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Health staff shortages make NHI a ‘pipe dream’

June 14, 2001       News  

Universal health coverage (UHC) or National Health Insurance (NHI) will remain a “pipe dream” if human resources for health, especially in rural areas, aren’t urgently addressed.

State-of-the-art AIDS clinic in Uganda to benefit the entire continent

June 14, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

Medical personnel from across Africa will soon be trained on the “latest HIV/AIDS treatment options and bring the highest standard of care to patients” at a clinic to be built at Uganda’s Makerere University and funded by the Pfizer Foundation. The Kampala clinic, which is expected to open by the end of the year, will […]

Payout for gold workers with AIDS?

June 8, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

Gold mining companies may pay employees with AIDS two years’ full pay as part of an ill-health retirement package, Anglovaal CEO Rick Menell told the World Economic Forum’s Southern Africa Summit yesterday (Thursday, June 7).

Confusion caused by lousy communication

June 8, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

The pilot programme to supply the anti-retroviral drug nevirapine to pregnant women at 18 sites around the country is going ahead, but painstakingly slowly. Kerry Cullinan takes a critical look at the rocky road the roll-out process has travelled.

Bending ears with a musical message
Living with AIDS – Programme 33

June 8, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

The traditional music that migrant workers bring with them from their rural villages to hostel life is being used as an effective weapon to deliver HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention messages to men living in single sex quarters on the mines and in the inner city. The initiative is run by the African Culture, Music and […]

Creating a culture of condom-use among hostel dwellers
Living with AIDS – Programme 32

June 8, 2001
HIV Prevention  

The African Culture, Music and Dance Association (Acumda) is using its access to the hostels of Gauteng to run a joint project with the province’s health department. Although Acumda started out as an organisation to promote traditional music and dance, it has proved an ideal vehicle to communicate key messages about HIV and AIDS to […]

A message to business: “South Africa has AIDS”
Living with AIDS – Programme 34

June 8, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

Two leading business figures, Clem Sunter of Anglo American and Peter Doyle of Metropolitan Life, are alarmed at the slow and ill-informed attitude by the business sector towards the presence of HIV/AIDS in our society.

Using culture to tackle traditional ways
Living with AIDS – Programme 31

June 8, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

Sundays in hostels around Gauteng are inevitably filled with music and dance as migrant workers relax over the weekend. For staff of the African Culture, Music and Dance Association (Acumda), Sunday is a working day on which they will visit a designated hostel to hold music and dance competitions for the best performance that speaks […]