Tea Break: Dec 9-15

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:

Angola: Christian Aid: First Angolan Teenagers Win International Diana Award for HIV Awareness Campaign
10 December
Christian Aid’s long term partner, Women’s Christian Union of Angola, wins prestigious International Diana Award for their ‘Girls building Bridges’ project and their work on HIV awareness in the poverty stricken suburbs of the Angolan capital city, Luanda.

Guinea Bissau: IRIN: HIV/Aids Fight Hit by Global Fund Cuts
12 December
One year after the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, reduced funding to the Guinea-Bissau government body in charge of coordinating HIV prevention and treatment activities, health centres outside the capital are facing medicine shortages, patients are not receiving the treatment they need, and the transport of patients to treatment centres has been cut.

Tunisia: AllAfrica (Tunis Afrique Presse): Gulf Capital Plans to Create Pilot Healthcare Centre in Tunisia
12 December
Gulf Capital, a leading alternative investment company in the Gulf, has decided to fund a pilot project in Tunisia that consists in creating a radiology and radiotherapy healthcare centre.

Cancer Care

The Lancet: The right to cervical cancer services in southern Africa
10 November
Mortality from cervical cancer in developed countries is substantially lower than in developing nations because of the availability of prevention, early detection, and treatment. How vast is the gap in services? A new report by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), which promotes and advances human rights in the region, assessed this issue, examining policies and services for cervical cancer in Namibia and Zambia.

The World: Part I – Cancer’s Lonely Soldier
3 December
This article is part one in the series Cancer’s New Battleground — the Developing World.

The World: Part V – Dispensing Comfort
7 December
This article examines the role of morphine pain management for cancer in developing countries.


All Africa (Health-e): South Africa: Finally, South Africa Announces Single Pill for HIV
29 November
Government took a major step towards improving HIV treatment compliance and cost with the announcement that the new antiretroviral (ARV) tender will include a triple fixed dose combination (FDC) tablet, which combines three pills into one.

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation: PEPFAR Blueprint Provides Promise and Road Map for Achieving an Aids-Free Generation That Begins With Children
29 November
In this statement by Charles Lyons, President and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation notes, “the Blueprint makes a very strong promise to the next generation: that they will be born HIV-free, that they will have access to HIV treatment with drugs that are safe and effective, and that they will receive services designed just for them into adulthood and beyond, until a cure is found.”

Palliative Care

Medical News Today: Tips For Resolving Conflicts Over End-Of-Life Care
29 November
It’s one of the toughest questions patients and their loved ones can discuss with physicians: When is further medical treatment futile? The conversation can become even more difficult if patients or their families disagree with health care providers’ recommendations on end-of-life care.


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