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Patients share one toilet at Sibasa

June 20, 2001       OurHealth   Rural Health  

LIMPOPO – The Vhembe District Office of the Department of Health has undertaken to repair damaged toilets at Sibasa Clinic in Makwarela outside Thohoyandou following several complaints made by patients.

Med schools aim to create new breed of doctors

June 20, 2001
Health Management  

University medical schools are revising their curricula in an effort to produce doctors who are as at home in rural clinics as urban hospitals. In order to attract a wider cross-section of students from all population groups entry levels are to be lowered, but the exit criteria for graduates will remain the same.

90% of mothers go for nevirapine

June 15, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

It is one month since the Gauteng province started its mother to child HIV prevention programme. Since May 16, pregnant women on the East Rand of Gauteng have responded enthusiastically to the provincial government’s offer of free nevirapine to prevent HIV positive women from transmitting the virus to their babies.

Blanket of silence covers HIV in Lesotho
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June 15, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

Although an independent nation, the kingdom of Lesotho, surrounded on all sides by South Africa, is heavily dependent on its wealthier neighbour for jobs and foreign revenue. Like so many other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, any development gains Lesotho might make are likely to be wiped out by the impact of HIV/AIDS on the tiny […]

Gasping for breath ‘€“ the asbestos legacy

June 14, 2001
Occupational Health  

Magalane Moela is 72-years old. She was born in the south-eastern region of the Northern Province and began working on an asbestos mine when she was in her early twenties, much older than many of the other widows in the area, some of whom started working for the mines from as young as six. She […]

Asbestos ‘€“ the “killing stone”

June 14, 2001
Occupational Health  

“There was no such thing as non-risk work on an asbestos mine”. These are the words of Professor Tony Davies, former director of the National Centre for Occupational Health who is now retired but works with volunteer groups in the Northern Province to help former asbestos mine employees gain compensation for the various asbestos-related diseases […]

Compensation system fails former asbestos mine workers

June 14, 2001
Occupational Health  

The Cape plc court case has captured world headlines, but workers at other, now defunct, asbestos mines in the Northern Province are struggling to gain compensation for the work that has crushed their health.

State-of-the-art AIDS clinic in Uganda to benefit the entire continent

June 14, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

Medical personnel from across Africa will soon be trained on the “latest HIV/AIDS treatment options and bring the highest standard of care to patients” at a clinic to be built at Uganda’s Makerere University and funded by the Pfizer Foundation. The Kampala clinic, which is expected to open by the end of the year, will […]