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Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Health, Life in Benin, My Blog | 0 comments

Health Issues Affecting the People of Benin, Africa

Health matters, and this is important for everyone around the world. It should be a right, but many countries treat the health of their citizens as a commodity afforded to those who can pay for it. There are a lot of issues facing the people of Benin, Africa, but the people are doing a lot more to combat these issues. The following are just some of the common health-related issues that people should pay attention to.

Malaria Scare

Malaria seems to be one of those issues that seems to plague many parts of Africa and other areas around the world. Well, it seems that Benin along with international partners have come together to discuss ways to battle malaria.

At the moment, it is estimated that nine percent of the people in this region die because of malaria, making it pretty serious. It is clear that this issue is starting to turn around, and hopefully, this saves lives.

 

Oral Care

Having access to good dental care is important for those in Benin. People may not know this, but there is a lot more to worry about when it comes to oral health besides the yellowing of the teeth.

This is not to say that discoloration of the teeth is not a problem because it is, which is usually caused by smoking, but sometimes it could be due to high-pigmented foods. Other issues that people need to worry about are problems like gingivitis, which can lead to complications like heart problems or even premature birth.

Mental Health

There are many problems associated with mental health issues such as depression among many other afflictions. The problem is that these issues are not properly addressed, but this is something that Benin is combating.

It is estimated that 75 percent of the people affected by a mental health disorder do not receive the care they deserve, but hopefully, Benin can change that for its citizens. Many organizations are doing their best to improve access to care, which is definitely necessary.

Respiratory Infections

Respiratory infections are the leading cause of death among children in Benin. This is an issue that that needs to be addressed. The infections include pneumonia, influenza, and bronchitis.

All of these issues are preventable and are usually caused by things like overcrowded living conditions, poor housing materials, and the lack of water though these are just some of the causes. Many groups are attempting to build better quality homes and trying to make it easier for the people of Benin to have access to water, but there is still a lot of work to do.

Deadly Strokes

In matters of health, one of the most important ways to stay healthy is to eat well. The people in Benin and other developing regions are having a hard time ensuring that people have access to food that contains nutrients and minerals. Strokes can be prevented with whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables.

The reason these foods are important is because they contain fiber. Most experts have noted that a fiber-rich diet helps prevent strokes, but the sad truth is malnutrition is an epidemic in Benin. Many people are doing their part to reverse this problem. For one, some are trying to make sure citizens can get vitamin and mineral pills. This should help in the absence of food. Of course, this is just one small step that may not be able to solve the entire problem, but at least it’s a step forward.

There are many other issues affecting the people of Benin such as heart disease, birth complications, and HIV, just to name a few things. These issues will not be solved overnight, but they do have to be addressed because attempting to solve them is a lot better than overlooking them.

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Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Health, Life in Benin, My Blog | 0 comments

Why You Absolutely Need a Dehumidifier in Moist Climates

A healthy, active lifestyle typically ensures overall wellness and happiness. Eating right, exercise and getting plenty of rest are the essential elements in achieving and maintaining overall wellness.

Depending on where you live in the world, the amount of humidity could affect some of the elements, especially sleep. The more humid the air, the less likely it is that you’re going to fall into a more restful sleep. In warmer climates, such as the climate in Africa, the air can become so moist that falling asleep can seem near impossible.

At goodairgeeks.com, take a look at some reviews on dehumidifiers with a pump that can help suck out the moist conditions and promote sleep.

Promoting Sleep

Dehumidifiers can help you get a better night’s rest by keeping the air in your home or area clean and fresh. Dehumidifiers level out the moisture levels in the home, preventing that humid feeling that happens in the warmer months of the year. No matter your location, a dehumidifier with a pump will get the air levels back to normal and balance out the moisture in the air.

The fresher you feel, the more likely it is that you will fall asleep faster. Not only fall asleep faster, but get a more restful night of sleep. If it’s too hot or humid, tossing and turning can happen because your body is uncomfortable. Trying to fall asleep in those conditions is awful and definitely not an ideal situation.

Why a Pump?

Dehumidifiers are used all around the world. They are ideal for cleaning the air, getting rid of that moist, sticky feeling and help get rid of mold or spores. Dehumidifies can be used for anything that requires cleaner air, for example, if there was a flood in your basement, you could use the dehumidifier to help prevent mold and spore growth.

The pump in a dehumidifier adds an extra level of convenience because instead of having to empty reservoirs, where pumps typically dump moisture, the dehumidifier with a pump simple drains itself at a designated location. With some pump tubes running up to 15 feet, you could place the tube anywhere and not worry about the hassle of cleanup.

Climate

The humidity levels in South Africa typically range from a 42 to 60 percent on a fluctuating scale. Because of the sometimes extreme temperatures, the amounts of humidity will get higher. It is important to balance out these levels in order to be healthy and feel well.

Dehumidifiers with a pump can level out the climate conditions in your home and keep you breathing fresher, cleaner air. Not only with the moisture levels be balanced, but you can help your air condition systems from working in overdrive since most dehumidifiers pump air that is more easily cooled due to the lack of extreme humidity.

Conclusion

Deciding if adding a dehumidifier with a pump to your home or office can be a tough decision, but once you take a look at some reviews, the decision should be easier. The website provides the specs and details on many different kinds of machines, so you don’t have to scour the internet looking for a compilation of trustworthy reviews.

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Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Life in Benin, My Blog | 0 comments

Protecting Your Home in Simple Steps

Moving to a new country causes all sorts of levels of difficulty. There’s VISA and movement jobs, there’s finding employment and then there is getting to know the culture and way of life. Becoming familiar with each aspect of the way of life within new places is massively important, because it’s essentially an unwritten ‘do’s and don’ts package. Discovering what is the done thing in a country is genuinely one of the most important things, and life in Benin is no different. There is a culture of gun use and also theft. Learning how to protect your home is massively important. Check out a few simple ways you can protect your home in Benin.

Light Up Your Home

Led Light Bar

It’s a funny thing, light. The absence of it gives criminals freedom to act, but add lighting to your home and it protects, almost acting like a forcefield of visibility on the home. Automatic lights that are based on movement are a great idea to have. Another option is protecting your home with LED light bars. LED light bars are literally bars of LED lights that you can attach to your home that give off a constant, bright light. If this sounds like your thing, check out Light Bar Liaison for the best reviews of the market.

‘Beware of the Dog’

Beware of Dog Sign

Always a good way to fend off possible threats to your home – invest in a good guard dog. An even cheaper way of doing this? ‘Beware of the Dog’ signs are the warning before the warning. Many people are intimidated enough with the thought of a huge, growling dog in your house to even go near it. So, this will be a great way to deter them.

Electric Locks

Electric Locks

The problem with a lot of standard lock-and-key locks is that people lose the key – or they get stolen. When this happens, if you don’t have an alarm in your home then you’re easy picking. If you install an electric lock that works from a code entry system, you’re already safer as a result, so long as you:

  1. a)   Remember the code
  2. b)   Don’t write the code down on something easily stolen

With these in mind, you will be much safer.

Keep the House Safe When You’re Away

House

Houses often get burgled while the homeowner is away. It feels like an easy target, and usually it is. If you can ask a relative or neighbour to keep one eye on your home while you’re away, you will already have much better security than many around. Check the locks, alarms and gates are all securely locked before leaving the house, regardless of the reason, too.

These are merely the simple, inexpensive steps you can take to secure your home in Benin, or anywhere in the world. Implement these and you will both be, and feel, much safer of an evening. Home security isn’t merely a scare tactic, it’s a way of protecting yourself, your home and the ones you love.

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Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Life in Benin | 0 comments

Learning from the Natives

People nowadays should always take time to look back at how ancestors and aborigines lived their lives so healthily and peacefully in the past, despite lacking the technology that are enjoyed and abused by those living in the now.

During the old times, people worry about nothing else but the food they will eat for the day, the clothing that they will have to wear with the purpose of protecting them from the cold or heat and not with the purpose of looking fabulous, and the house they will have to live in, with the purpose of protection and not to impress their neighbors.

Basically, the main goal of our ancestors was to protect themselves and survive another day. Such basic desires and motivation caused them live more healthily because they do not tamper with nature too badly.

Nowadays, however, tampering is the new thing. That is why houses are built in materials that are believed to be sturdier than plain wood, and they are built in excessively bigger sizes than it needs to be.

But despite all that technology has to offer, houses are still susceptible even to the most basic element there is – water.

For people in Benine, Africa, water damage is one of the most hazardous types of contamination that any house could ever encounter. A friend from Africa had to learn and deal with this truth, the hard way, after losing his house in NY due to his negligence about water contamination.

He was born and raised in Benine, but he has moved to NY to pursue greater success. However, he never thought that an event such as what happened would be so damaging to his home.

His house was beyond repairable with all the insects thriving inside his walls and dirt and molds all over the place. His house was always damped because he lives in an area that was frequently flooded. Thinking like he was still in Benine, were floods are even something locals become happy about, he disregarded the frequent flooding in his house and just let the areas dry naturally or just push out the water. He never gave it much thought before.

Now, he lives in another house because the old one was no longer habitable by humans. Insects and germs have taken over the place. We all know that water is a nutritious element, but it not only give nutrients to plants and animals and human beings, it is also a very healthy element for the bad things as well, such as molds and bacteria and harmful insects.

If only people learned to think more like the aboriginal people did, then he would have understood that the essence of a house is to protect the people inside it, and as the house protects the owner, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the house remains in top condition so that it could continue to serve its purpose. Giving up on the responsibility to ensure that your house is in good condition will have its consequences on you.

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