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Central african republic: following an attack, msf suspends work in bangassou
Press releaseCENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: FOLLOWING AN ATTACK, MSF SUSPENDS WORK IN BANGASSOUNovember 22, 2017BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC/NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 22, 2017 —Following a violent, armed robbery on the night of Nov. 20 that threatened the lives of its workers, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) evacuated all 58 of its Central African and international staff from Bangassou, a town in the southeast of the country that is largely under the control of various armed groups affiliated with the Anti-Balaka factions. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tim Shenk Source Type: news

UE LifeSciences signs 'pivotal partnership' with GE
The partnership will bring the Philadelphia medical device companies handheld iBreastExam device to women in more than 25 developing countries across Asia and Africa. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Africa:Manage Climate Risks or Face Much More Hunger By 2050 - UN
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Bonn -Different regions, countries and types of farmers face very different threats - and understanding them can cut losses, researchers say (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

On the Iraq border archaeological digs are a minefield – in every sense
At the ancient site of Charax Spasinou, military activity has left an indelible mark. Should it be viewed as modern damage – or as an important record of historical events?Modern conflict archaeology, the study of 20th and 21st century conflicts, is a new and slightly uncomfortable discipline in the world of archaeology. It ’s problematic in a number of ways. Firstly, very little of it involves what most people would recognise as archaeology – digging up cultural material from the ground for study. Most of the material legacies of modern conflicts remain above ground and embedded in current society, neces...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 22, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Mary Shepperson Tags: Science Archaeology Iraq Iran Middle East and North Africa Heritage Source Type: news

South Africa:#SizaMap - Find a Safe, Legal Abortion Near You With This List of Designated Providers
[Bhekisisa] Until now, the national and provincial health departments have not been able to say where services are provided. Here's how we found them. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 22, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Central African Republic:MSF Suspends Relief Activities Following Attack in Bangassou
[MSF] Bangui -Following a violent armed robbery on Monday 20 November that threatened the lives of its workers, M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has evacuated all 58 national and international staff, and suspended medical operations from Bangassou, a town in southeastern Central African Republic. The town is largely under the control of various armed groups affiliated to the anti-Balaka factions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:Nearly 21 Million People Now Have Access to HIV Treatment - UN Agency
[UN News] About 20.9 million people now have access to the antiretroviral therapy, according to a new report by the UN agency leading the global push to end AIDS, spotlighting that this remarkable progress has been made possible by people living with HIV demanding their rights, strong leadership and financial commitment. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - November 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

East Africa:Germany to Give Billions for EAC Schemes
[Daily News] OVER 95bn/- will be invested in a project for undertaking vaccination programmes in East Africa as well as supporting students from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and South-Sudan on various scholarship programmes. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Malawi:First Lady Awarded Honorary Professorship Degree
[Nyasa Times] First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has beenin Global Health by the Peking University School of Public Health (PKUSPH) in recognition of her commitment towards advancing public health issues in Malawi and Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Commission Hears of Severe Problems in Mental Health Care
[Daily Maverick] Problems in mental health were brought into sharp focus during the Esidimeni tragedy. Twenty-three years after democracy, provinces still fail mental health care users in provinces around the country. By PUSELETSO NTHATE. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Life Esidimeni - Dr Makgabo Manamela's Absence From Arbitration Upsets Victim's Mother On Her Late Son's Birthday
[Daily Maverick] Sizwe Thabang Hlatshwayo would have turned 30 on Tuesday but died at the Anchor NGO after being transferred from Life Esidimeni. In a day defined by suspended Gauteng mental health director Dr Makgabo Manamela's no-show at the arbitration, Sizwe's stepmother Jabulile Hlatshwayo broke down when her son's birthday was noted. She spoke to GREG NICOLSON about Swize's life, and her pain. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya:Kenya Leads in Child Nutrition
[Nation] Children in Kenya are fed the best diets in Africa, according to a World Health Organization report. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Felling pines: Doing it sooner rather than later is better for fynbos
(Stellenbosch University) Here's some advice for landowners wanting to remove pine trees in the hope of seeing fynbos plants on their properties again: do so before the trees have grown there for more than 30 years. The longer they wait, the less likely the chances that any fynbos seeds will be left in the soil to sprout successfully, according to researchers from Stellenbosch University and the City of Cape Town, in the South African Journal of Botany. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 22, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

As Malaria Resists Treatment, Experts Warn of Global Crisis
A strain of malaria resistant to two drugs, including artemisinin, which was once seen as a miracle cure, is spreading, and experts fear that it could reach Africa. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MIKE IVES and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Malaria Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Vietnam Africa Source Type: news

Same liberals incensed about trophy hunting elephants are thrilled about murdering third-term babies in the womb
(Natural News) In recent days, President Donald J. Trump’s administration stirred controversy — again — when the White House decided to lift the U.S. ban on the importation of big game carcasses like elephants from Africa. After the Left exploded in outrage, Trump vowed to leave the ban in place while he and others in... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa:Life Esidimeni - Manamela Threatened With Arrest After No-Show
[News24Wire] A warrant of arrest will be issued and executed against suspended Gauteng director of mental health Makgabo Manamela should she not appear on Thursday before the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Manamela Dodges Life Esidimeni Hearing
[Daily Maverick] Suspended Gauteng mental health director Dr Makgabo Manamela called in sick instead of returning to the Life Esidimeni arbitration on Tuesday. It was another blow to the families of the 143 patients who died. By GREG NICOLSON. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Feature Review: What factors influence the provision of care by skilled birth attendants in low- and middle-income countries?
New Cochrane evidence synthesis highlights the many factors that influence the care provided by skilled birth attendantsIn low- and middle-income countries, many mothers still die during childbirth. Women are encouraged to give birth in health facilities rather than at home so they can receive care from skilled birth attendants. A skilled birth attendant is a health worker such as a midwife, doctor, or nurse who is trained to manage a normal pregnancy and childbirth, and refer the mother and newborn when complications arise.A team of Cochrane authors based in Norway, South Africa,and Uganda worked withCochrane Effective Pr...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Botswana:Society Raises Awareness About Condition
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Problems facing people with albinism continue to bedevil many countries across Africa and Botswana is not an exception. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UN Agency Defers Action Cutting Ties to Tobacco Industry
Close-up of a woman hands hold and broke a cigarette. Credit: BigstockBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Nov 21 2017 (IPS)Back in November 2008, the 193-member General Assembly decided, by consensus, to ban smoking and tobacco sales at the UN headquarters in New York: a ruling observed by all affiliated agencies worldwide, including the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) which has severed links with the tobacco industry. But there still remains one holdout: the 187-member International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva whose Governing Body, which meets three times a year, has postponed once again its decision on whe...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Kenya:Quest for Beauty Exposes Unborn Babies to Poison
[Nation] Happiness* and Leone* a lovely West African couple came to me for antenatal care a few years ago. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 21, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Southern Africa:A Call for Commitment, Accountability and Acceleration of Efforts to End Hunger and Malnutrition
[Gra ça Machel Trust] Johannesburg -The Graça Machel Trust in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) will be jointly hosting the Southern African Development Community (SADC) launch of the 2017 Global Nutrition Report (GNR). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:#lifeesidimeni - Health Official Approaches Court to Avoid Testifying At Arbitration
[Bhekisisa] Members of a South African Police Services task team are expected to interview suspended head of health today as criminal investigations continue. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Trade in Dead Sea Scrolls awash with suspected forgeries, experts warn
Two experts say a significant number of fragments bought in multimillion-dollar trade are suspected fakesA multimillion-dollar trade in fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls fuelled by a surge in interest from wealthy evangelicals in the US includes a significant number of suspected forgeries, two prominent experts have said.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 21, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem and Oliver Laughland in New York Tags: Christianity Religion World news Middle East and North Africa Source Type: news

Rwanda:Govt Making Progress in Reduction of Undernourishment - FAO Report
[New Times] Few countries in sub-Saharan Africa, notably Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Madagascar, reduced undernourishment while several others experienced a rise between 2009-2011 and 2014-2016, the Food and Agriculture Organisation regional overview of food security and nutrition report, 2017 shows. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Second HIV test helps prevent incorrect HIV diagnosis in infants
(PLOS) Confirmatory HIV testing can substantially reduce the number of infants in South Africa who may be falsely diagnosed as HIV-infected and started on unneeded treatment, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Lorna Dunning of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and colleagues. Confirmatory testing is recommended by the World Health Organization and South African guidelines, but in many settings, uptake is low. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Global Health: Nearly 21 Million Now Receiving AIDS Drugs, U.N. Agency Says
‘ Remarkable progress ’ has been made, Unaids said, but millions more worldwide require treatment. Young women are especially hard hit. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) UNAIDS Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Africa Source Type: news

GVI partners with cardiologist to train African surgeons
A team of surgeons from Great Lakes Cardiovascular have completed their first live proctorship on pacemakers for 30 surgeons across Africa. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

GVI partners with cardiologist to train African surgeons
A team of surgeons from Great Lakes Cardiovascular have completed their first live proctorship on pacemakers for 30 surgeons across Africa. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Q & A: Africa needs to lead on the ‘quantum revolution’
Thierry Zomahoun argues that African countries are well placed to seize the next technological revolution. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Life Esidimeni - Manamela's Late Application for Postponement Dismissed
[News24Wire] Justice Dikgang Moseneke has dismissed an application by Gauteng Director of Mental Health Dr Mmakgabo Manamela for a four-week postponement in giving testimony on her role in a rushed move of over 3 000 mentally ill patients from Life Esidimeni to various unlicensed NGOs in 2016. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Additional Budget to Strengthen Gauteng Health
[SAnews.gov.za] The Gauteng Department of Health says the additional budget allocation to the department will help alleviate the urgent financial pressures faced by the department. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:Africa Yoga Project Celebrates 10 Years With Open Invitation
[Capital FM] Known for teaching powerful free yoga classes to over 6,000 people in marginalized communities each week, Africa Yoga Project (AYP) Teachers' talents extend far beyond yoga. In celebration of their 10 year celebration on November 25 at the popular Alchemist Bar in Westlands, organizers are extending an open invitation to be part of the #AYPDAY. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:How Big Is the Lunch Problem?
[Observer] Mid last year, the National Planning Authority (NPA) held a half-day workshop at Hotel Africana, which explored possible interventions to propel the country to a middle-income status. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:Why Are Health Experts So Concerned About Drug Resistance?
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Rome -Rising levels of drug resistance is a serious threat not only to public health but also for food safety, food security and development of low and middle-income countries, experts say. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Eskom Brings Healthcare Closer to N Cape Communities
[SAnews.gov.za] Eskom's Development Foundation has brought healthcare within reach for communities in the Northern Cape through two health minibuses. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

GSK Health names Navneet Saluja as India Sub-continent head
Saluja's last assignment with GSK Consumer Healthcare was that of Area General Manager in the Middle East and Africa. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - November 20, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Uganda:Govt On the Spot Over Industrial Action
[East African] As the doctors' strike in Uganda enters its third week this Sunday while that of prosecutors marks its sixth, the government continues to maintain a hardline stance while most services in hospitals and the courts remain paralysed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Thinking big by burning small
(University of the Witwatersrand) A recent paper by scientists from Wits University in South Africa shows how creative fire management can increase habitat for wildebeest and other grazing animals in national parks. The work shows that small, repeated fires can have a concentrating effect on animals, and create 'grazing-lawn ecosystems' where food quality is higher and herbivores can see predators from further away. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:The Embarrassment of Snakebite Deaths
[Guardian] The reports by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that 174 snakebites per 100,000 population are reported per year in Nigeria and that the saw-scaled or carpet viper is responsible for 90 per cent of bites and 60 per cent of deaths is an embarrassment. To some extent, the African cobras and puff adders have also proven to be the cause of mortality and morbidity. In the Benue Valley, where most of these tragedies occur, the incidence of snakebite was found to be 497 per 100,000 persons per year with a mort (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 19, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Narayana Hrudayalaya plans Rs 500 cr expansion,to enter Africa
The domestic expansion will be in Delhi-NCR and Narayana will be commissioning a 200-bed hospital in Gurugram in January, he said, adding the capacity will be ramped up to 350 beds over next one-and-a-half years. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Treating veterans’ pain with Big Pharma opioids is proving to be deadly and has to stop NOW
(Natural News) Long careers in the military have always been difficult due to the very physical nature of the vocation, but service has been particularly tough in recent years due to overseas contingency operations. Lengthy wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with operations in Africa, Europe, and Asia, have taken their toll on the men... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

President Trump Says Ban on Elephant Remains Will Stay For Now
(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said Friday he’s delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review “all conservation facts.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that it will allow the importation of body parts from African elements shot for sport. The agency said encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs. Animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision. On Friday, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - November 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized onetime White House Source Type: news

Chad: Preventing the Spread of a Cholera Epidemic
Field newsChad: Preventing the Spread of a Cholera EpidemicNovember 17, 2017Since September, a cholera epidemic inChad has followed the meandering path of the Bahr-Azoum river —used by many for washing, bathing, and even drinking—southward from the eastern Sila region to the more heavily populated district of Am Timan, in Salamat region, near the border with Central African Republic. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news

South Africa:Afriforum's Private Prosecution Plan Under Way With Jiba in Sights
[Daily Maverick] When AfriForum announced that it was setting up a private prosecutions unit to take on cases that the state declined to prosecute, there was much scepticism. There still is - but there's no doubt that the group is really going for it. On Thursday, AfriForum revealed that the latest target in its sights is former acting NPA head Nomgcobo Jiba, less than a month after stating that President Zuma's son Duduzane is being pursued. Whether these attempts are successful or not, the fact that it's come to this is (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Senegal:Building Community Support for Drug Users Using Mobile Cinemas
[OSIWA] Waves of dialogue in West Africa on drug policy reform with the ultimate goal of decriminalizing drug use and possession for personal use have been making headway. Progress is slowly but surely on its way, and different actors are employing various tools and strategies to reach this goal. Senegal is home to le  Centre de Prise en charge Intégrée des Addictions de Dakar (CEPIAD), the only government-run harm reduction facility in West Africa. CEPIAD does remarkable work by providing psycho (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Are South African Health Workers Being Silenced Into Malpractice?
[Daily Maverick] "There is really no such thing as the 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard." The words of Arundhati Roy, a writer turned human rights activist, rang particularly true through the course of the Life Esidimeni saga. The 118 deceased residents who have now risen to 141 were the preferably unheard - their cries for help through pressure sores and other unaccounted wounds, signs of starvation and dehydration, all fell on deaf ears. However, it is only in retrospect we (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia:Govt Investigates Red Cross U.S.$2.7 Million Ebola Fund Scandal
[Observer] The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) said US$5 million of aid money was lost to fraud and corruption during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news