Public Health

SA’s healthcare system is failing survivors of sexual violence

New research by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on 256 designated public health facilities has found critical gaps in the provision of comprehensive medical care...

#UnemployedDoctors: No posts for medical interns in 2018

There are not enough posts in the public health sector available for junior doctors to complete their internships in 2018. The Junior Doctors Association...

Young people encouraged to visit new Durban clinic without fear of...

On Friday, Lamontville Clinic in conjunction with the Durban Health Systems Trust launched a youth-friendly facility aimed at providing young people with their own...

New youth-friendly services launched to curb HIV infection rate among Durban’s...

For many young people the experience of going to a clinic to access services such as HIV testing and treatment can be very daunting.In...

Why we shouldn’t panic about South Africa’s WHO plague assessment

The World Health Organisation (WHO) identified South Africa as a “priority country” for bubonic plague preparedness. But there’s no reason for panic. Warnings like...

Is hopelessness driving HIV in SA’s youth?

Why is HIV still the leading cause of death among girls aged 15 and 19 and how can we change this, asks Njabulo Mbanda.It...

#LifeEsidimeni arbitration should hold health department accountable

Led by former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, an arbitration process to help resolve the deaths of over 100 mentally ill patients after they...

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...
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