This article discusses the current burden of diabetes and its risk factors and outcomes in SSA, assesses challenges faced by health systems in dealing with this burden, and suggests potential solutions.
Category: Non-Communicable Diseases
The burden of NCDs has been gradually increasing over the past decade and will likely surpass the toll of sickness and death from infectious diseases by 2030. This report released by the WHO African Region identifies the main causes of this rising trend using data from surveys carried out in at least 33 African countries.
With at least half of its population expected to reside in cities by 2030, Africa’s rapid urbanisation has manifested a set of new challenges – overcrowded cities, inadequate social services, disease outbreaks and the rise of non-communicable diseases.
This study demonstrated a consistent pattern of high prevalence of asymptomatic Rheumatic Heart Disease, across six regions of Ethiopia, with definite disease predominating over borderline involvement.
Growing interest in uterine fibroids and their effect on women has led to research that suggests that uterine fibroids are more severe in women of African descent than women from other racial groups. African women are also three times more likely to develop fibroids. However, regardless of the impact of the disease on African women, African countries have been slow to react.
Julie Mac Donnell talks about how treatment begins at home, and drug rehabilitation facilities in Cape Town, South Africa.
Megan Harker Elliott conducts a question and answer session with Shaun Shelly, drug policy, and advocacy specialist, with TB/HIV Care Association, and affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at UCT. He lectures professionals, post-graduate and medical students on drug use and addiction. He’s also the organiser of the first South African Drug Policy Conference and sits on the advisory board of Families for Sensible Drug policy in the United States.
A sales tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) sold in South Africa will begin in April 2017. The stated aim of the tax is to reduce the prevalence of obesity in South Africa. However, a sin tax is not sufficient to make real reductions in obesity without other interventions implemented alongside.