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Anti-vaxxers & the return of measles: Is SA immune?

February 18th, 2019       News  

Measles outbreaks are devastating countries across the globe, linked to a massive drop in vaccination rates. The World Health Organisation has raised the alarm and ranked ‘vaccine hesitancy’ as one of the top 10 threats to public health everywhere. Is South Africa immune? HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green reports.

Mental Health Bill enacted by December

September 14, 2001
Mental Health  

Several pieces of legislation are expected to come before Parliament before the end of the year. The health minister describes the Mental Health Care Bill as one of the most interesting pieces of legislation while the crucial National Health Bill will not be tabled this year following Constitutional hitches.

Children ask simply for the basics
Living with AIDS – Programme 47

September 14, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

The death of parents due to HIV/AIDS is leaving a growing number of children vulnerable and in need of care. The more fortunate are taken in by grandparents or other relatives, but this does not protect them from the a life of poverty where food and clothing is scarce and often they are turned away […]

SA scientists shy away from debating Mbeki

September 13, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

South African scientists are reluctant to comment on and engage with President Thabo Mbeki’€™s interpretation of cause of death statistics and whether AIDS is the biggest killer in the country or not.

Health Dept takes on TAC

September 13, 2001
Pharmaceutical Drugs  

In what promises to be a bruising court battle, the Health Minister and nine health MECs indicated yesterday, (Wednesday 12th) that they would contest the Treatment Action Campaign’s demand for the anti-AIDS drug Nevirapine to be freely available to pregnant HIV positive women.

Schools must support children affected by HIV/AIDS
Living with AIDS – Programme 48

September 13, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

The impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic is exacerbated by the fact that many of the children affected and infected are desperately poor. Despite their right to free education and state support, they are frequently consigned to the margins of society by unsympathetic teachers and principals. In previous audio packages these children have spoken out about […]

Mother to Child HIV Prevention – how it works

September 12, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

A step-by-step explanation of how the government’€™s programme to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV works, from ante-natal HIV testing to birth and beyond.

Mother-to-Child Transmission

September 12, 2001
Pharmaceutical Drugs  

The Health Minister has until today, (Wednesday 12th) to respond to court papers demanding that she offers the anti-AIDS drug Nevirapine to all pregnant HIV positive women.