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World first for SA: All-access for blockbuster TB drug

December 15, 2000       News  

South Africa made history on Monday when the health department announced that all drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) patients will be eligible to receive the new medicine, bedaquiline, becoming the first country to do so.

Fertility research confirms what most women know

December 15, 2000
Women's Health  

Research published in the British Medical Journal shows that it is impossible to predict ovulation – even among those women with regular menstrual cycles. It explains why the rhythm method for planning or preventing pregnancy is wholly unreliable.

Rape Centre helps convict rapists

December 15, 2000
Women's Health  

A rape centre in Somerset West not only offers a refuge of kind words and practical care for women who’€™ve been raped, it also adheres to a strict code for the collection of forensic evidence which results in the conviction of many of the rapists. Kerry Cullinan reports.

Women who walk the extra mile
Living with AIDS – part 13

December 15, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

In this audio feature we meet some of the people who seldom make the news headlines, but who make all the difference to those people who are bed-ridden with AIDS-related diseases.

State of the World’s Children statistics (South Africa)

December 13, 2000
Children's Health  

Although South Africa does not feature prominently in UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children report, statistics reveal how the country is performing.

Child development a priority in Cuba

December 13, 2000
Children's Health  

Since 1959, Cuba has incrementally built a national system of day-care centres and early childhood and pre-school education programmes that today reaches 98,3% of the children in the 0-6 age group. This policy is now being hailed as a true investment in the future of the country’s children. Anso Thom reports

Ensuring children start a good life

December 13, 2000
Children's Health  

“It is deeply ironic that despite widespread concern about the lack of sustainable development in numerous countries around the world, government leaders, policy makers and development agents seem blinded to the one investment opportunity with almost guaranteed returns ‘€“ ensuring children start a good life.” This is how the United Nation Children’€™s Fund (UNICEF) summarises […]

“Hero of the Hills” scoops film awards

December 8, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Several short films about innovative health care projects won recognition at the the South African National Television and Video Association awards ceremony recently. Top honours went to “Hero of the Hills”, a video about the Transnet Phelophepa train which has been delivering health care to remote communities for the past four years.