Africa Life Clinic [World Service]

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2021032020210321 (WS)Africa Life Clinic, health issues affecting people's everyday lives across the continent.
2021040320210404 (WS)Africa Life Clinic, health issues affecting people\u2019s everyday lives across the continent.
Africa's Blood Shortage2021022720210228 (WS)We’re looking at why levels of blood donation in Africa are so low compared with other parts of the world. From Nigeria we hear about hospitals having to ask patients and family members to give blood to ensure there is enough for their relatives if they require treatment. From Somalia we look at how the continuing violence and unrest has brought into sharp focus the need for an organised system of blood donation – currently there is only one donor centre – for the whole country, run by volunteers. And in Kenya we meet people who refuse blood transfusions, believing they might take on the characteristics of the person donating the blood. Health workers and religious leaders are coming together to try to change these beliefs.
Presented by Priscilla Ngethe with contributions from Bella Sheegow, Charles Mgbolu and Dayo Yusuf.
(Picture: People donating blood in Kenya. Credit: Getty Images)

Why don't people want to give blood?

Africa Life Clinic, health issues affecting people's everyday lives across the continent.

Africa Life Clinic, health issues affecting people's everyday lives across the continent.

Combatting mental illness2021032020210321 (WS)Mental health issues for breastfeeding mothers and why swimming can help

Africa Life Clinic, health issues affecting people\u2019s everyday lives across the continent.

Covid-19 Vaccination In Africa2021031320210314 (WS)As the roll out of vaccines across Africa gathers pace we look to the future, how vaccination may help ease travel restrictions and ways to convince those still reluctant to get vaccinated. We also look at diabetes, the disease is more common than we might think affecting a wide range of people. With Rhoda Odhiambo, Anne Mawathe and Priscilla Ngethe.
(Picture: Covax shipments of Covid-19 vaccines arrive at the Ivory Coast. Credit: GettyImages)

How the roll out of vaccines is progressing

Africa Life Clinic, health issues affecting people's everyday lives across the continent.

Modern Medicine Versus The Spirits2021030620210307 (WS)When it comes to mending broken bones or rectifying the eye problems caused by the disease Trachoma, what place does traditional medicine have? Many people would choose traditional medicine practitioners over conventional doctors and hospitals. However herbalism and spiritual belief are poor substitutes when surgery is needed. Can these two very different approaches be reconciled for the benefit of patients?
Priscila Ngethe, Khadidiatou Cisse, and Charles Mgbolu discuss the conflict and potential for collaboration between the opposing forces of traditional and orthodox medicine.
(Picture: Bone setting an arm. Credit: Life Clinic TV)

Can traditional treatment, including calling on the ancestors help with serious ailments?

Africa Life Clinic, health issues affecting people's everyday lives across the continent.

Sexual Health, Covid-19 Vaccines2021022020210221 (WS)We’re looking at a health issue that disproportionately affects black women - Uterine fibroids. These are non-cancerous growths that develop in or around the womb. There is little research on what causes fibroids or how to prevent them.
Azeezat Olaoluwa, BBC News Women’s Affairs journalist based in Lagos, has been investigating.

And the findings from a small study in South Africa on a leading Covid-19 vaccine have led to questions over its effectiveness. This one offers the most promise for Africa as it doesn’t need to be kept at super low temperatures. There are still plans to roll out this vaccine across Africa, though South Africa is now looking for alternatives. Rhoda Odhiambo has been looking into what it all means.
Presented by Priscilla Ngethe.

(Picture: A socially-distanced queue in Kenya. Credit: Getty Images).

A neglected area of reproductive health and concerns over Covid-19 vaccination in Africa

Africa Life Clinic, health issues affecting people's everyday lives across the continent.

Africa Life Clinic, health issues affecting people's everyday lives across the continent.

Superbugs And Superfoods2021021320210214 (WS)Infections caused by germs which have become resistant to the medicines used to treat them pose a great threat to people’s health, as curable diseases become untreatable. Unregulated medicine dispensation and improper cleaning and sanitation at hospitals can all contribute to the spread of resistant germs. Overuse of antibiotics in animal rearing can also contribute, although this is less prevalent in Africa. Professor Joachim Osur and Dr John Kiiru explain.

Many claims have been made about the potential health benefits of coconut oil. The oil is used widely in cooking and for hair, skin and healthcare. Dayo Yusuf travelled to Mombasa, Kenya, to investigate how coconut oil is produced and explore the nutritional facts and fiction.

Priscilla Ngethe discusses these issues with BBC Africa Health Editor Anne Mawathe and reporter Dayo Yusuf.

(Picture: Antibiotics. Credit: Getty Images).

How to combat antibiotic resistance and the truth about the health claims of coconut oil

Africa Life Clinic, health issues affecting people's everyday lives across the continent.

Vaccinating Africa Against Covid-192021020620210207 (WS)So far five African counties have begun vaccination campaigns, with vaccines gifted to them by wealthier countries. For many of the continent’s 1.2 billion people Covid -19 vaccinations will come through the COVAX initiative, which is a programme designed to reach many of the poor and vulnerable across the world. Whilst this is a huge task, Africa does have the advantage of having developed effective methods of delivering vaccinations with campaigns to fight Polio and Ebola.

Along with the global pandemic, life threatening diseases such as cholera still thrive in inadequate sanitary conditions which is the situation for many people worldwide. However, there are some relatively simple and cheap solutions available, such as a scheme to build waterless latrines in Nigeria.

Reporters Rhoda Odhiambo and Charles Mgbolu join presenter Priscilla Ngethe to discuss these health issues.

(Picture: A man is being vaccinated by a healthcare worker. Credit: Getty Images).

Vaccinating Africa's 1.2 billion people against Covid-19 and simple sanitation solutions

Africa Life Clinic, health issues affecting people's everyday lives across the continent.

Africa Life Clinic, health issues affecting people's everyday lives across the continent.

Working with disability2021032720210328 (WS)In Senegal there are a range of measures to help people living with disabilities enter the workforce, however overcoming attitudes is still a major issue. And we look at the impact of shoes on our physical health, it’s not just feet but bones and joints in the legs and spine that can be affected by our footwear. With Khadidiatou Cisse, Saida Swaleh and Priscilla Ngethe.
(Picture: Coumba Mbengue. Credit: Life Clinic TV)

Measures to empower people living with disability in Senegal

Africa Life Clinic, health issues affecting people\u2019s everyday lives across the continent.

Africa Life Clinic, health issues affecting people's everyday lives across the continent.