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Govt to introduce warning labels on junk food

February 21st, 2019       News  

Packaged food that is high in salt, sugar and fat may soon have to carry warning labels, according to a top health official.

Provinces hamper health equity

February 11, 2000
Health Funding  

Ever since provinces were given the power to allocate their own budgets, provincial health departments have been battling to get enough funds. Three health economists propose that central government establishes national norms and standards for health services to ensure that provinces allocate enough money to health.

Not too healthy yet

February 11, 2000
Policy and Legislation  

At the level of words and policies South Africa’€™s health system is broadly on track towards a more effective and equitable service, but implementation and delivery still have a long way to go.

Condoms – colour counts

February 8, 2000
HIV Prevention  

February 7 to 12 is National Condom Week, yet despite the HIV/AIDS epidemic, most people are still not using condoms. Efforts to give teenagers access to condoms are hampered by conservative attitudes. One AIDS educator says although he’€™s conducted workshops at more than 400 schools in Gauteng, only five schools have allowed him to distribute […]

Living with learning difficulties

January 31, 2000
Children's Health  

Children with learning difficulties not only have to live with their problem, but also the labels that go with them. While some learning difficulties are neurological, some children struggle simply because they have not been exposed to books and pencils.

Protecting youth at risk

January 29, 2000
Alcohol & Drugs  

The growing problem of drug dependency and alcoholism among youth worldwide is well documented. At the 10th World Congress of the International Commission for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency held recently in Cape Town, several presentations focused on how to protect teenagers from dangerous choices. A crucial element it seems, is in meaningful […]

Home-based care is not cheap care

January 27, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

The need for cheap alternatives to hospitalisation for patients with AIDS-related diseases has led to increasing government support for home-based care. However, a study released by the Centre for Health Policy at the University of the Witwatersrand warns that home-based care is not always a cheaper solution. The study shows that home-based care also needs […]

Facing up to the flu

January 27, 2000
Diseases and Disorders  

Flu experts hold different views as to which strain of influenza is going to hit South Africans hardest this winter, but they all agree on one thing: a flu jab is a must. An anti-flu vaccine administered in March will help boost your ability to resist the virus or to recover quicker from the flu […]