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Township wait 20 years for a new hospital

May 12, 2000       News  

Despite plans for the building of Daveyton Hospital having been approved in 2006, 11 years have passed and it has yet to become a reality.

Cautious response to drug offer

May 12, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

An announcement by the five pharmaceutical giants that they are prepared to reduce the price of key drugs used to treat people living with HIV/AIDS, has been met with scepticism.

Attack on drug companies at hearings into AIDS

May 12, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

What was supposed to be hearings by parliament’€™s health portfolio committee into finding solutions to South Africa’€™s high number of HIV infections, turned into an attack on the pharmaceutical industry this week. But with good reason

How is the South African government dealing with the AIDS epidemic?

May 9, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Tragically, South Africa has failed to manage and control the spread of HIV. Although a comprehensive national plan to fight the epidemic was formulated by a range of organisations before 1994, this has not been put into practice effectively.

New Medical Schemes Act increases access for many

May 9, 2000
Health Funding  

Although too early to accurately determine, medical schemes are reporting a positive response to the newly promulgated Medical Schemes Act, which allows people to join schemes without being penalised on the basis of age or health status.

Patience with the worker’€™s compensation commission has run out.

May 3, 2000
Occupational Health  

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in Pretoria has taken the workers’ compensation commissioner to court twice in the last year – and won. The commissioner was found guilty of unreasonable delay and received a penalty in the form of interest payments. The LRC is now considering taking the commissioner to court again, this time concerning […]

Fighting each other – but not AIDS

April 20, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Sarafina, Virodene, unspent millions – in a country with one of the fastest growing AIDS epidemics in the world, it’s sobering to say the least that these are the predominant associations one makes with the fight against AIDS in South Africa. The AIDS Review 2000, released by the Centre for the Study of AIDS at […]

4,2-million South Africans living with HIV/AIDS

April 19, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Although the HIV prevalence is high, the rate of increase in South Africa is beginning to stabilise, Health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang revealed this week at the release of the tenth annual ante-natal HIV survey.