Tea Break (26-30 November)

Categories: In The Media.

In many African countries, drinking tea affords the opportunity to take a break in the day, to relax and to connect with what is going on in the world. Here are this week’s headlines that caught our attention to pair with your morning or afternoon break in the day.

Country Profiles:

Ghana: Modern Ghana: Sweden Ghana Cancer Foundation launched
8 November
The Sweden Ghana Medical Center recently launched the Sweden Ghana Cancer Foundation in Accra. The new foundation will provide financial support for early cancer treatment to patients who cannot afford treatment and will educate the general public on cancer prevention.

Ghana: Modern Ghana: Gemini, others to create AIDS awareness on December 1st
13 November
Gemini, a Ghanean artist, will perform a free concert in Accra on December 1st to commemorate World AIDS Day and raise awareness around HIV/AIDS.

Zimbabwe: All Africa: Zimbabwe: Reflections of the Epidemic
9 November
As Worlds AIDS Day approaches, this opinion piece provides a reflection on the effect of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe.

Kenya: Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association: A.I.C. Kijabe Hospital opens new palliative care unit building 
19 November
Palliative care service delivery in Kenya advances after African Inland Church (A.I.C.) Kijabe Hospital opened a standalone palliative care unit building.

Madagascar: RTI: You Heard Us and Came: A Personal Look at How RTI Is Improving Health Care in Madagascar — Part 3
Third article of a three-part series, Volkan Cakir, Santénet2, Chief of Party for RTI, hikes through the mountains of Madagascar to better understand what a typical Malagasy experiences in order to receive health care.


Memeburn: Mobile HIV service to launch on World Aids Day
27 November
Young Africa Live (YAL) youth-focused mobile social network launches new integrated info4africa HCT (HIV Counselling and Testing) database on World AIDS Day.

Guardian: World AIDS Day 2012: How have rates of infection and transmission changed?
20 November
UNAIDS publishes 2012 Global Report, presenting significant findings regarding HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment from 2011.

Business Day: Section27 chides UNAIDS’ upbeat report on HIV
28 November
Executive Director of the human rights and advocacy group, SECTION27, suggests UNAIDS paints a “rosy picture” in its latest global report.


Reuters: AIDS fighting spirit flagging, will miss 2015 targets: Charity
27 November
Recent report from the ONE Foundation claims that the world has lost momentum in the fight against the AIDS epidemic, with millions of new people infected last year.

Cancer Care:

All Africa: Southern Africa: Lancet Urges Action On Cervical Cancer
12 November
Recent publication in The Lancet calls for action to reduce cervical cancer deaths in Southern Africa, giving a major boost to those campaigning for governments in southern Africa to focus more attention on cervical cancer.

IRIN: In Brief: Towards earlier cancer diagnosis in Congo
14 November
An NGO in the Republic of Congo has launched a campaign aimed at reducing the often fatally late diagnosis of cancer, which affects more than 7,000 people in the central African state.

Human Interest:

CNN: U.N. director: ‘Women will change the world’
20 November
Current UNFPA executive director, Babatunde Osotimehin, expresses a desire to see the agency reach as many women and girls around the world as possible, improving their access to gender-specific health services.

New Vision: Courage has enabled them live with HIV/AIDS for 17 years
19 November
Story of four HIV-positive women living in Uganda, and how receiving appropriate, timely treatment has enabled them to live productive and fulfilling lives.

Third Sector: Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund awards its final tranche of legacy grants
27 November
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund has awarded £3.14m in legacy grants as part of its plans to operationally close at the end of the year.

All Africa: South Africa: Not Me, Not Mine – 16 Days, 16 Stories of Courage – Day One
27 November
First of sixteen stories of courageous women living with HIV based on Leonie Marinovich’s series of portraits was used to prompt discussion amongst urban African women about the nuances and strategies of living with their HIV status, and of dealing with male violence in their societies.

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