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Rural woman gives hope to disabled kids

September 14, 2000       News  

LIMPOPO – The death of her disabled child caused was so painful for a Limpopo villager that she has established an aid organisation to help other children in need.

AIDS prevention an election ploy?

September 14, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

The Treatment Action Campaign held a picket in Cape Town recently, protesting the Western Cape’s government selective implementation of its mother-to-child HIV/AIDS prevention programme. Jo Stein reports.

Severe head injuries ‘€“ who gets treated?

September 8, 2000
Health Funding  

A controversial new approach to rationing care for head-injuries is being developed at Groote Schuur hospital. The new policy, introduced because budget cuts mean that there are insufficient resources to give optimum care to all severe head injuries, will give doctors guidelines as to which patients should receive the most intensive care. Jo Stein reports.

Should we prioritize the sex industry for the prevention of HIV/AIDS?

September 8, 2000
HIV Prevention  

In South Africa, there is no co-ordinated national policy specifically targeting the sex industry to prevent the spread of HIV infection. But such a policy may be less appropriate for South Africa than for other developing countries. By Jo Stein.

100% condom use among sex-workers is possible

September 8, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Developing countries like Cambodia are following the Thai example and implementing successful 100% condom use programmes for commercial sex workers. But some argue that the approach discriminates against commercial sex workers. Jo Stein reports

Pissing in the wind

September 8, 2000
HIV Prevention  

Regular virginity testing is seen as a solution to HIV/AIDS. But for the majority of virginity testers, assessing virginity has nothing to do with whether a girl’s hymen is intact. Many testers also not see virginity as an absolute state. There may be “grades” of relative virginity. One virginity tester from Zululand reported recently on […]

HIV/AIDS education for youngsters

September 1, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Western Cape pupils from Grade one are going to be taught about HIV/AIDS as past of the National Life Skills programme that will be implemented at all schools in the province within the next three years. More than a thousand primary school teachers in the Western Cape will undergo life skills training before March next […]

UCT to open private clinic by January 2001

September 1, 2000
Health Funding  

Groote Schuur’€™s medical centre for private patients is planning to open its doors in January next year while similar plans at Tygerberg Hospital have been put on hold.The University of Cape Town signed an agreement with a German partner, Rhoen-Klinikum earlier this year, to open a new UCT Medical Centre in Groote Schuur Hospital.