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Childhood cancer not a priority

November 17, 1999       Cancer   Children's Health   OurHealth  

As South Africa is celebrating women’s month, Reach For a Dream organisation is celebrating women who are making difference in South African medicine and making a difference in the lives of children with cancer.

Is drug-use amongst South African youth increasing

November 17, 1999
Alcohol & Drugs  

There has been an alarming increase in the proportion of adolescent patients at drug treatment centres countrywide, according to Charles Parry of the Medical Research Council. In Cape Town, for example, the proportion of patients under 20 drug treatment centres in Cape Town has more than doubled since 1996 from 6% to 15% in 1999.

Community service for more health workers

November 17, 1999
Rural Health  

Pharmacists will be doing a year’s community service by 2001, and the health department may also draft physiotherapists, occupational and speech therapists and psychologists into service.

AIDS martyr’s killers may face justice

November 17, 1999
HIV and AIDS  

The killers of Aids activist Gugu Dlamini may not escape justice, thanks to a public outcry that has caused the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to intervene after charges against the accused were dropped.

Health Department cuts spending

November 17, 1999
Health Funding  

Despite the HIV/AIDS epidemic, government has cut health spending over the past year and it will spend even less per capita next year. “Add to this the pressure of HIV/AIDS and it becomes clear that we have more difficulties ahead of us,” Tshabalala-Msimang told the first-ever consultative meeting between herself, health MECs, MPs and MPLs […]

Medical Research Council honours black researchers

November 17, 1999
Science; Research & Innovations  

For the first time the Medical Research Council honoured two black researchers for their contributions to medical research. The role of the MRC in the coming years is to do research to provide the most up-to-date scientific evidence to allow the public and policymakers to make informed choices.

Breast could be best – even for HIV-postive mother

November 9, 1999
HIV Prevention  

Breastfeeding is still the best option – even for HIV positive mothers, according to the findings of a recent study by researchers at the University of Natal, Durban which has caught the attention of international AIDS researchers.

New hope for curbing malaria

November 9, 1999
Malaria  

South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland this week launched a R40-million, five-year programme aimed at controlling the spread of malaria. The control of malaria has also been complicated by the development of drug-resistant strains, forcing up the drug treatment costs. However, last year the World Health Organisation tested another drug in the Ndumo area that may […]