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Get Pragmatic to Tackle Mental Health Stigma

March 2016 SciDevNet; In 2008, Liza (name changed) moved to Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, from her rural home town where she had been gang-raped by armed forces. She left traumatised and terrified. The event changed her life completely. Not only did she contract HIV from the rape, Liza also became severely …

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NAMIBIA: Public Health Care Besieged By Host of Challenges

March 2016 NewEra; Non-training of specialists in primary health care, non-maintenance of infrastructure, ageing hospitals, shortages of crucial equipment and the procurement of health equipment without prior consultation with operators on the appropriate equipment needed, are but some of the many problems besieging the public health system. In addition, service …

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Antibiotics Benefit Few Malnourished Kids

March 2016 SciDevNet; Children with acute malnutrition should not routinely receive antibiotics – as is currently recommended by the World Health Organization to prevent infection – according to a study. The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine earlier this month (4 February), found that undernourished children receiving …

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ZIMBABWE: Maternal Deaths Decline At Harare Hospital

March 2016 herald; Sixtynine mothers died while giving birth last year at Harare Central Hospital and Government is making serious efforts to reduce maternal mortality in the country, an official has said. Officially opening the newly refurbished maternity ward at Harare Central Hospital, vice chairperson of the hospital’s management board, …

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SOUTH AFRICA: Reaching for Zero Discrimination in Healthcare

March 2016 southafricalitigationcentre; 1 March is Zero Discrimination Day, a day to celebrate diversity and strengthen our resolve for inclusive societies free from discrimination and inequality. The impact of stigma and discrimination has been catastrophic in the fight against HIV/AIDS. When discrimination occurs in healthcare facilities or at the hands …

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