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Teens’ ARV abuse shocks parents

Residents in Seodin, a village near Kuruman, are concerned that their children are stealing antiretroviral tablets (ARVs) to produce a highly addictive drug called nyaope or whoonga.

Drug-resistant TB hard to root out

March 24, 2019
Tuberculosis (TB)  

WORLD TB DAY: Although South Africa has the highest per capita burden of drug-resistant TB in the world, there are many barriers to addressing this – as one patient found out when it took doctors two years to diagnose him.

Stationery stockout jeopardises patient confidentiality

February 20, 2019
OurHealth  

NORTHERN CAPE – Kuruman Clinic, a primary care public health facility, has been short of patient files for six months.

HIV+ teen shocked after accidentally discovering her status

January 23, 2019
OurHealth  

Northern Cape – The Northern Cape Department of Health has, along with the Department of Social Development, undertaken to conduct basic HIV training for guardians and parents of children living with HIV, after it has emerged that many are battling to know when and how to disclose the information to children.

Obese 9-year-old turns to comfort eating after rape

January 18, 2019
OurHealth  

NORTHERN CAPE – Nine-year old Tshepi* weighs 68,9kg and wears size 42 clothes. Her parents, concerned that she has also already started getting her periods, are worried that if she continues to gain weight she will not be able to enjoy her childhood.

The unbearable pain of losing a baby

October 19, 2018
OurHealth  

NORTHERN CAPE – Women who have suffered miscarriages, stillbirths or are forced to undergo a pregnancy termination for medical reasons agree that the pain of losing an unborn child is unbearable.

NGOs work together to help pregnant learners

September 20, 2018
OurHealth  

Girls still in primary school are among the many learners who have become pregnant. This shocking update emerged during a consultative meeting facilitated by NACOSA, a network of civil society organisations working to turn the tide on HIV, Aids and TB.