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woensdag 29 november 2017

WHO: Making health services a safe place for women: Uganda steps up to support women subjected to violence

Making health services a safe place for women: Uganda steps up to support women subjected to violence
Violence against women is a global public health problem. In Uganda, more than half of all women have experienced violence at least once in their life, most likely from an intimate partner, leaving them feeling unsafe in the place they should feel the safest – their home.

"Violence against women is everywhere in Uganda," says Dr Olive Sentumbwe, National Professional Officer, WHO Uganda. "Women from all parts of society experience repeated abuse, which takes a toll on their physical and mental health."
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Diphtheria is an infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium Diphtheriae. Signs and symptoms usually start 2 – 5 days after exposure and range from mild to severe. Symptoms often come on gradually, beginning with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases, the bacteria produces a poison (toxin) that causes a thick grey or white patch at the back of throat. This can block the airway making it hard to breathe or swallow and also create a barking cough. The neck may swell in part due to enlarged lymph nodes.

The poison may also get into the blood stream causing complications that may include inflammation and damage of the heart muscle, inflammation of nerves, kidney problems, and bleeding problems due to low blood platelets. The damaged heart muscles may result in an abnormal heart rate and inflammation of the nerves may result in paralysis.
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From soft drink taxes to detecting people at risk, the United Arab Emirates is promoting health by beating noncommunicable diseases
His dizzy spells came often, as did feelings of tiredness and passing of urine. For 10 years, Salem Hamad Al Mehairi knew something was wrong, but he couldn't put his finger on it.

But the mystery was solved with just one visit to his local primary health centre in Dubai, which had been upgraded, in line with WHO recommendations, to routinely screen all patients for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), like cardiovascular and lung diseases, some cancers and type 2 diabetes.
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