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Zambia must find a way to balance the economy and public health in tax policyArticle

The burden of noncommunicable diseases is growing rapidly across sub-Saharan Africa. The conditions, which include obesity and diabetes, are now leading causes of premature deaths...

Mulenga Mary Mukanu 23 Apr 2021

A tribute to a giant in the palliative care community
A tribute to a giant in the palliative care communityArticle

The palliative care community mourns the recent passing of Dr Sarah Fakoodreen, who passed away suddenly on 14 March 2021...

Issued by MANGO-OMC 19 Mar 2021

RCL in joint venture to scale plant-based food market in Africa
RCL in joint venture to scale plant-based food market in AfricaArticle

RCL Foods and US plant-based food collective Livekindly Collective have established a local plant-based joint venture, Livekindly Collective Africa...

18 Mar 2021

Children are eating too much poor nutrient quality food and too little of good nutrient quality food. Shutterstock
South Africa needs to change direction on maternal health to solve child malnutritionArticle

When we think about nurturing healthy children, we need to adopt a life course approach to maternal nutrition. In other words, a women's health for the benefit of herself and her child must be prioritised early in life...

Chantell Witten & Shane Norris 9 Mar 2021

Why 'eat less, move more' is not obesity's silver bullet
Why 'eat less, move more' is not obesity's silver bulletArticle

Advising people who are obese to just consume fewer calories while burning more energy is not just doomed to fail but damaging to vulnerable people...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 4 Mar 2021

How one South African employer helped its staff get healthier and why it's worth doing
How one South African employer helped its staff get healthier and why it's worth doingArticle

The workplace can make a big contribution to reducing their employees' risk of non-communicable diseases through relatively inexpensive adjustments to the work environment...

Darcelle Schouw and Bob Mash 29 Jan 2021

Can mobile technology 'vaccinate' SA's private healthcare industry against Covid-19?
Can mobile technology 'vaccinate' SA's private healthcare industry against Covid-19?Article

Insight Survey's latest SA Private Healthcare Industry Landscape Report 2020, carefully unfolds the global and local private healthcare markets, based on the latest information and research...

Issued by Insight Survey 16 Nov 2020

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Diabetes is a ticking time bomb in Sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

Diabetes is a serious, chronic condition that affects the lives and well-being of individuals, families, and societies globally. It is characterised by excess levels of sugar in the blood...

Chinwe Juliana Iwu-Jaja, Andre Pascal Kengne & Charles Shey Wiysonge 13 Nov 2020

Reprioritising existing occupational health threats in a time of Covid-19
Reprioritising existing occupational health threats in a time of Covid-19Article

The Covid-19 pandemic has posed a threat to global health systems and forced the restructuring of resources for healthcare the world over, including in respect of tuberculosis (TB), HIV and non-communicable diseases (NCDs)...

12 Oct 2020

Good nutrition for good immunity
Good nutrition for good immunityArticle

The global pandemic has highlighted many fault-lines across society, and in our current state of ongoing disruption, it also presents us with unique opportunities to make changes...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 8 Oct 2020

Bonitas announces the lowest increase in 10 years - from 0%
Bonitas announces the lowest increase in 10 years - from 0%Article

Financially solid, younger new members, two new plans, virtual healthcare and a renewed focus on Managed Care for chronic diseases are just a few of the insights from the Bonitas 2021 product launch...

Issued by Bonitas 28 Sep 2020

Nutrition in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic
Nutrition in the context of the Covid-19 pandemicArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the challenges of food insecurity, hunger, and malnutrition that existed prior to the outbreak, but which are now affecting more individuals and households...

Issued by University of the Free State 28 Sep 2020

Pulmonary hypertension in LMICs
Pulmonary hypertension in LMICsArticle

Pulmonary hypertension affects about 75-million people worldwide, approximately 80% of whom live in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs)...

28 Sep 2020

Environmental surveillance could provide an earlier and clearer picture for public health interventions
Environmental surveillance could provide an earlier and clearer picture for public health interventionsArticle

If there was any doubt, the coronavirus pandemic has clearly revealed that we inhabit a world where people, animals and environments are interconnected and interdependent...

Dr Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa and Dr Nonhlanhla Kalebaila 23 Sep 2020

FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems
FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systemsArticle

Turning the recovery from Covid-19 into an opportunity for cities to become more sustainable, resilient, and provide access to healthy foods for all...

21 Sep 2020

Children’s health and nutrition is severely affected by the pandemic. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images
South Africa needs a plan to protect children's health beyond Covid-19Article

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a head-on challenge to even the most solid health systems in the world. In South Africa its onset collided with the already existing quadruple burden of disease...

Ute Feucht 28 Aug 2020

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Technology can help people manage their diabetes - case study shows it's not being usedArticle

Non-communicable diseases are the leading cause of death globally. There's no cure for most of them, such as diabetes. Rather, they're controlled through lifelong medical treatment...

18 Aug 2020

Census enumerators in Nairobi, Kenya. Countries need to collect comparable statistics about populations. SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images
Flaws in the collection of African population statistics block Covid-19 insightsArticle

Hundreds of thousands of cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in African Union member countries. In order to mitigate the spread of the virus, and the burden it poses for health in Africa and globally, countries need to deliver evidence-driven interventions...

Emmanuel Olamijuwon, Fidelia A. A. Dake & Oluwaseyi Dolapo Somefun 13 Aug 2020

People exercising in Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dino Lloyd/Gallo Images via Getty Images
South Africans must be healthier for universal healthcare to succeedArticle

Achieving a healthy population isn't easy for any country - rich or poor. One of the approaches that's gained traction over the past two decades is preventative care through health promotion...

Jane Simmonds & Charles Parry 8 Jul 2020

Exposure to sunshine for a few minutes is enough to provide sufficient vitamin D. GettyImages
Think vitamin D deficiency is not common in Africa? Think againArticle

The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, and the number of diseases associated with it, seems to be increasing worldwide. Africa is known to have a huge burden of disease, but little is known about the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency...

Reagan Mogire 29 Jun 2020

Call for action to address malnutrition in all its forms
Call for action to address malnutrition in all its formsArticle

The coronavirus pandemic has emphasised the importance of food security and nutritional wellbeing for all South Africans and has exposed the vulnerability and weaknesses of our food systems. In view of this, we call on the government to address malnutrition in all its forms...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 17 Jun 2020

Making sense of the numbers - cases, co-morbidities and costs
Making sense of the numbers - cases, co-morbidities and costsArticle

As the number of Covid-19 infections moves over 21,000, both public and private healthcare is going to be under constant pressure...

Issued by Bonitas 26 May 2020

Women and children wait to be treated at a health clinic in northern Burkina Faso. Giles Clarke/UNOCHA via Getty Images
A new global health pattern: longer life for the poor, with more ailmentsArticle

With ageing come many benefits, including freedom, wisdom, perspective, and - in many cultures - respect. Unfortunately, the downside is that ageing also brings medical ailments...

Justine Ina Davies & Maria Odland 25 May 2020

Lifestyle diseases and coronavirus
Lifestyle diseases and coronavirusArticle

As the number of Covid-19 infections moves over 16,000, the health minister, Zweli Mkhize, has expressed concern about the huge risk group of South Africans suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. In other words, comorbidities...

Issued by Bonitas 19 May 2020

Riding the Covid-19 Curve: How one conscious company is doing the extraordinary to help the ordinary
Riding the Covid-19 Curve: How one conscious company is doing the extraordinary to help the ordinaryArticle

Over the Covid-19 lockdown period, most organisations have been using the time to align on their plans. However, AECI has already implemented its first round, measured the impact and identified even more areas for investment...

Sarika Modi, Issued by Triple Eight 8 May 2020

Sha'p Left to help scale up Covid-19 testing
Sha'p Left to help scale up Covid-19 testingArticle

To support the government's objective of increased testing to help contain the Covid-19 outbreak effectively, the Cipla Foundation in partnership with the Western Cape Government Health Department, has rolled out four screening and testing units in the Overberg district...

Issued by Cipla 20 Apr 2020

More clinical trials in African countries can help ensure that any vaccines or treatments developed cater to the continent’s genetic diversity. CELLOU BINANI/AFP via Getty Images
Few clinical trials are done in Africa: Covid-19 shows why this urgently needs to changeArticle

The World Health Organisation (WHO), in its quest to find efficacious therapies to treat Covid-19, plans to conduct a multi-arm, multi-country clinical trial...

Jenniffer Mabuka-Maroa 7 Apr 2020

Drugs security is a serious issue in Nigeria as Covid-19 rages Pius Utomi Ekpe/AFP via Getty Images
Nigeria relies heavily on drug imports. Why this is worrying in the time of Covid-19Article

The spread of Covid-19 has been slow in Nigeria compared to other countries on the continent. Nevertheless, the federal government has a taken steps in readiness for a more rapid outbreak...

Wuraola Akande-Sholabi 1 Apr 2020

#Covid-19 - A message from Cipla
#Covid-19 - A message from CiplaArticle

The world has changed significantly with the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19), and the pandemic is having significant repercussions globally...

Issued by Cipla 26 Mar 2020

Africa is way behind the curve in managing heart disease: here's a new approach
Africa is way behind the curve in managing heart disease: here's a new approachArticle

The burden of non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan African is growing because of factors such as demographic changes and increases in life expectancy...

Martin Heine 13 Feb 2020

The analgesic Grand-pa is among the most common pharmatrash in this study. Rebecca Hodes
Medical waste offers insights into South Africa's use of pharmaceuticalsArticle

Much of what we know about human history comes from studying things that have been discarded. The archaeology of dumpsites and middens has long informed us about societies and their pasts...

Rebecca Hodes 12 Feb 2020

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#BizTrends2020:Technology and public-private partnerships on pharma's agendaArticle

The same advances in technology and innovation that are driving a shift in the way we work, socialise and live are also driving a shift in the way we take care of our health...

David Gibbons, 13 Jan 2020

An African thunderstorm¹
An African thunderstorm¹Article

'Africa is changing fast' is a euphemism. The nature of the continent's change is not just fast, it has been deep, at times totally unforeseen and always multi-dimensional...

Issued by Kantar 8 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: Where tech will take healthcareArticle

The outdated lone-doctor model where illnesses are treated in siloes has to change. Care has to be outcomes based, it has to be measurable and it has to be tech enabled...

Nicci Botha 8 Jan 2020

Namibia, WHO partner in strengthening clinical care of NCDs
Namibia, WHO partner in strengthening clinical care of NCDsArticle

As part of efforts to reduce the growing burden of non communicable diseases (NCDs) on mortality and morbidity in Namibia, the Ministry of Health and Social Services with support from WHO is strengthening the health system...

30 Dec 2019

From fitness to finance - Building a smarter, stronger South Africa
From fitness to finance - Building a smarter, stronger South AfricaArticle

As a recently qualified chartered accountant [CA(SA)] Fulufhelo Siphuma's career has moved swiftly. But it's not a case of "all work, no play"...

Leigh Andrews, Issued by SAICA 13 Aug 2019

There’s a lack of research that deals specifically with conditions in African countries. Shutterstock
Africa needs to up its research game to fight non-communicable diseasesArticle

Non-communicable diseases are the current leading cause of death worldwide. And the burden is increasingly shifting from developed to developing countries...

Andre Pascal Kengne, Elvis Banboye Kidzeru & Muki Shey 19 Jun 2019

South Africa should learn from Brazil about how to tackle 'hidden hunger'
South Africa should learn from Brazil about how to tackle 'hidden hunger'Article

South Africa faces a double burden of hunger and malnutrition, on the one hand, and obesity with associated non-communicable diseases (NCDs), on the other...

Brittany Kesselman 19 Jun 2019

Dietitians do much more than you think
Dietitians do much more than you thinkArticle

The careers of dietitians are way more diverse than many think. The typical assumption is that a dietitian is a nutritional health professional available through private practice to those who need and can afford weight loss expertise...

Issued by Association for Dietetics in South Africa 4 Jun 2019

Cipla Medpro acquires a stake in connected health company Brandmed
Cipla Medpro acquires a stake in connected health company BrandmedArticle

Cipla Medpro will acquire a 30% stake upon closure in the connected healthcare company, Brandmed...

Issued by Cipla 17 May 2019

A woman receiving an oral cholera vaccine in Beira, Mozambique. Celeste Mac-Arthur
Cyclone Idai is over - but its health effects will be felt for a long timeArticle

People in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have started trying to rebuild their lives after the devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai...

Kerrigan McCarthy & Lucille Blumberg 15 Apr 2019

With the right skills and infrastructure, Africa can boost its genomics research efforts. Dmytro Zinkevych/Shutterstock
Africa needs a heavy dose of investment in genomics researchArticle

For several months, my friend's father lay helpless in one of Nairobi's premier hospitals. There was no clear diagnosis...

Jenniffer Mabuka-Maroa 5 Apr 2019

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa
WHO report: 630-million years of healthy life lost in AfricaArticle

Nearly 630-million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) 47 member states in Africa...

28 Mar 2019

Dr Tshepo Motsepe
Africa-Asia partner to improve healthcareArticle

If Africa and Asia are to reap the benefits of having a youthful population and improve their economies, they must improve healthcare for women, adolescents and youth...

20 Mar 2019

Poorer South Africans are bombarded with fast food. Shutterstock
Local solutions can boost healthier food choices in South AfricaArticle

The crisis in health triggered by cheap food that's high in fat and sugar is now well documented...

Karen Hofman & Safura Abdool Karim 11 Mar 2019

Sugar tax on the rise: The current global state of play
Sugar tax on the rise: The current global state of playArticle

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's announced in his Budget Speech that the Health Promotion Levy (HPL) - aka sugar tax - will be hiked from 2,1 cents to 2,21 cents per gram of sugar per 100ml...

Elly Irving 25 Feb 2019

Personalised medicine aims to tailor treatment according to each person’s genetic makeup. Shutterstock
Why African countries need to give genomic research a major boostArticle

All organisms are unique. Each having a set of genetic instructions for their build-up and maintenance. This set of genetic instructions is contained in genes that makeup a genome...

Lamech Mwapagha 30 Jan 2019

While women in sub-Saharan Africa live longer than men, many of these extra years are lived in poor health. Shutterstock
People in Africa live longer. But their health is poor in those extra yearsArticle

People are now living longer in sub-Saharan Africa than they did two decades ago...

Charles Shey Wiysonge 20 Dec 2018

At about 21 million strong, nurses make up half of the world’s health workforce. SIM USA/Shutterstock
To achieve universal healthcare, Kenya must invest more in its nursesArticle

Nurses in Kenya are threatening to strike, protesting that the government had failed to increase their salaries in spite of an agreement which ended a five-month strike last year...

Sharon Brownie 10 Dec 2018

The life expectancy improvements in sub-Saharan Africa vary between men and women. Shutterstock
Lifestyle diseases could scupper Africa's rising life expectancyArticle

People in sub-Saharan Africa are now living longer than ever before. A child born in the region today is expected to live up to 64 years on average...

Charles Shey Wiysonge 27 Nov 2018

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