Gambia bans child marriage: 20 year Jail term for offenders

Gambia bans child marriage: 20 year Jail term for offenders

  Good news for supporters of the #childnotbride fight. Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has announced a ban on child marriage in the predominantly Muslim west African nation, threatening heavy jail terms for those who break the new rules. This ban became official on the 6th of July. Anyone who marries a girl under 18 years will spend 20 years in jail. The girls’ parents would spend 21 years in jail and anyone who knows about it and fails to report the matter to the authorities would spend 10 years in jail….

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Untested medicines pose risk as healthcare fees balloon in Zimbabwe

Untested medicines pose risk as healthcare fees balloon in Zimbabwe

By Ray Mwareya In May, Anna Muwa, 31, entered a clinic in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe second capital, to give birth, but failed. The hospital needed $US70, sanitary pads, water bucket, and a soft razor to cut the baby’s umbilical cord. “I walked out and delivered my baby in a bedroom. My grandmother supervised everything. Clinic fees punish us here,” reveals Anna who sells reed mats in Chimanimani, district over 400 kilometers away from Bulawayo city. According to the Genderlinks Barometer for 2015, only 66% of child births in Zimbabwe are attended…

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Is Depression Really Recognised In Africa?

Is Depression Really Recognised In Africa?

By Ibukunoluwa Omotorera Owa   It’s 1:05 on a Monday morning and there’s an awkward silence between us, I can hear him breathing and I long to be by his side but I have to compose myself. I ask softly,   “are you talking to anybody else apart from me”?. There’s a pause, then he replies,  “yes and no, I was talking to someone else before I met you, she said she didn’t want a relationship but got attached and started catching feelings, we quarreled about it and this led to us not talking,…

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Daily Foods for a clean Stomach

Daily Foods for a clean Stomach

Sedentary lifestyle and erratic eating habits affect our health in many ways and one of the most common consequences is GUT TROUBLE. The ease with which your stomach gets cleaned depends entirely on what you eat. And with a careful selection of foods and drinks, you can beat those bad-bowel-days. Wondering what to put on your plate? Let’s start with the Mantra – High Fiber and High Fluid Diet. The dietary fiber improves the transit time and allowed the stools to be fluffy and easy to pass. Here are the…

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The AsktheGynaecologist (ATG) project launches in Nigeria

The AsktheGynaecologist (ATG) project launches in Nigeria

 A new project which will be beneficial to Nigerian women has recently been launched. This project is very important as it comes at a time when maternal mortality is prevalent in Nigeria. The AsktheGynaecologist (ATG) project is a program specially designed to provide virtual consultation services to Nigerians who are desirous of having qualitative medical advice and solutions at their fingertips via social media, email, telephone, etc. The envisaged virtual consultations will focus primarily on women health issues and wellness. The project intends to educate, create positive awareness campaigns…

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5 quick anti aging tips: Video

5 quick anti aging tips: Video

By now we must all know that anti-aging creams do not work. In this quick video, i share 5 anti-aging tips to help you look younger for longer. The idea is to focus more on what goes into your body and what occurs in your immediate environment than what you put on your skin. Of course genetics does play a role but environmental factors and lifestyle changes can interfere and give you the best outcome regardless.  Enjoy and share, subscribe for more health tips 🙂

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Career-Oriented African Women Should Make Health and Wellness a Priority

Career-Oriented African Women Should Make Health and Wellness a Priority

  April is National Minority Health Month, and while we know the dismal statistics regarding diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other common illnesses that affect Black women, one thing we often fail to consider is the dramatic impact work can have on one’s health. According to a recent study, women need more sleep than men because, quite frankly, dealing with patriarchy really wears us down.  The study by Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Center found women need about 20 more minutes of sleep than men because of our male-dominated society. And what…

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Fourth person dies of Ebola in Guinea

Fourth person dies of Ebola in Guinea

    A fourth person has died of Ebola in Guinea in the latest flare up of an epidemic that has killed more than 11,300 people in that country, Sierra Leone and Liberia since 2013 but now claims few victims. The young girl who was hospitalized at the Ebola treatment centre in Nzerekore is dead. Three others have died of the virus since Feb. 29. Health workers on Saturday also stepped up efforts to trace anyone who could have come into contact with the family.The world’s worst recorded Ebola epidemic is…

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Ebola outbreak in Guinea – Two new cases confirmed

Ebola outbreak in Guinea – Two new cases confirmed

Two new Ebola cases have been confirmed in Guinea, almost three months after it celebrated the end of the outbreak. Three other members of the family are suspected to have recently died from the virus. The cases were reported in the southern region of Nzerekore, where the outbreak began in December 2013. The Ebola outbreak killed more than 11,300 people – mostly in Guinea and its neighbours Sierra Leone and Liberia. The new cases were reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) hours after it declared the latest Ebola flare-up…

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