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The Manje Wellness Program is designed to help you with culturally competent mental health, diet and palliative care support in the comfort of your home. Developed by our team of qualified African medical professionals in Europe, the program helps you stay healthy in your day-to-day life. Whatever your wellness goals are, Manje provides you with unlimited access to health tips, support and guidance for women, men and kids.

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Imported Malaria: travel advice for Africans in  the diaspora

Kids | Men | Women | Africa Diaspora Heath | Imported malaria | Malaria

Imported Malaria: travel advice for Africans in the diaspora

2022-11-10

Key facts

  • Malaria is a serious infection spread by mosquitoes. You cannot catch it from another person.
  • It is caused by being bitten by an infected mosquito and can take just 1 bite to get it.
  • Usually, people get malaria by being bitten by an infective 
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Safety checklist every home should have

Kids | Men | Women | Safety Checks

Safety checklist every home should have

2022-11-10

To protect you and your family, do a thorough safety check of every room in your home on a regular basis.

You can prevent unintentional accidents, injuries, and non-traumatic emergencies and your family will be healthier and safer when you practice a little prevention.

Adult’s bedroom:

  • Don’t leave medicines,
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Penile cancer

Men | Africa Men’s Health | Cancer | Penile disorders

Penile cancer

2022-11-10

Key facts

  • Cancer of the penis, also called penile cancer, almost always begins in the skin cells of the penis.
  • Penile cancer is a rare cancer that mostly affects the skin of the penis and the foreskin (the skin covering the head of the penis).
  • Treatment for most penile cancers caught very early include creams and laser therapy.
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Penile disorders, balanitis

Men | Africa Men’s Health | Balanitis | Penile disorders

Penile disorders, balanitis

2022-11-10

Overview

Balanitis is inflammation of the glans (head) of the penis. If the foreskin is also inflamed, the condition is called balanoposthitis.

Symptoms of balanitis include:

  • penile pain
  • swelling
  • itching
  • a rash on the penis
  • a strong-smelling discharge from the penis

Balanitis is classified into three types:

  • Balanitis (also called Zoon’s balanitis): 
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Oedema (Swollen ankles, feet and legs)

Kids | Men | Women | Consultation | Health Checks | Oedema

Oedema (Swollen ankles, feet and legs)

2022-11-09

Overview

Oedema or Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body’s tissues. Although oedema can affect any part of your body, you may notice it more in your hands, arms, feet, ankles and legs.

Oedema can be the result of medication, pregnancy or an underlying disease — often congestive heart failure,

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Palliative Care

Kids | Men | Women | Palliative Care

Palliative Care

2022-11-09

Overview

If you have an illness that cannot be cured, palliative care makes you as comfortable as possible by managing your pain and other distressing symptoms. It also involves psychological, social and spiritual support for you and your family or carers. This is called a holistic approach, because it deals with you as a “whole”

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Urethral discharge

Men | Urethral discharge

Urethral discharge

2022-11-09

The male urethra is the tube that carries urine and semen through your penis, outside of your body. Urethral discharge is any type of discharge or liquid, besides urine or semen, that comes out of the opening of the penis.

It can be several different colors and happens due to irritation or infection of the urethra.

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First aid

Kids | Men | Women | First Aid

First aid

2022-11-09

Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, emergency treatment or formal first-aid training. Don’t use this information to diagnose or develop a treatment plan for a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified health care provider. If you’re in a life-threatening or emergency medical situation, seek emergency medical assistance immediately.

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Arthritis

Kids | Men | Women | Arthritis

Arthritis

2022-11-08

Overview

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation (swelling) of one or more joints. It describes more than 100 conditions that affect the joints, tissues around the joint, and other connective tissues. Specific symptoms vary depending on the type of arthritis, but usually include joint pain and stiffness.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Women | Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

2022-11-08

Key facts

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work.
  • The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it often runs in families.
  • It’s related to abnormal hormone levels in the body, including high levels of insulin, a hormone that controls sugar levels in the body.
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Fever in Children

Kids | Consultation | Fever

Fever in Children

2022-10-31

Always trust your instincts and consult emergency services if you think there is an emergency and your child:

  • is under 3 months and has a temperature of 38°C (101°F) or above
  • is over 3 months and has a temperature of 39°C (102°F) or above
  • has persistent vomiting
  • is refusing to feed

Key Facts

  • Fever is an increase in the body’s temperature above normal.
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Alzheimer’s disease

Men | Women | Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s disease

2022-10-31

Key Facts

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.
  • It is a progressive neurologic disorder, that causes the brain to shrink (atrophy) and brain cells to die.
  • It causes a continuous decline in thinking, behavioural and social skills that affect a person’s ability to function independently.
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Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Kids | Men | Women | Cardiovascular diseases | Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Dilated Cardiomyopathy

2022-10-31

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a type of heart muscle disease that causes the heart chambers (ventricles) to thin and stretch, growing larger. It typically starts in the heart’s main pumping chamber (left ventricle). Dilated cardiomyopathy makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body. As the heart becomes weaker, heart failure can occur.

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Candidiasis

Kids | Men | Women | Candidiasis | Consultation | Health Checks

Candidiasis

2022-10-31

Key Facts

  • Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by a yeast (or fungus) called Candida. The most common species of candida is Candida albicans. Candida normally lives on skin and inside the body, such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina, without causing problems. However, candida can cause an infection if it grows out of control or if it enters deep into the body.
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Bacterial vaginosis

Women | Bacterial vaginosis | Consultation | Health Checks

Bacterial vaginosis

2022-10-31

  • This is a common cause of vaginal discharge in women, but it is not considered to be a sexually transmitted infection.
  • Sometimes there are no symptoms.
  • No benefit in treating male partner, but if you have a female partner they may need treatment.
  • The vagina contains many different types of bacteria.
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Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Kids | Men | Women | Consultation | Health Checks | Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

2022-10-31

Key facts

  • Shingles or Herpes Zoster is caused by a viral infection.
  • It is caused by the Varicella Zoster virus.
  • This virus can cause two disease outcomes – chicken pox, usually in childhood, and shingles later in life.
  • After having chicken pox as a child,
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What is a Cesarean section and why is it done?

Men | Women | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Pregnancy

What is a Cesarean section and why is it done?

2022-10-28

A cesarean section, C-section, or cesarean birth, is an operation to deliver your baby through a cut made in your tummy and womb.

The cut (incision) is usually made across your tummy, just below your bikini line.

A cesarean is a major operation that carries a number of risks,

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Menopause

Women | Obstetrics and Gynecology

Menopause

2022-10-20

Key Facts

  • Menopause is when your periods stop due to lower hormone levels. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55.
  • It can sometimes happen earlier naturally. Or for reasons such as surgery to remove the ovaries (oophorectomy) or the uterus (hysterectomy), cancer treatments like chemotherapy,
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Diagnosis – Infertility

Men | Women | Infertility, Fertility, IVF

Diagnosis – Infertility

2022-10-11

More than 8 in 10 couples, where the woman is under 40, will conceive naturally within a year of having regular unprotected sex.

Regular unprotected sex means having sex every 2 to 3 days without using contraception.

When to get medical help

See your GP if you have not conceived after a year of trying.

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Treatment – Infertility

Men | Women | Infertility, Fertility, IVF

Treatment – Infertility

2022-10-11

If you have fertility problems, the treatment you’re offered will depend on what’s causing the problem and available treatment options.

There are 3 main types of fertility treatment:

  • medicines
  • surgical procedures
  • assisted conception – including intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilisation (IVF)

Speak to your doctor for more information about recommended medicine for you and the possible side effects of specific medicines.

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Fertility Tests

Women | Infertility, Fertility, IVF

Fertility Tests

2022-10-11

Fertility tests for women

Tests to find out the cause of infertility in women include:

Blood tests

Samples of your blood can be tested for a hormone called progesterone to check whether you’re ovulating.

The timing of the test is based on how regular your periods are.

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Unexplained Infertility

Men | Women | Infertility, Fertility, IVF

Unexplained Infertility

2022-10-11

Unexplained infertility is when no cause can be identified in either partner.

If a cause for your fertility problems has not been found, talk to your doctor about the next steps.

Women with unexplained infertility who have not conceived after 2 years of having regular unprotected sex could be offered In vitro fertilisation (IVF)treatment.

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Infertility in Men

Men | Infertility, Fertility, IVF

Infertility in Men

2022-10-11

Environmental and lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol intake and obesity can affect fertility. In addition, exposure to environmental pollutants and toxins can be directly toxic to gametes (eggs and sperm), resulting in their decreased numbers and poor quality, leading to infertility.

Semen and sperm

A common cause of infertility in men is poor-quality semen, the fluid containing sperm that’s ejaculated during sex.

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Infertility in Women

Women | Infertility, Fertility, IVF

Infertility in Women

2022-10-11

Infertility is commonly caused by problems with ovulation (the monthly release of an egg from the ovaries).

Some problems stop an egg being released at all, while others prevent an egg being released during some cycles but not others.

Ovulation problems can be a result of: 

  • polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • thyroid problems – both an overactive thyroid gland and an underactive thyroid gland can prevent ovulation
  • premature ovarian failure – where the ovaries stop working before the age of 40

Scarring from surgery

Pelvic surgery can damage and scar the fallopian tubes,

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Prostate Cancer

Men | Cancer

Prostate Cancer

2022-10-10

The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis and is part of the male reproductive system. It is located between the penis and the bladder and surrounds the urethra.

The main function of the prostate is to produce a thick white fluid that creates semen when mixed with the sperm produced by the testicles.

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Skin Bleaching

Men | Women | Skin Complications

Skin Bleaching

2022-10-10

  • This is the cosmetic use of chemical agents to lighten the complexion of one’s skin.
  • These products include bleaching creams, soaps, and pills, as well as professional treatments like chemical peels and laser therapy.
  • Skin bleaching reduces melanin (a pigment which produces colour in human skin). Melanin provides skin with protection from sun damage,
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Some tips on preparing for a medical visit

Kids | Men | Women | Consultation

Some tips on preparing for a medical visit

2022-10-10

Doctors are busy people and sometimes they are in a rush to stay on a schedule. Your visit may be one of several in a day and so it is better if you are ready, clear about your condition without beating about the bush. 

If you need an interpreter, make this known to the health service when you make the appointment and arrive on time so that you do not end up feeling rushed during your appointment. 

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Kidney Cancer

Men | Women | Cancer | Nephrology

Kidney Cancer

2022-10-10

Key Facts 

  • Kidney cancer, also called renal cancer, is one of the most common types of cancer.
  • It usually affects adults in their 60s or 70s. It is rare in people under 50.
  • It can often be cured if it’s found early. But a cure will probably not be possible if it’s diagnosed after it has spread beyond the kidney.
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Bowel Cancer

Men | Women | Cancer

Bowel Cancer

2022-10-10

Key Facts 

  • Bowel cancer is an umbrella term that could be used to describe either colon or rectal cancer. Its name depends on where it starts, and it is sometimes called colorectal cancer. Colon cancer is more common than rectal cancer.
  • It usually begins as small, non-cancerous (benign) clumps of cells called polyps that form on the inside of the colon.
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Stroke

Men | Women | Stroke

Stroke

2022-10-10

Key facts

  • A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
  • Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential.
  • The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.
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Postpartum Depression

Men | Women | Depression

Postpartum Depression

2022-10-10

Key facts

  • Pregnancy is a major life event that is accompanied by social, psychological, physical and hormonal changes. Sometimes these changes can trigger depressive episodes with serious implications for the affected guardian (mother or father) and child.
  • Postpartum or Postnatal depression is the commonest depressive disorder seen during pregnancy or after the birth of the child.
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Obesity

Kids | Men | Women | Obesity

Obesity

2022-10-10

Key facts

  • Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health.
  • A body mass index (BMI) over 25 is considered overweight, and over 30 is obese. The issue has grown to epidemic proportions.
  • Overweight and obesity are linked to more deaths worldwide than underweight.
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Infertility

Men | Women | Infertility, Fertility, IVF

Infertility

2022-10-10

Key Facts

  • Infertility is a disease of the male or female reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular (every 2-3days) unprotected sexual intercourse.
  • Infertility affects millions of people of reproductive age worldwide – and has an impact on their families and communities.
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Men | Women | Hypertension

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

2022-10-10

Key Facts

  • Blood pressure is the pressure of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. Arteries carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body. The blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day.
  • Blood pressure is measured using two numbers: The first number,
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Diabetes

Kids | Men | Women | Diabetes

Diabetes

2022-10-10

Background

The amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas (a gland behind the stomach). When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it’s broken down to produce energy.

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Gall Stones

Men | Women | Gall stones

Gall Stones

2022-10-07

In the past, people with gallstones who weren’t suitable for surgery were sometimes advised to adopt a very low-fat diet to stop the gallstones growing.

But recent evidence suggests this isn’t helpful because rapid weight loss resulting from a very low-fat diet can actually cause gallstones to grow.Gallstones are small stones, usually made of cholesterol,

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Erectile Dysfunction

Men | Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction

2022-10-07

Key facts

  • Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex
  • It can be due to abnormalities with the arteries or veins of the penis
  • Or it can be due to premature ejaculation

Risk Factors

It can be caused by

  • Stress or fatigue
  • Older age 
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Osteoporosis

Kids | Men | Women | Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

2022-10-07

Key facts

  • This is a disease that is associated with weakness and brittleness of the bones.
  • Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.
  • Osteoporosis is a common and silent disease until it is complicated by fractures that become common.
  • Osteoporosis can be diagnosed and prevented with effective treatments,
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Sickle Cell Diseases

Kids | Men | Women | Sickle Cell

Sickle Cell Diseases

2022-10-07

General Background

Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited disorders that affect the red blood cells.

Red blood cells contain hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen. Healthy red blood cells are round, and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. 

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Vitamin D Deficiency

Kids | Men | Women | Vitamins

Vitamin D Deficiency

2022-10-07

Key Facts

  • Vitamin D is a vitamin that is important for the normal function of the body. It is a fat-soluble vitamin. This means that a person can go for several days without producing it in the skin or eating food that contains it and it and they won’t become deficient.
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Childhood Stroke

Kids | Stroke

Childhood Stroke

2022-10-07

Key facts

  • A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
  • Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential.
  • The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.
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Bad Breath

Kids | Men | Women | Bad breath

Bad Breath

2022-10-07

Key facts

  • The medical name for bad breath is halitosis
  • It is normal to have bad breath in the morning just after waking up
  • If it persists after brushing one’s teeth, it may be a sign of dental disease or other health conditions
  • Bad breath may be an early sign of oral conditions like tooth decay,
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Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs)

Kids | Men | Women | Cardiovascular diseases | Obesity

Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs)

2022-10-07

Key facts

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels.
  • CVDs are the leading cause of death globally.
  • CVDs are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels and include coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatic heart disease and other conditions. 
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Childhood Obesity

Kids | Obesity

Childhood Obesity

2022-10-06

If your child is very overweight, there’s lots you can do to help them become a healthy weight as they grow.

Very overweight children tend to grow up to be very overweight adults, which can lead to health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

Research shows children who achieve a healthy weight tend to be fitter,

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Kids and Kidneys

Kids | Nephrology

Kids and Kidneys

2022-10-06

Nephrotic Syndrome in Children

Key facts

  • Nephrotic syndrome is a condition that causes the kidneys to leak large amounts of protein into the urine. This can lead to a range of problems, including swelling of body tissues and a greater chance of catching infections.
  • Although nephrotic syndrome can affect people of any age,
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Breast Cancer

Men | Women | Cancer

Breast Cancer

2022-10-06

Key Facts

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer worldwide and is the most common cancer in women. Breast cancer in men is rare but still possible.
  • Breast cancer is not one disease but is an umbrella term that encompasses cancers that affect different parts of the breast tissue. 
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Alcohol Misuse

Men | Women | Alcohol

Alcohol Misuse

2022-10-06

Key facts

  • Chronic alcohol consumption is a world-wide socioeconomic problem
  • Not every person who drinks too much alcohol becomes incapacitated, it is possible to be a high-functioning alcoholic. High function alcoholics might be responsible and productive.
  • Alcoholism is the most serious form of problem drinking at a level that causes harm to one’s health.
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Anxiety Disorders

Kids | Men | Women | Anxiety | Depression

Anxiety Disorders

2022-10-05

Key facts

  • An anxiety disorder is a condition in which the individual has intense and persistent worry, fear and dread. Anxiety is a normal emotion and everyone can experience it at some point in their life, however in a disorder, the episodes interfere with normal life.
  • They are the commonest mental health condition
  • Women are more likely than men to get anxiety disorders
  • May start in childhood and peak in middle age then decrease again with older age
  • Many affected individuals do not contact health services for treatment,
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