Calling patients with Non communicable Disease (NCDs) to take part in an online survey
Background and rationale for the study:
As you might be aware, the COVID-19 pandemic affects people with Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) more severely than the general public. We also know that people with NCDs require constant supply of medicines and remaining in constant touch with their doctors. COVID 19 has disrupted services in several countries and could have impacted negatively access to care for persons with NCDs in Zambia.
We have since designed a study that will help us understand the challenges and other issues patients and families are facing that might be directly or indirectly related to COVID 19. Patients with NCDs like hypertension, diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases are well come to participate.
This will be an online survey. You or your relative need just need follow the link to get to the survey.
The first page explains the purpose of the study and then there is a section where you need to provide consent to take part.
The study has been approved by research regulators. If you have any questions, we have added our contact details.
Looking forward to your participation. Click here to access the survey: https://stmarys.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/covid-19-pandemic-and-health-seeking-behaviours
Environment Africa & Terre Des Hommes launch Global Campaign to recognize Children’s rights
Enviroment Africa and Terre Des Hommes launch ambitious Global campaign calling on Governments to recognize Children’s rights to a Healthy environment.
Today, 28 October 2020 Environment Africa and Terre des Hommes are launching an international campaign called “MY PLANET – MY RIGHTS” urging governments to recognize children’s right to a healthy environment through the adoption of a resolution on the human right to a healthy environment and an Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
As part of the campaign, Environment Africa and Terre des Hommes are initiating a global online petition which will be delivered to the UN Secretary General and the Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on 21 September 2021.
As they launch the MY PLANET MY RIGHTS campaign, Terre des Hommes, Environment Africa and their partners are calling upon the Government of the Republic of Zambia to scale up environmental awareness, treatment and remediation work in lead contaminated areas in Kabwe and other mining communities in Zambia.
The MY PLANET, MY RIGHTS campaign is today being launched at Urban Bliss Hotel in Kabwe and the Livingstone City Council Civic Centre in Livingstone.
We call upon all Zambians to participate in this campaign by signing the petition on the link below:
MY PLANET – MY RIGHTS campaign and online petition: http://www.my-planet-my-rights.org
Environment Africa contact person: Namo Chuma / firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0975 263888
21-year-old woman sentenced to three years simple imprisonment for aborting her seven-month pregnancy in Nchelenge district
THE Mansa High Court has convicted and sentenced a 21-year-old woman of Nchelenge district to three years’ simple imprisonment, suspended for two years, for aborting her seven-month pregnancy.
This in a case in which Mary Manda was charged with child destruction contrary section 221(1) of the penal code.
According to evidence from Chungu Chama, a nurse at Chiengi health centre, on August 31, 2019, Manda was brought by her mother to this hospital after she complained of a running stomach.
Ms Chama told the court that when examined her she discovered that Mary was in labor and that there was no fetal heart sound.
She said when delivering her, she found some drugs inserted in her vagina.
Ms Chama said when asked why the tablets were inserted, Manda kept quiet.
She said after delivery, Manda’s mother then instructed her to call police to question her daughter on what happened.
“I showed the tablets to the patient and I asked her what the drugs were doing there, but she did not answer, when I asked her again she just kept quiet a few minutes later the baby came out already dead, then we removed the placenta and we continued managing the patient because she was bleeding,” she narrated.
And when the matter came up for judgement on Friday last week, Judge Derrick Mulenga reprimanded Manda for committing such an offence, he described the act as an abomination.
“I have taken into account the cries of her mother, when she appeared before this court, she showed to me that she is a woman of velour who does not tolerate illegalities despite the fact that the convict is her only child, she was ready to surrender her to the police.
That’s what it should be, the conduct of the convict is quiet bad. An abortion is a painful thing a child goes through,” judge Mulenga said.
He sentenced her to three years, suspended for two years.
“You are luck you have come at a time when there is COVID-19 but what will happen is that when you commit another offence you will be punished.
I will give you 36 months’ simple imprisonment but I will suspend for 24 months, on condition that you do not commit a similar offence in 12 months, you will be moving in your village but know that you are a prisoner,” he said.