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Top honours for visually impaired matrics

January 18, 2017
Disability   News   Rural Reflections  

Despite having attended classes in dilapidated buildings, the disabled pupils of Rivoni School for the Blind in rural Limpopo have managed to pass their matric with flying colours.

Medicine, morality on South Africa’s drug routes

May 4, 2016
News   Rural Health   Rural Reflections  

When you’re a doctor operating along South Africa’s drug routes, anything can happen and when it does, reality and relations can change in an instant, writes one rural doctor.

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South Africa’s rural cancer conundrum

Two types of conditions can spell death in South Africa’s rural areas, and I just diagnosed a patient with one of them, writes a rural doctor in the latest installment of our Rural Reflections blog.

When a child gives birth, who has failed her?

February 15, 2016
Maternal health   Rural Health   Rural Reflections  

When a 12-year-old girl slides onto your operating table for a caesarean section, it’s hard not to ask how she got here – and the answer seems to lie somewhere in the distance between cities and villages and in the family planning gap between the “have’s” and “have not’s”

Rural Reflections: There is a problem

As public debate rages about whether there are or are not antiretroviral (ARV) stock outs in the county, our rural doctor and blogger reminds us what three letters and ARV stock outs really mean.

Is there an orthopod in the house?

June 18, 2015
Rural Health   Rural Reflections  

Our rural doctor-turned-blogger gets what could be the important WhatsApp of her career as she faces a bakkie load of factures by herself and without a specialist.

Rural Reflections: Park homes and preemies

April 15, 2015
Rural Health   Rural Reflections  

Our monthly column profiling the realities of rural health is back as we follow another community service doctor through her year at a rural hospital. In her first entry, our doctor settles in to her new home but it is not long before she is in the deep end.