not difficult to understand why Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, maintains chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are putting a huge strain on the country's health care system...

Issued by Bonitas 26 Feb 2018

Sugar tax is 'lite' in combatting obesity and diabetes
Sugar tax is 'lite' in combatting obesity and diabetes

The sugar tax, to be enforced in South Africa from 1 April 2018, may help curb consumption slightly but there's more to be done...

26 Feb 2018

More patient education needed on respiratory conditions
More patient education needed on respiratory conditions

There is a significant need in South Africa for education around respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis, according to Dr Shaunagh Emanuel, honorary secretary of the Allergy Society of South Africa...

Issued by Cipla 21 Feb 2018

Graham Briggs. Photo: Towerstone
#miningindaba18: Miners face delay in pact over silicosis class action

Hopes have been tempered of a quick resolution to the occupational lung disease class action including thousands of former miners afflicted with silicosis...

9 Feb 2018

Shaping the future of African healthcare: Finalists for DHCT Accelerator Programme announced
Shaping the future of African healthcare: Finalists for DHCT Accelerator Programme announced

Digital Health Cape Town has announced the finalists for its inaugural accelerator programme designed to foster local e-health innovation...

22 Jan 2018

Eat green 2018: Sustainable consumption, plant-based foods the order of the day
Eat green 2018: Sustainable consumption, plant-based foods the order of the day

In South Africa, we raise more than one billion farm animals for food every year. Now is the time to join the green revolution, with sustainable food consumption on the rise and plant-based protein predicted to be one of the biggest food trends in 2018...

19 Jan 2018

Putting money where the mouth is - sugar, public health and the advertising industry
Putting money where the mouth is - sugar, public health and the advertising industry

Changing behaviour is difficult - particularly amidst million-dollar advertising onslaughts...

By Deborah Minors 18 Jan 2018

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In defence of the fruit fly

Fruit flies are able to inflict immense damage to a wide range of fruit and vegetables, significantly impacting farming, food production and market economics, however...

15 Jan 2018

Driverless cars could be better or worse for our health - it's up to us
Driverless cars could be better or worse for our health - it's up to us

Driverless cars - autonomous vehicles - are coming. The topic is a constant presence in media; The New York Times Magazine recently devoted most of an issue to it...

By Jim Sallis 12 Jan 2018

Sugar tax and its bitter economic aftertaste
Sugar tax and its bitter economic aftertaste

The tax on sugary beverages is expected to commence on 1 April 2018. Is it really a measure to promote a healthier lifestyle among South Africans, or is it a ruse to add more money to state coffers?

By Joon Chong and Wesley Grimm 15 Dec 2017

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