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Rehab on the cards for rural addicts

April 14, 2000       News  

LIMPOPO – The recent rise in drug abuse amongst youth in Vhembe district, and a lack of facilities to assist those who are addicted and wants to quit is the main cause behind high rates of rapes, robberies and school drop-outs.

Who should speak for people living with HIV/AIDS?

April 14, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Until recently, the National Association for People Living with AIDS (NAPWA) has had a policy of hiring only HIV positive employees. However, NAPWA has been re-thinking this policy on the grounds that each and every South African is affected by the disease. Some also feel that the continuing distinction between HIV-positive and HIV-negative people runs […]

Providing work and water

April 11, 2000
Environmental Health  

Despite the recent flooding in the north of the country, South Africa is a water-scarce country. Not only do we generally have low rainfall figures, a significant amount of water is lost to alien vegetation. The Working for Water programme was started by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in 1996 – both as […]

Nevirapine still a treatment option for mother to child transmission

April 7, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Anti-AIDS drug Nevirapine remains an option for the treatment of mother to child transmission despite the deaths of five women during the course of a local trial involving the drug, according to Health minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

Used tyres ‘€“ a burning issue

April 7, 2000
Environmental Health  

The widespread practice of burning old tyres to retrieve and sell the wire inside them is not only a serious health hazard for neighbourhood residents, but poses a risk to air safety as well. Jo Stein reports.

Air pollution ‘€“ worse indoors for many

April 7, 2000
Environmental Health  

The air at home is dangerous to the health of more than half South Africa’€™s population. This is because some 50 percent of households still use “dirty” fuels such as paraffin, coal and wood for heating and cooking Jo Stein reports.

AIDS panel to complete work by June, says minister

April 7, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

“The South African government is not stupid… We will not say tomorrow that HIV does not cause AIDS,” says the health minister, who says that the international panel on HIV/AIDS that she is putting together will help to find an African approach to the epidemic.

The ABC of AIDS

March 31, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

A small minority of researchers seem to have succeeded in South Africa where they have failed elsewhere. They have gained the ear of the media and the public in calling to question whether HIV does cause AIDS. Worldwide, the vast majority of reputable scientsists are clear about the transmission and effect of the HI virus […]