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WATCH: Strokes and Stigma

November 16, 2001       Multimedia  

Health-e’s three-part Checkpoint documentary on strokes and stigma in South Africa.

Thankful for anti-retrovirals that brought his life back

November 16, 2001
HIV Treatment  

For most South Africans anti-retorviral drugs are unaffordable from private doctors and unavailable through the public health system. Like all drugs they have side effects, but taken under correct medical supervision they can be life-saving.

Indigenous plants might provide malaria cure

November 16, 2001
Health Management  

The Indigenous Knowledge System unit at the Medical Research Council, headed by Dr Gilbert Matsabisa has identified two plants that might provide a cure for malaria. At this stage the researchers don’t wish to name the plants but they are optimistic that they will prove to be suitable candidates for a “permanent cure”. In this […]

AIDS sends doctors back to school

November 15, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

For doctors who qualified in the 1970s or 80s, the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in South Africa in the past 10 to 15 years has left many of them ill-equipped to respond to the needs of patients with HIV or AIDS. In an effort to solve the problem, the South African Medical Association (SAMA), has […]

Young, optimistic and diabetic

November 15, 2001
Diabetes  

Wednesday, November 14th was observed internationally as World Diabetes Day. To some people the day doesn’t bear any significance whatsoever, but to others like Michelle Kannemeyer, a travel and tourism student at Cape Technikon, the day has greater significance. Michelle Kannemeyer is 18. When she was eleven months old she was diagnosed with diabetes. Doctors […]

AIDS challenges doctors’ role
Living with AIDS programme 57

November 15, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

Dr Nigel Hoffman and Dr Clare Hoffman are a husband and wife team who’ve worked at Rietvlei Hospital in the Eastern Cape for the past 14 years. However, as the number of patients with HIV/AIDS has increased, so their “cure rate” of patients has decreased. A demoralising situation for doctors who wish to heal their […]

Private sector fails when it comes to sexually transmitted infections

November 11, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

The widespread presence of STIs in South Africa is one of the driving forces behind the spread of the Aids epidemic. If sexually transmitted infections are treated correctly, the rate of new HIV infections can be halved. Contrary to general expectation, the best place to go for effective treatment of an STI is a public […]

Understanding the AIDS vaccine
(Part 2 of 3)

November 11, 2001
HIV Prevention  

In preparation for the testing of an AIDS vaccine early next year, medical workers find that the real test they have to deal with now is the recruitment of people to participate in the trials for the vaccine initiative. One hospital encountering this challenge is the Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital, in Soweto. Keletso Mmoledi, a Research […]