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On making FGS diagnosis accessible

Patients with Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS) are not being diagnosed, neither in rural health care nor in university hospitals.       We are on the brink of making FGS diagnosis accessible where the patients are:    (a) the WHO Pocket Atlas for FGS has been given to every African country but for the Portuguese version, which is in press.    (b) clinicians have started using or WHO Pocket Atlas for FGS.    (c) the UNAIDS has invited FGS diagnosis, prevention and management into their clinics.    (d) FGS has for the first time been incorporated into the health professionals’ curricula, starting with nurses’ curriculum  in Ethiopia.    (e) more than 400 gynaecologists have had it as part of their colposcopy training in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Dr Pamela Mbabazi from the World Health Organisation leads a session on Female Genital Schistosomiasis. In the panel Professor Tchuem-tchuente and a group of... read more

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