Zimbabwe: Cost of Sanitary Wear spikes; Women Resort to Contraceptives

Apr 16, 2018 0

MOST Zimbabwean women are now using contraceptives to avert their menstrual cycle due to prohibitive charges for sanitary wear, an MP has revealed. Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women and Youth Affairs Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said regular access to sanitary wear remains a challenge to most local women and young girls. “There is policy discord; hospital officials are saying they are giving contraceptives for free, yet women are telling us that they are buying them at the hospitals,” said Misihairabwi-Mushonga. She was speaking on the side-lines of a public hearing on effects of hormonal contraceptives on women in hospitals in Zvishavane. “There is an issue that is of concern to us; ...

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WHO commends Toyin Saraki’s Efforts on Maternal Health

Apr 12, 2018 0

The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Wife of the Senate President of Nigeria and Founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa, for her advocacy and projects geared towards improving Maternal and child health in Nigeria. Also WHO has appointed Mrs. Saraki as the special Adviser to the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) Regional Office for Africa; this was disclosed by WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Mathshido Moeti during her high level courtesy visit to Mrs. Saraki in Abuja. Moeti said the appointment is in recognition of the commendable works Saraki has done in the area of maternal health as well as efforts toward Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria. ...

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Suspected Herdsmen Kill Widow in Anambra State.

Apr 11, 2018 0

A middle-aged widow has allegedly been raped and murdered in her farmland at Nteje in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State by persons suspected to be herdsmen. The woman was said to have recently completed the burial rites of her late husband, who died in February this year. It was gathered that the corpse of the woman, whose name wasn’t immediately given, was discovered after her relations waited unsuccessfully for her return from the farm. News of her death went round the community, prompting several meetings by the people of the area on the best way to handle the situation. The traditional ruler of Nteje, Igwe Rowland Odegbo who confirmed the death, however said the deceased was not from his community, adding that the picture of the deceased was circulated round the community but nobody could identify her. Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra State, Mrs. Nkiru Nwode said she was not aware that the incident had anything to do with herdsmen. ...

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 Zimbabwe: Govt Launches Cervical Cancer Vaccination, Targets 800,000 Girls

Apr 10, 2018 0

The Government has launched a vaccination programme for cervical cancer meant to address high infections and related deaths among women in Zimbabwe. The incidence of cervical cancer in the country is reported to be 35 per 100,000 women compared to the global average of 15. Annually about 2,300 women are diagnosed with the cancer and almost 1,500 succumb to the condition which is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Health minister David Parirenyatwa said the national roll-out targets 800,000 girls aged between 9 and 14. “The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended vaccinating girls before they are sexually active (between 9 and 14 years) to protect them from getting HPV infection,” ...

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Breast cancer patients fare better if they have muscle: Study

Apr 9, 2018 0

It may be the last thing that anyone struggling with breast cancer is thinking about, but it’s important: Get some muscles.  A new study published in JAMA Oncology finds that women with breast cancer who have more muscle mass have a better chance of survival.  In general, when people aren’t well they can lose a lot of weight, and much of that weight is muscle. Low muscle mass, called sarcopenia in medicine, also often occurs as we age, and it seems to correlate with poorer outcomes in people who are chronically ill, including those who suffer from cancer.  Previous studies on breast cancer and muscle mass have been done on women with more advanced cancer. This new study included younger women with less advanced breast cancer, ...

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Urinary incontinence linked to reduced sexual urge in elderly

Apr 6, 2018 0

Elderly men and women who suffer from urinary incontinence may face complications as well as reduced sexual drive, researchers say. Urinary incontinence (UI), also known as involuntary urination, is any uncontrolled leakage of urine. It is a common and distressing problem, in the elderly and may have a large impact on quality of life. Women suffering from frequent urine leakage reported declines in sexual activity and and ability to become sexually aroused.  On the other hand, men with urinary incontinence reported declines in sexual desire, increased erectile and orgasm difficulties, the study showed. The study also highlighted the need for the “taboo” subjects to be discussed by health professionals. ...

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 Exercise before pregnancy good for healthy motherhood

Apr 3, 2018 0

Expectant mothers who are more fit before pregnancy are at lower risk of developing gestational diabetes, a study suggests. Gestational diabetes is a condition in which women develop diabetes during the last half of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes after giving birth. “Women should be very  careful during pregnancy with what they eat and the exercise they get. But the study shows women should engage in these healthy behaviours before they get pregnant as well,” said co-author Kara Whitaker, Assistant Professor from University of Iowa. For the study, ...

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Gloria Allred to represent 3 women in Ohio fertility case

Apr 3, 2018 0

Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred has agreed to represent three women who lost eggs when an Ohio fertility clinic storage tank malfunctioned. Allred said at a news conference in Cleveland on Monday that her clients are cancer survivors who delayed chemotherapy to undergo fertility treatments at the clinic run by University Hospitals. She says mistreatment of women is wrong anytime, ...

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