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Bipolar disorder misinformation prevents people from seeking help

June 20th, 2019       OurHealth  

The mental illness affects up to 1% of the population in South Africa, yet the South African yet stigma and discrimination against people bipolar stop them from getting medical attention.

Worst malaria season in decades

December 21, 1999
Malaria  

The biggest killer in history has not been TB or warfare, and  projections suggest that not even AIDS will  kill as many people as a parasite injected into the bloodstream by a female Anopheles mosquito: malaria. South Africa is not immune. With more than 43 000 cases and 310 deaths reported since September last year, […]

Festive season blues

December 21, 1999
Mental Health  

It should be a time of joy, peace and goodwill ‘€“ yet all too often Christmas can be a time of loneliness, strained family relations and financial hardship. Psychologists warn that society has imposed all kinds of expectations around this time of year ‘€“ some of which are unrealistic and most of which are guaranteed […]

Tough choices in TB prevention and treatment

December 21, 1999
Tuberculosis (TB)  

Giving some patients priority over over may be tough, but it is necessary if the TB epidemic is to be beaten with limited resources. This is the logic of international experts who are urging South Africa to pour resources into curing new cases of ordinary TB rather than spending any more money trying to treat […]

Carletonville shows HIV epidemic can be managed

December 21, 1999
HIV and AIDS  

Sex workers are leading the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS on the mines around Carltonville. The challenge is daunting — a recent survey shows 47 percent of women and 40 percent of men from both the township and the shacks are HIV positive, while 28 percent of mineworkers are infected. However, since the Carltonville […]

Health system failures result in maternal deaths

December 8, 1999
Women's Health  

Almost half the maternal deaths in South Africa during 1998 were preventable. This is according to the Health Department’s Confidential Enquiry into maternal deaths in South Africa. The report identifies numerous shortcomings in the health care system, many of which concern failures in the referral and transport systems between health institutions. The Department of Health […]

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 […]