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WHO Commission criticised over sugar taxes in new report

June 7, 2018
News  

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs’ new report, Time to Deliver, called for urgent action against chronic diseases and mental disorders, the globe’s leading cause of death and ill-health, but failed to include a recommendation on taxing sugary beverages.

A psychiatrist’s battle against the system

One man’s fight to ensure humane treatment for mentally ill patients at a rural Eastern Cape psychiatric hospital has sparked various consequences, with at least one monitoring body calling out a cover-up and the hospital CEO handing in her resignation late last Thursday night.

Esidimeni: families each to get R1,2-million

March 20, 2018
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Following a litany of lies, “murderous” decisions, agonising deaths and torturous transfers, an amount of R1.2-million will now be paid to each of the families affected by the Gauteng Department of Health’s decision to move mentally ill patients out of Life Esidimeni facilities.

Coping with bipolar in a rural community

January 8, 2018
News  

People living with mental health disorders generally struggle to find the correct help and treatment – particularly those living in rural areas.

Life Esidimeni: A snapshot of the tragedy

December 14, 2017
News  

Here, Health-e has only profiled 10 former Life Esidimeni (LE) patients, and the circumstances around their deaths, but it provides a glimpse into the dignity denied to both mental health care users and their families before, during and after the fatal move.

Esidimeni families left in the dark about police investigations

June 19, 2017
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As the death toll from the Life Esidimeni tragedy rises to the 110 mark, patients’ families say the South African Police Service (SAPS) has been “dangerously slow” to act.

Medical aids and the high cost of psychiatric meds

May 10, 2017
News  

Many people suffering from depression and anxiety rely on expensive medication, but they are often not covered by medical aid.