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New borns and moms photo shoot treat

July 31, 2001       OurHealth  

World Prematurity Day has become a hallmark day of celebration at Pelonomi Tertiary Hospital in recent years. This year the institution had more reason to celebrate after overcoming challenges including a strike at the maternity ward in July.

Making anti-retrovirals available to the poor
Living with AIDS programme 42

July 31, 2001
HIV Treatment  

The only public health programme in the country that offers anti-retroviral therapy to adults living with AIDS is operating in Khayelitsha, Cape Town under the auspices of the international human rights organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres. In this, the first of a series of features, we hear from one of the doctors and a patient involved […]

Worms can compromise AIDS vaccine

July 27, 2001

Scientists need to take into account that worm infestation could compromise the success of a potential AIDS vaccine as is the case with established vaccines against viral diseases such as cholera and tuberculosis, local researchers have warned.

SA hopes to qualify for cheaper MDR-TB drugs

July 27, 2001
Tuberculosis (TB)  

World Health Organisation (WHO) representatives will visit South Africa next month to assess whether the country qualifies for the hugely reduced multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) drugs being made available.

Pupil rate plunges as households struggle

July 27, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

Pupil enrolment in Grade One in KwaZulu-Natal has plunged by 20% over the past four years – and experts believe a key cause is the direct and indirect effect of HIV/AIDS on already poor households

Pro choice lobby joins court to defend abortion

July 19, 2001
Reproductive Health  

The Reproductive Rights Alliance will assist the state as a “friend of the court” in its defence of the Termination of Pregnancy Act which will be challenged by the Christian Lawyers’ Association at the end of this month.

Youth speak out with vision and purpose
Living with AIDS – Programme 41

July 19, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

Earlier this week the Lovetrain was launched in Cape Town as part of the national loveLife campaign to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among South African teenagers. The campaign, funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the South African government is the largest initiative of its kind in […]

Government squares up to TB

July 18, 2001
Tuberculosis (TB)  

Despite the fact that TB can be cured, TB infection rates in South Africa have almost doubled in the past five years. Against a backdrop of stark statistics the government has committed itself to a plan of action to achieve a cure rate of 85% in the next four years.