South African women bear the brunt of inadequate sexual and reproductive health policies, which are often great on paper but lacklustre when it comes to being implemented in government clinics and hospitals that serve the majority of the population.
HIV and AIDS
In this week’s programme, we visit the Mother to Child Treatment (MTCT) programme in Khayelitsha. The MTCT programme is not only proving successful in helping pregnant women prevent the transmission of HIV to their babies, but is also having a significant impact on how people understand and respond to the HIV/AIDS.
“The success the world has had in protecting children’s rights and realising human potential is captured far more eloquently in flesh and bone than in concrete or steel, far more tellingly in the height of children than that of skyscrapers.”
Phelophepa, Transnet’s mobile health train that has bought primary health care to thousands of rural South Africans, is managing to reach almost 5 000 individuals every week. Within four years the train has managed to reach a total of 67 855 patients, who receive quality and in most cases, free health care. ANSO THOM reports.
The Birth to Ten study in Johannesburg is one of the biggest and longest running studies of child health and development world-wide. The study suggests that while poverty in itself does not make for maladapted children, violence has extremely damaging psychological effects. Jo Stein reports
HIV and AIDS
When Agnes Nyamayarwo’s son, Peter, was four years old, he discovered from a boy at his school that his mother was HIV positive.”This boy warned the other children not to share Peter’s food because they would get AIDS from him,” says Nyamayarwo.”I felt very bad that he heard it from school. We think we are […]
Every afternoon at about 5pm a red van stops next to an open piece of land in Masoyi near the Kruger Park. A woman gets out and looks around, sometimes staring at the piece of land, other days “shoo-ing people who have erected shacks overnight”. Behind this piece of land lies a dream. “I must […]