Health in Southern Africa

  • Healthcare Property holds benefits for Africa

    CANADA, 2017/08/20 As Africa tries to build up a listed real estate industry, healthcare real estate investment trust (REITs) become additional attractive on the continent. They would formalise an industry with much potential, advises Ortneil Kutama, Africa Property News Media Director. “REITs are well structured and provide investors with tax benefits and regular gain in theory as long as they make consistent profits,” Kutama said. Nations like South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Morocco and Nigeria, which have growing populations, improving hospitals and healthcare industries, could gain capital boost. If the hospitals in these nations were listed, investors could bring that major capital boost.
  • Buhari Among African Presidents Who Lack Faith in Own Health Systems

    ANGOLA, 2017/08/18 The Presidency, yesterday, drew back from joining the fray next President Muhammadu Buhari was listed by the BBC part African presidents who have "an apparent lack of faith in the health systems at home." The other presidents listed included Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Patrice Talon (Benin), Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Algeria), and Jose Eduardo dos Santos (Angola).
  • WHO lauds Africa’s progress in malaria, HIV control

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 The World Health Organisation (WHO), has commended the African region for making significant evolution in malaria control in the last five years. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said malaria incidence and mortality rates had declined by 42 % and 66 % respectively between 2000 and 2015. Moeti made the commendation in Kigali, Rwanda, while speaking at the Initial Africa Health Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the Government of Rwanda.
  • WHO Africa Health Forum App Leads the Way

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/16 You can meet the majority interesting people at conferences. If you can make your way through the sea of people to get to them. The initial Africa Health Forum organised by the World Health Organisation African region was no different - hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic participants filling the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, determined to find their way to universal healthcare (UHC) on the continent. The forum promised to examine WHO AFRO's vision for health and development across the continent, explore concrete ways for partners to contribute to the work of the organization, meet the challenges that young people face, and provide a platform to talk about innovative strategies for the public health challenges that Africa just can't seem to shake.
  • Zimbabwe’s prominent HIV/AIDS activist

    ZIMBABWE, 2016/10/01 Martha Tholanah, is passionate about working with minority communities with high prevalence of HIV/AIDS. The 51-year old tested positive for the virus in 2003. This marked the beginning of her fight against HIV/AIDS discrimination. "It was like a death sentence," she recalls. In Zimbabwe, sex workers and members of LGBTI community are often marginalized in sexual and reproductive health programs. But Tholanah says the fight against HIV and AIDS cannot be won if minorities are left out. "We talk of leaving no one behind, we have all these slogans, but we won't reach the targets set by the slogans if some sectors of the people are left behind because of their identity," explained the family therapy counselor. Tholanah established and headed health programs at Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) and the Network of Zimbabwean Positive Women (NZPW+).
  • The South African children's Aids hospice that ran out of business

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2016/07/23 Each Sunday the long, ebony cars rolled in. “For some reason our children tended to die over weekends,” recalls Sister Kethiwe Dube, a worker at the Cotlands children’s Aids hospice in Turffontein, Johannesburg. In 2002, deaths at the 70-bed hospice were at a peak: 87 infants passed away – an average of additional than seven a month. So a lot of succumbed to Aids between 1996 and 2003 that three memorial walls were created for them in Westpark, one of Johannesburg’s major cemeteries. “You’d take those children as your own and learn to love them, but you at no time knew if they’d be there the next day,” Dube says. “It made me so anxious. It still does.”
  • AIDS still number one cause of death in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2016/07/20 The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that despite successes chalked in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a lot additional needed to be done particularly in Africa. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, revealed that adolescents were generally dying of AIDS at an alarming rate and that the disease remained the leading cause of death in Africa.
  • Chinese first lady attends anti-AIDS activity in South Africa

    CHINA, 2015/12/08 Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, attended an anti-AIDS advocacy activity here on Saturday, pledging to support Africa's medical and health programs. Peng was here accompanying President Xi for the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. China will consistently support the African nations in fighting AIDS, support the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) on AIDS prevention and control in Africa, and support Africa's programs on medical infrastructure inclunding women's and children's healthcare, said Peng.
  • New ARV Treatment Guidelines for HIV Patients, Namibia

    NAMIBIA, 2015/10/11 HIV-positive patients will hereafter go on antiretroviral treatment as any minute at this time as they test positive, unlike in the completed where they had to wait for their CD4 count to drop to a certain level, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced last week. This is one of the two new guidelines that were released at the end of last month by the WHO. The guidelines will form part of the WHO's revised and updated 2016 guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infections. The new guidelines are set for release in December. WHO said the expanded use of antiretroviral treatment is supported by recent findings from clinical trials confirming that early use of ART keeps people living with HIV alive and healthier, and reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to partners. Unlike in the completed at the same time as HIV-positive patients were mainly treated next their CD4 count had dropped to 500 cells/mm3 before going on antiretrovirals, the new guidelines set by the WHO recommend that patients go on treatment as any minute at this time as they test positive.
  • Global Malaria Target Met Amid Sharp Drop in Cases

    BOTSWANA, 2015/09/22 Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 % since 2000, but the ancient killer remains an acute public health problem with 15 nations mainly in sub-Saharan Africa accounting for some 80 % of cases and deaths globally, according to a new United Nations statement released today. “World malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the completed 15 years,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “It’s a sign that our strategies are on target, and that we can beat this ancient killer, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives, mostly children, each year.”