She was under pressure from her husband who was not prepared to have another baby from the  five they already had. Reproductive health journalist Sally Chiwama says a number of men lacked information on reproductive health. Due to public stigma and blame, a number of women preferred to keep issues related to their sexuality a secret.
  • WHO declares Liberia Ebola -free
    Zambia Daily Mail, Monday 11 May 2015, p7
    The disease has claimed over 11,000 lives across the region since last year. Monrovia –the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia free of the Ebola virus, conforming that the country has had no new cases in 42 days. More than 4,700 deaths from Ebola have been recorded in Liberia, more than in any other affected country. Neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone continue to fight the outbreak.
  • Zambia’s prisons health system receives boost
    Zambia Daily Mail, Tuesday 12 May 2015, p10
    Prison environment was meant to remind the offender of their wrongdoing. The slogan ‘Good prisons health is good public health’  emphasizes the important link between the health of prisoners and that of the outside community. Historically, prisons do not enjoy the kind of health facilities the outside community does. This is because the concept of incarceration was meant to subject an offender to misery as  a form of punishment. The prison environment was meant to remind the offender of their wrongdoing and make them feel the “heat”.
  • Prisons seal health service deal
  • Zambia Daily Mail , Wednesday 13 May 2015, p4
    CIDRZ to help develop prison health system. The Zambia Prisons Service has signed an agreement with the Centre for infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) that will culminate in to improved health service delivery in prisons. Speaking at the signing ceremony, CIDRZ director Charles Holmes said he organization will work with Government to develop and capacitate a prison health system that will plan, manage and implement improved services in Zambian prison.

    • E/ Province continues to record high levels of stunting in children under 2
      The Post, Thursday 7May, 2015, p9
      Eastern Province has continued to record high levels of stunting in children under the age of two despite the area being highly productive in agriculture, according to Chipata Scaling Up Nutrition coordinator Xavier Pwete Tembo.
    • 2 babies die, 29 sick after receiving vaccination in Mexico
      The Post, Tuesday 12 May 2015, p14
      Mexico’s public health system has suspended infant vaccines and mounted an investigation after two babies died and 29 were sickened in an impoverished community in Southern Mexico. Six of the 29 babies are in grave condition after receiving vaccinations for the tuberculosis, rotovirus and Hepatitis B which are generally administered between 0 and 6 months, according to a national schedule. The cause of the adverse reactions is not known, the Mexican Institute for Social Security said on Sunday.



    2.       Selected internet sites

    ·         Viagra Makes it hard for malaria parasites to spread, study shows
    WHO News, 14 May 2015

    It looks like Viagra has much bigger benefits than just erections. The sex drug’s stiffening powers are key to new treatment seeking to prevent the transmission of malaria parasites from humans to mosquitoes, thereby stopping the microorganism from spreading to other people. The erection drug effectively stiffens plasmodium falciparum, the parasitic microorganism response for malaria, making infected blood cells rigid enough to be trapped in the spleen, according to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The study was conducted in collaboration with the CNRS, INSERM, Universite’ Paris Descartes at the Institute Cochin and the Institute Pasteur.
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    ·         Elderly People who exercise ‘live five years longer’
    BBC News, 15 May 2015
    Regular exercise in old age has as powerful an effect on life expectancy as giving up smoking, researchers say. The analysis of 5,700 elderly men in Norway showed those doing three hours of exercise a week lived around five years longer than the sedentary. The authors, writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, called for campaigns to encourage fitness in older people. The study comes as a charity warns about low levels of exercise. In the study - conducted by Oslo University Hospital - found both light and vigorous exercise extended life expectancy. Official advice in the UK recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week in the over-65s.
    (read full article)


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    4.       Additional materials in the Dziwani Knowledge Centre for Health

    ·                    Zambia Prevent Care Treatment Partnership II [2013] Working together against gender-based violence: a community mobilization toolkit. Lusaka: ZPCT II

    ·                    Communication Support for Health [2013] Love games: season 2. Lusaka: CSH


    ·                    Zambia Centre for Communication Programmes (2013) Bitter sweet radio drama. South Africa: Soul City