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  • 01:00

    AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES:

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    African Health Dialogues is a weekly health care discussion on AV radio about awareness, progress and gaps, costs and accessibility of medical /pharmaceutical products and services within the African and African Diaspora communities Worldwide.
    Host: Dr. Ladi Owolabi
    Host: Dr. Susanna Dodgson
    Producer: Wale Idris Ajibade
    Regular Contributor from the private sector: Mr. Folusho Obe
    Quality control: Professor William Verdone
    Special Guest: Dr: Eluemino Blyden
     
    This weeks topic is:
     History of health care systems in Africa

    History of Health care in Sub-Saharan Africa, and African communities worldwide has always been debated or pursued in historical context. Even with the growth of traditional healing practitioners in most African communities, the quality of health in African communities continue to be the concern of researchers, development agencies, health administrators and planners both inside and outside the continent. We believe that it is only through a value-based information exchange system that we can achieve an effective, functioning and self-sustained health care delivery service, reliable supply chains for medicines and equipment and an overall improved quality of lives and the society.
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    Please join this discussion live via Skype or phone.

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    AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES: Expanding Access to HIV Treatment

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    Expanding Access to Treatment for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in African communities Worldwide
     
    As we all know, without treatment with the adequate dose of the properanti retroviral, the diagnosis of HIV is a certain death sentence. Persons living with HIV who follow a strict recommended treatment, diet and lifestyle regime are likely to achieve a quality of life nearly comparable to those who are HIV negative. We will compare data from one African country to another looking at the number of people needing treatment against the number actually getting it.
     
    The obvious questions are why are people of African descent worldwide more affected to by the HIV Virus? What are the obstacles to achieving 100% treatment coverage for people of African descent living with the virus? Who are the stakeholders, beneficiaries and regulators of the properanti retroviral? What can be done to improve the statistics?   
    ABOUT AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES
     
    African Health Dialogues is a weekly health care discussion on AV radio about awareness, progress and gaps, costs and accessibility of medical /pharmaceutical products and services within the African and African Diaspora communities Worldwide. 
     
    Host: Dr. Ladi Owolabi Host: Dr. Susanna J. Dodgson Specialist: Regina Askia Williams, RN Expert Private Sector’s perspective: Mr. Folusho Obe Quality control: Mr. William A. Verdone Director and Producer: Mr. Wale Idris Ajibade

  • 01:06

    AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES: Understanding diabetes

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    This weeks topic is: Understanding diabetes
    Diabetes is a disease that affects the body's ability to use blood sugar for energy. The main types include type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. Diabetes insipidus, a rare disorder, is not related to diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes). Diabetes symptoms may include increased thirst and urination, blurred vision, and fatigue.
     
    To understand diabetes, it is important to first understand the normal process by which food is broken down and used by the body for energy. Diabetes affects several millions of people worldwide. In this week’s episode, we will the causes, symptoms and treatment of diabetes.
     
    African Health Dialogues is a weekly health care discussion on AV radio about awareness, progress and gaps, costs and accessibility of medical /pharmaceutical products and services within the African and African Diaspora communities Worldwide.
    Host: Dr. Ladi Owolabi
    Host: Dr. Susanna Dodgson
    Producer: Wale Idris Ajibade
    Regular Contributor from the private sector: Mr. Folusho Obe
    Quality control: Professor William Verdone
    Special Guest: Dr: Eluemino Blyden
     
    Please join this discussion live via Skype or phone.

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    AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES: EMS AFRICA

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    Topic: Emergency Preparedness in Africa: Ambulances Fire Engines, CPR Literacy. 
    Emergency Preparedness in Africa: Ambulances Fire Engines, CPR Literacy. In this episode we will explore government programs and policies in relations to infrastructure, capacity, private sectors, education, public service demand and delivery in Africa.
    ABOUT AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES
    The need for improved access to adequate health care in African communities has long been a concern to researchers, development agencies, health administrators and planners both inside and outside the continent. We believe that only through value-based information exchange system can effective functioning health service, reliable supply chains for medicines, equipment and quality of life be improved.
    African Views (AV) and Life Scope Africa Foundation (LSAF) are collaborating to bring you a weekly discussion forum to explore and raise awareness about progress and gaps, costs and accessibility of medical /pharmaceutical products and services within the African and African Diaspora communities Worldwide.
    The discussion takes place Weekly on AV radio and is open to public participation. The discussion is organized and represented by wide range of organizations and experts on a diverse scientific and socio-economic aspect of health and welfare issues.
    Objective of the program is to provide health literacy, advocacy, and inspire consensus and leadership roles in improving public health care status in underserved communities.
    Host: Dr. Ladi Owolabi
    Host: Dr. Susanna J. Dodgson
    Producer: Wale Idris Ajibade
    Regular Contributor from the private sector: Mr. Folusho Obe
    Quality control: Professor William A. Verdone

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    AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES: Food as Medicine (African diet)

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    What is food to us? Without food, we cannot live. With food, we stay alive, but the quality of our lives, and the length of our days are dependent on the foods we eat and in what quantity. Food we eat for nourishment, and in small amounts, we eat herbs as medicines. To quote Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” 
    When is a food a medicine? In this week’s episode of African Health Dialogues we will discuss cholesterol-lowering foods, dietary source of soluble fiber, and red blood cell building foods in different African cultures. We invite our listeners to call in and talk about what they eat and what they understand or recommend as good healthy food.
    If you are interested in joining our discussion, send us an email at:healthdialogues@africanviews.org to schedule and announce your participation on the show, otherwise please mark your calendar and call in during the show to participate. 
     
     
    Host: Dr. Ladi Owolabi
    Host: Dr. Susanna J. Dodgson
    Special Contributor: Regina Askia Williams
    Producer: Mr. Wale Idris Ajibade
    Regular Contributor on Private Sector’s perspective: Mr. Folusho Obe
    Quality control: Mr. William A. Verdone
    Sponsors:
    African Views (AV)
    Life-Scope Africa Foundation (LAF)
    Medical Journal of Therapeutics Africa (MJoTA)
    Phameds International
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    Please join this discussion live via Skype or phone.

  • 01:14

    AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES: RISING RATES OF AUTISM IN AFRICA

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    Over thirty years ago, a man named Victor Lotter took a tour of Africa looking for autism cases. He visited “collections” of mentally handicapped children in institutions in nine cities in six African countries (Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa) in hopes that he would be able to find evidence of autism in high concentrations of mentally impaired children. “
    What Lotter found in Africa surprised him, namely that “the number of autistic children found was much smaller than expected.” Only 9 of the 1312 mentally handicapped children he saw in nine cities were autistic (a rate of 1 in 145, nearly the same as the autism rate today in the entire US childhood population!).  He had expected to see over 1 in 20. Around that time, clinicians in Nigeria and later in Kenya confirmed that autism indeed was present among African children but found it rare enough that it was worthwhile for them to give detailed profiles of just four and three cases, respectively.
     
    But the search for African cases has continued sporadically, and has led to an interesting recent twist. A couple of years ago, one of the most doctrinaire “autism is genetic” American researchers, in a major break with orthodox doctrine, conceded the idea that there might be such a thing as regressive autism. Not in America, of course, but in Tanzania. A group led by Susan Folstein recently examined reports that previously typical children could acquire autism after a malaria infection. In a group of 14 autistic children, Folstein’s group conceded that in at least three cases “the relationship between onset of autism and severe malaria seems clear” and that in four additional cases there was a possible relationship. That implies that as many as half of the autism cases seen in African populations could be acquired and not genetic.. 

  • 01:01

    AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES: GUIDELINES FOR PREVENTIVE HEALTH

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    African Health Dialogues show this week focuses on Guidelines for Preventive Health. Good practice has gone beyond just taking care of the illness of the day, in many countries, Doctors and patients are now more pro-active. Having regular Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol checks is now the order of the day rather than leaving everything till a disaster like 'Stroke' happens. 6th minute     
     
    ABOUT AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES
    African Health Dialogues is a weekly health care discussion on AV radio about awareness, progress and gaps, costs and accessibility of medical /pharmaceutical products and services within the African and African Diaspora communities Worldwide.
    The program is being facilitated by African Views (AV), Life-Scope Africa Foundation (LAF), Medical Journal of Therapeutics Africa (MJoTA), and Phameds International. Objective of the program is to provide health literacy, advocacy, and inspire consensus and leadership roles in improving public health care status in underserved communities

    Host: Dr. Ladi Owolabi
    Host: Dr. Susanna J. Dodgson
    Producer: Mr. Wale Idris Ajibade
    Regular Contributor on Private Sector’s perspective: Mr. Folusho Obe
    Quality control: Mr. William A. Verdone

  • 01:02

    AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES: CONQUERING BREAST CANCER

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    African Health Dialogues is a weekly health care discussion on AV radio about awareness, progress and gaps, costs and accessibility of medical /pharmaceutical products and services within the African and African Diaspora communities Worldwide.
    Host: Dr. Ladi Owolabi
    Host: Dr. Susanna Dodgson
    Specialist: Regina Askia Williams, RN
    Producer and Director: Wale Idris Ajibade
    Regular Contributor from the private sector: Mr. Folusho Obe
    Quality control: William A. Verdone
    This weeks topic is: CONQUERING BREAST CANCER
    Breast cancer is a malignant tumor (a collection of cancer cells) arising from the cells of the breast. Although breast cancer predominantly occurs in women it can also affect men. There are many types of breast cancer that differ in their capability of spreading (metastasize) to other body tissues. The causes of breast cancer are not yet fully known although a number of risk factors have been identified.
    Breast cancer is diagnosed with physician and self-examination of the breasts, mammography, ultrasound testing, and biopsy. Treatment of breast cancer depends on the type of cancer and its stage (the extent of spread in the body). To fight breast cancer, we must know the following:
    What causes breast cancer? What are breast cancer symptoms and signs? What are breast cancer risk factors? How can you lower the risk of breast cancer?
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  • 01:01

    AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES: HEALTH CARE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

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     ABOUT THIS WEEK’S EPISODE:
    In this episode we will explore government and private sector programs and policies in relation to health care regulatory frame work in Africa. How do we improve transparency and enforce compliance with global standards healthcare delivery.

    How effective are the existing regulatory frameworks that are already in place?
    How do we develop stronger standards to improve quality, encourage private sector participation, strengthen consumer protection laws and deliver quality and accessible healthcare to underserved communities in African countries? 
     
    ABOUT AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES
    African Health Dialogues is a weekly health care discussion on AV radio about awareness, progress and gaps, costs and accessibility of medical /pharmaceutical products and services within the African and African Diaspora communities Worldwide.
    The program is being facilitated by African Views (AV), Life-Scope Africa Foundation (LAF), Medical Journal of Therapeutics Africa (MJoTA), and Phameds International. Objective of the program is to provide health literacy, advocacy, and inspire consensus and leadership roles in improving public health care status in underserved communities

    Host: Dr. Ladi Owolabi
    Host: Dr. Susanna J. Dodgson
    Producer: Mr. Wale Idris Ajibade
    Regular Contributor on Private Sector’s perspective: Mr. Folusho Obe
    Quality control: Mr. William A. Verdone

  • 01:06

    AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES: HIV/AIDS ACTION PLAN

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     THIS WEEK'S EPISODE: EPISODE: HIV/AIDS ACTION PLAN
     
    This week’s episode provides an opportunity to come together to discuss the growing rate of HIV/AIDS, especially among people of African Descents. Part of the discussions will focus on the Millennium Development Goal-6, which aims to halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015 as well as provide universal access to treatment of HIV/AIDS for all those who need it. Reported Number of people receiving Antiretroviral Therapy compared to those needing it is approximately 36% globally.
     
    Since the beginning of HIV/AIDS awareness, the virus has caused more deaths in African nations and to people of African descent than any other known diseases. Today, majority of the 50 top mostly affected countries are in Africa or a country with predominantly people of African descent. Why are HIV/AIDS affecting more people of African descent, and what are the existing options for country assistance in providing guidance, reference materials, and international quality assurance and mentoring for countries developing nationally owned strategies and action plans to eradicate HIV?
     
    ABOUT AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES
    African Health Dialogues is a weekly health care discussion on AV radio about awareness, progress and gaps, costs and accessibility of medical /pharmaceutical products and services within the African and African Diaspora communities Worldwide.
     

    Host: Dr. Ladi Owolabi
    Host: Dr. Susanna J. Dodgson
    Producer: Mr. Wale Idris Ajibade
    Regular Contributor on Private Sector’s perspective: Mr. Folusho Obe
    Quality control: Mr. William A. Verdone

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    AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES: Life Expectancy in Africa

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    This week's episode: Life Expectancy in Africa, has it improved or declined?
    Life expectancy represents the average life span of a newborn and is an indicator of the overall health of a country. Life expectancy can improve by awareness education, discipline to maintain good health and welfare and can fall due to famine, war, disease and poor health.  Life expectancy is one of the best methods to determine a country’s societal performance standard.
    Unfortunately, AIDS has taken its toll in Africa, Asia and even Latin America by reducing life expectancy in 34 different countries (26 of them in Africa). Africa is home to the world's lowest life expectancies with Swaziland (33.2 years), Botswana (33.9 years) and Lesotho (34.5 years) rounding out the bottom.
    Between 1998 and 2000, 44 different countries had a change of two years or more of their life expectancies from birth and 23 countries increased in life expectancy while 21 countries had a drop.
    Host: Dr. Ladi Owolabi
    Host: Dr. Susanna Dodgson
    Producer: Wale Idris Ajibade
    Regular Contributor from the private sector: Mr. Folusho Obe
    Quality control: Professor William Verdone
     
    African Health Dialogues is a weekly health care discussion on AV radio about awareness, progress and gaps, costs and accessibility of medical /pharmaceutical products and services within the African and African Diaspora communities Worldwide.
    Please join this discussion live via Skype or phone.