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By the time you finish reading this, at least six people will have killed themselves around the world.Those six are a tiny fraction of the 800,000 people who will kill themselves this year – more than the population of Washington DC, Oslo or Cape Town, writes Lady Gaga (singer, songwriter and actress) and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (director-general of the World Health Organization) in an Op-Ed in the Guardian.This year’s World Mental Health Day—marked on 10 October—puts a spotlight on the need to promote and to protect adolescent mental health.Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur: changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these could be both exciting as they would be stressful times. Failure to recognise and manage these feelings could lead to mental illness. Many adolescents live in areas

CARTA Cohort Five Fellow Felix Khuluza from the University of Malawi has been appointed, by the State President of Malawi Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika, to the National Board of Directors of Pharmacy Medicines and Poisons Board (PMPB).His appointment as a member of PMPB, announced on July 13, 2018, means Khuluza and the other 10 members of the policy-making institution will be involved in the registration of all pharmaceutical personnel, they will assist in the promotion and improvement of the health of the population of Malawi mainly by controlling the registration and retention of medicines and allied substances. They will also be charged with the discipline and control over the professional conduct of all persons registered and practicing in Malawi.Khuluza has etched his name in global pharmacovigilance circles as his work, published in two papers, on the quality of medicine available

Nearly 360 million people worldwide—about the entire population of the United States—have disabling hearing loss [1]. Of these, 32 million are children. Kaitesi Batamuliza Mukara, CARTA Cohort four fellow, spoke with a mother whose child has a hearing impairment and wrote this article for the 2017 International Week of the Deaf which takes place from 18 to 24 September.Claude had normal hearing but all this changed when he got meningitis, an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges). After he recovered, he could not respond when spoken to or to other children while playing. He was four years old.“When I tried to speak to him he was unfazed but when touched he would turn and stare. He could not hear,” the mother adds.He then started speaking incomprehensible words. Initially, this was assumed was because Claude's family had moved from Congo where they