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.
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
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.
Mavis Mtandeki is utterly convinced of the importance of talking to her children about sex. ‘We 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.
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.