Public Health

Durban Floods: Devastation Lingers For Victims

Torrential rains have wreaked havoc in Durban this week, claiming lives and leaving hundreds of families devastated and destitute after homes were...

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...

When Disabilities And Inequality Meet In A Pandemic

What happens to the poor during self quarantine? And what happens to the disabled who don’t have support? What happens when you...

#SizaMap: Where to get a safe, legal abortion in SA

Abortion has been legal in South Africa for more than 20 years, yet the black market for backstreet abortions still flourishes. A recent briefing report...

How Doctors Discriminate Against Fat People

Cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer are all health-related issues associated with obesity. But while obesity is a...

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...

After Getting No Help, Gigantomastia Sufferer Starts Her Own NPO

Gigantomastia is a rare disease that affects women, and is characterised by excessive breast growth. It may occur spontaneously, during puberty or pregnancy, or...

Contraceptives Shortages Are Devastating Women In KZN

Women in KwaZulu Natal have expressed concerns over shortage of injectable contraceptives from local clinics. This, after they had been turned away and told...

Why Dr T’s New UN Position Brings Together Her Life’s Passion

I first spoke to Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng last year. She had just launched her book Dr T’s Guide to Sexual And Reproductive...

HIV/AIDS in South Africa: how far have we come?

It’s been 16 years since Thabo Mbeki’s denial of HIV’s relation to AIDS, 15 years since the death of international icon Nkosi Johnson and...

“There is something sick in the area”

Mpho Tshele is a 61-year-old grandmother living in Snake Park, in the heart of Soweto. She looks after her 11-old-grandson, Koketso, who suffers from...

Tackling Menstruation Stigma Through Education

For many menstruators around the world, getting ones period for the first time or every time after that is a frightening experience....

I don’t have exes

A personal essay by Thembelihle Ngcai  I’m the only disabled person in my family. I was one of...

Accessibility Is A Human Right

South Africa is slowly getting into grips with the realisation of a lockdown that doesn’t seem to have an end date anytime...

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...

Dispelling 6 common myths that stop people from donating blood

The South African National Blood Services' (SANBS) homepage states that there are currently only 2.4 days worth of blood in stock. This...

Ways To Help Vulnerable People During COVID-19 Outbreak

The COVID-19/coronavirus outbreak has been a source of anxiety for many of us. It has reinforced the huge inequalities in South Africa...

A Tortured Wait For These Unplaced Medical Graduates

“My love for a challenge and working with people pushed me towards the field of medicine,” says Tanaka Gomba (23) in an interview with...

Dr Tlaleng On Advocating For Sexual Rights

BOOK EXTRACT Doctor Tlaleng Mokokeng is an internationally renowned health activist, doctor and writer. In her latest book Dr...

We need to talk about the “taboo” of women’s health in...

Women's healthcare in South Africa is steeped in stigma and misinformation, and Donald Trump's Global Gag Rule does nothing to clear the misunderstanding. There...
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