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Remembering Prudence Mabele – the Sangoma Who Lived for Science

Remembering Prudence Mabele – the Sangoma Who Lived for Science

Mabele helped lead the fight for antiretrovirals in SA and didn’t stop there. She passed away this week. This was her last interview with Bhekisisa. In 2004, more than 500 traditional healers took to the streets in protest against the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). They accused the HIV activist organisation of promoting Western medicine as […]

Zimbabwe to legalise marijuana . . . Govt considers drug use for medical purposes

Zimbabwe to legalise marijuana . . . Govt considers drug use for medical purposes

THE Government is considering an application that has been made by a Canadian international company to produce cannabis for medical purposes, a move that will see the country legalising the production and use of marijuana in selected areas, a Cabinet Minister has said. Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Minister Dr Obert Mpofu told captains of […]

Drug-resistant ‘superbug gonorrhea’ is emerging, WHO warns

Drug-resistant ‘superbug gonorrhea’ is emerging, WHO warns

Untreatable cases of “superbug gonorrhoea” have occurred, the World Health Organization says, as it calls for new drugs to treat the bacterial infection. On Thursday, WHO and a global team of researchers published a study in the journal PLoS Medicine highlighting increases in drug-resistant gonorrhea, calling it a “serious situation.” Syphilis, gonorrhea cases up among all ages in […]

Crafting an African Victory for the World

Crafting an African Victory for the World

On May 25, 1963,  Africans gathered in Addis Ababa to create the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor to today’s African Union. It stood tall in the minds of Africans who decided to unite for a common cause. It demonstrated our ability to set aside differences in order to make the world a better place. […]

Rwanda’s Health Achievements After Genocide ‘Unbelievable’

Rwanda’s Health Achievements After Genocide ‘Unbelievable’

The World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti has described Rwanda’s achievements in the health sector after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi as “unbelievable.” Matshidiso made the remarks while visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Gisozi yesterday, where she alongside other officials was taken through the story of the genocide […]

Free Underwear Persuade Moroto Males to Dash for Circumcision

Free Underwear Persuade Moroto Males to Dash for Circumcision

The distribution of free underwear for males after undergoing Safe Medical Circumcision (SMC) in Moroto District has boosted the program. Abraham Kizza, a mobiliser from the Health Ministry, says the number of males turning up for circumcision is overwhelming in some places like Rupa Sub County. He says more than 200 males were circumcised in […]

Too much consumption of sadza is killing Zimbabweans says Thomas Heyland

Too much consumption of sadza is killing Zimbabweans says Thomas Heyland

A GERMANY-BASED sustainable agriculture promotion organization, Welthungerhilfe, says “too much maize” which Zimbabweans consume as well as their poor eating practices are some of the sources of non-communicable diseases stunting and killing them. This was said by Welthungerhilfe Gokwe office project manager, Thomas Heyland while addressing journalists attending a public discussion on food production and its […]

Zambia Shuns Female Condom

Zambia Shuns Female Condom

“I tried out the female condom once and it felt so uncomfortable especially with the lubricant’s unpleasant scent; I couldn’t even enjoy the act at all said,” says Margaret Mbewe of Lusaka’s Chunga Township when asked about why women shun using the female condom.. Ms Mbewe, 34, has since vowed never to use the female […]

HIV Prevention Drug May Soon Be Freely Available

HIV Prevention Drug May Soon Be Freely Available

The drug used to help prevent HIV has been included on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) “essential drug list”, paving the way for it to be freely available in healthcare facilities around South Africa. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which contains the drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine, is called by its brand name Truvada. Currently, only sex workers […]

With an African Running the WHO, It’s Time for the Continent to Get Hands On

With an African Running the WHO, It’s Time for the Continent to Get Hands On

New World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus has already drawn up a list of things to do. The former Ethiopian Health Minister wants the organisation to work with governments to build their national capacity for universal health coverage through strong and resilient health systems. Secondly, he wants to strengthen the WHO’s response to […]

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