Source: Foundation for a Smoke-Free World |

Tobacco Transformation Index Finds Most of the 15 Largest Tobacco Companies are Failing to Advance Harm Reduction

Index Reveals Limited Progress to Date; More Change Needed to End Smoking and Save Lives

The first Tobacco Transformation Index (www.TobaccoTransformationIndex.org), released this week and made possible with funding from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, finds that most of the 15 largest tobacco companies are not making substantive progress in phasing out cigarettes and other high-risk tobacco products and transitioning smokers to reduced-risk alternatives.…

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Coronavirus - South Africa's GDP will take at least five years to recover from COVID-19 impact, says UNDP study

The study focuses on how COVID-19 will drive temporary and long-term changes in poverty levels in South Africa

South Africa’s overall GDP is expected to decline by at least 5.1 and up to 7.9 percent in 2020 and recover slowly through 2024. This will lead to major setbacks in addressing poverty, unemployment and inequality, according to a new UNDP study on the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in South…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Committee ‘welcomes Judgements of the Pretoria and Western Cape High Courts

These lockdown regulations were not meant to be punitive, but for the protection of all the people living in South Africa

The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) welcomes the judgements of the Pretoria High Court in the matter between Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association, and the President of the Republic of South Africa, and the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, as well as…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Health Committee Chairperson welcomes government’s announcement of ban on cigarettes

Ban on the sale of cigarettes, tobacco and related products will remain in place under Level 4 of the lockdown

The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, welcomes government’s announcement that the ban on the sale of cigarettes, tobacco and related products will remain in place under Level 4 of the lockdown. Dr Dhlomo said: “We understood all the reasons mentioned and we agree that smoking…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Further tax measures to combat the COVID-19 Pandemic

Government is committed to helping households and businesses stay afloat during this difficult period, whilst it continues to limit the rate of infection, on a risk-based approach

Government recognises that the far-reaching lockdown measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus are having a significant impact on our economy. Most households and businesses have suffered a significant loss in their income, as they comply with the regulations giving effect to the National State of Disaster declared on…

Source: Republic of South Africa, Department of Health |

Coronavirus: South Africa has 1170 confirmed cases (27 March)

The total number of tests conducted to date is 28 537

Today (27 March), South Africa has 1170 confirmed cases. This is an increase of 243 new cases from Thursday’s announcement. The total number of tests conducted to date is 28 537. REPORTED DEATHS: This morning we reported that two deaths had occurred as a result of the COVID-19 virus. The…

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WHO Executive Board appoints directors for Africa and Europe

Re-appointed Dr Matshidiso Moeti for a second term as WHO Regional Director for Africa

The WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 146th session in Geneva, has re-appointed Dr Matshidiso Moeti for a second term as WHO Regional Director for Africa and Dr Hans Kluge as Regional Director for Europe in his first term. Re-election of the Regional Director for Africa “I am greatly honoured…

Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) |

Global Actors gather to forge a common front against Illicit Trade

It endangers public health, as sub-standard and fake antimalarial medicines alone cause more than 100,000 deaths per year in Sub-Saharan Africa

The global economy loses more than US$2 trillion annually due to smuggling, counterfeiting, trafficking of humans and wildlife and other forms of illicit trade that hold back progress on the global development agenda. To address this alarming problem, UNCTAD and the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) are convening the first-ever Illicit…

Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

Diabetes is a Family Affair in Kenya

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin

Alara Amin was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In the five years since, she has become actively involved in managing her condition, which is also a family and school affair. Even her 4-year-old brother understands that she must have insulin injections three times a…

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Strengthening regional cooperation for promoting urban health in Africa

Ten African cities came together in the city of Addis Ababa from the 27-29 August 2019, for the first Africa Regional workshop

With over half of the global population now living in urban settings, cities and their leaders play a critical role in developing, implementing and enforcing policies to create healthy environments for populations. Their engagement is especially critical for tackling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries, which together kill almost 46 million…