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Contractors delay reopening of KwaMhlanga mortuary

January 18th, 2019       OurHealth  

Workers at the KwaMhlanga Forensic Pathology Services Centre in Mpumalanga are unhappy with their poor working conditions. Balise Mabona writes that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) wants renovations to the pathology facility to be completed so it can re-open after it was closed down for failing to comply with infrastructural requirements.

Medical test takes to the skies

This week the largest ever international medical research project into the link between the formation of deep vein thrombosis and flying will be launched by Wits University and the National Health Laboratory Service. A thousand passengers flying between London and Johannesburg will take part in the study.

US health secretary in SA

April 5, 2002
HIV and AIDS  

South Africa and the US were working together to strengthen their efforts in the fight against HIV/Aids, US Health Secretary Tommy Thompson said yesterday (Thursday) on his first official visit to Africa.

New homes offer hope for HIV+ mothers

April 5, 2002
HIV and AIDS  

About 200 destitute HIV positive mothers and 383 children in Gauteng will soon have a place to stay, thanks to the efforts of AIDS activist Gail Johnson. Since her adopted son Nkosi died of AIDS last year, Johnson has been working flat-out to raise money to buy two properties to accommodate HIV positive women, their […]

Parents urged – protect children

April 5, 2002
Children's Health  

The South African National Council for Child Welfare has urged parents and communities to take full responsibility for their children’s safety and to prevent crimes of abuse against their children. In this audio report, the national director of the Council Andre Kalis says children have the right to be cared for, well looked after and […]

Expanding government’s nevirapine programme

April 4, 2002
HIV and AIDS  

Exactly what infrastructure and staff are needed in order for a clinic or hospital to offer effective prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission? There is no doubt about the urgency of expanding such services – 70 000 HIV positive babies are born in South Africa each year – but implementing an effective service requires more than […]

Testing for HIVLiving with AIDS Programme 73

April 4, 2002
HIV and AIDS  

A laboratory in the basement of the medical school at the University of Cape Town serves around 90% of clinics and hospitals in the Western Cape. Although based at the University of Cape Town, the laboratory falls under the authority of the National Health Laboratory Services. In this audio report, Dr Dianna Hardie is a […]

Social health care a step closer

April 3, 2002
Health Funding  

Cabinet is due to release proposals this month that could alter the entire foundation of South Africa’s healthcare system by changing the way health is financed. Proposals for a social health insurance scheme will be open to comment and debate before the final recommendations are made.