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Silicosis and Tuberculosis on the Gold Mines

Many people have lost loved ones due to awful diseases such as silicosis and tuberculosis. Silicosis is a lung disease that is incurable. It is caused by inhaling silica dust from gold-bearing rocks over a prolonged period. It causes shortness of breath, coughing, fever and chest pains. People often confuse silicosis with tuberculosis (TB). Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria. Like silicosis it also affects the lungs but can affect other parts of the body as well.

​Number of People With Cancer on the Increase

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation has noted that currently there are more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide and there are nearly 14.5 million people living with cancer in the United States.

The increase in the number of people diagnosed with cancer leads to an increased number of people living with many kinds of consequences.

Head at the Cancer Association of South Africa, Magdalene Seguin, says around 16 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer over the next 14 years.

​Free Diabetes Testing on World Health Day

The Zimbabwe Diabetic Association (ZDA) has offered free diabetes testing to over 400 people in Mashonaland East to commemorate the World Health Day.
 
The World Health Day is commemorated on 7 April annually.
 
ZDA president, Dr John Mangwiro, who says the organisation was offering free diabetes testing to people around the country, adds that: "We are doing awareness activities on prevention and management of diabetes to people around the country…”
 

Call to Decriminalise Drug Abusers

TB/HIV Care Association, a non-governmental organisation working against the spread of TB and HIV, is calling for the decriminalisation of drug abusers.
The organisation’s Shaun Shelly, states that people who use drugs frequently suffer from human rights abuses at public spaces.

According to Shelly, the organisation recorded about 250 incidents of human rights violations in three cities throughout the country in a period of three months.

Reader Slams Abortion in Zambia

The heightened campaign to legalise abortion in Zambia is a push by superpowers with the sole purpose is reducing the numbers of black Africa, according to a comment in the Lusaka Times, by a concerned citizen of Zambia.

In the comment, the writer claims that the ‘ongoing depopulation’ is being done through well-coordinated activities through non-governmental organisations such as Planned Parenthood, Centre for Infectious Disease, Centre for Infectious Diseases and research In Zambia to mention a few.

CBS’s CSI Prioritises Education and Health

The Central Bank of Swaziland (CBS) has once again extended a helping to the country’s most needy by donating money to eight organisations.
 
The presentation of an amount of E165 000 was made by CBS Governor, Majozi Sithole, who in his remarks emphasised that their corporate social investment programme mainly focused on community and health care programmes as well as education.
 

TAC Warns SA’s Health System is ‘Falling Apart’

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says the shortage of critical medicines at health facilities cannot go unnoticed any longer.

The TAC's Anele Yawa says some patients in KwaZulu-Natal have reported going for a month without their antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and other chronic medications.

The organisation further says there is a shortage of ARVs and other medication such as painkillers in the country particularly in KwaZulu-Natal which has the second highest number of people on ARVs after Gauteng.

HIV Response Strategies Key to Tackling Malaria

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.

WHO Calls for Cut Down on Sugar

New guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend people of all ages reduce ‘free sugar' intake to less than 10 percent of daily energy intakes and warn of the health risks of hidden sweeteners.

WHO director of Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, Francesco Branca, points out that, "We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10 percent of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth decay."

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