Public Health

“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...

Treatment Action Campaign not pleased with David Makhura’s absence at #LifeEsidimeni...

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) was not pleased when it learnt that Gauteng premier David Makhura, did not attend the #LifeEsidimeni arbitration hearings on...

21 tips for the privileged facing lifestyle shifts as #DayZero hits

As the water crisis in the Western Cape reaches increasingly worrying stages, it's become evident that #DayZero is almost inevitable. As a result of...

Gauteng health will provide nursing bursaries after all

The Gauteng department of health has rescinded their decision to stop the intake of first-year bursary nursing students. Prospective nursing students from Chris Hani...

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...

Students are on holiday, so KZN’s blood banks are running low

On 3 January, the KwaZulu-Natal department of health said that the blood banks in the province were running low since the main source of...

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...

How unaffordable healthcare costs leave people prone to dangers of self-medication

"I haven't been to a doctor in a couple of years now; and it's not because I never get sick but I...

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...

5 Contraceptives That Are Effective And Affordable

The 26th of September marks World Contraception Day, launched in 2007 and supported by a number of international organisations interested in sexual...

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...
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