Public Health

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...

The mental health system in South Africa is not well, say...

On Tuesday, the University of Pretoria (UP), hosted a colloquium on the state of mental health in South Africa and the issues raised by...

Organ trafficking hoax sparks a spike in donors

A “blatant” activity, which has upset countless people working in the transplantation of human organs industry, has had an unintended consequence: it has led...

#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...

People trapped, injured after roof collapses at Charlotte Maxeke hospital

A few people are trapped under rubble after the roof of the reception area at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg collapsed on...

Someone needs to explain why there aren’t enough jobs for doctors

Becoming a doctor has many benefits. One of the most attractive to me, though, was the job security I envisioned. No further emphasis is...

Life Esidimeni: The forgotten people of South Africa’s healthcare system

There was once a time when people thought mental illness was demonic possession. Priests used to perform exorcisms, in which the supposedly possessed person...

We need national buy-in with the distribution of free sanitary pads

The Kwazulu Natal Department of Education is distributing free sanitary pads to poor menstruating learners as part of an initiative that it launched last...

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...

Health minister claims young doctors are fussy, while they urge him...

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi has slammed claims that there is a shortage of available posts for newly-qualified health professionals in South Africa - but...

South Africa’s typhoid alert: should we be scared?

Since December last year, residents of one of Zimbabwe's oldest townships have been living on ground zero of the country's latest typhoid outbreak. So...
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