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Rural woman gives hope to disabled kids

November 23, 2000       News  

LIMPOPO – The death of her disabled child caused was so painful for a Limpopo villager that she has established an aid organisation to help other children in need.

Pre-election focus on AIDS outweighs other health issues

November 23, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

If party political promises would translate into improved basic health care, the lives of many underprivileged South African would be transformed – and yet when it come to health issues most parties are only interested in beating the HIV/AIDS drum to woo voters. By Anso Thom

‘Don’t overdo it’

November 23, 2000
Sexuality  

Suzanne believes in not telling children more than they ask when it comes to sex. ‘€œDon’€™t overload them,’€ says the mother of Cape Town teenager Catherine (14).

Parents must know: AIDS is real

November 23, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Preventing pregnancy is uppermost in many parents and teenagers’€™ minds, says clinic nurse Noxolo Ntenetya. But HIV/AIDS seems to be far less of a concern.

Living with AIDS – Programme 10

November 23, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

In the past ten years, conservative estimates show that the HIV infection rate has risen from 0,2% in 1990 to 22,4% in 1999. Clearly the prevention message has not been heard. In this week’s feature, health workers in the Western Cape speak out about what they think should be said and done.

We can’t hide from sex

November 23, 2000
Sexuality  

Mavis Mtandeki is utterly convinced of the importance of talking to her children about sex. ‘€œWe can’€™t hide just because our parents didn’€™t want to talk about sex.’€ Mavis and another parent, sex educator and clinic nurse share their thoughts on talking to children about sex.

Honest answers to classroom questions

November 23, 2000
Sexuality  

It can be uncomfortable talking about sex and sexuality because it’€™s such a private thing, acknowledges psychologist and guidance counsellor, Ingrid Owens, but she has no doubt that children want to talk.

Balancing traditional medicine’s demands and conservation

November 17, 2000
Traditional Medicine  

An initiative, aimed at striking a balance between the need to sustain and conserve the natural medicinal plant resources and the growing demand for products from traditional healers, will be launched in Mpumalanga at the end of this month. ANSO THOM reports.