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Women and mental health in Africa: as part of its signature Heal by Hair program, the Bluemind Foundation unveils a report of cross studies between African women and their hairdressers – The Maravi Post

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Lomé, Douala, and Paris, November 22, 2021,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 66 million women suffer from depression and anxiety disorders in Africa, and 85% of them do not have access to treatment. Indeed, only one in five African countries has a mental health policy, and most of them devote less than 1% of their health budget to treating mental disorders. Thus, in societies where mental health is taboo, health care personnel are insufficient, and resources are limited, the importance of finding contextualized solutions appears to be an urgent necessity.

In this context, the Bluemind Foundation unveils the results of cross-sectional studies conducted with 714 women and 148 hairdressers in seven French-speaking African countries (Togo, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Benin, Mali, Senegal, and Guinea) and with the diaspora in France. This Report focuses on women, who are the primary victims of mental health disorders, mainly because of the physical and psychological violence they are exposed to daily. 

The conclusions of the Heal by Hair Cross-Study Report demonstrate the urgent need for collective and concerted action on mental health in Africa. It also appears that by being audacious, creative, and innovative, by considering the uniqueness of African societies, and, above all, by including all stakeholders in the care chain, it is possible to provide an effective, sustainable solution with a strong social impact. 

The field surveys show that hairdressers who are first aiders in mental health are a confidence-building factor for African women: more than 6 out of 10 women trust a hairdresser who is a first aider in mental health, and 91% of hairdressers are ready to be trained.

“If psychiatry has broken into my life and I have an intimate knowledge of it, I also know that there should be no shame or fatality in mental health disorders. They are illnesses like any other: they can be prevented and cured,” says Marie-Alix de Putter, Founder, and President of the Bluemind Foundation. “The facts are there. So are the numbers in the field. Everyone should have access to quality mental health care. But for 66 million women in Africa, this is not the case. We are determined to change this by co-constructing innovative solutions with the first people affected. This is also the perspective behind the ten recommendations of the Heal by Hair Cross-Study Report, which aim to lay the foundations for a collective approach that will bring hope and lasting change.”  

To download the full report “Heal by Hair, Cross-Study Report, Bluemind Foundation, November 2021”: https://bit.ly/32gx9Bj

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Bluemind Foundation.

About the Heal By Hair Signature Program 

Heal by Hair is the first mental health first aid hairdresser movement in Africa. A short and innovative three-day program based on cutting-edge research, comprehensively reviewed and adapted to the local context, Heal by Hair is inspired by the principles used by the international Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program, which is now recognized adapted and deployed in 28 countries. Concerned with basing our action on the cultural and social realities specific to the African context, the Heal by Hair program proposes an innovative approach to mental health, mobilizing a network of professional hairdressers. Like somatic first aid training, Heal by Hair training will allow hairdressers to become the first link in the care chain, not health professionals.

Through the Heal by Hair signature program, the Bluemind Foundation aims to help improve the mental health and well-being of 5,000,000 African women and train 1,000 hairdressers in 20 African cities by 2035. 

About the Bluemind Foundation  

Bluemind Foundation is an international non-profit organization founded in July 2021 and chaired by Marie-Alix de Putter after the murder of her husband and her personal experience with post-traumatic stress, chronic depression, and anxiety. Our constant message is based on a firm conviction: mental health is health. With the ambition of making mental health a social, societal, cultural, and political issue, the Bluemind Foundation’s mission is to destigmatize mental health and make care accessible to all.

The Bluemind Foundation is headquartered in Lomé (Togo) – with offices in Douala (Cameroon) and Paris (France). 

The Bluemind Foundation relies daily on the expertise of African and international personalities, united around a common vision. Alongside an operational leadership team, they include: 

Board of DirectorsMrs. Peace Vera Ahadji, Board member and coordinator of the Stakeholder Committee – President of the Hands From Above association; Mr. Patrick-Hubert Petit, Board member and coordinator of the Audit Committee – President of Diderot Conseil International, ex Senior Executive KPMG; Mrs. Marine Célia Hamou, Board member, VP Global talent acquisition, Novastone Capital Advisors.

Scientific Council: Dr. Jalil Bennani, Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst; Dr. Sonia Kanekatoua Agbolo-N, Psychiatrist; Dr. Christian Eyoum, Psychiatrist; Dr. Olga Porquet, Psychiatrist; Dr. Chrissy Kuoh, coordinator of the Scientific Council, therapist and doctoral student in psychiatry.

Stakeholder Committee : Dr. Parfait Akana, Sociologist and Anthropologist; Mrs. Djénéba Gory, Social Entrepreneur, co-founder of Suadela; Mr. Arnaudd Goulliard, Director of the Bergeret Institute at ARHM Foundation; Dr. Sédric Degbo, Doctor & Founder of REMA Tech.

Mr. Mohamed Dabbour, Senior Consultant Aestina Partners & former CEO Milicom Africa is a member of the Audit Committee.

Press contact

Martin Lingom
martin.alingom@gmail.com
welcome@bluemindfoundation.org
www.bluemindfoundation.org

Source : African Media Agency (AMA)

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Immunology professor talks about the new coronavirus variant – The Maravi Post

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Passengers at Johannesburg’s O.R Tambo airport scrambled this Saturday to find flights to Europe as more and more countries are shutting doors to passengers coming from African countries.

The emergence of the new coronavirus Omicron variant in South Africa sparked a worldwide reaction.

Professor of Immunology Danny Altmann explains.

“I know it feels very harsh to people in South Africa who have really done the right thing and been terribly speedy and vigilant in their reporting. But I just feel that we were so slow to act on Delta and the whole world paid such a high price for it. Let’s try and be forewarned and do it properly this time. So, I think it probably is warranted”, said the academic working at Imperial College London.

Last minute PCR tests are now mandatory.

The UK-based professor believes that vaccination still offers protection against the worst effects of this disease.

“I think it’s a case of kind of hope for the best and fear the worst, isn’t it? So in some ways, if you look at the straight molecular biology limitations, it looks potentially quite a lot scarier even than Delta. And don’t forget, we thought of Delta. I certainly thought Delta as a peak variant, and probably it couldn’t get much worse than that. This looks potentially worse. On the other hand, there’s no reporting from South Africa yet that cases are more severe, and it looks like vaccines may still be doing something because we heard there yesterday that the people in hospital tended to be the unvaccinated people rather than the vaccinated”, said Professor Altmann.

In Africa vaccination rates are significantly lower compared to Europe, the United States and other regions.

According to Professor Altmann, distribution of vaccines throughout Africa is essential to stop future variants.

“You know, in this particular case, if it did come out of Botswana and or South Africa, there has been quite a lot of vaccine available there. But as you say in the African continent as a whole, they’ve been very short of vaccines compared to Europe or North America. And things like this demonstrate how foolhardy that is. We’re just breeding the future variants to come and haunt us. Why do it?”

The latest available data indicate that South Africa has registered almost 3 million cases of Covid-19 and close to 90,000 deaths.

Source: Africanews

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Hawkeye Marvel Movie 2021 Release Date, Where To Watch Online Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar

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The ‘Hawkeye’ is the latest release which is in the limelight because of the story. As per the details, the stream of this film is available on several platforms that we going to discuss here. After the release of ‘Hawkeye’, there are many peoples who waiting for it.

Hawkeye’ 2021 Online Free

We can tell the way from which you will be able to watch the streaming of this brilliant movie. So let’s begin the article which is important to know and you will get all the details. We will explore all the things and solve your queries regarding ‘Hawkeye’ streaming.

Hawkeye Marvel Movie 2021 Release Date

Talking about the cast then we want to tell you some information. There are many things. There are several names of star cast which is definitely important to be discussed and we will tell you briefly about it. This star cast will become the reason behind its upcoming popularity. If you want to know the details then you will see an amazing level of popularity in the upcoming days.

  • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
  • Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop / Hawkeye
  • Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop
  • Fra Fee as Kazi
  • Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne
  • Zahn McClarnon as William Lopez
  • Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez / Echo
  • Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova / Black Widow
  • How many episodes is Hawkeye?
  • Hawkeye consists of six episodes.

The film was released and on the official platform of the movies. It got an amazing level of popularity over the period of time. After the release, there are many fans appear who eagerly want to watch the story on their screen. Currently, it is getting such huge popularity over the period of time. Definitely you check on IMDB.

Now comes the very important detail which is about how to watch the live stream of the movies. So on the basis of available details, you can watch the streaming on Amazon prime video.

Also, you can rate the movie and share your feedback regarding the entertainment how much enjoyed it. However, if you want to watch it for free then must be you can bookmark the page in your browser. So stay tuned with us and get all the details.



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Infinix Note 11S & Zero 5G Launch Soon in India Check Price, Specification and Features, Images

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The Hong-Kong based smartphone company, Infinix is all set to appear with two new smartphones in the Indian market soon. There are some expectations that the smartphone company is going to launch two new smartphones in the Indian smartphone market – Infinix Note 11S and there are some speculations that the next 5G smartphone of the company is Zero 5G that will also be launched in the Indian market.

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According to the sources, the Infinix Note 11S has already made its launching in Thailand. The smartphone is powered by the MediaTek Helio G96 SoC and the same processors that give power the Note 11 series.

Infinix Note 11S & Zero 5G Launch Soon in India

CEO of Infinix, Anish Kapoor teased the launching of the Note 11S on Twitter. He wrote,” The World is a battlefield, it’s time to #ChooseYourWeapon and own the game! For all the gamers in the house, get ready because there is something special coming soon”. Along with this, he also provided some glimpses of the Infinix Note 11S on Twitter.

Along with the Note 11S, there are some speculations that the Infinix Zero 5G is also ready to launch in India soon. A well-known tipster named Tech Arena24 gave the name on Youtube after spotting the smartphone with model number X61815 and it could be called Infinix Zero 5G.

Some expectations are revealing that the smartphone will have a Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and be powered by MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset. So, let’s talk more about that smartphone.

Infinix Note 11S: Specification and Features

As per the sources, the Infinix Note 11S comes with a 6.95-inch IPS LCD display with a high refresh rate of 120Hz and 180Hz touch sampling rate. Along with this, the Infinix Note 11S is also powered by the MediaTek Helio G96 SoC paired that paired with 8GB of RAM and has a storage of 128GB. It runs on an Android 11 with an XOS 10 skin on the top.

With all of this, the smartphone has features of a triple camera including a 50-megapixel, a 2-megapixel, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There is a punch-hole display on the top of the screen in which, a 16-megapixel camera is fitted.

If we talk about the connectivity option of the smartphone so, it comes with a 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, and many more. There is a side-mounted fingerprint sensor in the smartphone with a microSD card to expand the storage including a 5000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging.

Infinix Note 11S: Price in India

Well, the Infinix Note 11S has been launched in Thailand at THB 6,999 (roughly Rs. 15,700) for the 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. Along with this, the smartphone will available in Haze Green, Symphony Cyan, and Mithril Gray option.



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