World Hepatitis Day 2015: Egypt Host Celebration

The 2015 edition of the world Hepatitis day will be celebrated on Tuesday July 28 under the theme: Prevent Hepatitis.‬ This year, the World Health Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.

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According to a press release published on the official website of WHO, This year’s, flagship event takes place in Egypt, a country that has one of the world’s highest hepatitis burdens. It is estimated that 10% of the ‎population between 15 and ‎‎59 years is chronically ‎infected with hepatitis C. Between 2007 and 2014, more than 350 000 people with hepatitis C have been treated. Today, 32 dedicated treatment centres are providing treatment at the Government’s expense. Egypt is also highlighting hepatitis prevention, and WHO is helping the country develop national ‎blood safety standards and has selected ‎it as one of 3 pilot ‎countries for its new Global ‎Injection Safety Initiative.‎

WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. The Organization is alerting people to the risks of contracting hepatitis from unsafe blood, unsafe injections, and sharing drug-injection equipment. Some 11 million people who inject drugs have hepatitis B or C infection. Children born to mothers with hepatitis B or C and sex partners of people with hepatitis are also at risk of becoming infected.

WHO also emphasizes the need for all health services to reduce risks by using only sterile equipment for injections and other medical procedures, to test all donated blood and blood components for hepatitis B and C (as well as HIV and syphilis) and to promote the use of the hepatitis B vaccine. Safer sex practices, including minimizing the number of partners and using barrier protective measures (condoms), also protect against transmission.

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Earlier this year, WHO issued new guidelines for treatment of hepatitis B infection. These recommend using simple non-invasive tests to assess the stage of liver disease to help identify who needs treatment. WHO also calls for prioritizing treatment for those with cirrhosis – the most advanced stage of liver disease and for the use of two safe and highly effective medicines, TENOFOVIR or ENTECAVIR.

In September this year, countries will have the opportunity to share best practice at the first-ever World Hepatitis Summit to be held in Glasgow, Scotland. The summit, which is co-sponsored by WHO, the Scottish Government and the World Hepatitis Alliance, aims to raise the global profile of viral hepatitis, to create a platform for exchange of country experiences and to focus on working with countries to develop national action plans.

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Mandela Day 2015: South Africans Donate Medical Equipment In Cameroon.

The Djoungolo, Olembe District Hospital in Yaounde has benefited from the South African High Commission in Cameroon’s special gifts, during the celebration of the Nelson Mandela International Day 2015.

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The South African High Commission in Yaounde decided to celebrate the event on Thursday, July 16, 2015, two days ahead of the internationally chosen day for the event. During the celebration attended by Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health, André Mama Fouda, The South African High Commission in Yaounde, donated medical equipment to the Djoungolo, Olembe District Hospital. These equipment include: Neonate Bilirubin phototherapy equipment, bathroom scales for mothers, tongue depressors, syringes, blood pressure and weighing equipment, as well as toothpaste and tooth brushes, which are all destined for newborn babies and mothers.

Hospital staff, mothers of newborn babies, patients and the local population was overwhelmed with the gifts, some of which were handed directly to the concerned during the guided visit to the various wards by the High Commissioner Zanele Makina, accompanied by Minister André Mama Fouda, as well as some local administrative and traditional authorities. The Director of the hospital, Dr Yakana Elysée, who took the visiting dignitaries round the different wards, said the equipment offered came to bailout the health structure from some pressing needs.

Justifying the choice of the hospital for the celebration of the event, the South African High Commissioner to Cameroon, Zanele Makina said they were highlighting and trying to eternalize the legacy of Nelson Mandela who had concern, cared for and suffered for humanity. She added that Nelson Mandela made key sacrifices for other human beings.

The Nelson Mandela International Day was decided by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009, and is generally celebrated on July 18, which coincides with the birthday of the South African peace and justice crusader and former President, Nelson Mandela.

Out-of-school numbers on the rise as aid to education falls short of 2010 levels

World Education Blog

By Aaron Benavot, Director of the EFA Global Monitoring Report, and Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

A new paper jointly released by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EFA GMR), shows that the number of children and adolescents out of school is on the rise, reaching 124 million in 2013. While international aid to education increased slightly in 2013, it is still below 2010 levels and grossly insufficient to meet new education targets to achieve universal primary and secondary education.

New UIS data show that one in eleven children is out of school, totaling 59 million children in 2013, a growth of 2.4 million since 2010. Of these, 30 million live in sub-Saharan Africa while 10 million are in South and West Asia.

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Osteoporosis is a Feminist Issue! (Guest Post)

Fit Is a Feminist Issue

azarIn the past two years, since I started my PhD studies, my research has focused on osteoporosis and how modifiable exercise programs can prevent or slow down its progression. A requirement for PhD, before starting the actual thesis phase, is writing a literature review. Rading a high volume of research articles (up to 400-500) for a critical synthesis of literature would be the most daunting part. However, the review of literature helps the students to identify the strengths, weaknesses and gaps in previous work related to their own topic as a base.

Being at this stage, I read about osteoporosis from different angles to learn about facts, myths and contradictions.

To me, it has been very interesting to read about osteoporosis and how sex and gender differences attributed to bone structure can be addressed through a feminism lens.

So, apart from expanding my overall knowledge on osteoporosis, its symptoms, causes…

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ARIEL BIJINGSI FOUNDATION WORKING WITH PREMIER MEDICAL DONATES MEDICAL EQUIPMENTS TO PRESBYTERIAN HEALTH SERVICES DOUALA

Medical equipments worth over FCFA six Million eight hundred thousand (6 800 000) have been donated to the Presbyterian Health complex in Bepanda Douala.

Cameroon based Ariel Bijingsi Amen Foundation, made the donation on Thursday, july 02 at the premises of the hospital and the equipments were supplied by Premier Medical SARL, a leading medical equipment supply company in Douala. These equipments donated include: a pair of phototherapy lamps, two Neonatal incubators, two baby weighing scales, two digital Foetal dopplers, and two electrical power stabilizers .These equipment will go a long way in enhancing the quality of services rendered by the hospital to the general public.

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Speaking during the occasion, the Medical Director of the Presbyterian Health Complex, Dr Choamo Andre on behalf of the hospital management, expressed gratitude and conviviality to Mme CAMILLA BIJINGSI of the Ariel Bijingsi Foundation, for the equipments donated. He equally noted that the Technical platform of the Hospital in general and the Maternity Unit will be greatly raised to bring about more patient satisfaction.

The Health Service Administrator Njie William said he is strongly convinced, that the equipment will sharpen the activities of the hospital in improving health care quality. He added that the installation of these equipment will put a stop to the hitherto transfer of babies to other hospitals.

On his part, the Director General of Premier Medical, Ebung Chrys Ewang outlined the overall objectives of Premier Medical, which he said is not limited in supplying quality medical equipment, but also assists hospital managements in the installation and maintenance of equipment. He used this opportunity to remind the staff of the need to use the equipment diligently and not to hesitate at all, to call PREMIER MEDICAL’S TECHNICAL TEAM anytime for appropriate after sales follow-up so as to maximize their satisfaction. Premier Medical clearly outlined that the Equipment supplied is brand new and so a guarantee of twelve months has been granted. He equally used the occasion to thank the representative of the Foundation for choosing to work with His company.

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The Bepanda Hospital donation added to a series of good will gestures of the Ariel Bijingsi Foundation to hospitals, considering that similar activities of this nature have been carried out by the foundation at the Yaounde Biyem Assi Hospital, and the Bamenda Regional Hospital recently. When asked about the actual sum of money the foundation has spent on donation in the aforementioned hospitals, Mme Camilla Bijingsi confirmed that the foundation has spent About FCFA 18 000 000 frs in total, to make all three donations a success.