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Lets Talk About Suicide: Death Of Founder “For Brown Girls” and #DarkSkinRedLip Project

Karyn Washington inspired black women around the world to embrace the beauty of their blackness with the creation of her “For Brown Girls”(FBG) blog and the #DarkSkinRedLip Project. Her legacy is being remembered far too soon. Reports confirm that Karyn Wahington has passed away at the young age of 22

16 days of activism: Stand up against rape and violence

  Every year, Nov 25th – Dec 10th, mark 16 days of activism. The theme this year which has been running for the last three years is From Peace in the home to Peace in the World; Let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women. As a rape survivor, these 16

AIDS testing and treatment fall short in Africa

There have been dramatic progress in the global fight against HIV and AIDS but, massive challenges and misunderstandings still remain, especially in Africa. Globally, the number of AIDS-related deaths has dropped by  29 per cent since 2005. Access to antiretroviral drugs has expanded more than 40-fold worldwide in the past decade,

The Price of Preventing Cervical Cancer

  Cervical cancer vaccines for the developing world will cost $4.50 a dose, says the Gavi Alliance. That is $13.50 per young woman, because each needs three shots. It is a small price to pay for preventing a disease that is a scourge of Africa and Asia – but the bill for immunising whole populations

Diary of a manic-depressive girl: 5 ways to beat mental health blues

    People who suffer from mental illness usually have periods of relapse. This article was written by one of our contributors Sitawa, who had a relapse three weeks ago. The relapse inspired her to write an article on how to overcome the blues caused by mental illness. See below:   1. Asked for

Love and Sickle Cell Anaemia – Video

I decided to start a you tube channel for this website.  The channel will focus on discussing health issues that affect our social well being as Africans. In today's video, i touch on a really sensitive subject of love and sickle cell anaemia. Is your Genotype AS (or SS)? What would

Coping Inside – a Psychiatric Patient in Nigeria Tells Her Story

Some, mostly young, Nigerians are fighting the stigma of mental illness head-on. They are boldly talking about their conditions. On youth blogs, in online discussion forums and via social media, they're encouraging fellow youth who have endured years of stigmatization to come out and seek help. One of them is

Love in the time of sickle cell

In a lot of African countries where sickle cell is endemic, you will find that people who are carriers of sickle cell have love relationships with other carriers and these relationships generally do lead to marriage. A few decades ago, this was attested to scientific ignorance, meaning people didnt understand