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Making farming fashionable for health

March 20th, 2019       OurHealth  

An entrepreneurial Limpopo farmer has a fresh solution to many of South Africa’s problems: to instil a culture of eating fruit and vegetables, especially among youth in rural areas

The legacy of the “dop” system

August 24, 2000
Alcohol & Drugs  

Although the “dop” system, whereby wine farmers pay their workers with alcohol has largely disappeared, many farms supply wine to workers on credit, contributing to poor health and social conditions. This is according to a recent survey conducted by the Dopstop Association, which found that the health and environmental conditions were significantly poor on several […]

Breast or bottle? Don’€™t mix your milk

August 24, 2000
HIV Prevention  

HIV positive mothers are often advised to bottle-feed their babies to avoid the possible transmission of HIV through breast-milk. This sets HIV-infected women apart from all other mothers, who are encouraged to breastfeed exclusively for six months. But exciting new research, conducted by Professor Anna Coutsoudis and colleagues at the University of Natal, shows that […]

Swaziland, Botswana crack down on HIV+ people

August 23, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

The punitive measures that Swaziland and Botswana want to introduce for HIV positive people are unfortunate, says AIDS expert.

Health Bill delayed again

August 22, 2000
Policy and Legislation  

When Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang assumed power last year, she promised a new health bill this year. But this has been delayed yet again, in a saga that is over five years’ long.

Township therapy for mothers

August 22, 2000
Women's Health  

Few township residents have ever met a psychiatrist. But in two Khayelitsha clinics, three women are reaching out to mothers and babies in need of psychological support.

Lower pension age, say AIDS organisations

August 22, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Older people, particularly women, bear the brunt of caring for AIDS orphans. However, many of these people are not yet 60 years old and have no access to pensions. For this reason, some organisations are calling on government to lower the pension age to ease the burden of care on “underage” grandmothers and grandfathers.

The highs and lows of the AIDS 2000 conference

August 21, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Now that the delegates have left town, the exhibition halls emptied and the media centre silent, what impact has the 13th International AIDS conference had on efforts to prevent and treat the disease in our country? Sue Valentine reports