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Joining hands to prevent cervical cancer

Prof Motshedisi has her work cut out for her with 3 epidemics in KwaZulu-Natal that contribute to cervical cancer: (1) Human Papillomavirus – we have a vaccine for children, this has been rolled out. (2) HIV – we have ART, this is available. (3) Schistosomiaisis – we can prevent it with Praziquantel in childhood, this is still needs to be managed.... read more

Best practice – new research

“I had no idea about this disease, I have given the wrong treatment to many young women, I am sure.” Nurse in Ugu District Nå ønsker vi å – finne beste behandling for småjenter, unge kvinner og voksne – hjelpe helsepersonell å gjenkjenne sykdommen, også langt ute på landsbygden New York Times har laget video om prosjektet   Catching a disease Kontonr. 1503 82 57940   52 11 51 Skattefradrag* for: 500 – 50.000 kr [email protected] [email protected] Litt om sykdommen: Kvinner og småjenter på det afrikanske kontinent har unevnelige symptomer fra en sykdom som gjør dem sårbare for HIV. Verken helsepersonell eller pasienter kjenner til sykdommen. Nærmere 200 millioner mennesker er smittet med parasitten, som overføres ved lek og klesvask i infisert ferskvann. Parasitten er årsak til en kronisk tilstand med organskader, redusert lære- og arbeidskapasitet. En hittil lite påaktet plage er sår, skader og slimhinneforandringer i underlivet hos jenter og unge kvinner. BRIGHT er en forskningsorganisasjon som arbeider særlig med Kvinnelig Genital Bilharzia, en forsømt vannbåren sykdom som kan forveksles med seksuelt overførte sykdommer. BRIGHT ledes av norske og sørafrikanske forskere, men samarbeider med mange. Her ses Dr Pamela Mbabazi (Verdens helseorganisasjon), Gynekolog Velda Mushangwe-Mtisi (Zimbabwe), Dr Sheila Mabote (Mozambik) og Dr Bodo Randrianasolo (Madagaskar) som lager lomme-atlas for helsepersonell. *hvis du vil ha skattefradrag må du levere personnummer/ organisasjonsnummer til BRIGHT på mail, papir, telefon, sms, messenger, whatsapp eller... read more

Limited treatment available but thousands need it

Only 40 tablets were available at this Primary Health Care Clinic – a typical quantity at any given clinic. This is only enough for 10 children! However, an estimated 5.1 million South Africans, mainly rural, are in need of treatment. In spite of severe morbidity and mortality, schistosomiasis remains a neglected disease, especially for girls and women. The World Health Organization recommends regular mass treatment of all school-aged children, and this has also been a South African policy since 2008, all should be treated. If given in childhood, tablets prevent and reduce the socio-economic impact if schistosomiasis.  However, clinics will not be able handle the expected influx of... read more
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