by Symptom Advice on September 18, 2011

National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTBCP)HIV weakens the immune system and increases the chances of developing other infections. these infections are called opportunistic infections’ because they take opportunity of your weakened immune system. TB is one of these opportunistic infections.Yes TB is curable even when you are living with HIV. the medicines that fight TB work just as well in people living with HIV as they do in people who are not living with HIV. the benefits of good nutrition when on TB treatment and living with HIV cannot be over emphasised. It will improve one’s quality of life; make you stay alive. Move and work efficiently. your doctor will decide which combination of medicines will work best for you. Anti-retroviral therapy (ART) is for life while TB treatment is taken for at least six months. It is important  that people who have TB get tested for HIV as soon as possible so that they can receive treatment for HIV and other HIV-related infections if found to be positive. NTBCP contact details: 24042431

Integrated Diabetes Prevention and Care Programme (IDIAP) SwazilandDiabetes is a lifetime disease which develops as a result of failure of insulin production, insulin action or both since insulin regulates the use of sugar in the body these will result in a chronic rise of blood sugar, causing damages in the brain, kidneys, heart, eyes and nerves.Insulin is a chemical or hormone which is made by the pancreas. It enables body cells to take in sugar from the blood and use it for energy. the warning sins of diabetes include: frequent urination, excessive thirst, increased hunger, blurred vision, weight loss, tiredness, lack of concentration and frequent infections. Individuals who experience these symptoms should consult the nearest health facility immediately. Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented in individual at high risk of developing it by using cost-effective interventions: healthy diet and physical exercise to maintain an ideal body weight. you need to visit health centre to know your body mass Index (BMI).unfortunately, diabetes is ‘not curable’ as yet but it is ‘controllable’ in order to prevent its chronic complications which lead to high death rates. Complications of diabetes include poor erection in men, diabetic ulcers, stroke and heart disease, among others.IDIAP Office contacts: Tel 7713 1727 Hatzin Centre Room F2 new Satellite Bus Rank Manzini

The Swaziland Breast Cancer Network (SBCN)The vision of the Swaziland Breast Cancer Network is to be an efficient and effective provider of breast cancer services in Swaziland. the vision is attained through collaboration with strategic partners and working close with the medical community to make cancer treatments accessible and affordable for the people. its mission is to assist in improving the survival rates of people directly affected by breast cancer in Swaziland through awareness creation, counselling and advocacy.Breast cancer occurs when unhealthy cells grow in the breast. Breast cancer is affecting a growing number of women in Swaziland. To date breast cancer includes women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and above. a small percentage of men are seen with breast cancer too. When breast cancer is found and treated in its early stages there is a greater chance of long-term survival.To reduce your risk of breast cancer: early detection is the key. By doing breast self-examination (BSE) every month you will get to know your breasts; their shape, size and feel. most breast changes are not cancerous, but if you find one you should be checked by a doctor immediately. all women and men should do a BSE every month. Young women should do a BSE one week after their monthly period. After menopause, pick the same day each month to do a BSE; same for men. To reduce your chances of breast take a walk or join in fitness activities and exercise regularly; eat a LOWFAT diet rich in fruits and vegetables; don’t become over weight and do not smoke cigarettes. Remember if you have a family history of breast cancer the risk is higher.Contact days: Tuesday Manzini City Council & Thursday Room4 Mbabane Government Hospital

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation SwazilandThe Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation began supporting the government of the Kingdom of eSwatini in 2004 to prevent HIV infections and reduce HIV-related morbidity and mortality among women, children and families. the Foundation’s strategic support mirrors the comprehensive prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) approach adopted by the ministry of Health and is part of the national PMTCT and HIV care and treatment programmes.since 2008, the Foundation has realigned its approach in Swaziland to focus on the integration of comprehensive, quality HIV prevention, care and treatment services into maternal and child health settings for pregnant women, their children and their spouses. Approximately 180 000 people are living with HIV in Swaziland. of those 14 000 are children under the age of 15 (UNAIDS, Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic 2010). the Foundation currently supports 59 sites providing PMTCT services and six sites supplying care and treatment (C & T) support to women, children and families living with or affected by HIV and AIDS.EGPAF Office contact details: 240408081, new Mall building Mbabane.

SokaUncobe – Medical Male Circumcision National CampaignCircumcision is a minor surgical procedure for removing the fold of skin (foreskin) that covers the head of the penis. To support your son throughout the process of counselling; operation, rest; and check. if your son is younger than 18 years you as a parent or guardian are requested to give informed consent for the procedure to be done by signing a consent form. This can be done in the following ways. the parent or guardian can independently bring the youngster to the clinic to give consent. the school will send you consent forms to sign and all necessary information will be provided to you by the guidance and counselling officer or at any, SokaUncobe site. a clinical counselor may be requested to come to the community to talk to parents and their the days and weeks following the operation you will be a great support to your son. Encourage him to go for a check-up on the 2nd and 7th day after the operation. Ensure he follows the clinic’s instruction. Sex and masturbation are not allowed for six weeks after circumcision and the longer your son abstains the greater the benefit. if he experiences severe pain, swelling, bleeding or any signs of infection, call the emergency number or return to the clinic/ nearest health facility.  Dial 977 for more information.

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