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World Kidney Day – 8 March 2018

The 8th of March is World Kidney Day – so with that in mind, it is important to make sure that your kidneys are healthy. World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign that focuses on the importance of kidney health and erducing the impact of kidney disease. In most cases, the kidneys can be affected by medical conditions such as high blood pressure,

Infographic: TB Awareness Month 2018

Tuberculosis (TB) causes thousands of deaths in South Africa and the death toll also rises worldwide every year and despite significant progress over the last decades, TB continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming over 4 500 lives a day

TB Awareness Month is each year from 1 to 31 March.

HIV, Malaria vaccine trials approved

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has approved the trial of an HIV vaccine and Malaria control to be undertaken by the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) and Macha Research Trust respectively.

NBA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lackson Tonga said the permit granted to CIDRZ is for conducting research trials on the safety and immunogenicity of HVTN 120/ALVAC in Lusaka while,

Zambia Declares Curfew In Lusaka Slum Struck By Cholera

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People collect water at a water point in the ‘compound’ township on the outskirts of Lusaka on November 12, 2014, a day after the burial of the late Zambian president.

Zambia has declared a curfew in a poor Lusaka township badly affected by a cholera outbreak that has killed 58 people across the country since September,

Cholera Prevention and Control

What is cholera disease?

  • Cholera disease causes a lot of watery diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Cholera diarrhea can look like cloudy rice water.
  • Cholera can cause death from dehydration (the loss of water and salts from the body) within hours if not treated.

How is cholera spread?

Festive season safety tips

With the festive season almost upon us, it is important for us to be more careful and vigilant. With travelling, end-of-year parties, and entertaining, people are more likely to have accidents during this time than any other time of the year. Here are some festive season safety tips.

Road travel tips for the holidays

  • Get your car serviced.

A guide to drinking responsibly this festive season

With the festive season just around the corner and adults looking to enjoy themselves with a drink or two, there are some guidelines one has to adhere to in order to exercise drinking responsibly.

The government says moderate alcohol consumption does not exceed two standard drinks, which is 340ml or a half quart of beer a day for women and no more than three standard drinks per day for men.

5 Reasons Why People Need Health Insurance

If you’re one of the uninsured Zambians, you may wonder why individual health insurance is so important – especially if you’re young and healthy.

There are smart ways to save money, but skipping out on health insurance isn’t one of them. Studies show that uninsured individuals don’t receive the same quality or amount of preventive care those with insurance enjoy and may be putting themselves at greater financial risk than their insured counterparts.

HIV and Aids in Zambia 2016

In 2015, around 50,000 adults and 8,900 children became newly infected with HIV in Zambia. New infections are decreasing, especially in children – in 2010, 60,000 adults and 13,000 children acquired HIV.

Contrastingly HIV prevalence in Zambia has made little progress in the last decade with records marking a 12.8% adult prevalence in 2007 compared to a 12.4% prevalence rate in 2016 according to UNAIDS.

Identifying bites and when to see a doctor

One of the potential hazards of travel in Africa, most especially in more tropical areas, is insect bites. It sometimes seems that there are so many insects that are interested in making their living off you.

Generally speaking this is more of an inconvenience than anything else and something which can be avoided by taking a few simple precautions.