• NGO Intensifies Anti-Obesity Drive

    The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) says 50 percent of South Africans are grappling with obesity.

    As National Obesity Week begins, the organisation will intensify awareness about health risks associated with obesity, which could lead to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and even cancer.

    HSF chief executive officer, Dr Vash Mungal-Singh, says a lack of physical activity accounts for half of the country's obesity rate, adding that: “We call them diseases of lifestyles because these are as a result of poor choices that we make. We eat too much and we're not active enough.”

    To read the article titled, “SA foundation intensifies anti-obesity drive,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Ebola Cases Underreported - MSF

    Medecins Sans Frontieres says that amid collapsing health systems, people in countries worst affected are too afraid to report all Ebola cases.

    Field workers from the international aid organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), who returned to South Africa last week after having worked in Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa, say far more people have died of the disease than the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) estimated 4 000.

    Speaking at a press conference in Johannesburg, Juli Switala, a South African paediatrician who has been stationed in Sierra Leone since May, believes that people in countries worst affected are not reporting all Ebola cases.

    To read the article titled, “MSF: More have died from Ebola than estimated,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Call for a Modern Leader for Mozambique

    The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa says the time has come for a modern leader to be elected in Mozambique's elections.

    The organisation’s executive director, Denis Kadima, says that people need a modern leader who does not come with baggage of liberation fighting.

    The comments come as the ruling party, the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) chose a presidential candidate with no struggle credentials and comes from a different province.

    To read the article titled, “Mozambicans need a modern leader: Analyst,” click here.

    SABC News
  • ISS: Farm Killings Not Politically Motivated

    The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has refuted some reports which claim that farm attacks are racially motivated.
    The ISS study has found that most attacks are motivated by greed and not by racial intolerance.
    ISS senior researcher, Johan Burger, states that the report could not find any evidence showing that violent crimes committed on farms and small holdings were motivated by race or class.
    To read the article titled, “Farm attacks not racially motivated: ISS,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Project Targets Teenage Pregnancy

    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.
    Mwafulirwa stated that, "According to Demographic Health Survey of 2010, 28 percent of girls drop out school due pregnancies and less than 10 percent of such girls are re-admitted in the schools across the country."
    To read the article titled, “Save the children intervenes in reducing teenage pregnancies in Ntcheu,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Global March Against Poaching

    Thousands marched in Africa and around the world on 4 October 2014 to pressure governments to do more to stop the poaching industry that many fear is driving rhinos and elephants to the brink of extinction.
    The protests, dubbed the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, took place in 136 cities and towns across six continents, from Soweto to Nairobi, and Paris to New York and Tokyo.
    In South Africa, which is struggling to stem a rhino poaching crisis, demonstrators gathered across 17 cities.
    To read the article titled, “Elephant poaching: thousands march worldwide for wildlife protection,” click here.

    The Guardian
  • Confusion Over Zim Unemployment Rate

    Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change has recently described Zimbabwe’s unemployment rate of 85 percent as a ticking time bomb.
    In its 2013 election manifesto, President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party claimed unemployment levels stood at 60 percent.
    The secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union, Japhet Moyo, told a newspaper late in 2012 that the unemployment rate was between 80 and 90 percent while the country’s National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations suggested that overall unemployment in 2011 stood at 95 percent.
    To read the article titled, “Is Zimbabwe’s unemployment rate four percent, 60 percent or 95 percent?” click here.

    SABC News
  • Calls for Renewed Global Push to End Poverty

    In the report, ‘Financing Africa’s Future: The Fight Against Poverty’, the ONE campaign laments setbacks in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty around the world and called for a renewed drive to that end.
    ONE says that some progress has been made, noting that the proportion of people living on less than US$1.25 a day has been halved over the past two decades.
    The organisation praises such countries as Britain, Japan, Germany, Norway France, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands for increased aid.
    The advocacy organisation of nearly six million people - cofounded by Bono of the music group U2 - aims to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, and is funded by foundations, individual philanthropists and corporations.

    To read the article titled, “Advocacy group urges renewed global push to end Africa poverty,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • WHO: Ebola Set to Explode Without Drastic Action

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that, the Ebola epidemic is set to explode unless the response is radically intensified, warning that hundreds of thousands could be infected by the end of 2014.

    In a report, the United Nations agency declares that new cases would surge from hundreds each week to thousands without ‘drastic improvements in control measures’, with the number of infections set to more than triple to 20 000 by November 2014.

    The research paper warns that the outbreak could drag out for years and become entrenched in West Africa, which has already seen almost 3 000 deaths.

    To read the article titled, “Ebola cases to explode without drastic action: WHO,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • Coalition Calls for Better Response to Mental Health, Addiction

    Health organisations have launched a new drive to address what some have called a ‘mental health pandemic’ fuelled by drug abuse in South Africa.

    During the Rural Health Conference in Worcester, Western Cape, the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa, Rural Rehab South Africa (RuReSA) and other health organisations launched the Rural Mental Health Advocacy Campaign which aims to advocate for mental health services, including those aimed at addressing drug and alcohol addiction.

    RuReSA’s chairperson, Kate Sherry warns that, "We are facing a mental health pandemic, it is everywhere, and the health system is not prepared to deal with it."

    To read the article titled, “Coalition calls for better response to mental health, addiction,” click here.

    All Africa
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