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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]