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Whooping cough spreading in Mpumalanga

December 2, 1999       OurHealth  

The Mpumalanga Department of Health has observed a sudden increase in pertussis, commonly known as “whooping cough” in children under five, and particularly one year-olds.

Courage to deliver?
Government’s response to AIDS

December 2, 1999
HIV and AIDS  

The question is simple, the answer is not. How do you explain the fact that South Africa has one of the best AIDS plan in the world, but also the fastest growing epidemic?

Business and AIDS: Lots of concern, little cash

December 1, 1999
HIV and AIDS  

“We are burying about three truck drivers a day because of AIDS, and at this rate we will have no drivers left by 2003,” says Paul Matthew, acting chief executive office of the Road Freight Association’€™s training board. But even though forecasts for the trucking industry are dire, Matthew says it’€™s a “slow process” getting […]

Searching for hope and acceptance
Religious response to AIDS

November 30, 1999
HIV and AIDS  

When she realised she was HIV positive, Faghmeda Miller’€™s first thoughts were: “I have shamed my family, they are going to shun me”. But the church needs to be able to offer hope and acceptance to people living with AIDS.

Beating back hunger

November 17, 1999
Nutrition  

Driving to the Sipetu and Mary Theresa hospitals in the Eastern Cape is not for the fainthearted, but every month hundreds of people brave the potholes, mud (when it’s raining) and distances in excess of 50km to bring their severely malnourished children for treatment. More than a year ago most of the mothers would have […]

Thulani battles hunger

November 17, 1999
Nutrition  

When Sipetu Hospital’s matron, Eugenia Ngewu, stood up to pray asking for an end to malnutrition in their community, she had little Thulani (5) in mind. He arrived at Sipetu and was immediately diagnosed with Kwashiorkor, a form of severe malnutrition.

Is drug-use amongst South African youth increasing

November 17, 1999
Alcohol & Drugs  

There has been an alarming increase in the proportion of adolescent patients at drug treatment centres countrywide, according to Charles Parry of the Medical Research Council. In Cape Town, for example, the proportion of patients under 20 drug treatment centres in Cape Town has more than doubled since 1996 from 6% to 15% in 1999.

Community service for more health workers

November 17, 1999
Rural Health  

Pharmacists will be doing a year’s community service by 2001, and the health department may also draft physiotherapists, occupational and speech therapists and psychologists into service.