The African Cancer Institute (ACI) at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), Stellenbosch University (SU), has formed a partnership with the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) to focus on cancer research regarding public health, primary care, nursing, and rehabilitation sciences to build capacity for basic and advanced cancer care.
Swaziland's minister of health and social welfare, Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane, has called for lessons learned from the HIV response in Southern Africa to be applied to the response to malaria.
Speaking on World Malaria Day (25 April 2015) in Livingstone, Zambia, Simelane emphasised the need for early diagnostic and treatment systems to combat malaria in the border areas of Southern Africa, just as has been done in the mitigation of HIV and AIDS.
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) boycotts official World AIDS Day proceedings for the second consecutive year as the group alleges that the millions of rands used to host this year's event in the Free State would be better spent strengthening the health system.
Over 1 000 Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members marched to the official World AIDS Day event in Piet Retief today (1 December 2014) to draw attention to the real challenges faced by people living with HIV/AIDS (PWAs) in the province, specifically critical drug stock-outs and a collapsing public health system.
According to the United Nations, one in three women will be beaten, raped or abused in her lifetime, translating to one billion women who are both directly and indirectly affected by gender violence.
The gender-based violence (GBV) Indicators Study carried out by Gender Links in six countries of Southern Africa, show that the most predominant form of GBV experienced by women and perpetrated by men occurs within intimate partnerships.
Save the Children has launched a three-year project geared at reducing teenage pregnancies in Ntcheu, Malawi, to complement government’s work in the promotion of girls' education in the country.
Speaking during the launch ceremony in Ntcheu, Save the Children programme manager, Frank Mwafulirwa, argued that incidences of teenage pregnancies contribute highly towards girl's school dropout rate in the country especially in primary schools.
Approximately 4 000 cardboard baby-cots are being distributed in KwaZulu-Natal in an effort to curb neonatal mortality.
World Vision South Africa and the Help Our Little Ones Foundation, spearheading the project, have designed 10 000 cardboard cots to distribute in six provinces across the country.
The NGO’s spokesperson, Sasha Endemann, advises that mothers must have attended at least four antenatal classes to qualify, emphasising that, “This is to promote healthcare and improve the mortality (rate) of both the mothers and their newborn.”
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) says that 23 suicides occur daily in South Africa and more than 230 attempted suicides are reported every day, adding that help is available to anyone planning on taking their own life.
SADAG spokesperson, Meryl Da Costa, states that counsellors are available 24 hours a day to offer assistance and referrals to clinics to those in need.
Da Costa asserts that, “Counsellors are trained to identify symptoms leading to suicide, and information is readily available on what to do once such symptoms are suspected.”
Advocacy groups believe that greater regional cooperation is needed to eliminate malaria as it remains a health threat to millions of people living in Southern Africa.
Roll Back Malaria, a partnership of organisations, says 200 000 people continue to die from the disease in Southern African each year, with the occurrence remaining unacceptably high in the region.
Malawi’s Department of Nutrition and HIV/AIDS in the Office of the President and Cabinet’s principal secretary, Edith Mkawa, blames the mechanisms utilised to dispatch messages of HIV/AIDS in the early 1990s as a contributing factor to the increased transmission of the virus in that country.
Mkawa has been quoted as saying that attributes that people in the country do not fully understand the concepts of HIV and AIDS because of traditional norms which influenced the spread of the disease.