Public Health

Less judgement, more action is needed on female genital mutilation

Despite the dangers and growing opposition to the practice, female genital mutilation (FGM) persists across the world. According to the World Health Organisation, over...

Rape in a place of platinum

A snapshot of the community of Rustenburg shows a place of plenty, also a place of poverty.  Ufrieda Ho argues that beyond the juxtaposition,...

Draft bill could limit access to safe abortions

A proposed Bill by the African Christian Democratic Party could endanger legal abortions in South Africa, doctors have warned.The ACDP’s amendment to the 1996...

Stigma contributes to Kenyan teens quitting HIV treatment

The United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS) has revealed that Kenyan teenagers are most likely to quit HIV treatment, thus undermining the fight against...

UNICEF says 2.1 billion people still lack basic water and sanitation...

Globally 844 million people still lack even basic water services. That’s 844 million people who have to travel long distances to collect contaminated water...

Kenya rushes to contain cholera outbreak

On Monday Kenya’s ministry of health launched a 21-day plan to contain an outbreak of cholera in Nairobi. More than 336 cases of cholera...

Unemployed doctor: ‘Sometimes I can’t wake up because I feel like...

Medical graduates are having a difficult time finding employment as doctors in the public health sector. To qualify as an independent practitioner in South...

Lack of education leaves people living with epilepsy neglected and stigmatised

Mandla Mzimela has been on treatment for his epilepsy for the past 10 years. Stuttering, with pauses in between his sentences, and fidgeting hands,...

Understaffed and overworked: what it’s like working in South Africa’s public...

The Department of Health (DoH) is having difficulty placing young medical graduates in internship positions. The Daily Vox has spoken to a number of...

We need to be talking about the obesity epidemic, locally and...

Dean Ryan* (34) could not fall asleep unless he took sleeping pills. It was difficult for him to get in and out of his...

Sending smoke signals: lessons from the ban on advertising tobacco products

In the second part of this series we looked at how the banning of alcohol advertising would contribute to lessening the burden alcohol-related incidents...

If HIV denialists have not been pardoned, why should the DA...

Aids has taught South Africans why denialism can't be tolerated – whether it comes from Thabo Mbeki or Helen Zille.In the same week that...

No policy in sight to help people with albinism in SA

People with albinism continue to face stigma, health challenges and the threat of violence, and there is still no solid policy to address their...

People with albinism need more medical assistance from government

Mafusi Tampe and Lebo Kgopane are a young couple living in Soweto with a boisterous eight-month-old girl. Both have albinism, and little Diteboho does...

This doctor studied for 10 years and still awaits the chance...

The latest in the series of jobless doctors who have spoken out against the Department of Health (DoH) is the story of Dhiresh Pillay*...

Young, drunk and at risk: the dangers in youth perceptions of...

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliances (SAAPA) and Soul City Institute have called for a ban on the marketing of alcohol products. Along with...

Why your child might need a measles booster shot

At least 17 cases of measles in Gauteng have sparked a 24-day vaccine campaign in the province.Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by...

Teen pregnancy isn’t rising and 7 other things we learned from...

On Monday, almost a week after the brutal murder of Karabo Mokoena  sent South Africa into a tailspin, sparking rage on social media under...

This unemployed doctor works at a call centre part-time to pay...

A number of unemployed doctors have spoken out against the Department of Health (DoH) who have failed to allocate them internships, community service, or...

Family should be considered sacred when medical interns are placed

Young medical graduates are not being placed in internship positions which they need to be able to practise medicine independently. There seems to be a...
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