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.
HIV and AIDS
When she realised she was HIV positive, Faghmeda Miller’s first thoughts were: “I have shamed my family, they are going to shun me”. But the church needs to be able to offer hope and acceptance to people living with AIDS.
Driving to the Sipetu and Mary Theresa hospitals in the Eastern Cape is not for the fainthearted, but every month hundreds of people brave the potholes, mud (when it’s raining) and distances in excess of 50km to bring their severely malnourished children for treatment. More than a year ago most of the mothers would have […]
When Sipetu Hospital’s matron, Eugenia Ngewu, stood up to pray asking for an end to malnutrition in their community, she had little Thulani (5) in mind. He arrived at Sipetu and was immediately diagnosed with Kwashiorkor, a form of severe malnutrition.
Alcohol & Drugs
There has been an alarming increase in the proportion of adolescent patients at drug treatment centres countrywide, according to Charles Parry of the Medical Research Council. In Cape Town, for example, the proportion of patients under 20 drug treatment centres in Cape Town has more than doubled since 1996 from 6% to 15% in 1999.
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 […]