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