School Lunch Programmes for Progress
School feeding programme in Togo. Credit: WFP/João CavalcanteBy Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Wan Manan MudaKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 21 2020 (IPS) If well planned, coordinated and implemented, a government funded school feeding programme for all primary school children can be progressively transformative. Such a programme, involving government departments and agencies working together, can benefit schoolchildren, their families, farmers and public health, now and in the future. Jomo Kwame Sundaram Such a scheme should comprehensively supply adequate food for all, especially schoolchildren, and improve their nutrition,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Wan Manan Muda Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Africa: Joyce Banda Among Leaders to Launch Initiative to Fight Counterfeit Drugs
[Nyasa Times] Former Malawi president Joyce Banda is among seven African heads of state in Lome, capital of Togo, participating in aasummit against fake drugs which is under the aegis of the Brazzaville Foundation an independent NGO based in London which Banda belongs. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 18, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Fake drugs: How bad is Africa’s counterfeit medicine problem?
Seven African countries are meeting in Togo to tackle the issue of fake drugs. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Togo: Poor Data Quality in Global Fund Grants in Togo but Supply Chain and Implementation Arrangements 'Partially Effective,' Says OIG
[GFO] Togo's grant performance is superior to the regional average (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Married women's experiences of intimate partner violence and utilization of antenatal health care in Togo - Ragetlie R, Sano Y, Antabe R, Luginaah I.
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to explore the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) and antenatal care use (ANC) in the Togolese context. We explore the associations between three indicators of ANC utilization (i.e., timing and number ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Young Advocates, Political Will Drive Progress on Family Planning in Francophone West Africa
December 05, 2019Countries throughout francophone West Africa are celebrating progress in family planning this week at the Ouagadougou Partnership (OP)annual meeting in Cotonou, Benin, where the theme isWe Demand More: Youth and Social Behavior Change.In 2015, the nine OP countries—Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo—exceeded their initial goal of reaching one million additional individuals with modern contraception and then committed to reaching 2.2 million additional users by the end of 2020. So far, OP leaders announced Tuesday, the countrie...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Benin Burkina Faso C ôte d’Ivoire Guinea Mali Mauritania Niger Senegal Togo Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit Family Planning & Reproductive Health Community Engagement Leadership and Governance Policy Advocacy Source Type: news

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 – African Region
This report provides a situational update on current cVDPV2 outbreaks in newly affected countries in Africa. No wild poliovirus has been detected on the continent since September 2016. In West Africa and the Lake Chad sub-region, a cVDPV2 outbreak originating from Jigawa state, Nigeria, continues to spread. Following detection of this outbreak in Cameroon, Ghana, Benin and the Republic of Niger earlier this year and in 2018, the virus has now been detected in Chad, Togo and C ôte d’Ivoire. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 29, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

West Africa: Who, Unicef Help Boost West Africa's Capacity to Respond to Polio Outbreaks
[WHO] Lom é, 26 November 2019 - The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today kicked off a four-day regional emergency preparedness workshop in Lomé, Togo for senior public health officials to strengthen the capabilities within West African countries to respond to polio outbreaks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 26, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New Study Explores Solutions to Postabortion Care Barriers for Young People in Togo
September 16, 2019Training health workers in Togo is creating higher-quality, youth-friendlier services, resulting in increased usage of modern contraception among young clients. Anew article by IntraHealth International’sStembile Mugore inGlobal Health Science& Practice explains how training health workers to provide adolescent-friendly postabortion care is increasing voluntary contraception use, reducing unintended pregnancies, and averting abortions and maternal deaths in the country.This training marks a change for medical services in Togo.Sixty-one percent of the Togolese population is under 25. For women in...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Togo Evidence to Action (E2A) Project Family Planning & Reproductive Health Education Performance World Contraception Day Youth Source Type: news

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 – Republic of Ghana
In Nigeria and West Africa, a cVDPV2 outbreak originating from Jigawa state, Nigeria, continues to spread. In Ghana, cVDPV2 was isolated from an acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) case in Ando-Nyamanu, Chereponi district, Northern Region, bordering Togo. The case was a two-year old girl who had experienced onset of paralysis on 27 July 2019. Stool samples were taken on 27 and 28 July 2019, and sent to the National Polio Laboratory at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research for further laboratory investigations. The sample tested positive for cVDPV2 on 17 August 2019. Sequencing of the sample from the AFP case reveal...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 6, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Epidemiology of pediatric traumatic brain injury at Sylvanus Olympio University Hospital of Lom é in Togo - Egbohou P, Mouzou T, Tchetike P, Sama HD, Assenouwe S, Akala-Yoba G, Randolph L, Tomta K.
INTRODUCTION: Severe pediatric traumatic brain injury (pTBI) is a leading cause of disability and death in children worldwide. Children victims of pTBI are admitted to the Sylvanus Olympio University Hospital (SOUH) at the multipurpose Intensive Care Unit ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Data Insights on Religion and Contraception for Couples in Burkina Faso
By Anna Williams, 2019 UNC-IntraHealth Summer FellowAugust 29, 2019As a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo during 2013–2015, I worked with community partners to host a gender equality training for middle school students.At the beginning of the session, before we officially started, Paul, a community leader, picked up a broom and started to sweep the floor. Gasps erupted as young students watched a respected community member and man do a chore usually left to women and girls. Not only did girls rush forward to take the broom from him and finish the job, but the boys did as well.Had I, a female teacher at the school, star...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Community Engagement Gender Equality Source Type: news

Togo: WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Ends Official Visit to Togo
[WHO] The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, concluded a three-day visit to Togo, where she met senior government officials including the President of the National assembly, Minister of Health, and others to discuss ongoing efforts to improve the health and well-being of Togolese people. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 13, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in subjects aged 15-19 in Lom é (Togo) - Darré T, Consuela KAC, Saka B, Djiwa T, Ekouévi KD, Napo-Koura G.
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to study the epidemiological and clinical profile of adolescents with suicidal thoughts, with or without suicide attempts, and to identify associated factors. RESULTS: A total of 155 (16.5%) of the 941 adol... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Fatimata Sy on Partnering to Expand Access to Contraceptives
By Ruchika Tulshyan, Contributor, The OptimistJanuary 17, 2019Fatimata Sy  talks to The Optimist about her work, the future of family planning, and her own audacious personal goal.When it launched in 2011, theOuagadougou Partnership set an audacious goal for 2020: Increase the number of women using modern contraceptives by at least 2.2 million in nine francophone West African countries.Historically, not many women in the region used contraceptives because of socio-cultural factors and infrastructure challenges. But members of the Partnership were determined to prove that with the right approach, family pla...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit Family Planning & Reproductive Health Source Type: news

Why Should Postabortion Care Be Youth-Friendly?
By Mallory Michalak, 2018 UNC-IntraHealth Summer FellowJanuary 09, 2019Midwife Tembi Mugore answers four questions about bias, shame, and what it takes to overcome them in health services for young people.At least 8% of maternal deaths worldwideare from unsafe abortions. And almost all abortion-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries,mostly in Africa.“But there is a stigma attached to unsafe abortion, and because of that there is a bias against clients,” saysIntraHealth International midwife and public health professional Stembile Mugore. That bias prevents many clients —particularly yo...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Evidence to Action (E2A) Project Family Planning & Reproductive Health Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Education Performance Advocacy Quality of Care Youth Midwives Togo Source Type: news

E-Commerce Giants Under Fire for Retailing Hazardous Mercury-Based Cosmetics
By Thalif DeenNEW YORK, Nov 16 2018 (IPS)A coalition of over 50 civil society organizations (CSOs), from more than 20 countries, have urged two of the world’s largest multi-billion dollar E-commerce retailers – Amazon and eBay – to stop marketing “dangerous and illegal mercury-based skin lightening creams.” The protest is part of a coordinated global campaign against a growing health hazard in the field of cosmetics.So far, the groups have reached out to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) and INTERPOL, the Lyon-based internation...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Editors' Choice Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Mercury Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Young Nigeriens Want Comprehensive Sex Ed and Solid Advice
September 24, 2018In Niger, talking about sex and contraceptives isn ’t always easy. But little by little, things are changing.en fran çaisInnocent Ibrahim started out as a family planning youth ambassador —basically, a young person who talks to other young people about contraceptives.He knew only too well that something as simple as an implant or a condom could be the difference between an early, unwanted pregnancy and a future of education and prosperity —especially in countries like his, where fertility and maternal deaths are high and access to reproductive health services is low.And he wanted ...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Flood disaster risk mapping in the Lower Mono River Basin in Togo, West Africa - Ntajal J, Lamptey BL, Mahamadou IB, Nyarko BK.
Flooding is the most devastating hydro-meteorological hazard in Togo. For instance, communities in the Lower Mono River Basin needs attention because they suffer the impacts almost every year. This paper focused on assessment and mapping of social flood ri... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Surgery Lit by Cellphone: Togo Doctors Strike Over Deplorable Hospitals
To protest overcrowded and undersupplied hospitals, health care workers in the West African nation are staging walkouts, adding their voices to a growing swell of political opposition. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TIM MCDONNELL Tags: Togo Hospitals Gnassingbe, Faure Medicine and Health Strikes Demonstrations, Protests and Riots Source Type: news

Nigeria:Lagos Arrests Togolese Birth Attendant for Allegedly Running Illegal Maternity Home
[Guardian] Following expiration of the two weeks ultimatum given to operators of illegal homes and orphanages in Lagos State, the enforcement team of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development at the weekend arrested a woman allegedly harbouring pregnant women illegally under the guise of operating a traditional birth maternity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Togo Charity Wins Award for Improving Access to Safe Drinking Water Togo Charity Wins Award for Improving Access to Safe Drinking Water
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Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

New Project to Improve Health and Nutrition in Nine West African Francophone Countries
February 14, 2018IntraHealth International will implement a new regional project to improve nutrition and reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) in the nineOuagadougou Partnership countries of West Africa, thanks to a three-year, $7 million award from the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation.Francophone West Africa has among the highest maternal, neonatal, and child mortality rates in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 303,000 women died in 2015 due to complications of pregnancy or childbirth, more than one-third of them in West and Central Africa. The global maternal mortali...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

383,000 Women in Francophone West Africa Started Using Modern Contraception in 2017
A client receives a contraceptive implant in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International.January 31, 2018In 2017, the nine countries of theOuagadougou Partnership together prevented 100,000 unintended pregnancies, 32,000 unsafe abortions, and 400 maternal deaths in francophone West Africa by bringing modern contraceptives to over 383,000 new users. In two years, the partnership has reached 41% of its goal of an additional 2.2 million women in the region using contraceptives by 2020.Burkina Faso and Cote d ’Ivoire are leading the way, reporting last month at the partnership’san...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

UCLA senior delivers digital health monitoring to fight disease in Cameroon
As Vikash Singh looks forward to 2018 he is also looking forward to witnessing his education in action. Specifically how his background in medical research, artificial intelligence and machine learning — along with a $5,000UCLA Global Citizens Fellowship award and some innovative thinking — may potentially help save lives in Cameroon.Doctors at the HSPC Polyclinic in Kumba, a city located in the country ’s southwest region, will soon begin uploading patient information to a software application designed by Singh and a team of student programmers through Project DataReach, a company Singh launched in 2015 ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 18, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Education, Not Condemnation, Say Women Leaders Who Survived Violence
Angela, 15, from Hyderabad, India. Her vision of a violence-free world would be to live like the mermaid in her painting - free and happy. Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulINDIA/CAMEROON, Nov 26 2017 (IPS)Sally Mboumien remembers the day she pressed a steaming hot stone against her chest. In Bawock, the rural community of western Cameroon where she grew up, young girls often had their young, sprouting breasts flattened with a hot iron or a hammer or spatulas that had been heated over burning coals.This was good for the girls because it would keep them safe from men, she had often heard her elders say. So one day, when her moth...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Civil Society Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Gender-Based Violence Orange Campiagn UN Women Women's Empowerment Source Type: news

Global Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry Targets Africa
By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 2017 (IPS)A vibrant global campaign to ban the use of mercury in dentistry is shifting direction: moving from Europe to the developing world. Charlie Brown, Attorney & President of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, an organization which is spearheading the campaign, told African and Asian delegates at a meeting in Geneva late September: “When you return to your home countries, please do as the European Union has done: phase out amalgam for children now, for one simple reason: The children of your nation are equally important as the children of Europe.”Presid...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Regional Categories Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Women and Malnutrition in Africa
In conclusion, it is arguable that there are improved impacts on nutrition if agricultural interventions are targeted to women and when specific work is done around women’s empowerment (for example, through behaviour change communication), mediated through women’s time use, women’s own health and nutrition status, and women’s access to and control over resources as well as intrahousehold decision-making power. That this may be dismissed out of hand is not unlikely either, given the persistence of male dominance.The post Women and Malnutrition in Africa appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source:...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Raghav Gaiha and Vani Kulkarni Tags: Africa Aid Climate Change Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Teaching personal initiative beats traditional training in boosting small business in West Africa
Standard business training programs aim to boost the incomes of the millions of self-employed business owners in developing countries by teaching basic financial and marketing practices, yet the impacts of such programs are mixed. We tested whether a psychology-based personal initiative training approach, which teaches a proactive mindset and focuses on entrepreneurial behaviors, could have more success. A randomized controlled trial in Togo assigned microenterprise owners to a control group (n = 500), a leading business training program (n = 500), or a personal initiative training program (n = 500). Four follow-up surveys...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 21, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Campos, F., Frese, M., Goldstein, M., Iacovone, L., Johnson, H. C., McKenzie, D., Mensmann, M. Tags: Economics, Psychology reports Source Type: news

Here ’s Where You Can See Every Total Solar Eclipse for the Next 50 Years
A total solar eclipse will obscure the sun in parts of 14 states across the U.S. on Aug. 21, a rare event that’s been called the “Great American Eclipse.” You can find a detailed map showing the path of the eclipse here. But if you live in a place that won’t see the total eclipse or even a partial eclipse, don’t worry: It won’t be the last time the U.S. — and the rest of the world — will get a chance to see the moon block the sun in the coming decades. The next total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. will take place in seven years, and even before then total eclipses will take ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized eclipse onetime space 2017 Source Type: news

Togo reports H5N1 bird flu in southern part of the country: OIE
PARIS (Reuters) - Togo reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu at a poultry farm in the southern part of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing a report from the Togolese farm ministry. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

West Africa: Ghana & Togo Partner to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation
[Ghana Govt.] An Excisors Reconversion Seminar on the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has taken place at at Pusiga in the Upper East Region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 26, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

HIV/sexually transmitted infections and intimate partner violence: results from the Togo 2013-2014 Demographic and Health Survey - Nguyen AH, Giuliano AR, Mbah AK, Sanchez-Anguiano A.
This study evaluated the associations bet... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

To the Wise Women and Men of Midwifery: Thank You
May 05, 2017Midwifery is more than clinical services. It ’s a science and an art with deep history.If you ’ve ever been present for a baby’s birth, you know firsthand it’s a magical, transformative moment. With one final push (or surgical procedure), suddenly the number of sentient human beings in the room goes up.You also may know that the presence of someone else —ideally someone skilled and wise—is essential. So much could go wrong, and two lives depend on the mother’s hard and painful work. Her labor and delivery need guidance—and often intervention—by a clinical ex...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Earning a living, but at what price? Being a motorcycle taxi driver in a Sub-Saharan African city - Diaz Olvera L, Gu ézéré A, Plat D, Pochet P.
Motorcycle taxis have become an essential part of the transport sector in an increasing number of Sub-Saharan African cities. An analysis of the way this activity operates in Lom é (Togo), based on field surveys, provides a better understanding of the reas... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 19, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Togo Becomes First Country in Africa to Validate the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis as a Public Health Problem
Dateline City: LOME, TOGOLOME, TOGO -- GSK, Merck (known as MSD outside the United States and Canada), and the MECTIZAN® Donation Program (MDP) congratulate President Faure Gnassingb é, the government and the people of Togo for becoming the first country in Africa recognized by the World Health Organization to have eliminated lymphatic filariasis (LF) as a public health problem.Language: Englishread more (Source: Merck.com - Corporate News)
Source: Merck.com - Corporate News - April 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Corporate News Corporate Responsibility News Latest News Source Type: news

Liberia: Togolese Leader Gnassingb é Gets Sirleaf's Pat Over Ebola Role
[LINA] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has paid tribute to the role of Togolese President Faure Gnassingb é in mobilizing assistance from the international community during the Ebola outbreak in the West African sub-region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 14, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

17 Stories of Health Workers on the Front Lines of Care
April 03, 2017Health workers are real people, helping other real people. Their stories are complicated, frustrating, and inspiring.This is our favorite time of year.*It ’sWorld Health Worker Week, when all eyes are on the nurses, midwives, physicians, and other health workers we rely on throughout our lives.Well, notall eyes.Most people don ’t realize there’s a global shortage of18 million health workers on the way. Or that the 20 countries with the highest child mortality rates are also those with the most severe health worker shortages. Or that right now,70% of countries are unprepared to handle infecti...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

For Midwives in Togo, Counseling Clients on Contraceptives Is Often a Balancing Act
March 22, 2017Voluntary informed choice  is personal and complicated.When Mrs. Iwu arrived at the maternity ward at Atapkame Regional Hospital in Togo, she was bleeding heavily —experiencing her second miscarriage. It may have been the result of multiple closely spaced pregnancies.At 43, Mrs. Iwu had seven children between the ages of 20 months and 10 years.Despite the risk that she might become pregnant again too soon, Mrs. Iwu left the health center without a contraceptive method.Culturally, she is expected to have children with the new husband or she will not be accepted in the family.“She did not want ...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 22, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Smiling Towards Development
Happiness doesn’t just result in more smiles: studies are increasingly illuminating stronger and stronger links between happiness and progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Credit: Mahmud Rassel/cc by 2.0By Andrea ValeROME, Mar 20 2017 (IPS)Previous indications of national prosperity have focused on income, poverty, health and, above all, Gross Domestic Product, but on March 20th, World Happiness Day commemorates what is perhaps becoming the new way to measure welfare: happiness.On this day, the 2017 World Happiness Report – the fifth to be published since the inaugural 2012 report &ndash...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Andrea Vale Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs World Happiness Day Source Type: news

Lassa Fever – Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso
On 20 February 2017, the Ministry of Health of Benin notified WHO of a Lassa fever case in Tchaourou district, Borgou Department, Benin, close to the border with Nigeria. The case was a pregnant woman who was living in Nigeria (close to the border with Benin). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - March 10, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Meningococcal disease – Togo
Since 1 January 2017, 201 suspected cases of meningitis with 17 deaths were reported by 19 health districts. In week 2, the district of Akebou which is part of the Plateau Region issued an alert after four cases of meningitis were reported. In week 4, the epidemic threshold was reached with nine cases and an attack rate of 12.4 per 100 000 inhabitants. From 2 January to 12 February 2017, 48 suspected meningitis cases with three deaths were reported (case fatality rate of 6.3%). Of these, 14 specimens were confirmed as Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W by PCR. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 23, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Lab notes: It's life, Jim, but not as we know it
Things took a turn for the mythological this week with the creation ofa human-pig hybrid, or chimera. It marks the first time that embryos combining two large, distantly-related species have been produced and is a big step towards being able to generate human hearts, livers and kidneys for transplant. And as if pig-humans (or human-pigs, or ... whatever) weren ’t enough, researchers havemodifiedE coli microbes to carry an expanded genetic code. Apparently this will ultimately allow them to be programmed, but also paves the way for the creation and exploitation of entirely new life forms. Given that human interactions...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 27, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Tash Reith-Banks Tags: Science Source Type: news

Appetite loss as a potential predictor of suicidal ideation and self-harm in adolescents: A school-based study - Kitagawa Y, Ando S, Yamasaki S, Foo JC, Okazaki Y, Shimodera S, Nishida A, Togo F, Sasaki T.
Suicide is a leading cause of death in adolescents, but detection of its risk is often challenging. Many mental illnesses share the common symptom of appetite loss and it is also known that people who suffer from these illnesses are at greater risk of suic... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Quality Improvement Approach Increases Use of Contraceptives among Postabortion Care Clients in Togo
November 08, 2016Five health facilities in Togo drastically improved family planning services for and increased use among clients seeking care for postabortion complications, thanks to IntraHealth International ’s signature quality-improvement approach:Optimizing Performance and Quality. These results were published this fall inGlobal Health Science and Practice.Before the intervention, only 31% of postabortion care (PAC) clients received family planning counseling, and, of those who did, 37% accepted a contraceptive. During the intervention period, 91% of clients received counseling, and 60% of those women opted to ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Quality Improvement Approach Increases Use of Contraceptives among Postabortion Care Clients in Togo
Five health facilities in Togo drastically improved family planning services for and increased use among clients seeking care for postabortion complications, thanks to IntraHealth International’s signature quality-improvement approach:Optimizing Performance and Quality. These results were published this fall inGlobal Health Science and Practice.Before the intervention, only 31% of postabortion care (PAC) clients received family planning counseling, and, of those who did, 37% accepted a contraceptive. During the intervention period, 91% of clients received counseling, and 60% of those women opted to use a contraceptiv...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Traveling To Southeast Asia? Here's What You Need To Know About Zika Virus
The Zika virus epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean has infected potentially millions of people and is pegged as the cause of congenital Zika syndrome, a birth defect affecting thousands of children in the region. It can cause brain damage, seizures, deafness, blindness and other neurological and physiological problems.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel advisories for 59 countries and territories throughout the world, including neighborhoods in Miami where the Zika virus continues to spread locally. Most of these areas are in Latin America and the Caribbean, while eight...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Traveling To Southeast Asia? Here's What You Need To Know About Zika Virus
The Zika virus epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean has infected potentially millions of people and is pegged as the cause of congenital Zika syndrome, a birth defect affecting thousands of children in the region. It can cause brain damage, seizures, deafness, blindness and other neurological and physiological problems.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel advisories for 59 countries and territories throughout the world, including neighborhoods in Miami where the Zika virus continues to spread locally. Most of these areas are in Latin America and the Caribbean, while eight...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Epidemiological data and forensic aspects of road traffic fatalities in Lom é, Togo - Tchin D, Atsi W, Tchaa TH, Essossinam K, Edèm JY, Amégbor KK, Gado NK.
We collected 190 forensic records from the only pathology laboratory in Lom é, over the period from January 2010 to December 2014. The sex ratio (M/F) was 4.4 and the decedents' average age 33.4 years. In 43.2% of cases, the accident resulted from a collis... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Fatigue and sleep among employees with prospective increase in work time control: a 1-year observational study with objective assessment - Kubo T, Takahashi M, Liu X, Ikeda H, Togo F, Shimazu A, Tanaka K, Kamata N, Kubo Y, Uesugi J.
OBJECTIVES: This observational study aimed to determine how 1-year changes in work time control (WTC) have an impact upon objectively measured fatigue and sleep among employees. METHODS: Thirty-nine employees were divided into two groups according ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news