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NHI gets cash, but detail vague

October 26, 2000       News  

BUDGET: R4,2-billion has been allocated the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme to be spent over the three years – but exactly how the NHI will work remains vague

Khayelitsha women get lucky

October 26, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Lucky is not a word usually applied to people living in wind-swept Khayelitsha. Yet this is how Pumeza Bikwe and over a thousand other mothers feel, thanks to a unique health programme that may have saved their babies’€™ lives.

Living with AIDS – October 19, 2000

October 26, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

While politicians and health economists debate the cost implications of offering mother to child treatment programmes, health workers face HIV positive men, women and children on a daily basis.

Living with AIDS – October, 26

October 26, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

In this week’s feature on “Living with AIDS”, we take a look at the fuss surrounding a generic version of the patented drug, fluconazole, which was imported illegally from Thailand recently as a protest action by the Treatment Action Campaign.

Caring for low-birth weight infants in the Western Cape will be kangaroo style

October 24, 2000
Children's Health  

South Africa has six times the number of very low birth weight babies than developed countries but there are more low birth weight babies born in the Western Cape than in other provinces. The Western Cape department of health is introducing “kangaroo care” as the preferred method of treating low-birth weight babies after research at […]

Cholera epidemic highlights need for safe water

October 24, 2000
Environmental Health  

While the cholera epidemic in KwaZulu-Natal has highlighted the desperate need for communities to have access to clean water, poor households are only likely to taste President Thabo Mbeki’€™s promise of 6 000 litres of free water per month by mid next year. KERRY CULLINAN reports.

Women smokers on the increase

October 19, 2000
Alcohol & Drugs  

The growing number of women who smoke and have become addicted to nicotine was among the issues highlighted at the public hearings held by the World Health Organisation (WHO) last week as a precursor to this week’s negotiations leading to a Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

TAC defy drug patents

October 18, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has challenged pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to take action against it for defying their patent on Fluconazole and importing the generic version from Thailand at a fraction of the cost of what it is being sold in South Africa. ANSO THOM reports.