01 December is World Aids Day, and while getting tested for HIV may be the last thing on your mind as the festive season gets underway, it could help you and your partners live healthier lives. Almost one in six South African adults are HIV positive*. HIV testing is a critically important part of the overall fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa. So why should you get tested? Here are five good reasons: 1. To avoid passing HIV on to others If you have unprotected sex, you might pass the virus on to others without knowing.* Nearly one in five people living with HIV don’t know that they are infected**, if they are not suppressed on (antiretroviral) treatment, they can pass the virus on. The more sexual partners you have, the more likely it is that you can contract HIV. Even if you have only had one sexual partner, it is important to get tested and know your status. 2. It’s better to know If you’ve put yourself at risk to contract HIV in any way and are worried you might have HIV, testing is the only way to know for certain what your HIV status is. It's normal to feel unsure about testing for HIV, but having a test will help you to stop worrying about your status. You can stop losing sleep and take appropriate action when you know. 3. A positive result means you can get access to treatment If you test HIV positive, you can start taking antiretroviral drugs immediately. These drugs will help keep you healthy. The sooner you can take the drugs, the better chance you have of living a long life, even if you are HIV positive. 4. Keep your sexual partners healthy By testing for HIV regularly, you can look after the health of your sexual partners too. If you're HIV positive, you can prevent the spread of the virus by taking your antiretroviral medication correctly and using condoms. 5. Getting tested is easy and free Anova Health encourages all men living in and around Diepsloot, Roodepoort and Kliptown to get tested for HIV and know . . .
If you are a vegan or on a plant based diet, you probably heard it a thousand times:- But, where do you get your protein from?-. That question and an array of other such as, "So you are Vegan, do you eat fish? What about milk? What about chicken? Not even cheese?" are the questions that a plant based or vegan person would be subjected to at most lunches or dinners. The idea that a plant based diet is protein deficient is completely erroneous. Let's put things into perspective... Just think of some of the strongest animals in the world, like the Gorilla, or the the Elephant, or the Buffalo, yes they are muscly and they don't really look like they are missing any protein, but, yes, you guessed correctly, they only eat plant based protein. Plant based protein is much easier for the body to digest compared to a diet rich in animal proteins which takes 7 days to digest! .... yes, every time you eat a steak, or a roast chicken, that stays in your body for up to 7 days.....hmmmm. Plant proteins do not contain nearly as much saturated fat that many animal protein sources have. In fact, plant protein doesn't have any saturated fat at all! In addition to not containing this unhealthy fat, these plant sources rich in protein actually have health-boosting effects. Now, let's talk about bean protein, yep, bean protein is one of the leanest, meanest proteins in the market as they pack 21 grams of protein in every 100 grams of product. No saturated fat, 16 grams of fiber, and so much variety in flavours! If we speak about bean protein, almost instantly a South African company comes to mind: Merki Plant Based Food, this company took the vegan and plant based market by storm this year with their range of frozen products. They make bean based patties is 6 spectacular flavours using different combinations of beans and legumes for their tasty protein packed burgers. Their products are: Pistolero (a Gourmet Mexican style patty combining Butter beans, . . .
Medical Aid is an online platform that aims to offer its users a convenient way to view and compare South Africa’s best medical schemes at a single place. The platform helps users to find the medical scheme that satisfies their budget and healthcare needs in the best way possible, by accessing important information about various schemes from different providers and comparing them altogether. Medical Aid presents the opportunity to select and buy medical schemes from South Africa’s most renowned brands within a few minutes. They also extend guidance and provide valuable advice to the users who cannot reach a decision. The Health Covers Provided by Medical Aid are: 1. Keyhealth Medical Scheme – One of the most renowned healthcare brands in South Africa, Keyhealth Medical Scheme is administered by PPS Healthcare. The medical scheme is known for its transparency, guaranteeing value for money to their members. Their cover is distributed in five main packages that complement their motto: ‘simple, but effective’. They also offer smart health cover options that are aimed at offering pure medical benefits. 2. Discovery Health Medical Scheme – Covering over 2.7 million beneficiaries, Discovery Health has emerged as South Africa’s largest open medical scheme. With a current market share above 50%, they aim to deliver the best health care options to their members, contributing to a healthier society. To cater to the unique health and budget requirements of all, they offer 23 different options with private hospital cover. The wellness programme run by them, Vitality, encourages healthy choices and offers them rewards for it. 3. FedHealth Medical Scheme –Founded in 1936, FedHealth perceives its members as a part of its family. The preferred healthcare partner to thousands of families, it offers a vast option range, delivering something for each member. Administered by Medscheme, they aim to offer complete support and fulfil all the needs of their customers. 4. . . .
It can be a major shock for parents to learn that their child is diabetic. While there have been significant advances in the management of childhood diabetes, the intricacies of monitoring the health of a diabetic child can be particularly stressful for families. “A diabetes diagnosis is life-changing for children, as well as their parents, and learning about how to manage the condition can seem extremely daunting at first,” says Marilize Dreyer, pharmacy manager at Medipost Pharmacy. She explains that many of the families who rely on Medipost Pharmacy for the delivery of their diabetic children’s chronic medicine have been through the often-harrowing journey leading up to a diabetes diagnosis, including the process of healthcare professionals trying to pinpoint the cause of persistent and distressing symptoms. “Many parents tell us that simply knowing that our pharmacists and pharmacist’s assistants are just a telephone call away provides them with a measure of peace of mind. This is why we go the extra mile to support families with clinical advice and reassurance.” Medipost Pharmacy’s core service is delivery of chronic medicines, reliably and conveniently, anywhere within South Africa. Marilize says that one of the most common queries parents phone to seek guidance on is whether insulin can still be used if it has not been stored in the fridge. “The answer to this question is that insulin is safe to use at room temperature for up to 30 days. Medipost Pharmacy ensures that all medicines, such as insulin, that require a cold supply chain are packed with ice packs frozen for a minimum of five days at -20oC and are packed in polyurethane boxes to ensure that the cold chain is maintained for up to 50 hours. The boxes and delivery routes are tested regularly to guarantee that the cold chain is maintained at all times. “This ensures that the insulin will still be below 8oC when the parcel is delivered each month, and so even if it is not refrigerated . . .
This morning, the South African Civil Society for Women’s Adolescents’ and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH) hosted a roundtable discussion to encourage better implementation of the Code of Good Practice for breastfeeding in the workplace, in an effort to create enabling environments for breastfeeding in the workplace. The event comes after a recent discovery that while women constitute close to half of the South African workforce (44%), the vast majority do not receive adequate maternity protection, support or facilities to promote breastfeeding.* Held at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in Pretoria, the event included panellists from the Departments of Labour, Health, Social Development, Universities, Civil Society organisations and the Private Sector. Here, the panel and attendees discussed the importance of breastfeeding in support of children’s health development and to ensure sustainable social and economic development, and the very real difficulties that women face in the workplace every day. Practical and easy ways for employers to better support breastfeeding mothers were also explored. Opening proceedings Professor Linda Richter, highlighted that if breastfeeding had been invented today, it would receive a Nobel Peace Prize, as an economic and development imperative. “Breastfeeding plays a significant role in contributing to the optimal health and development of a child” said Sue Jones, Chairman of SACSoWACH, in her welcome address, on behalf of Dr Tshepo Motsepe. “It also contributes to securing and equalising their right to develop to their full potential. Because of the critical link between breastfeeding and health and child development, support for breastfeeding is of the utmost national development importance and achieving many of our sustainable development goals – not just health-related, but our social and economic goals too,” she continued. “We need to see leadership in government declare breastfeeding as a . . .
Gauteng, South Africa – On Thursday, 15 November Forever Resorts South Africa hosted their annual Charity Golf Day, this year in aid of the Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in SA at Blue Valley Golf and Country Estate. The Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss, creating a sustainable future for people with hearing loss, inspire, educate, develop and empower an entire community, create fresh perspectives and innovative solutions, promote social welfare, encourage poverty alleviation and generate a lasting change. The Forever Golf Day raised a total of R189 093.01 and the funds were paid over directly to the foundation to help three children (Haley Smit (4 years), Ronisha Malander (4 years) and Mulweli Makhuva (9 years)) with funds to pay for their cochlear implants. Mulweli underwent his operation on Monday, 19 November 2018 and will now be going through the process of slowly training his brain to hear again as he lost his hearing due to illness some years ago. “On behalf of Forever Resorts we would like to thank our wonderful sponsors who participated in our annual Golf Day, without you, your passion and your selfless generosity this would not have been possible. Oranje Drukkers, Bravo Group Sealy, Backgat Braai, Adams&Adams, Pam Golding Nelspruit, Beeld, Birchwood Hotel, Unlimited Events Group, Forever Warmbaths, Forever Badplaas, Forever Gariep, Forever Centurion, Forever Loskopdam, Forever White River, BDT Accountants, AirlinkVictoria Falls Rainbow Hotel, Wild Horizons Tours, The Good Oaks, Pentagon Security Consultants, FNB, Valorem, Agri SA, Rockwood Theatre, Delheim Wines, Levati Water, Rhino Clothing, Work Front, Dairymaid, Pretoria FM, Decimal Agency and Zebula Golf Estate and Spa”, said Heidi Halgryn, Marketing Executive at Forever Resorts South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Residents in Maboloka, Madibeng, in the North West Province, will soon have access to an HIV/AIDS Mobile Testing Centre, thanks to the Embassy of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGPs) initiative. The handover ceremony of the mobile clinic will take place November 29, 2018 with the attendance of the Executive Mayor of Madibeng Local Municipality, Councillor Justine Mothibe; Chief of Maboloka, Morena L.E. Lion; as well as the Sub-District Manager for the Department of Health, Mr Ishmael Moloi, among others. The mobile clinic and its equipment of R400,000, will be donated to the Maboloka HIV/AIDS Awareness Organisation (MAHAAO). This is a non-governmental organisation which has long been offering community-based HIV testing services and counselling in collaboration with the Department of Health in the Province. Mr. Taro Sawada, Japanese diplomat for political and public affairs, who will hand the mobile clinic over to MAHAAO, says the mobile clinic will move to different rural communities. “Especially in remote areas, having access to medical services is a big issue, and I think mobile medical units such as MAHAAO’s can provide solutions in addressing the gap in access. The mobile clinic funded by Japan will enable MAHAAO to treat more than 150 people per month in different areas,” Sawada explains. The wide prevalence of HIV and AIDS is one of the biggest health issues facing South Africa. According to the statistics by UNAIDS, South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world, with 19% of the total population living with HIV. The ratio is extremely high among sex workers. “In addressing the high number of new HIV infections, especially among the younger generation, having a basic knowledge about the disease is important. To this end, we are proud to be assisting MAHAAO in providing residents with comprehensive services ranging from HIV testing, medical treating to education, by effectively organising the mobile . . .
With more than 130 million contact lens wearers globally1, many people are realising the benefits of wearing contact lenses. In a world where increased screen time is becoming a great concern when it comes to eye health, vision care and the use of contact lenses is becoming even more important. Contact lenses are a form of vision correction that is used around the world and the use of contact lenses is increasing daily. We always strive to include the latest innovations in lens technology in our practice to treat a wide range of eye disorders in the best possible way. By staying up to date with the latest advances in contact lenses, we can offer clients the correct eyewear to assist with their specific vision needs, says Zelda van Coller, Owner and Optometrists at Zelda van Coller Optometrists. “Although spectacle lens technology is improving and assisting many people with vision problems, contact lenses are a safe, effective and affordable alternative to obtain clear and comfortable vision,” continues van Coller. Listed here, are a few benefits of contact lenses that van Coller says is important to know: Many of the contact lenses have UV protection in them Contact lenses allow you to wear sunglasses and protective eyewear on top of your contact lenses without any irritation. Wearing sunglasses without prescription lenses with your contact lenses must be one of the biggest benefits of wearing contact lenses. You can still have two or three pairs of sunglasses without spending a fortune on prescription lenses. Just make sure that your sunglasses offer 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from damaging ultraviolet light Contact lenses can correct almost all eyesight disorders including Myopia (short-sightedness), Hyperopia (far-sightedness), Astigmatism and Presbyopia (age-related reading problem) If you don’t like to draw attention to your eyes, contact lenses are a great alternative to spectacles Contact lenses can provide better vision . . .
Today HomeBiogas, a company specializing the manufacture of small-scale biogas systems that convert organic waste into renewable cooking fuel, is proud to launch the HomeBiogas Bio-Toilet on World Toilet Day. The Bio-Toilet solution connects to the HomeBiogas biogas system, enabling the human waste from the toilet to be converted into cooking fuel in an elegant, user-friendly way that does not require a connection to the sewage or water grid. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.3 billion people in the world have no access to basic toilet facilities, and 892 million people practice open defecation – in open bodies of water, fields, alongside roads or in ditches. Poor sanitation from open defecation is linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea and is the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths per year. In 2015, in order to raise awareness on the issue, the UN General Assembly declared November 19th as World Toilet Day, with the ambitious goal of 2030 as the year by which there will be sanitation for all and an end to open defecation due to lack of toilets. Oshik Efrati, CEO and co-founder of HomeBiogas says, "The UN Sustainable Development Goals challenged us. We took our solution, the HomeBiogas 2.0, which converts food waste into cooking fuel, and thought about how we could take advantage of that existing technology for the important goal of allowing all humans on earth the right to a decent, safe and clean toilet. We researched the issue for several years", he added, "we considered all the solutions available today, and visited target populations in Africa and India. For a deeper understanding on the issue, I personally accompanied a woman who travels 2 kilometers/3 miles by foot daily to the desolate wilderness where she defecates. On the long walk there, she explained to me how unhygienic open defecation is and that she and other women sometimes fears for her safety, as they are vulnerable to any passerbys late at . . .
Boquete, Panama, Nov 17, 2018 -- Serenity Vista is excited to announce the acceptance of bitcoin as payment for alcohol & drug rehab treatment. Serenity Vista leads the addiction treatment sector in offering bitcoin payment for alcohol or drug rehab. This initiative is consistent with Serenity Vista's commitment to respecting each guest's right to privacy and confidentiality. Paying with bitcoin gives the client a payment option that keeps their transaction private from employers and health, financial and legal systems. Bitcoin, now ten years old, and increasingly other cryptocurrencies, continue to gain mainstream adoption. Bitcoin offers a convenient means of paying for rehab. Payment can be done from home with no need to wait for funds to transfer or to visit the bank. Bitcoin may also offer a solution for those that have bitcoin, yet when it comes time for needing to pay for rehab, may not have cash readily available. Advantages of Bitcoin As a digital form of currency, bitcoin offers many advantages over traditional fiat money such as the dollar, pound or euro, and traditional payment systems such as the use of credit cards and bank transfers. With there being no central authority, bank or government involved, transactions are open to anyone and no authority controls or owns. Transactions are relatively inexpensive, fast, inexpensive, and highly private. Adoption as Currency While still going through growing pains, bitcoin continues to evolve to a stable form of currency. Some major companies have adopted bitcoin as a payment option. Bitcoin is particularly ideal for the health care sector due to the privacy protections. "Serenity Vista feels strongly that people should be able to ensure their privacy of all aspects of their life, especially personal health related issues," says John Derry, Director of Serenity Vista. "Addiction treatment is no exception." Serenity Vista carefully chose a bitcoin payment system that is fast, simple . . .