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World Patient Safety Day

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No one should be harmed in healthcare! On 17 September 2020, the World Health Organization arranges World Patient Safety Day. The theme for this year is “Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety”. They call for everyone working in healthcare to speak up for health worker safety, which we fully support! (The patient safety […]

GERD / GORD Awareness

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Dealing with the belching, burning, nausea and chest pain caused by acid reflux is no fun. Gastrooesophageal reflux disease is a condition in which contents of the stomach (gastric acid) flow back into the oesophagus, causing injury to the oesophagus and problematic symptoms such as heartburn or regurgitation. The condition usually arises as a result […]

World Aids/HIV Day

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HIV is a virus that attacks cells in the immune system (the body’s natural defence against illness). The virus destroys a type of white blood cell in the immune system called a T-helper cell – also referred to as a CD4 cell – and uses these cells to make copies of itself. As HIV destroys […]

Sunsmart Skin Cancer Awareness Month (1 December 2020 – 31 January 2021)

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It is reported that South Africa has a very high rate of skin cancer irrespective of skin colour and therefore South Africans are advised to take precautionary measures to protect themselves against the sun. In addition to skin cancer, overexposure to UV radiation can cause eye damage, sunburn or tanning when a person’s skin becomes […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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What is domestic violence? South Africa has one of the highest incidences of domestic violence in the world. And, sadly, domestic violence is the most common and widespread human rights abuse in South Africa. Every day, women are murdered, physically and sexually assaulted, threatened and humiliated by their partners, within their own homes. ​It is […]

Men’s Health Part 1

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Globally, health outcomes amongst boys and men continue to be substantially worse than amongst girls and women, yet this gender-based disparity in health has received little national, regional or global acknowledgement or attention from health policymakers or healthcare providers. In most parts of the world, health outcomes amongst boys and men continue to be substantially worse than amongst girls and women, yet […]

Men’s Health Part 2

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It’s been 20 years since South Africa underwent the transition from apartheid to constitutional democracy and although considerable social progress has been made toward reversing the discriminatory practices that pervaded all aspects of life before 1994, there are still many matters that are unsolved (Benator, 1986; 2004;  Coovadia; Jewkes; Barron; Sanders & McIntyre, 2009). The health and well-being of most South Africans remain plagued by a […]

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

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Davies (England’s chief medical officer) has warned of a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” as she issued a call to action urging global leaders to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Davies said that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it will spell “the end of modern medicine” (Davies: 2017). Davies continued by saying without the drugs used to fight […]

World Diabetes Day

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Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar. Hyperglycaemia, or raised blood sugar, is a common effect of uncontrolled diabetes and over time leads to serious damage to […]

(SADC) Malaria week (Part 2)

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Southern African Development Community          (SADC) Malaria week (Part 2) Amidst the mounting concerns surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on the efforts to eliminate malaria across the African continent, the African members of the End Malaria Council issued a joint statement and a four-pronged action plan. Their statement and action plan called on African […]