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Whooping cough spreading in Mpumalanga

November 17, 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.

AIDS martyr’s killers may face justice

November 17, 1999
HIV and AIDS  

The killers of Aids activist Gugu Dlamini may not escape justice, thanks to a public outcry that has caused the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to intervene after charges against the accused were dropped.

Health Department cuts spending

November 17, 1999
Health Funding  

Despite the HIV/AIDS epidemic, government has cut health spending over the past year and it will spend even less per capita next year. “Add to this the pressure of HIV/AIDS and it becomes clear that we have more difficulties ahead of us,” Tshabalala-Msimang told the first-ever consultative meeting between herself, health MECs, MPs and MPLs […]

Medical Research Council honours black researchers

November 17, 1999
Science; Research & Innovations  

For the first time the Medical Research Council honoured two black researchers for their contributions to medical research. The role of the MRC in the coming years is to do research to provide the most up-to-date scientific evidence to allow the public and policymakers to make informed choices.

Breast could be best – even for HIV-postive mother

November 9, 1999
HIV Prevention  

Breastfeeding is still the best option – even for HIV positive mothers, according to the findings of a recent study by researchers at the University of Natal, Durban which has caught the attention of international AIDS researchers.

New hope for curbing malaria

November 9, 1999
Malaria  

South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland this week launched a R40-million, five-year programme aimed at controlling the spread of malaria. The control of malaria has also been complicated by the development of drug-resistant strains, forcing up the drug treatment costs. However, last year the World Health Organisation tested another drug in the Ndumo area that may […]

AIDS orphans betrayed by greedy relatives

November 9, 1999
HIV and AIDS  

BETRYAL has become a bitter reality for AIDS orphans Phiwe and Muzi Hlabisa. First death cheated them of their parents, and now greedy relatives have plundered the humble inheritance their parents gathered together after learning that they were HIV-positive. The betrayal of Phiwe and Muzi is made all the more difficult because government has no […]

Scare-tactics don’t work

November 5, 1999
HIV and AIDS  

“Do you want to die? If not, wear a condom,” is one of the messages the DP’s Mike Ellis feels should be broadcast to South Africans to wake them up to “the threat AIDS poses to all citizens”. He could not have chosen a formulation more at odds with current international approaches to condom-promotion. Promoting […]