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NGOs plan to ease KZN health woes

June 2, 2000       News  

KWA-ZULU NATAL – Right to Care, together with the Bhekuzulu Self-sustaining Project and the Mpilonhle Sanctuary Organization are working together to offer patients a one-stop shop where they can have all their chronic conditions seen to in a single visit.

SAA’s  HIV policy in contravention of the Employment Equity Act

June 2, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

South African Airways “is not too sure” whether it is presently carrying out pre-employment HIV testing on prospective cabin attendants.According to a stipulation in the Employment Equity Act all employers need to get authorisation from the Labour Court to carry out pre-employment HIV testing.

AIDS vaccine for SA to come under the spotlight at AIDS 2000

June 2, 2000
HIV Prevention  

South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative (SAAVI) scientists and co-workers will present some 25 papers at the World AIDS Conference to be held in Durban in July with a model-type vaccine developed by 2005, according to Dr Walter Prozesky, head of the initiative.

Seeking solutions for SA rather than debating link between HIV and AIDS

May 26, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

South Africans should move beyond the counterproductive debate about the cause of AIDS to an engagement with President Thabo Mbeki’€™s main thrust of argument ‘€“ seeking solutions that are appropriate to our circumstances in Africa, according to Professor Daniel Ncayiyana, editor of the SA Medical Journal (SAMJ).

A second chance

May 22, 2000
Mental Health  

A challenge facing many deinstitutionalized psychiatric patients is finding suitable employment. At Fountain House, run by the Cape Mental Health Society, patients receive training and temporary work assignments to give them a second chance.

Coping with life on the outside

May 22, 2000
Mental Health  

Almost 700 psychiatric patients have been discharged from hospitals in the Western Cape and according to the SA Health review, more will follow. Many believe that mentally ill patients will have a better quality of life outside an institution. However, being exposed to a new kind of life outside hospital walls presents numerous challenges. Kerry […]

HIV infection rates could be an underestimate

May 19, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

A new study in the latest American Journal of Epidemiology has confirmed what experts have long suspected – that HIV infection rates based on the national antenatal surveys could well be an underestimate.

Jane Furse: a hospital in crisis

May 19, 2000
Health Management  

Dr Marcus Mumakwe’€™s wedding is giving the superintendent of Jane Furse Hospital a headache. Mumakwe wants two weeks’€™ leave but as he is one of only four doctors at a hospital that should have 13, this is a difficult request.