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NGOs plan to ease KZN health woes

July 7, 2008       News  

KWA-ZULU NATAL – Right to Care, together with the Bhekuzulu Self-sustaining Project and the Mpilonhle Sanctuary Organization are working together to offer patients a one-stop shop where they can have all their chronic conditions seen to in a single visit.

Not enough organs to go around

July 7, 2008
Diseases and Disorders  

In May last year, little Lara Price lost her battle against liver disease. For three months, her desperate parents, Rennie and Alison, waited in the vain hope that a donor liver would become available for their little girl.

State has failed the nation on TB

July 3, 2008
Tuberculosis (TB)  

DURBAN – While squabbling over human rights and other issues around HIV, the country allowed the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic to grow out of control and take a hold over the country, AIDS Law Project Executive Director Mark Heywood has told delegates at the South African TB conference.

Dare to care (part two) Living with AIDS # 356

This is the last in our two-part conversation with Dr Thys von Mollendorff, author of ‘€œDare to care’€, a personal account of how political interference can deny patients the right to appropriate and quality health care.

South Africa should recruit foreign doctors

July 3, 2008
Human Resources  

DURBAN – South Africa needs to revisit its stubborn policy of not employing foreign qualified doctors from other African countries, despite the fact that they are already in the country, the country’€™s first TB conference has heard.

Health system not ready for foreign migrants?

July 2, 2008
Health Funding  

Independent health economist, Alex van den Heever, says the country’€™s public health system does not have the capacity to accommodate foreign migrants. The statement follows a series of reports of foreign migrants being denied access to health care.

Poor infection control puts health workers at risk

July 2, 2008
Tuberculosis (TB)  

DURBAN – Workers at health facilities are increasingly infected with tuberculosis (TB) and multi-drug resistant TB (MDR TB) as they come into close and lengthy contact with infected patients, the first national TB conference heard yesterday (Wednesday).

High death rate among Cape XDR TB patients

July 2, 2008
Tuberculosis (TB)  

Thirty three of the 82 patients with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB admitted at the Brooklyn Chest Clinic in Cape Town have died and only four have been cured.