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The results are in: South Africa’s ground-breaking health promotion levy, introduced in 2018, is working.
The workplace can make a big contribution to behaviour change.
Workplace-based interventions could make a substantial contribution to reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases in the country.
This image was taken at the Hawzien market in Tigray, two years before the war which has put millions in need of emergency food assistance.
The health and wellbeing effects will go beyond the direct impact of war-related fatalities, and are likely to last for years after peace is fully restored.
Ageing populations, changes in diet, physical inactivity and smoking are some of he drivers of strokes and heart disease.
A stroke often leads to the sudden onset of weakness involving the face, arm or leg, an inability to speak, difficulty walking or impaired vision. Strokes can cause death and irreversible disability.
Nurses are the backbone of the health system.
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Healthcare providers and governments must recognise the need to invest in diabetes nurse education and training.
The rapid rise in diabetes mustn't be overlooked, as it could have devastating health and economic effects. Most national health systems are already struggling with infectious diseases.
Experts say encouraging physical activity should be a priority.
Being physically active is largely not an individual choice, but a result of what funds, spaces, places and opportunities are available to the individual and communities.
Depression screening must happen in the chronic care clinics.
Depression and diabetes can occur together, and put huge strain on patients and health systems. Depression in patients with diabetes can cause poor self-management and poor treatment adherence.
Older people in urban informal settlements live in poor socioeconomic conditions.
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The higher pace of demographic ageing and the noncommunicable diseases that come with it call for new management approaches.
Cardiovascular risk factors are high in Sierra Leone.
Cardiovascular risk factors like diabetes and hypertension are preventable or relatively easy to treat with inexpensive medication.
Interventions using apps show promise as they could improve care for patients with chronic conditions. But patients can't benefit from innovations unless they accept them and use them effectively.
Living close to waste sites has multiple health risks.
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There are multiple health risks in living close to waste sites, with substantial racial and income differences playing a major role.
People exercising in Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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South Africa faces high levels of noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. The NHI is likely to battle to cope with treating large numbers of sick people.
A member of the nursing staff at Chandaria Health Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, measures the temperatures of visiting patients.
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Most facilities prioritize COVID-19 cases. In addition, curfews are still in effect in Kenya, which affects the working hours of clinics providing hypertension care services.
Women and children wait to be treated at a health clinic in northern Burkina Faso.
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In poorer parts of the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa, health systems are not designed to care for people with chronic conditions. They are more focused on single, acute diseases.
A public health worker takes details from a man volunteering to be tested for COVID-19 in the bustling Kawangware market in Nairobi.
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As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Kenya, there is a looming threat for escalated disease and death due to the many people with chronic conditions.
Cardiac rehabilitation is not available in many African countries and the way forward may be to focus on patients rather than specific diseases.
Corporations misused evidence to manipulate health policy.
We found that evidence cited by three organisations - a big corporate and two industry lobby groups - was either not evidence at all, or had been twisted to suit the industry’s narrative.
Ageing increases the risk of non-communicable diseases.
Rapid population ageing has prompted researchers to study disease trends in older South Africans. The aim is to understand the role that specific health conditions play in ageing among rural people.
It’s not enough to simply promote healthy eating and exercise without considering South Africa's very real environmental and structural constraints.