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Janu-worry stress busters: The science behind some health therapies

January 14, 2019
News  

Many South Africans are returning to work this week but the December break hasn’t resulted in improvements in stress levels and overall mental health. The number of calls for help received by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group is just as high this January as the last months of 2019.

The war on our minds

December 18, 2018
Mental Health  

South Africa is not at war, yet our rates of violence are similar to war zones. Virtually every child surveyed in Soweto has witnessed extreme violence, which means they have more in common with Palestinian children than our African neighbours – and our mental health is suffering.

Health staff shortages make NHI a ‘pipe dream’

December 12, 2018
News  

Universal health coverage (UHC) or National Health Insurance (NHI) will remain a “pipe dream” if human resources for health, especially in rural areas, aren’t urgently addressed.

Baby deaths at Gauteng hospital triple

December 11, 2018
News  

With baby deaths tripling in a matter of months, staff at Tambo Memorial Hospital in Boksburg have turned to the media in a desperate attempt to prevent further losses of life.

SA sleeping on the most successful HIV weapons

December 3, 2018
News  

Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), taken as a once-daily pill, has been hailed the world over as one of the major HIV prevention interventions in the fight against AIDS. Yet, apart form sex workers, very few South Africans are using PrEP or even know it exists.

HIV: One child infected every two minutes

November 30, 2018
News  

AIDS kills 76 adolescents around the world every day, and some 360 000 will die by 2030 unless “urgent” action is taken.

A non-violent society needs non-violent parenting

November 21, 2018
News  

Children learn violence from a young age, often within their homes, so to create a more peaceful South Africa, experts warn that care-givers must stop spanking kids.