Health Matters

Spinal TB: A living hell

Spinal TB: A living hell

By Sharon Kavhu BULAWAYO-MELODY Hlazo, 38, suffers from spinal tuberculosis (TB), a rare type of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB). She was diagnosed with the infection early this year at Mpilo Hospital in Zimbabwe’s second city where she was initiated on treatment in February. Hlazo is now a permanent resident at an infection control hospital, Thorngrove Isolated […]

SADC Protocol on Gender and Development aligned to SDGs but binding timeframes

SADC Protocol on Gender and Development aligned to SDGs but binding timeframes

By Lahja Nashuuta Despite having a one-stop-shop gender equality instrument, the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development – the region still lags behind in terms of gender equality. SADC Heads of State and Government in 2008 adopted the protocol on gender and development, a unique sub-regional instrument that brings together existing global and African commitments […]

Tackling gender unequality head-on

Tackling gender unequality head-on

By Lahja Nashuuta A world in which “every woman, and girl, enjoys full gender equality as well as having all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment removed will require political action – leadership, commitment and accountability” is what gender activists yearn for. Armed with Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which […]

Water, sanitation woes bear a woman’s face

Water, sanitation woes bear a woman’s face

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is one of the regions that are severely affected by water shortages due to poor and below-normal rainfall since 2012. The situation is getting worse in countries like Namibia, as dams are running dry and underground water sources are depleted. Just like in other parts of the region, women […]

Vaginal ring will help women take control of their sexual health

Vaginal ring will help women take control of their sexual health

By Lahja Nashuuta The fact that over half of the 35 million people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa are women is a sign that effective prevention tools for adolescent girls and young women in particular is critical. Yes, efforts have been made at local, regional and global level to ensure that women are protected […]

Women open your eyes: No deliverance comes through sex

Women open your eyes: No deliverance comes through sex

By Lahja Nashuuta Church is generally perceived as a safe haven of hope for people with spiritual and social-economic problems, but recent reports of women being sexually abused by pastors and prophets show that churches have now turned into dens of all sorts of unimaginable sordid deeds. Not a day goes by without a report […]

Widowhood: A humanitarian crisis that has gone unnoticed for far too long

Widowhood: A humanitarian crisis that has gone unnoticed for far too long

By Lahja Nashuuta It can be said that there is no group more affected by the sin of omission than widows. They are painfully absent from the statistics of many developing countries, and they are rarely mentioned in the multitude of reports on women’s poverty, development, health or human rights. Despite efforts made at global […]

Breast feeding can’t be blamed for baggy breasts

Breast feeding can’t be blamed for baggy breasts

By Lahja Nashuuta Every woman’s journey to motherhood is different, but one of the first decisions a new mother makes is how to feed her new-born. Some women begin breastfeeding when their babies are born but then stop soon afterwards for one reason or another, such as a lack of support, the need to return […]

Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of a more severe condition

Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of a more severe condition

By Lahja Nashuuta Society has bred generations of men, who believe that admitting that they need help is to somehow surrender one’s masculinity. A strong man is characterised by physical strength, bravery, and often stoicism. In other words, men are expected to endure pain or hardship without displaying emotions and without complaining. Most of us were […]

Namibians don’t tolerate GBV

Namibians don’t tolerate GBV

By Lahja Nashuuta The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in its recent report concluded that Namibia tolerates gender-based violence (GBV) against women and that the country is doing little to nothing to address the issue, despite the tremendous efforts made at all government levels. This is a shocking observation. An article […]

Media should be objective and factual when reporting on HIV/AIDS

Media should be objective and factual when reporting on HIV/AIDS

By Lahja Nashuuta The United Nations, through the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNAIDS and other international agencies, has been calling on countries all over the world to develop a multi-sectional approach to fighting HIV/AIDS by ensuring that all stakeholders play their part in this relentless battle. One of the main stakeholders in this war is, of […]

Prioritise maternal nutrition in times of drought

Prioritise maternal nutrition in times of drought

By Lahja Nashuuta The southern African region is currently battling a severe drought and, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), an estimated 14 million people are facing severe food shortage because of reduced crop production, which has been blamed on the El Nino effect on the weather. Earlier this year, the UN food agency […]

Namibia suspends Veterinary Import Permits

Namibia suspends Veterinary Import Permits

By Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek – Namibia has suspended the use of current veterinary Import Permits and would soon issue new permits with enhanced protection requirements, especially  to preserve its mad cow disease-free status, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has announced. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Sophia Kasheeta, said the […]

Ending children online sexual abuse . . . it starts with parents

Ending children online sexual abuse . . . it starts  with parents

By Lahja Nashuuta Internet and mobile phone technologies have revolutionised the way young people access information. But the sad news is that Internet has also become the playground for predators who prowl the social media in search of young children to abuse and satisfy their perverted sexual fantasies. Online sexual predators entice children to engage […]

Water taps, toilets needed in SADC to curb water-borne diseases

Water taps, toilets needed in SADC to curb water-borne diseases

By Lahja Nashuuta While in some parts of the world people with access to clean potable water take it for granted, the majority in southern Africa does not share the same luxuries. In countries such as Namibia, people not only in rural areas but also from impoverished parts of the cities walk long distances to […]

The world needs user-friendly medicines

The world needs user-friendly medicines

By Lahja Nashuuta Let me begin with congratulating scientists, researchers, manufacturers and distributors of antiretroviral therapy and TB drugs for keeping up with the demand for these lifesaving medications. As of June 2015, according to the UNAIDS statistics, 15.8 million people living with HIV were accessing antiretroviral therapy. The figure is an increase from 13.6 […]

Time to re-think our anti-smoking strategies

Time to re-think our  anti-smoking strategies

By Lahja Nashuuta When the World Health Organisation (WHO) introduced the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which recommends the inclusion of pictures on tobacco package, it was hailed by many health experts as a move on the right direction to curb smoking. Article 11 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control adopted during the […]

Music concerts, social media ideal platform to spread prevention HIV messages to the youth

Music concerts, social media ideal platform to spread prevention HIV messages to the youth

It has been widely acknowledged that young people are at the centre of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This is due to various factors like risky sexual behaviour, substance use and their lack of access to HIV information and prevention services. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised this concern many young people does not believe that […]

Urine lipoarabinomannan test essential in reducing AIDS mortality

Urine lipoarabinomannan test essential in reducing AIDS mortality

By Lahja Nashuuta Africa should consider implementing the use of Lateral Flow Urine Lipoarabinomannan (LF-LAM), an instrument used for the diagnosis and screening of active TB in people living with HIV at public health facilities in order to reduce HIV/AIDS and TB mortality rate.. Based on the World Health Organisation (WHO), the lateral-flow urine LAM […]

Village health workers must be empowered

Lazarus Sauti People who live in poor, remote places in Zimbabwe face considerable challenges receiving health care. The high cost of treatment and transportation, the time required to travel to the nearest health facilities,

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